Former Eagles RB Brian Westbrook Dives into Sports Betting

The sports betting industry has started attracting more and more big names. You can see this in the advertisements alone, where Jamie Foxx appears in BetMGM ads, Ben Affleck and Shaquille O’Neal have teamed up for a WynnBET spot, and Martin Lawrence and an ensemble cast star in the latest DraftKings campaign. Additionally, more and more former athletes have started to get in on the popularity, as seen with former NFL kicker Martin Gramatica’s appearance in a DraftKings spot. Some former athletes are going further than just filming commercials, though. Let’s look at how one former star running back is betting big on the future of sports betting.

DraftKings Has a New Partner in Brian Westbrook

draftkings sportsbook mobile appFormer Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is making a big splash in the world of sports betting. It’s just been reported that the retired player will partner with DraftKings, one of the big owners of market share in the space. The move makes sense, as Westbrook is chairman of SeventySix Capital, a sports venture capital firm. With Westbrook’s professional interests such as sporting technology, esports, and sports betting, the partnership with DraftKings should be mutually beneficial.

The move is fueled by Westbrook’s optimistic feelings about the sports wagering space, believing the industry will continue its upward trajectory thanks to companies such as DraftKings.

DraftKings Continues to Grow

This partnership is one of many that DraftKings is moving forward with to continue its success in the betting sphere. This year, the NFL announced its official betting partners, which include Caesars Sportsbook, FanDuel, and DraftKings. The company even has its own partnership with Westbrook’s former team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Additionally, DraftKings reportedly just made a $20 billion bid on U.K.-based betting company Entain.

These moves are likely due to the increasingly crowded space. DraftKings is doing its best to battle with FanDuel and BetMGM, two other sportsbooks with major market share. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, with Fox Bet, BetRivers, PointsBet, and even brand new books like MaximBet popping up. Working with Westbrook should help the betting giant in the ongoing battle for sports betting supremacy.

Background on Brian Westbrook

Brian Westbrook entered the league in 2002, taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles coming out of Villanova. During his time in the league, Westbrook became known for his versatility. In nine years in the NFL, he amassed 6,335 rushing yards, 3,940 receiving yards, and 73 total touchdowns. Although he spent the majority of his career with the Eagles, Westbrook’s final season in 2010 was with the San Francisco 49ers. He also appeared in two Pro Bowls throughout his career.

Since retirement, much of Westbrook’s work has focused on assisting fellow athletes with investment opportunities. Because athletes receive so many offers to invest in a number of different ventures, the former NFL star is focusing on educating them on what to look for in these potential investments. In addition to star athletes, Westbrook also works with influencers and entertainers.

Anthony Elio is a CU Boulder graduate with a degree in creative writing and advertising. He is the lead Industry Betting Writer at Lineups.com, where he has spent over a year covering industry news in sports betting, casino, and poker.

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