Jennifer Roberts is joining video game gambling company GameCo

Tennessee’s sports betting program director steps down before launch

Jennifer Roberts’ last day as Tennessee’s new sports betting program was Friday. She had been appointed last December. 
2020-07-01
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Tennessee Lottery has hired Danielle Boyd as sports gaming operations vice president and Danny DiRienzo as sports gaming investigator.

The director of Tennessee’s new online-only sports betting program has left the post before that market launches in the state. 

Tennessee Lottery spokesman Dave Smith said Jennifer Roberts’ last day was Friday, the Associated Press reports. She was appointed last December. Roberts tweeted last week she is joining video game gambling company GameCo

Smith also said the lottery has hired Danielle Boyd as sports gaming operations vice president and Danny DiRienzo as sports gaming investigator. Boyd headed government relations for William Hill U.S., and DiRienzo served as a Secret Service special agent for 22 years, where he investigated complex financial crimes.

Tennessee’s sports betting law passed narrowly in spring 2019. Republican Gov. Bill Lee let it become law without his signature, citing concerns over an expansion of gambling in Tennessee, a state without casinos.

Lottery officials approved sports betting rules in April, then began accepting applications for sportsbook operators and related vendors. No operators have been approved yet, while four marketing affiliates have been approved.

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