Panel Bios – Gaming

David Bergman

David Bergman, UCONN Analytics Professor and 2020 Draft Kings Winner

David Bergman is an Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management at the University of Connecticut. David’s work focuses on developing novel algorithms for large-scale automated decision making, both in research and in practice. His research is published in the top Operations Research journals and his work in consulting has driven impact for organizations across a wide spectrum of industries. He is also a leader in sports analytics, and is the 2020 Draft Kings Fantasy Football World Champion, and has achieved great success with online sports betting.

Rich Roberts, President of Digital Gaming for Mohegan Sun

Rich Roberts is President of Mohegan Digital overseeing the iGaming and sports betting digital experiences for Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment. Rich has spent over 30 years in the gaming and digital gaming markets with leading companies including Viacom, Atari, and Hasbro.  Prior to joining Mohegan, Rich was with New England Sports Network leading their sports betting initiatives for the New England market.  Prior to that, Rich served as President of Digital for Sportech, leading their daily fantasy sports, iGaming, and the CT online horse race wagering app initiatives.

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NBCUNIVERSAL EXECUTIVES -- Pictured: Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President Sports Ventures & International, NBC Sports Group (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBCUniversal)

Rob Simmelkjaer, Board Chairman of the CT Lottery Corporation

Rob Simmelkjaer is an experienced sports media executive who is currently the founder and CEO of Persona Media, a Norwalk-based social media startup. Prior to that, he spent most of his career working as a sports media executive in a number of positions with NBC Sports and ESPN. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation. Simmelkjaer was appointed by Governor Ned Lamont to the role in May 2020, and confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2021.

From 2011 to 2019, he served as a senior vice president at NBC Sports in Stamford, a role in which he was responsible for managing the NBC Sports Ventures unit, a collection of NBC Sports properties including NBC Sports Radio and podcasts, Reebok Spartan Race, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, and the Red Bull Signature Series. In addition, Simmelkjaer led NBC Sports’ entry into the sports betting space, launching a popular free-to-play game called NBC Sports Predictor, as well as a daily sports betting radio and television show called the Daily Line. In addition to his position as senior vice president, Simmelkjaer served as an on-air contributor across multiple NBCUniversal platforms, including NBC Sports, NBCSN, NBC Sports Radio, NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. Notably, he served as a studio host on MSNBC during NBC Sports Group’s presentation of the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. Prior to joining NBC, Simmelkjaer in various executive positions at Bristol-based ESPN, including vice president of international development, vice president and assistant to the president, and director of NBA programming. Simmelkjaer also managed the network’s relationship with the International Olympic Committee. During his time at ESPN, he also served as an anchor and correspondent for ESPN and ABC News.  A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Simmelkjaer practiced law in New York City before beginning his media career. Membership on the board is an unpaid, volunteer role.