Sports Betting

    Hall of Fame

    Joe Brennan Jr
    Founder & CEO of Sport AD

    2008 – Started the federal lawsuit and legislative push to legalize sports betting and online gaming in New Jersey.

    2009 – Was lead plaintiff, joined by then-NJ Governor Jon Corzine, the NJ State Legislature, and the NJ Thoroughbred & Standardbred Racing Associations.

    2011 – Won the statewide vote in NJ to amend the state’s Casino Control Act to permit sports betting at casinos and race tracks, by a 2-1 margin of victory.

    Successfully lobbied NJ Governor Chris Christie to take over the fight in the federal courts to overturn PASPA, which finally occurred in May 2018, when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA as unconstitutional, paving the way for New Jersey and the remaining states to legalize sports betting.

    Has since consulted with lawmakers in other states on their own efforts to legalize sports betting and i-Gaming, as well as advising gaming operators in the fields of betting technology, sports data and analytics.

    In 2017, he co-founded the company Sport A.D., which launched “FastPick” under license in NJ, the first legal real-money sports game for US casinos outside of Nevada. In 2021, Sport A.D. was acquired and is now expanding from daily fantasy sports into online & mobile sports betting, racing and casino games.

    Prior Experience

    Was a Director of Strategy at AOL, where he first pitched then AOL Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis on using the company’s UK and EU divisions to enter the online sports betting and i-Gaming markets (a strategy that was rejected at the time).

    Helped found the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (IMEGA), which grew to be the lead lobbying and legal defense trade group for the sports betting and i-Gaming industry in the US.