ESPN Digital Chief Ryan Spoon Exits For COO Put up At Sports activities Betting Enterprise BetMGM – .
Ryan Spoon has stepped down as senior vice president of social and digital content at ESPN to take on the COO position of BetMGM, a sports betting joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings
At ESPN, Spoon was also responsible for Digital Product and Design and helped build, operate and grow many of the leading digital properties in sport, including ESPN.com, the ESPN app, ESPN Fantasy, including ESPN Fantasy Football, and ESPN Social.
Spoon is a two-time Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 winner. Prior to joining ESPN, Spoon was a venture capitalist at Polaris Venture Partners to identify and capitalize on trends in the digital space.
Spoon reports to the CEO of BetMGM Adam Greenblatt.
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“BetMGM established itself early on as a major player in the world of sports betting through relationships with leagues, teams and partners. With Ryan’s expertise in developing scaled and engaging digital experiences, BetMGM will leverage these relationships in entirely new ways, Greenblatt said.
BetMGM’s platform offers an easy-to-use sports betting experience that makes it easy to customize pre-game, live-in-play, futures and parlay bets. Sports bettors can choose from a variety of betting options, including soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, soccer, tennis, and martial arts. The app is currently available in six states with the goal of expanding rapidly, if state law allows it. League partnerships include NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, PGA TOUR, and NASCAR. Team partners include the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Las Vegas Raiders, and Vegas Golden Knights. The strategic partners include Yahoo! Sports and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Spoon said, “The opportunity at BetMGM during these early stages was an instant draw for me. With the incredible assets of MGM Resorts, GVC’s industry leading technology, and the many league, team and platform partners, BetMGM is uniquely positioned in the marketplace and I look forward to driving future growth. “
Spoon will be based in BetMGM’s headquarters in New Jersey and should start in his new role in November.