Vegas Sports Betting Shakeup: MGM’s Top Sportsbook Executive Is Leaving

Posted By Dustin Gouker on May 6, 2019
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This is a developing story and will be updated.

The head of sportsbooks for MGM Resorts International is taking his talents elsewhere.

Jay Rood, MGM’s VP of Race & Sports, is stepping down from the company on May 10, The Lines has learned.

Rood has been with MGM for more than 25 years and started as a ticket writer at MGM properties.

Rood helped take part in the rise of sports betting at MGM casinos and as the company rolled out its first sportsbook apps in Nevada and New Jersey in recent years.

MGM has a huge footprint for sports betting

MGM already has a lot of sportsbooks at its Las Vegas properties. And it also has big plans for its expansion of sports betting nationwide, including sportsbooks already live in New Jersey and Mississippi.

  • Among MGM’s Las Vegas sportsbooks are a couple just steps away from T-Mobile Arena, where the Vegas Golden Knights play.
  • MGM has a joint venture with GVC to upgrade its sports betting technology and apps in the coming years.
  • MGM has signed deals with Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL on sports betting and gaming.

What’s next for Rood?

Rood’s next destination is unknown, but it seems inevitable he’ll land somewhere in the expanding US sports betting landscape.

There are no shortage of companies — both established and startups — that would value his expertise in the US sports betting industry.

Chances are Rood will land somewhere in the very near future.

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Dustin Gouker has been a sports journalist for more than 15 years, working as a reporter, editor and designer -- including stops at The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner. You can also find his work at Legal Sports Report.

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