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Erika Nardini

Chief Executive Officer, Barstool Sports

Erika Nardini

When Erika Nardini joined Barstool Sports in 2016, it was a small blog attracting a few fans in New England. Fast forward several years and fueled by the irreverent blogger David Portnoy, Barstool Sports became a phenomenon with millions of followers and fans across the country. When PASPA was eliminated in 2018, it was the opening Barstool Sports was waiting for. A year later, a joint venture with Penn National Gaming launched Barstool Sports into the sports betting business. Penn owns 36 percent of the company with options to buy the entire enterprise in the future. Nardini explains why that deal made sense and why the future is unlimited for Barstool Sports. She spoke with GGB Editor Frank Legato from her offices in New York City for inclusion in the 25 People to Watch feature in the January issue of GGB.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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