|Tuesday, May 16, 2023||Contact: Rhonda Norby (859) 224-2856|
|Equibase Management Committee Announces Kyle McDoniel as President and COO|
Kyle McDoniel has been named president and chief operating officer of Equibase Company LLC by the Equibase Management Committee, effective June 1, 2023. He succeeds Sal Sinatra, who resigned in July 2022. James L. Gagliano has acted as interim president since that time.
“Kyle will bring a fresh perspective to Equibase and the sport,” said Ian D. Highet, chairman of Equibase. “The management committee is confident that his extensive background within sports media and sports betting alongside his business development and strategic planning skills fit perfectly with Equibase’s objectives.”
Most recently, McDoniel was vice president of U.S. Strategic Partnerships for Sportradar, where he led strategic planning, business development, and ongoing partnership management with U.S. league partners, including the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League, for official betting data and content, technical services, and global video rights.
McDoniel, a 25-year veteran in the sports industry, started his career with ESPN and led initiatives managing partnerships with major U.S. sports leagues and developing direct-to-consumer digital subscription products before transitioning into business development and strategic planning. He subsequently held roles as senior vice president of Strategy, Marketing and Partnerships and vice president of business development for FOX Sports and also served as global head of Sports Partnerships and Strategy for Yahoo Sports.
“Horse racing is a fantastic sport, and I look forward to joining the excellent Equibase team in Lexington, Kentucky, and establishing relationships with stakeholders across the industry,” said McDoniel. “My priorities will be to develop new business opportunities to enrich the sport and provide everyone from professional handicappers to casual fans and the media with the tools they need to get the most out of racing.”
Equibase Company is a partnership between subsidiaries of The Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America and serves as the Thoroughbred industry’s official database. Through its website and mobile applications, Equibase offers a comprehensive array of free statistical information as well as premium handicapping products and reports in support of the North American Thoroughbred racing industry. Additional information is available at equibase.com.