The Tennessee Lottery hired Danielle Boyd as vice president of sports games just a few days after Jennifer Roberts announced that she would be leaving as director of sports gaming regulation of the lottery.
Boyd comes from William Hill USA to Tennessee, where she was in charge of government relations for two years. Previously, she was managing director of the West Virginia Lottery for almost seven years, but went shortly after the state started sports betting in 2018.
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Roberts' departure and Boyd's attitude come when Tennessee tries to open its mobile / online sports betting market. Roberts, who has been with the Tennessee Lottery for about eight months, announced on Friday that she will move to GameCo in Las Vegas from July 1 as Vice President / General Counsel.
The Tennessee Lottery, which confirmed Boyd's hiring on Monday, has been criticized by the gaming industry for some of the regulations it has adopted, including a high cap and high royalties.
Boyd announced the move to Nashville on Monday on her Twitter account.
I left WV about 2 years ago after starting sports betting. It led me to @ WilliamHillUS I gained valuable experience here and helped shape the US industry. Nashville will be so excited to share my next stop where I join @ TNLottery as VP of Sports Gaming Operations!
– Danielle Boyd (@ danyeller714) June 29, 2020
What happened in West Virginia
According to published reports In West Virginia, lawmakers said that Boyd was pushed out of her previous position by Governor Jim Justice. The reports indicated that there were disagreements between the lottery and the administration about the use of official data from professional sports leagues.
Laws approved in Tennessee require the use of official data from sports leagues.
Boyd, who had graduated from West Virginia University, resigned about a month after his indefinite suspension. In her resignation letter, she said she refused to be "indefinitely suspended" until the investigation, indefinitely, without further information on the cause of such an aggressive and unprecedented personnel move or details of the scope of the "pending" investigation, & # 39; " after a story by doing Charleston Gazette mail.
She also reportedly answered media questions about sports betting when all media inquiries to state agencies in West Virginia via the governor's office, the Gazette mail reported.
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The lottery also confirmed on Monday that it had hired Danny DiRienzo as a sports game investigator.
DiRienzo has been a US intelligence agent for the past 22 years and, according to the Tennessee Lottery, has conducted various types of complex financial crime investigations in Boston, Washington, DC, Indianapolis, Wilmington, North Carolina and Nashville.
Tennessee hopes to get its sports betting market up and running when the sport returns from the coronavirus pandemic, certainly in time for the football season.