Ryan Howard and Brian Westbrook headline Betting on Sports America conference
SECAUCUS, NJ – With the historic changes in legislation on sports betting being less than a year old, startups have been moving at an exponential pace. At the vanguard of this new frontier is SeventySix Capital, with active investments and involvement in the market.
On April 24, SeventySix Capital spoke at Betting on Sports America, the United States' first-ever major conference focused solely on sports betting. During the inaugural day of the conference, SeventySix Capital partners, Wayne Kimmel and Ryan Howard, and SeventySix Capital Athlete Venture Group member Brian Westbrook addressed the crowd.
The trio offered their thoughts on the future of regulated sports betting and the impact that SeventySix Capital's sports betting portfolio companies, including VSiN and Swish Analytics, may have on the future of the industry. More than 1,500 delegates attended the event.
‘Sheer Craziness’: Former Athletes Discuss Sports Betting
Ryan Howard and Brian Westbrook made a name for themselves as some of the best professional athletes of the generation. Now they're trying to rise to the top of legal sports betting.
Howard, the former MVP first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, and Brian Westbrook, a multiple-time Pro Bowler with the Philadelphia Eagles, both spoke about the potential for legal sports betting during a conference seminar.
"It's sheer craziness," Howard said. "The sky is the limit."
Since retirement, Howard has joined SeventySix Capital as a Partner and Chairman of the company's Athlete Venture Group. Westbrook, who starred on the gridiron in Philadelphia during many of the same years Howard was terrorizing pitchers on the diamond, has joined SeventySix Capital as an investor and member.
Both former athletes agreed that much of the future of sports gambling lies in statistical insights. With unprecedented access to this information, the randomness of wagering has diminished, Westbrook said, providing more opportunities for bettors.
11:39 a.m., April 24 – Ryan Butler on gambling.com