DraftKings acquisition of Entain would require MGM consent

Entain

MGM Resorts says it is aware of DraftKings recent $20 billion offer to acquire Entain Plc, noting that the parties would require MGM’s consent before it can go ahead. 

MGM and Entain however have online sports betting partnership in the U.S. called BetMGM.

Earlier this week, DraftKings made a $20 billion offer to acquire the UK. online sports betting company, prompting shares to jump 18 percent in London trading on Tuesday. 

MGM in a press release said “any transaction whereby Entain or its affiliates would own a competing business in the U.S. would require MGM’s consent.”

“MGM’s priority is to ensure that BetMGM continues to capture the growing U.S. online opportunity and realizing MGM’s vision of becoming a premier global gaming entertainment company. MGM believes that having control of the BetMGM joint venture is an important step towards achieving its strategic objectives,” said the company. 

MGM said it will engage with Entain and DraftKings, as appropriate, to find a solution to the exclusivity arrangements which meets all parties’ objectives.