DraftKings acquires VSiN, boosting content offerings for sports bettors

Sports Betting

A customer makes a sports bet at the DraftKings sports book at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., in this 2019 file photo. On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, DraftKings acquired the video production and distribution company Vegas Sports Information Network to add content to DraftKings’ operations in 14 states. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

DraftKings has bought Vegas Sports Information Network, a multiplatform broadcast and content company delivering sports betting news, analysis and data to U.S. customers, DraftKings announced Tuesday.

The acquisition provides more content for DraftKings, which has retail or online sports betting operations in 14 states.

Terms of the deal were not released.

It continues a nascent trend in the industry of sports betting and gambling companies acquiring broadcast partners in an effort to reach more potential sports betting customers, a tactic employed last year by Bally’s Corp. in partnering with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

“VSiN creates authentic and credible content that resonates with sports bettors at every level, whether they’re experienced or new to sports betting,” Jason Robins, co-founder, CEO and board chairman of Boston-based DraftKings, said in a news release.

“In addition to its brand equity among sports bettors and engaging talent roster, VSiN also has an established infrastructure that DraftKings can immediately help expand, in the hopes of adding value to consumers who are looking to become more knowledgeable about sports betting,” Robins said.

VSiN, based in Las Vegas, develops, produces, and distributes up to 18 hours of live sports betting content each day. In addition to its 24/7 stream, VSiN’s original content is accessible through multiple video and audio channels.

Its talent roster includes Brent Musburger, the sports broadcaster; and former NFL executive Michael Lombardi.

Brian Musburger, VSiN’s CEO and his leadership team will continue to manage its day-to-day operations while maintaining editorial independence. DraftKings said it intends to fully integrate VSiN’s current employee base located in Las Vegas, including its on-air talent, into its 2,600 person global workforce.

“We created VSiN as a destination for sports bettors to find the most credible content to help inform their wagering decisions,” said Brian Musburger. “Harnessing the power and network of the DraftKings brand will allow us to reach an even wider audience with our unique content.”

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