Score Media and Gaming has appointed Angela Ruggiero, a four-time Olympian and chief executive and co-founder of market research firm Sports Innovation Lab, to its board of directors.
Ruggiero joins the board with immediate effect and will support theScore as it continues to grow its media and gaming operations across North America.
Ruggiero won medals in four successive Winter Olympic Games as a member of the US women’s national ice hockey team, including a gold medal in 1998.
In 2015, she became the second American woman to be inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame and served as a member of the International Olympic Committee between 2010 and 2018.
As chief executive of Sports Innovation Lab, Ruggiero leads a team of analysts and strategists whose focus is to identify trends and evaluate technologies which drive the future of sport. Sports Innovation Lab works with over 70 clients globally.
“Angela is a successful sports business leader who knows what it takes to win, as demonstrated by her incredible achievements on and off the ice,” theScore founder and chief executive John Levy said.
“She is an industry pioneer who understands the power of sports fandom and is the perfect addition to our Board as we continue to grow and establish theScore’s leadership position in mobile sports media, gaming, and esports.”
Ruggiero added: “theScore is an innovative industry leader, pushing the boundaries in uniquely fusing media with gaming, and we share the same fan-first philosophy in our approach to sports business. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to support John and his team as they continue to build their footprint across these exciting and fast-growing industries.”
Score Media and Gaming’s sports betting app, theScore Bet, is live in New Jersey, Colorado and Indiana, and its media app is one of the most widely used multi-sport news and data apps in North America.
On September 15, the business was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, following an announcement in July that revenue had fallen 71.8% year-on-year in the three months to May 31, in a period which chief executive John Levy described as an “unprecedented challenge”.