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US: After collapsed merger, DraftKings hires new Chief Legal Officer

 |  October 18, 2017

Dish Network general counsel R. Stanton Dodge is leaving the satellite operator after 21 years to join daily fantasy-sports site DraftKings as chief legal officer.

Dodge assumes the role at Boston-based DraftKings on November 6, reporting to CEO and co-founder Jason Robins.

“Stanton will be a major driver and enabler of DraftKings’ future growth as we continue to evolve and expand into new lines of business around the world,” Robins said in a statement.

With Dodge’s departure, Dish appointed Tim Messner to the role of general counsel effective October 23, Messner, previously Dish’s SVP and deputy general counsel, will report to chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen.

DraftKings, founded in 2012, has faced regulatory resistance in its efforts to expand in the fast-growing fantasy-sports sector — in which fans can win real money in daily contests. This summer, DraftKings and rival FanDuel called off their planned merger after the Federal Trade Commission said it would sue to block the deal on antitrust grounds.

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