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Fanatics names Winiarski as new chief legal officer


Diversified digital sports platform Fanatics has appointed Gregg Winiarski as its new chief legal officer.

In the role, Winiarski will oversee legal affairs across the entire Fanatics enterprise, including its Betting and Gaming division. His position will also cover the Commerce and Collectibles businesses.

Winiarski takes on the full-time role having spent the last two years working in an advisory role for Fanatics.

Prior to this, he was executive vice president and general counsel for technology and media business IAC. He also spent time as an associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

“I’m thrilled to have Gregg join our team as chief legal officer for the entire Fanatics global enterprise,” Fanatics chief executive Michael Rubin said. “Gregg is an incredibly strategic legal executive with deep expertise that spans more than 20 years across M&A, regulatory and compliance functions.

“He will be an invaluable asset as we scale our collective businesses to become the leading digital sports platform for fans worldwide.”

Winiarski added: “I’m excited to continue my journey with Fanatics. During my time as an advisor to the company, I witnessed first-hand the limitless potential we have to create the ultimate digital sports platform.

“I am eager to support the entire organization as we look for ways expand and enhance the end-to-end fan experience.”

Betting and gaming expansion

The appointment comes amid a major expansion of Fanatics’ Betting and Gaming division. Last month, the business agreed to acquire the PointsBet US division of PointsBet Holdings for $150.0m.

The agreement, which remains subject to shareholder approval and certain regulatory and other conditions, states PointsBet will retain both its Canadian and Australian business and operations and continue as an Australian Stock Exchange-listed company.

PointsBet will keep hold of its proprietary sports wagering, racing and igaming platform and be granted a perpetual, royalty-free license to exploit the Banach technology assets, which were acquired by PointsBet in March 2021.

The deal also states that PointsBet will retain its teams in Australia, Canada and India, as well as its Australian-based technologists, traders and quants.

Also last month, Fanatics Betting and Gaming chief executive Matt King spoke to iGB about the business’s wider growth and expansion plans.