Gambling has come along way since 1989’s baseball betting scandal that forced Hall of Famer Pete Rose to be permanently banned from the sport. Fast forward 30 years later and advertisements for DraftKings and FanDuel can be found on stadiums and television and radio broadcasts for every professional sport. But what’s the next big thing for gambling besides football, basketball, mixed martial arts and the rest? It could be E-Sports. Joining Joe this week is Steven Salz, the Co-Founder and CEO of Rivalry which has been called the ‘Robinhood of esports’. Steven discusses the current state of sports gambling across the globe, why gambling on E-Sports has exploded over the last few years, and what’s next for Rivalry.
About Steven Salz:
Steven is the Co-Founder and CEO of next-gen sportsbook Rivalry, the leader in esports for a next gen (young millennial and gen Z) user base – they are referred to as the ‘Robinhood of esports’ because they have created an esports company via a gamified product built birthing a movement of sports betting as a form of entertainment. He is a passionate gamer who competed in his first tournament in the mid-2000s with Major League Gaming. His career started in asset management at Scotiabank and then as a Special Situations Analyst at a boutique investment bank before launching PMML, the Toronto-domiciled parent company of Rivalry, to create amazing experiences for an underserved multi-billion dollar industry.
Hosted By: Joe Pardavila