“The sky is now the limit for DRL fans to have skin in the game, and we are thrilled to partner with DraftKings to turn our high speed racing competition into the ultimate sport to bet on,” said the DRL President Rachel Jacobson in a press release.
Today’s announcement makes drone racing the first air sport people can legally bet on, and Jacobson noted at Forbes that adopting betting is part of the company’s plan to become a “sport for the general public”. If the idea of participating in this appeals to you, the first drone races people can bet on are the final stages of the 2020 Allianz DRL World Championship season starting January 9.
Longtime DraftKings users may be aware that today’s announcement has been in the works for months. The company first introduced drone races in 2020 as part of a free-to-play pool to gauge interest, and the response has been significant – DraftKings says it has seen more than “30% of more entries during its first week than the average for newer sports, ”and other data suggests that drone racing enthusiasts are much more likely to bet on races than more traditional sports enthusiasts. With this type of potential financial benefit, it’s no wonder the company is eagerly awaiting to see if more state legislatures will officially approve bets on drone racing. So which states could be next? Of the eight that DraftKings manages legal mobile sports betting, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Indiana are the three that have yet to legalize drone racing betting, although it is not yet known. how seriously they take the matter.