Abbott brings 20 years of experience to the role, and he was previously the Managing Director of US Sports Media at Sportradar – a role that he rose to in his eight years with the business.
The deal brings Abbott and Sharplink CEO & Co-Founder Rob Phythian back together after the pair worked at SportData and Sportradar.
Something that Phythian spoke about in his remarks on Abbot’s arrival, saying: "Given Dave and my long and storied history of collaboration, partnership and teamwork, having worked together in the past to help put both SportsData and Sportradar US on the map, I have first-hand knowledge of and appreciation for his vision, skill and ability to create and monetise bleeding-edge innovations and impactful solutions.
“A true technology visionary, Dave will be charged with inspiring and growing SharpLink's engineering teams, driving forward our technology roadmap, and advancing our mission to be the provider-of-choice for game-changing technologies for fantasy sports and free-to-play gaming as well as hyper-localisation of fan engagement."
Meanwhile, Abbott commented on his new role: "The timing is ideal for putting the band back together. The notable success that Rob, Tom and I shared while working together at SportsData and Sportradar is a testament to our corresponding strengths, commitment to results, common core values and similar work ethics.
“I'm delighted to be reuniting with them and look forward to working closely with SharpLink's highly talented team at this important evolutionary phase of the US sports betting market. I have great confidence that SharpLink will prove to be our biggest success yet."