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Fanatics' betting moves starting to mount

SBJ Newsletters / Friday, July 1, 2022
Lots to update everyone on this week with regard to hire-happy Fanatics , beginning with CEO Michael Rubin making official his intent to sell his 10% stake in Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, owner of his beloved 76ers and the Devils. It was a transaction necessitated by his...

Highhill sees myriad opportunities for NFL to grow fan engagement

SBJ Newsletters / Friday, July 1, 2022
When Anderson offered Highhill the job, she told him she’d give him time to think about it. “Done,” Highhill said immediately. “Let’s go. I’m ready.” “This is definitely the best job in sports, so that was a key factor,” Highhill said Thursday when asked what attracted him to...

Commanders appear to tab Fanatics for sportsbook

Closing Bell / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
The Commanders "appear to have found their FedEx Field sportsbook partner" in Fanatics, which last week was awarded a Maryland retail sports betting license. The Landover, Md., stadium is the "only major professional sports venue in Greater Washington that has yet to formally announce a sportsbook and partner." But...

NFL names Highhill to lead betting strategy

Closing Bell / Tuesday, June 28, 2022
The NFL will entrust the execution of its sports betting strategy to an in-house candidate who has been with the league for a decade, naming VP/Strategy & Analytics David Highhill to the newly created position of VP & GM of Sports Betting. Highhill held the analytics role...

Georgia pro teams lament falling behind on legalized sports betting

Daily / Friday, June 24, 2022
As legalized gambling continues to spread across the country, Atlanta pro sports franchises "contend Georgia’s lack of movement in that direction puts the local teams at a disadvantage," according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. The Braves, Falcons, Hawks and Atlanta United teamed up three years ago "to...

Fanatics in talks to buy betting company Tipico

Closing Bell / Thursday, June 23, 2022
Fanatics is "in talks to acquire sports betting company Tipico," though a deal has "not yet been reached." The two sides are "currently at an impasse on price," though "talks are still ongoing." Tipico has a small U.S. gambling operation, holding licenses in Colorado and New Jersey, but it...