Spotlight Sports Group Senior Vice President of B2B Partnerships Rick Wolf has announced he will retire at the end of 2023, bringing to an end a hall-of-fame career in the fantasy sports and sports betting industries.
Wolf, who has been at SSG since it acquired The Alarm Sports Network in 2021, has spent his entire career in the fantasy sports and sports betting spaces aiming to grow the popularity of the sectors in the US.
During his time with SSG, Wolf has been described as an “integral part” of the company, forging relationships with several companies such as Fantasy Life, NBC Sports, Advanced Local, and PointsBet Canada as the firm aimed to be a leader in the space.
Sam Houlding, Spotlight Sports Group’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Rick has been a vital part of our leadership team since joining us more than two years ago and he will be deeply missed, but we all wish him well on a very well deserved retirement after a brilliant career.
“His unmatchable knowledge and expertise within the sports betting and fantasy sports landscape allowed us to further scale our B2B efforts and build a brand awareness of SSG in the US that would not have been possible without him.”
Previously in his career, Wolf has spent time in several senior leadership roles at various companies within the industry. He has spent time with the aforementioned The Alarm Sports Network, CBS Sports, Rotoworld.com, and NBC Sports.
Furthermore, he is the founding board member and Hall-of-Famer of the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association, where he made several key connections with industry minds to further the interests of the DFS space.
Wolf commented on his retirement: “I have been living and breathing fantasy sports and sports betting for my entire career. It is my life’s work and I will always be a part of this industry. It was my honor to help grow fantasy sports interest before its popularity became widespread and to help the great people at SSG grow during the explosion of the US sports betting market in the last few years.”
Last week, Wolf joined SBC Media on the iGaming Daily podcast with SBC’s VP of Growth and Strategy for the Americas Sue Schneider and SBC Americas Editor, Jessica Welman.
On his appearance, Wolf provided an overview of the history of fantasy sports and offered analysis of recent regulatory developments in the fantasy space affecting operators such as PrizePicks and Underdog Fantasy. You can listen to the podcast episode using the tool below.