BetMGM COO Ryan Spoon on How to Draw a Bigger Audience into Swimming

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Ryan Spoon, a name you may not be familiar with… but you should be. Ryan is the current COO of BetMGM as well as the former Senior VP of Digital and Social for ESPN. If that didn’t sell you, he’s also a Duke Swimming alumnus, so he’s got chlorine in his blood. Ryan knows how to draw a sporting audience and hold them, and he shares his thoughts on what swimming can do to boost their audience, in a non-Olympic year especially.


Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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5 months ago

Sell alcohol

5 months ago

Drop the long distance events or put them at the beginning of the meet

Monday Morning Grind
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5 months ago

Beginning of the meet like the NCAA does

Monday Morning Grind
5 months ago

Alcohol at meets, gambling Co-sponsored and organized by Swimswam and BeMGM. If FINA, USA swimming, and other national governing bodies are slow to get on board, I’d bet the ISL will take the initiative on their own.

Last edited 5 months ago by Monday Morning Grind
5 months ago

This guy will never shoot 60

5 months ago

Anyone know this guys masters times?

5 months ago

I’d love to see Pat Lahey interviewed….That’s a guy who gets it

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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