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Penn launches military scholarship at Penn State Berks

US-based gaming operator Penn Entertainment announced it is creating a military scholarship at the commonwealth campus of Penn State University, Penn States Berks.

The scholarship will be endowed through a multi-year $50,000 spend, which the company frames as supporting the Berks County community where Penn’s corporate headquarters are located. The business said that the initiative was part of Penn’s ongoing commitment to support veterans and active-duty military.

The scholarship will be available to veterans, activity duty reservists or National Guard members with a “demonstrated financial need”. At present, close to 50 student veterans are enrolled at the campus.

“We are thrilled to partner with Penn State Berks on the creation of this scholarship, which further strengthens our support for the military and our local community,” said Penn”s senior vice-president of public affairs, Eric Schippers. “Penn is passionate about honouring and empowering our nation’s heroes and this schola..

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Penn Entertainment completes acquisition of Barstool Sports

Omnichannel gaming operator Penn Entertainment has completed its acquisition of media business Barstool Sports.

The closing of the deal is the latest stage of an acquisition process that began in February 2020, when Penn purchased a 36% stake in Barstool.

Today (17 February), Penn revealed that it has paid approximately $388m (£322.5m/€363m) for the remaining interest in the business, having exercised its option to acquire in August 2022.

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Playing the long game

Last week, sports betting solutions provider Kambi and Penn Entertainment finalised the terms of their long-awaited migration deal, wherein Penn’s online and retail sportsbooks will migrate to its proprietary technology. Marese O’Hagan speaks to Kambi CEO Kristian Nylén about the future of the deal and the rise of vertical integration.

In August 2021, Penn Entertainment – then known as Penn National Gaming – announced that it would acquire Canadian sportsbook theScore for $2.0bn (£2.79bn/€2.05bn). The plan was to migrate Penn’s betting products onto a platform created by theScore, which did not yet exist at the time of the deal.

Having worked with Penn since 2019, this deal came as a disappointment to Kambi. From Kambi’s perspective, it was losing a vital client to a platform that had not yet been created. And it certainly didn’t help that the announcement came on the back of the migration of another high-profile client in DraftKings.

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Kambi agrees terms for Penn Entertainment sportsbook migration

Sports betting solutions supplier Kambi Group and Penn Entertainment have reached an agreement over the migration of the operator’s online and retail sportsbooks from Kambi to Penn’s proprietary technology.

Under the arrangement, Penn, previously known as Penn National Gaming, will migrate its online sportsbook in the third quarter of 2023, with the retail switch expected to take pace in 2024.

The two parties also agreed to cooperate on additional US state launches for the Barstool sportsbook during the transition period.

In August, Penn exercised its option to acquire all remaining shares of media brand Barstool Sports, having in February announced it would take full control of the business by early 2023.

The agreement provides for ongoing revenue share payments related to online and retail sports betting services for the duration of the provision of each respective service.

In addition, Kambi will receive one-time fees of $12.5m (£11.0m/€12.6m) for the early termination of the o..

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Penn exercises options to acquire remainder of Barstool

Penn Entertainment – the business formerly known as Penn National Gaming – has exercised its option to acquire all remaining shares of media brand Barstool Sports.

Penn acquired a 36% stake in Barstool for $161.2m in 2020, after which it rebranded its sportsbook product to bear the Barstool brand name.

The operator would then increase its stake in Barstool beyond 50% – paying $62.0m for a further 14% stake – within three years. Penn was also granted immediately exercisable call rights that would allow it to acquire the remainder of the media business, “based on a fair market value calculation”.

In February of this year, Penn then revealed that it planned to exercise these options and control the entire Barstool business by early 2023.

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