A familiar New York face has joined the rank-and-file of WynnBet.
The sports betting app owned and operated by Wynn Resorts, WynnBet announced earlier this month that it welcomed three retired professional athletes as brand ambassadors.
Among them: Former New York Jets offensive lineman Nick Mangold.
The All-Pro lineman certainly appeals to the New York area, as the bearded behemoth helped lead the Jets to two AFC Championship appearances during his 11-year career with the franchise.
Mangold joined WynnBet alongside former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson as well as Tim Howard, widely considered one of the best goalkeepers in United States soccer history.
WynnBet ready to integrate former pro athletes
Mangold spent all 11 years of his NFL career as the starting center for the New York Jets. He plated in 164 total games and was elected to the Pro Bowl seven times (2008-2011, 2013-2015).
The first-round draft pick out of Ohio State played an integral role in helping the Jets get to within one win of a trip to the Super Bowl in both 2009 and 2010, named first-team All-Pro each season.
With WynnBet, along with Johnson and Howard, Mangold will appear in marketing promotions as well as attend in-person events. The sportsbook has tasked the trio with promoting the WynnBet app, which will offer in-app promotions and odds boosts “tailored to the ambassadors’ interests and personalities.”
In the press release announcing WynnBet’s newest brand ambassadors, Mangold talked about his newfound love for sports betting.
“I’ve played football for almost my entire life, and never realized how entertaining it is to bet on the sport and interact with other fans about betting. Now that I’m retired, I’ve enjoyed learning the role that betting and social interaction plays in enhancing my enjoyment of the game. The WynnBet app makes that easy for me in my current home state of New Jersey. I’m excited to partner with WynnBet to let fans know what an entertaining and user-friendly experience the app provides.”
New York still waiting for online sports betting
As Mangold mentioned, mobile betting is legal and easy to access in New Jersey, where WynnBet offers its online sportsbook. New York residents, however, are still waiting for the opportunity to legally wager on sports through desktop and mobile devices.
The New York State Gaming Commission hopes to have sports betting apps legalized in time for Super Bowl LVI. Applications are due by Aug. 9. After that, the NYSGC will take up to 150 days to choose its desired online sports betting platforms.
Certainly, WynnBet could submit or join a bid for the commission’s consideration. If selected, bettors in New York could no doubt expect to see plenty of Nick Mangold advertisements and promotions.
Until that time, though, there’s always New Jersey.