BOSTON (WJZ) — DraftKings announced Thursday the appointment of Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. as a special advisor to the board of directors.

Ripken will lend strategic insights to the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer on key company initiatives and will become a DraftKings equity holder.

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“Cal Ripken Jr. embodies the qualities of perseverance and integrity we value so highly at DraftKings, and on behalf of the entire company I want to extend our warmest welcome to him as a special advisor,” Jason Robins, CEO and co-founder of DraftKings, said.

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Ripken will also advise the DraftKings board of directors and Chief Executive Officer on company strategy, product development and marketing activities.

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CBS Baltimore Staff