Kelly Stewart continues to pave the way for women in the sports betting industry.
Her next stop? The Worldwide Leader.
ESPN announced this morning that it has hired Stewart as a sports betting analyst to provide coverage across the network’s plethora of platforms, including its daily sports gambling program, Daily Wager.
Stewart, also known as KellyinVegas or ‘KIV,’ will join ESPN in June. The Kansas State product will also provide her content on the Daily Wager podcast, multiple ESPN radio shows and other programs on the network like Sports Center.
In the network’s press release, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer Scott Clark said, “Having an experienced voice like Kelly Stewart join us better positions us to expand our sports betting content going forward. She’ll be an important asset to all that we are doing in the space and like the rest of our sports betting team, she will be busy.”
Stewart became a household name in Las Vegas after cashing a three-team, money-line parlay in college football that earned her an 85/1 payout. From there, she started appearing on radio shows across the country and was a regular in print and on shows hosted by the Las Review-Journal.
Stewart collected a lot more greenbacks when she won the 2014 ‘Mini Contest’ in the Westgate’s SuperContest that thousands of gamblers from across the globe participate in annually.
Stewart became the first and only female handicapper for VegasInsider several years ago. She was with VI for two years before joining WagerTalk on a full-time basis. KIV has also been an analyst for Bleacher Report in recent years and was featured in Showtime’s docu-series ACTION back in 2019.
Stewart was also a regular guest on my Games Galore podcast (before it went on its current hiatus that will end this fall) and contributed to our 2019 college football roundtable here at MajorWager.
In recent years, lots of other women have gained notoriety in the sports betting space, including Anita Marks, Minty Bets, Erin Kate Dolan, Megan Nunez and Ariel Epstein. However, Stewart was the first to gain the respect of those in the industry and her successful career path just took another huge step.