Power Players: Keith Wachtel and David Lehanski
Chief Business Officer
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Global Partnerships
National Hockey League
The NHL’s commercially aggressive approach to sports betting is led by Wachtel, who quickly established relationships across the gambling industry. Along with landing league deals with MGM, FanDuel and William Hill, Wachtel cleared a path for NHL teams to reach deals by allowing them to sign sponsors without requiring an official data purchase. Lehanski shepherds the development and rollout of the NHL’s puck and player tracking system, which the league hopes will allow for the development of new betting products and the monetization of its official data.