With sports talk entertainment activity reaching fever pitch across the country after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized wagering, Mr. Pollakusky believes fans need intelligent and relevant conversation about sports as it relates to the everyday decisions they make regarding their own fantasy leagues to legally placing bets. Pollakusky crafted Sports Garten Network to fill this need.
Sports Garten Network is a brand new sports entertainment network with radio programming on LI News Radio (103.9), Long Island's only FM news station. The new programming will provide listeners with up to the minute sports news, updates and commentary with scores, highlights, wagering intelligence and more, live from Islip's MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. It's flagship program, Wanna Bet?!, with Tom Barton, will feature interviews with major sports figures and discussions that provide relevant & credible sports wagering intelligence. Pollakusky acquired 22 year sports talk veteran and champion handicapper, Tom Barton in early 2018. Barton had a show on Fox Sports in Las Vegas for the past decade and has been a prominent voice across the country as a sports analyst. Tom is also a native New Yorker who worked at 1050 ESPN Radio, WLNY TV 55 and ABC Radio before becoming one of the top sports handicappers in the country. He has been called "the honest handicapper" by Gaming Today and representing Sports Garten LLC, became the first man to ever place a legal sports bet outside of Nevada. Gary's eye for talent is key to his continued development of world class sports wagering talk programming.
Pollakusky holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and is an active member of SHRM, LICVB, and LILA. Additionally, Gary serves as the founding President & Executive Director of the Rocky Point Sound Beach Chamber of Commerce & North Shore Community Association, Board Member of the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation and was honored with the Long Island Business News Corporate Citizenship Award in 2016 and the 2017 Long Island Business News Forty Under Forty Award.