theScore COO Benjie Levy steps into Penn Interactive leadership role
theScore Chief Operating Officer Benjie Levy will replace Jon Kaplowitz as head of Penn Interactive after the latter stepped down following nearly four years in the job.
Kaplowitz joined Penn in 2019 and oversaw the growth of the Penn Interactive business from 40 to 500 staff. He is leaving his role to spend more time with his family.
He told Legal Sports Report he had achieved “everything he set out to do” at Penn. “I couldn’t be more happy with the decision. But, obviously, I’m going to miss it because I love this stuff.”
His replacement, Levy, is currently COO at theScore, which Penn acquired in August 2021. Levy will continue to help run theScore, splitting his time between the company’s headquarters in Toronto and Penn Interactive’s HQ in Philadelphia. In his Penn Interactive role, he will report to Penn’s EVP of operations Todd George.
“Fortunately, we didn’t have to look too far to find the perfect individual to fill the role,” Penn National CEO Jay Snowden told staff in a note. “With our acquisition of theScore last year, we inherited one of the digital sports media and gaming industry’s brightest stars in Benjie Levy. I know Benjie is excited to pick up the baton and continue to build upon Jon’s legacy at Penn Interactive.”
Penn Interactive is running a dual-brand strategy, with Barstool Sportsbook in US sports betting and theScore Bet the go-to brand in Canada. theScore shut down its US operations on July 1 as part of that strategy. Meanwhile, Penn is in the process of facilitating the migration of theScore Bet from a Bet.Works trading engine to its own risk and trading platform.