DraftKings on Thursday introduced an unique partnership with the Chicago Cubs, someday after the fantasy sports activities firm and bookmaker detailed an alliance with one other Windy Metropolis icon, Michael Jordan. Below the deal, DraftKings would be the Cubs’ official each day fantasy and sports activities betting associate. The corporate additionally will search to determine a “first-of-its-kind sportsbook” on the Cubs’ 106-year-old Wrigley Subject, in keeping with a press launch. Doing so requires approval by town of Chicago. In an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” DraftKings co-founder Matt Kalish mentioned the corporate hopes to work with Illinois regulators and native officers to deliver the Wrigley sportsbook “to market as quickly as we probably can.”DraftKings mentioned it has eight retail sportsbooks within the U.S., together with one in East St. Louis, Illinois. “We’re additionally actually excited concerning the advertising side of the deal. You understand, the Cubs are a storied franchise that is beloved all through the nation, and particularly in Illinois, which is among the largest, most vital sports-betting markets within the nation,” mentioned Kalish, president of DraftKings’ North American operations. DraftKings introduced partnerships with a number of NBA groups earlier this 12 months. The tie-up with the Cubs is the most recent instance of how playing is changing into extra intertwined with skilled sports activities as states throughout the U.S. legalize sports activities betting. As of mid-August, 22 states, plus the District of Columbia have legalized it, in keeping with the American Gaming Affiliation. Shares of DraftKings had been down 4% Thursday to round $38. The pullback got here after the stock rallied 8% Wednesday on the information that Jordan, one of the distinguished sports activities determine ever, will turn into a particular advisor to DraftKings’ board of administrators. “Who would not need Michael Jordan across the desk advising you on technique, speaking with the board, serving to with initiatives all through our firm? He is clearly the highest of in all probability everybody’s record of selling geniuses, branding geniuses who you’d need to collaborate with,” Kalish mentioned. “We’re simply getting began, however I feel it may be an incredible, additive piece to the general success of DraftKings over the following a number of years.” Though Jordan’s function as chairman and proprietor of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets may prohibit him in some areas, Kalish mentioned DraftKings intends to lean on the basketball legend as a lot as doable. “Each method that we are able to probably work with Michael, in each side, we’ll be doing that,” he mentioned. Shares of DraftKings are up greater than 250% this 12 months.