About NY Sports Day

NY Sports Day is an independent source for all of the news, analysis, and information you need to stay in the know about New York sports and gaming. The content we publish is all original and is created by our experienced team of writers, researchers, and sports experts.

We post daily and weekly content covering all aspects of sports and gaming in New York. From breaking news and analysis, interviews, and opinion pieces, if it’s happening in the NY sporting world, you’ll find it here.

NY Sports Day wants to be the best and most complete resource around for sports fans and gamblers in New York and the Tri-State Area, including New Jersey teams.

The editors of this website operate at their sole discretion and are not beholden to any outside entity or organization.

Neither NY Sports Day nor any of its managers are directly affiliated with any New York casino, sportsbook, or professional sports league.

 

Meet the NY Sports Day Team

Corey Roepken

Corey Roepken is the News Editor for NY Sports Day. Roepken has 20 years of experience as a sports journalist in Michigan, Texas, and Tennessee. Most notably, in his writing career, he covered professional and international soccer for the Houston Chronicle. He has also covered college softball, SEC football, the MLB, and the NFL.

Brian Spaen

Brian Spaen is the Managing Editor of NY Sports Day. He has been a writer and editor in various industries, including sports betting, higher education, and renewable energy. Brian enjoys playing video games and going to local craft breweries.

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a writer and editor for NY Sports Day with over 10 years of experience. He first started reporting on sports at UCLA where he covered national title winning programs, and future NBA All-Stars.Jonathan’s work has appeared on ESPN, Yahoo, The Wall Street Journal, and more covering everything from basketball, football, baseball, and even NASCAR and Esports. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys watching sports, rooting for the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams, and Kings while taking care of his rescue dog.

Hannah Vanbiber

Hannah Vanbiber is one of our writers for NY Sports Day. She started her journalism career in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as a reporter covering local sports, entertainment, and business in the East Tennessee area. She is now a full-time freelance writer, editor, and reporter, covering women’s sports and sports betting in the New York metropolitan area.

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is a writer for NY Sports Day. He has also written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.

Chris Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a senior contributing writer for NY Sports Day. With an interest in both sports and finance, his passion is analyzing the sports betting industry, where his two interests intersect.

Ryan Hagen

Ryan Hagen is a writer and contributor for NY Sports Day. He’s spent most of his career writing in roles that have ranged from copywriter at a boutique ad agency to corporate communications at a large oil firm. His true passion is sports, and he’s now been writing in the sports gaming industry for the last couple of years.

Heather Fletcher

Heather Fletcher covers online casino news for NY Sports Day. Prior to that, she spent a dozen years writing about marketing and working in that field. She was also a newspaper reporter in Ohio and eventually saw her bylines published in The New York Times.

Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based sports writer for NY Sports Day. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.

Cyrus Eshaghoff

Cyrus is a sports betting writer for NY Sports Day and one of our analysts based in Great Neck, NY. The COVID pandemic gave Eshaghoff time to discover new passions and outlets. He created a Twitter account (@2min_drill) where he shares his sports betting analysis and hot takes. As a New Yorker, Eshaghoff was ecstatic to learn about sports betting becoming legal in his state, and he is looking forward to legal sports betting expanding nationwide.

Calli Varner

Calli is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and is the Content Editor for NY Sports Day. As a football fanatic and lifelong resident of Arizona, she proudly cheers on the Arizona Cardinals. But her heart belongs to her number one team, the Kansas City Chiefs. (Go Chiefs Kingdom!) You can follow Calli on Twitter at @CalliDoesSports.

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

Hal Bock

Hal Bock is a contributor with NY Sports Day. He has covered sports for 40 years at The Associated Press including 30 World Series, 30 Super Bowls and 11 Olympics. He is the author of 14 books including most recently The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty and Banned Baseball's Blacklist of All-Stars and Also-Rans. He has written scores of magazine articles and served as Journalist In Residence at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus where he also served on the selection committee for the George Polk Awards.

Rich Mancuso

Rich Mancuso is a regular contributor at NY Sports Day, covering countless New York Mets, Yankees, and MLB teams along with some of the greatest boxing matches over the years. He is an award winning sports journalist and previously worked for The Associated Press, New York Daily News, Gannett, and BoxingInsider.com, in a career that spans almost 40 years.

Leslie Treff

Leslie Treff is a contributor for NY Sports Day, covering NY NHL teams. She has been covering the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils for more than 15 seasons. Leslie is a recognized expert in hockey prospects and has served as a scout for several independent agencies. A member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, in her former life, Leslie was an attorney in the judiciary in New York City.

Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz is a contributor covering the Islanders for NY Sports Day while also writing about general sports in the New York/New Jersey area. In addition to his column, Peter also hosts his “Schwartz On Sports” podcast as he interviews players, coaches, and other sports personalities. He is also currently a sports anchor for WFAN Radio, CBS Sports Radio, and WCBS 880 radio while also serving as the public address announcer for the New York Cosmos soccer club.

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