Jay-Z Applied For A Sports Betting License In New York, Plans To Open Up A Sportsbook

Jay-Z Applied For A Sports Betting License In New York, Plans To Open Up A Sportsbook

Is Jay-Z pursuing a new business venture?

Earlier today (Monday, Aug. 16th), TMZ reported that Jay-Z recently applied to obtain an online sports betting license. He is reportedly doing so with hopes of opening up a sportsbook, which is an establishment where people can place bets on various sporting events.

According to the outlet, Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) submitted the application with the New York Gaming Commission. Sources claim Jay-Z is partnering with Michael Rubin–the chairman of Fanatics–for the pursuit, and they’re allegedly planning to form a platform called Fanatics Sportsbook. Additionally, sources claim the pair is also partnering up with Kambi, a software company that specializes in virtual sports gambling. The New York Gaming Commission reportedly has until December to make a decision on Jay-Z‘s application.


Jay-Zs new business venture is his latest pursuit amid a busy summer. As previously reportedJay-Z recently invested in Fanatics, helping it jump up to an $18 billion value. Additionally, Jay-Z just reopened his Manhattan-based sports bar, 40/40 Club–reportedly providing about 100 bartending and serving jobs in the process.

Will Smith

The rapper-turned-entrepreneur notably partnered up with Will Smith in order to invest in Landis Technologies, a company that helps low-income renters become homeowners. He is also still heavily involved in his entertainment company, Roc Nation.

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Authored by: Nick Fenley