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FanDuel Makes Sports Betting Risky Again With Robots, Snakes

27th January, 16:23

The Super Bowl is just over a week away, an event many industries consider their most important of the year. Obviously, the NFL has been building to the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs throughout the season. And the advertising world has also been preparing a new slate of ads for the Big Game. But another industry will also have its biggest day on Feb. 2: sports betting.

From the coin toss to the color of Gatorade poured over the winning coach's head, bettors can place wagers on just about everything taking place in Miami's Hard Rock Stadium. With sports betting now legal in 11 states after a 2018 Supreme Court decision lifted a federal ban, Super Bowl 2020 will see more Americans place a bet than ever before.

FanDuel is hoping these new bettors come to its site -- provided they reside in a state where online betting is legal. To bring them to the virtual table, the site is offering a risk-free bet of up to $500 on any aspect of the game. But for people for whom betting is more about the adrenaline of taking a risk, FanDuel's new campaign from BBH New York -- led by Gerard Caputo, who recently left for W+K New York -- injects that uncertainty back into the Big Game.

The quick jokes throughout the 30-second spot work great as finger-stoppers and YouTube prerolls. BBH New York also created six 15-second spots, which were cut down to 6 seconds as well. Some of the situations make for the campaign's funniest moments: The robot vacuum drill is a creative way to stoke fear, for example, and the can shake is a classic gag that never goes out of style.

Unfortunately for FanDuel, not even all 11 states where sports betting has been legalized can take advantage of this offer. Only Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey can actually place a bet on the website right now. That limited reach is part of the reason why FanDuel may be fine with putting up thousands of dollars risk-free to new bettors.

Regardless, more and more states will likely legalize sports gambling, with restrictions being slowly stripped away. Expect to see more ads from brands like this as sports betting steps out of the shadows and becomes a normal part of sports fandom.


Agency: BBH NY

Chief Creative Officer: Gerard Caputo

Executive Creative Director: Jonathan Mackler

Creative Director/CW: Scott Cooney

Creative Director/AD: Diego Fonseca

Motion Designer and Editor: Roman Micevic

Head of Account Management: Alex Monger

Account Director: Shana Honig Horowitz

Head of Production: Brooke Kaylor

Senior Content Producer: Shelley Giera

Head of Planning: Tom Callard

Strategy Director: Helene Dick

Director of Business Affairs: Librado Sanchez

Project Director: Adam Taverniti

Client: FanDuel

Chief Marketing Officer: Mike Raffensperger

Executive Creative Director: Steven Giraldi

VP Communications & Brand Strategy: Simon Kennedy

VP Integrated & Product Marketing: Kelley Walker

Director of Integrated Marketing: AJ Mazza

Associate Creative Directors: Keith Wasser, Edgar Gallardo

Senior Creative Operations Associate: Jessica Maitner

Production Company: Hungry Man

Director: Conor Byrne

Director of Photography: Mateo Londono

Executive Producer: Kevin Byrne

Line Producer: Tyler Byrne

Edit/Post Company: Cosmo Street/SwitchFX

Editor: Tom Scherma

Assistant Editor: Jared Zygarlicke

Head of Production: Anne Lai

Flame Artist: Jake Weeks

Post Producer: Cara Flynn

Color Grade: Company 3

Colorist: Tim Masick

Senior Producer: Kevin Breheny

Sound Design/Mix: Sound Lounge

Mixer/Audio Engineer: Tom Jucarone

Producer: Alicia Rodgers

Mitch ReamesMitch Reames is a freelance writer based in southern Oregon. A 2017 graduate of the University of Oregon school of journalism and communications, Reames covers a wide range of industry topics including creativity, agencies, brands, esports and more.