Kyle McDoniel has been named president and chief operating officer of Equibase Company LLC by the Equibase Management Committee, effective June 1, 2023, the company announced on Tuesday. McDoniel succeeds Sal Sinatra, who resigned in July 2022. James L. Gagliano served as interim president.
“Kyle will bring a fresh perspective to Equibase and the sport,” Ian D. Highet, chairman of Equibase, said. “The management committee is confident that his extensive background within sports media and sports betting alongside his business development and strategic planning skills fit perfectly with Equibase’s objectives.”
Most recently McDoniel served as vice president of U.S. Strategic Partnerships for sports technology company Sportradar, where he led strategic planning, business development, and ongoing partnership management. He is a 25-year veteran in the sports industry, started his career with ESPN and subsequently held roles as senior vice president of Strategy, Marketing and Partnerships and vice president of business development for FOX Sports and also served as global head of Sports Partnerships and Strategy for Yahoo Sports.
“Horse racing is a fantastic sport, and I look forward to joining the excellent Equibase team in Lexington, Kentucky, and establishing relationships with stakeholders across the industry,” said McDoniel. “My priorities will be to develop new business opportunities to enrich the sport and provide everyone from professional handicappers to casual fans and the media with the tools they need to get the most out of racing.”