Dan Silver to return to NYRA as Director of Television & Interactive Platforms
By Eric Wing | 12/06/2013 10:33 AM ET
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has hired Dan Silver to serve as the organization's director of television and interactive platforms.
Silver previously was NYRA's director of communications and media relations from 2009 - 2012, having joined the company in 2008 as the marketing communications manager.
He spent the past year as the director of racing operations at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. In his role there, Silver helped create the inaugural Penn Mile race, which set new wagering records for the track.
"Dan is an extremely talented and creative racing executive, and we are delighted to welcome him back," said David O'Rourke, vice president of corporate development for NYRA. "His deep knowledge and love of racing will serve him well as he helps shape our television and interactive offerings to our fans."
Silver, a Philadelphia native, has master's degrees from the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, along with a bachelor's degree from Haverford College.
He has served as a vice president of the Turf Publicists of America for the past three years and in 2010, the Thoroughbred Times included him in its "40 Under 40" list of prominent racing industry leaders under the age of 40.
"NYRA has one of the most respected television signals and network of websites in the industry," said Silver, who will begin his new job next month. "I am very excited at the prospect of returning to the organization and helping to build on that success."
About The New York Racing Association, Inc.
NYRA's mission is "Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety." Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York's three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state's thoroughbred business which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State's urban, suburban and rural economy.