Elvis Duran Group Takes Over Management Of Fantasy Sports Radio Network
The Elvis Duran Group, run by syndicated host Elvis Duran and agent David Katz, has announced a partnership with SportsGrid Inc. to take over the programming, marketing, sales, and distribution of Fantasy Sports Radio Network aka “FNTSY Radio“.
The FNTSY Radio programming is currently heard on their dedicated app, iHeart Radio and TuneIn. Focusing of fantasy sports and sports gambling, the network is connected to the cable/OTT television network of the same name and shares some programming with the video service.
SportsGrid, Inc., one of the country’s leading suppliers of fantasy and sports wagering information services, partners with the Elvis Duran Group (EDG), a privately held entertainment company founded by radio and media personality Elvis Duran and talent agent David Katz. In the exclusive arrangement, EDG will be responsible for programming, marketing, sales and distribution of SportsGrid’s Fantasy Sports Radio Network (FNTSY Radio).
With more than 75 hours per week of programming distributed via streaming/on-demand video, OTT and linear TV, FNTSY Radio is a sports-centric digital broadcasting platform. The free digital streaming audio platform can be heard on the FNTSY Radio app, iHeart Radio and TuneIn.
According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, 60 million North Americans play fantasy sports, spending $26 billion annually. With the recent Supreme Court decision allowing states to determine the legality of sports wagering, that number is expected to increase dramatically as the American Gaming Association survey found that more than 28 million Americans are more likely to wager on sports in a legal environment.
Duran says, “I’ve seen the growth and fanaticism of fantasy sports and gaming through my own audience and my fellow cast mates. Lou [SportsGrid President Louis Maione] and his team have built fantastic assets that are poised to thrive in the rapidly changing landscape. I’m excited to help make FNTSY Radio the premier audio destination in the marketplace.”
EDG Partner/CEO David Katz comments, “Whether it’s daily fantasy or season long, the need for statistical analytics, in market reporting, and expert opinion has never been greater. Fantasy consumers are always seeking out an edge through content that no one else has. It’s our mission to provide fans the resources they need to be competitive as they draft and manage their teams in every sport, every day.”
Together Katz and Duran have turned EDG into an entertainment powerhouse. The Elvis Duran and the Morning Show airs 6-10 a.m. weekdays on New York’s legendary Z100 and ranks number one across multiple demographics in 75 markets. EDG also produces the annual Character Actor Hall of Fame show, The Carney Awards.
SportsGrid President Louis Maione says, “As one of the great communicators, Elvis knows exactly what and how to deliver to his millions of listeners on a daily basis. The brand David and Elvis have built is 25-years in the making. With the passion they have for the content our listeners are clamoring for, they’re the perfect team to help cement FNTSY Radio as the market leader and innovator. Focused on Fantasy & Sports Wagering, the FNTSY Sports Radio Network is not your father’s channel and together we’ll take the platform’s content to new heights and audiences.”