Fireside Chat with BetMGM COO Ryan Spoon
The Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business hosted BetMGM Chief Operating Officer Ryan Spoon for a Fireside Chat on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
On the heels of March Madness and MLB Opening Day, Ryan shared the latest on sports betting, emerging trends like NFTs, and more.
About Ryan Spoon: Ryan Spoon served as Senior Vice President of Digital and Social at ESPN. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Digital Product and Design. In those capacities, Spoon helped build, operate and grow many of the leading digital properties in sports including ESPN.com; the ESPN App; ESPN Fantasy, including ESPN Fantasy Football; and ESPN Social. ESPN’S digital properties are the world’s leading and most successful online sports service, boasting the number one sports website and app, as well as number one sports media publisher in social engagement across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Spoon is a two-time Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 winner.
Prior to ESPN, Spoon was a venture capitalist at Polaris Venture Partners and specialized in early-stage consumer internet, social media and e-commerce investments. Spoon was a director or observer at companies like WordPress, Recurly, ShoeDazzle, LOLapps (acquired by 6waves), ReadyForZero (acquired by Affirm), Wantful, Formspring, Offline Labs (acquired by Sosh), and Movity (acquired by Trulia). Additionally, Spoon was responsible for leading Dogpatch Labs, an early-stage incubator that was home to dozens of companies including Instagram, Remind, TaskRabbit, TurnTable.fm, LOLapps, Formspring, Localytics, Rapportive, AdRise, etc.
Previously, Spoon served as Vice President, Marketing & Business Development for Widgetbox (now Flite). Prior to that, Spoon spent 2003-2007 at eBay Inc focused on internet marketing, user acquisition, and social products – most recently, he launched and managed eBay’s US Classifieds business.
As a collegiate swimmer for Duke University, Spoon founded beRecruited, an online recruiting platform for high school student-athletes and colleges coaches and universities. beRecruited was acquired in 2012 by The Raine Group.
About BetMGM: BetMGM is a market leading sports betting and gaming platform by BetMGM LLC, the joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings Plc.
BetMGM’s industry-leading platform provides a user-friendly sports betting experience, making it simple to customize pre-game, live in-play, futures and parlay bets. Sports bettors can select from a wide assortment of betting options including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, soccer, tennis and combat sports. BetMGM’s league partnerships include the NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, PGA TOUR and NASCAR. Team partners include the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Las Vegas Raiders, Vegas Golden Knights, and more. Strategic partners include Yahoo! Sports and Buffalo Wild Wings.