The Action Network

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The Action Network
Key people
Patrick Keane, CEO
Chad Millman, CCO
Matt Restivo, CPO

The Action Network is a sports media company featuring news and analysis focused on the sports betting landscape in the United States.


The company was founded by The Chernin Group in October 2017, through the acquisition and roll-up of three companies: Sports Insights, FantasyLabs and the SportsAction mobile app.[1][2]

In October 2017, Chad Millman joined the company as chief content officer.[3] Millman was previously editor-in-chief for ESPN The Magazine and

In November 2018, the company announced the appointment of Patrick Keane as CEO. Keane was a former board member at Bleacher Report, and was an original seed stage investor in The Action Network.[4]

On October 22, 2019, MLB umpire Joe West filed a defamation lawsuit in New York against Action Network and former MLB player Paul Lo Duca over comments Lo Duca made on a podcast carried by the network in April 2019, recalling his Mets his teammate Billy Wagner telling him in 2006-7, "Joe loves antique cars so every time he comes into town I lend him my ’57 Chevy so he can drive it around so then he opens up the strike zone for me." In the complaint West denies this and says he has suffered unspecified damages as a result of Lo Duca's comments.[5][6]


The Action Network has a content partnership with ESPN, producing a daily show streaming on the ESPN+ platform called I'll Take That Bet.[7][8]

On August 27, 2018, the company announced a partnership with Cadence13 to launch a podcast network dedicated to sports gambling.[9]

Sports business analyst, Darren Rovell, joined the company on November 28, 2018. Rovell previously worked for ESPN and CNBC.[10]

On April 25, 2019, the company announced a partnership with SiriusXM to launch a daily show on the Fantasy Sports Radio channel that will deliver a mix of sports betting insights and fantasy sports analysis.[11]


  1. ^ Kirkham, Chris. Chernin to Court Sports Bettors With New Data and Analysis Service. The Wall Street Journal. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  2. ^ Spangler, Todd. Chernin Group Makes Bet on Sports Wagering With ‘The Action Network’ Media Roll-Up. Variety. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. ^ Boren, Cindy. ESPN editorial director Chad Millman is leaving, reportedly to join Barstool Sports’ parent company. The Washington Post. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  4. ^ Mullin, Benjamin. Sports-Betting Analytics Startup Names New CEO. Wall Street Journal. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Umpire Joe West Files Defamation Suit Against a Former Player". New York Times. October 24, 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "MLB umpire Joe West suing former All-Star Paul Lo Duca for claiming he took bribes". USA Today. October 22, 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  7. ^ McCarthy, Michael. TV networks will be panning for talent as part of the rush to claim gambling gold. Sporting News. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  8. ^ Strauss, Ben. Action Network to launch sports gambling podcast network. The Washington Post. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  9. ^ Strauss, Ben. Darren Rovell on his move from ESPN to the Action Network: ‘They’re buying me as a brand’. The Washington Post. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  10. ^ Glasspiegel, Ryan. Action Network Launching New Fantasy / Betting Show on SiriusXM. The Big Lead. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.

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