By Evan Bleier / November 28, 2018

Longtime Business Reporter Leaves ESPN for Sports Gambling Network

Darren Rovell has left the Worldwide Leader for a gig at the Action Network.

Darren Rovell speaks at the NYVC Sports Venture Series: (Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for AWXI)
Darren Rovell speaks at the NYVC Sports Venture Series: (Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for AWXI)

ESPN’s longtime sports business reporter is no longer in business with the Worldwide Leader.

Darren Rovell officially left ESPN to join the Action Network, a media startup company with a focus on sports gambling.

Leaving ESPN behind following 18 years of reporting on the business of sports, Rovell joins the Action Network on a multi-year contract as a senior executive producer.

In his new role, Rovell will cover “all angles” of the sports betting world as well as work on product ideas related to gambling.

“Over the past several years my coverage of sports gambling has shifted from occasionally to nearly daily,” Rovell said. “This is a dynamic sector that will impact everything from data and media rights to sponsorship and fan engagement and I felt the only way to cover this business was to go all in.”

With more and more states legalizing sports gambling, Rovell wanted to get in on the ground floor with an organization whose sole focus is wagering on sports.

“ESPN does a great job covering gambling, but winners in spaces today are the ones in the niches, not generalists,” Rovell told The Washington Post. “People aspire to go to organizations that are specialists. You feel good watching CNBC because all they do is business. All Action does is gambling.”

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