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Churchill Downs to Renovate Jockey Club Suites

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Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced a renovation project that will update and refresh the Jockey Club Suites at Churchill Downs Racetrack. The $14 million renovation will modernize what is considered one of the original luxury and full-service hospitality experiences at the legendary Racetrack. The project is scheduled to be completed in advance of the 150th Kentucky Derby in May 2024.

The renovation plans will enhance all aspects of the 61 suites, common spaces, dining rooms and restrooms located on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors in a tower directly adjacent to the historic Twin Spires along the homestretch at Churchill Downs. Originally constructed in 2004, the Jockey Club Suites seat approximately 2500 guests which, in addition to private suites, includes the Triple Crown Ballroom, Grand Foyer, Derby and Oaks meeting rooms and the new Triple Crown Balcony and also serves as a premium rentable space for special events throughout the year.

“The Jockey Club Suites are a core premium hospitality product. This renovation project will ensure existing and future suite holders are provided the entertainment experience Churchill Downs is known for and our guests have come to expect for Kentucky Derby Week and all other racing events,” Mike Anderson, President of Churchill Downs, said.

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Mohegan Appoints Joseph J. Hasson as Interim COO

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Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, known globally for its renowned integrated entertainment resorts, has appointed Joseph J. Hasson as interim Chief Operating Officer. Jody Madigan, the current COO, has resigned effective August 1, 2024, and will be taking a leave of absence pending his departure.

Joseph J. Hasson will serve as interim COO and retain his current role as General Manager of Mohegan Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, subject to necessary regulatory filings or approvals. Mr. Hasson was an obvious choice for the Management Board, given his prior experience as the former Chief Operating Officer of Station Casinos LLC and Red Rock Resorts Inc. Joe brings considerable expertise to the executive team with a consistent track record of operating excellence and success over more than 40 years’ experience in the gaming and hospitality industry. Mr. Hasson will report to Ray Pineault, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mohegan.

“Joseph J. Hasson’s deep understanding of the gaming and hospitality industry makes him exceptionally qualified to maintain our high service and operational excellence standards. We are confident that Joe’s extensive experience and proven leadership will ensure continuity in our operations and guest experience,” Ray Pineault, President and CEO of Mohegan, said.

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Jennifer Shatley Joins ROGA as Executive Director

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Jennifer Shatley, a recognized expert in the field and a highly sought speaker and advisor, has joined the Responsible Online Gaming Association (ROGA) as Executive Director.

Shatley has had 25+ years worth of experience, working closely with the treatment community, academics, researchers, government bodies, state councils, and gaming industry representatives to promote responsible gaming.

“Many of America’s largest legal mobile gaming operators will be establishing a framework that helps to aid in responsible gaming education and awareness. By coming together with a clear set of objectives, ROGA and our members will work to enhance consumer protections and help provide easier and more efficient access to responsible gaming tools for consumers to enjoy the entertainment of online gaming,” Shatley said.

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Rush Street Interactive Appoints Brian Sapp as Chief Marketing Officer

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Rush Street Interactive Inc. announced the appointment of Brian Sapp to the newly-created role of Chief Marketing Officer.

In his role as CMO, Brian brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in leading data-driven marketing and live operations within the mobile industry and joins the Company’s executive leadership team reporting directly to Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer.

“As we continue to grow and expand across the Americas, a marketing leader with Brian’s unique blend of gaming and mobile experience, strategic insight, and creativity will be additive to the team as we shape the future of our brand and continue to innovate our customer first experience. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard to lead our marketing strategy, team, and operations,” said Richard Schwartz.

As RSI’s growth continues to accelerate, Mattias Stetz, the company’s Chief Operations Officer who previously led the marketing team, has deepened his focus on scaling operations and increasing Latin American growth.

Brian Sapp said: “I am thrilled to join Rush Street Interactive at a time when the company has such strong momentum. RSI’s customer first focus really resonated with me as a marketer who understands what it takes to succeed in a competitive mobile landscape. I look forward to leveraging my experience and expertise to drive forward our marketing initiatives during RSI’s next phase of growth and deliver exceptional experiences to our customers.”

Prior to joining Rush Street Interactive, Brian served on the Executive Team at Rec Room, overseeing several functions, including media buying, product marketing, creative, social, and first-party revenue, where he played a pivotal role in driving the company’s growth strategies and user base to new heights. Before his tenure at Rec Room, Brian held the position of Senior Vice President of User Acquisition & Ads at Jam City, overseeing the successful marketing campaigns for a diverse portfolio of casual and social mobile games.

With a career spanning nearly two decades, Brian also served as the Director of Digital Publishing at WB Games, where he managed all aspects of user acquisition, analytics, and monetization for WB’s mobile gaming portfolio. He began his journey in the mobile industry at Tapjoy, where he served as Director of Developer Partnerships, playing a key role in strategic partnerships, developer relations, and app distribution and monetization.

Brian’s appointment underscores Rush Street Interactive’s commitment to innovation and strategic growth in the rapidly evolving online gaming landscape. His extensive experience and proven leadership will undoubtedly propel Rush Street Interactive to new heights of success as new markets come online and existing markets continue to mature.

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