Effective today, Cal has joined digital sports entertainment and gaming company, DraftKings in a special advisor role, lending his strategic insights to the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer on top company initiatives. Ripken will become a DraftKings equity holder.
Among other key business initiatives, Cal will advise the DraftKings board of directors and Chief Executive Officer on company strategy, product development and marketing activities. With the upcoming 2021 MLB Opening Day just weeks away, Ripken will begin his new role in familiar territory as baseball represents one of DraftKings’ most popular sports across both daily fantasy and sports betting.
Looking forward to sharing my experiences with the @DraftKings team in my special advisor role. The game of baseball continues to advance through technology and it will be fun to be part of a team that is helping enhance the game for modern fans. https://t.co/pFzumJ4LCF
— Cal Ripken, Jr. (@CalRipkenJr) February 25, 2021
“The game I played for so many years has greatly benefitted from technological advances, and I cannot say enough about DraftKings’ importance as a catalyst, innovator and disruptor to enhance the game for modern baseball fans and others,” said Cal. “I am honored to bring my experience to DraftKings through this special advisor position and become part of a company that is already essential for fan engagement while still only scratching the surface of its full impact.”
Headquartered in Boston, and launched in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings is the only U.S.-based vertically integrated sports betting operator.
“Cal Ripken Jr. embodies the qualities of perseverance and integrity we value so highly at DraftKings, and on behalf of the entire company I want to extend our warmest welcome to him as a special advisor,” said Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings. “We are inspired not only by Cal’s historic playing days, but also his current work to cultivate new generations of ballplayers. His unique combination of leadership, longevity and business acumen ensure that we will receive invaluable strategic counsel.”
DraftKings is the official daily fantasy partner of the NFL, MLB, NASCAR and the PGA TOUR as well as an authorized gaming operator of the NBA and MLB and an official betting operator of the PGA TOUR.
More information about DraftKings can be found at draftkings.com/about.