Former Mets Manager Valentine in New York Sports Betting Circle with RSI

Former Mets Manager Valentine in New York Sports Betting Circle with RSI
By Lou Monaco

Everybody is getting into the act in NY Sports Betting Apps. Now, Bobby V is coming to Rush Street.

Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive (RSI) announced Tuesday the signing of former professional baseball manager and player Bobby Valentine as a brand ambassador for both its sports betting platforms, BetRivers Sportsbook New York and

BetRivers was one of the first four mobile sports betting platforms to launch in New York on Jan. 8

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The former New York Mets manager will provide exclusive network and social media content for both sites and will provide his expertise and insights during a weekly Major League Baseball video, as well as podcast, television and radio interviews.

“I’m excited to be joining the BetRivers team at an exciting moment in the evolution of sports betting,” Valentine said in a news release. “This partnership will allow us to share my passion for competitive sports while at the same time providing valuable commentary to fans.”

Valentine, a native of Stamford, Conn., also will be interacting with sports betting fans in his home state where RSI launched retail and online sportsbooks in October 2021.  He becomes the sixth brand ambassador for both sites, joining Jerome Bettis, James Blake, Mike Ditka, Mark Schlereth and Brittney Payton.

Bobby V’s Best Success with Mets

Valentine is a former Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, Mets, and Seattle Mariners.  His managerial career also includes the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and the championship team he led for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.

He has a career record of 1186-1165 (.504 percentage) in 16 years as a manager. He had his most success with the Mets with 536 wins and 467 losses. His Mets team lost to the Yankees in the 2000 World Series.

He has extensive experience as an analyst and announcer for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, NBC Sports, and as a regular contributor to MLB on Sirius. He also spent eight years as the executive director of athletics for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

“We are thrilled to have Bobby Valentine, whose career spans six decades, join our BetRivers family of Brand Ambassadors,” said Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI, which operates both and “His vast knowledge and valuable MLB insights will be a tremendous asset to our sports bettors.”

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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