The Sports Betting Hall of Fame will see five new members inducted in a special ceremony at the MetLife Stadium on December 1, 2021, during the SBC Summit North America conference and trade show.
The Sports Betting Hall of Fame recognizes the outstanding contribution that the industry’s pioneers have made during their illustrious careers.
SBC has now announced the luminaries who make up the Class of 2021:
- Yolanda Acuña – Former Director of Race & Sports Administration, MGM Resorts International
- Joe Asher – Former CEO, William Hill US
- Johnny Avello – Director of Race & Sportsbook Operations, DraftKings
- Joe Brennan Jr – Former Chair, IMEGA
- Jimmy Vaccaro – Legendary Las Vegas Bookmaker / Sports Marketing Director, South Point Hotel & Casino
The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on the second evening of the SBC Summit North America, the sports betting and igaming industry event, which takes place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey across November 30 – December 2.
All delegates at the conference will have full access to the induction ceremony and party at the Coaches Club at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Sue Schneider, SBC’s Vice President of Growth and Strategy, Americas, said: “Each of these inductees have made an amazing contribution to the industry so we’re pleased to induct them into the Hall of Fame to recognize their efforts.”
The new inductees bolster the US industry representation in the Sports Betting Hall of Fame, which started with Class of 2019 members Art Manteris (retired VP Race and Sports Book Operations, Station Casinos), Dennis Drazin (CEO, Monmouth Park), and Chris Christie (former NJ Governor).
They were joined last year by Victor Salerno (President, USBookmaking & US Fantasy Sports), Raymond Lesniak (former NJ State Senator), Roxy Roxborough (Legendary Las Vegas Oddsmaker), Sara Slane (former Sr VP, American Gaming Association), and Jay Rood (SVP, Risk & Trading, Bally’s Interactive).
About the Sports Betting Hall of Fame
SBC launched the Sports Betting Hall of Fame in 2016, in order to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of personalities who have brought lasting success to the industry.
The original inductees were Carsten Koerl (Founder & CEO, Sportradar), Mark Blandford (Founder, Sportingbet), and Howard Chisholm (Director, Bookmakers Technology Consortium).
They have since been joined by:
2017: Paris Smith (CEO, Pinnacle), Fred Done (Founder, Betfred), and Vigen Badalyan (Founder & CEO, BetConstruct).
2018: Norbert Teufelberger (Co-Founder, Bwin), Pontus Lindwall (CEO, Betsson), Warwick Bartlett (CEO, GBGC), Constantinos Antonopoulos (Vice-Chairman, Intralot), and Fabio Schiavolin (CEO, Snaitech).
2019: Denise Coates (Founder & CEO, bet365), John Boyle (Founder & Chairman, BoyleSports), John Anderson (former CEO, 888 Holdings), Armin Sageder (Founder, paysafecard & BGT), Richard Flint (Non-Executive Director, Flutter Entertainment & former CEO, Sky Betting & Gaming), Jukka Honkavaara (Bettor who placed the first ever online sports bet), Art Manteris (retired VP Race and Sports Book Operations, Station Casinos), Dennis Drazin (CEO, Monmouth Park), and Chris Christie (former NJ Governor).
2020: Ralph Topping (former William Hill CEO), Victor Chandler (Founder, BetVictor), Bill Mummery (pioneer in online betting & Asian market), Giovanni Garrisi (CEO, StanleyBet), Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo (former President, Coljuegos), Victor Salerno (President, USBookmaking & US Fantasy Sports), Raymond Lesniak (former NJ State Senator), Roxy Roxborough (Legendary Las Vegas Oddsmaker), Sara Slane (former Sr. VP, American Gaming Association), and Jay Rood (SVP, Risk & Trading, Bally’s Interactive).
About SBC Summit North America
SBC Summit North America, at Meadowlands Exposition Center, New Jersey on November 30 – December 2, 2021, is the leading conference and trade show for the North American sports betting and igaming industry. It is the successor to the highly-successful Betting on Sports America show.
It will feature a conference focused on the future of the high-growth sports betting and igaming industries, with a speaker line-up of 200 senior executives and specialists. There is also an exhibition of 100 suppliers showcasing their latest innovations, and a program of networking events that includes the Sports Betting Hall of Fame Ceremony and the SBC Awards North America.
Find full details at the SBC Summit North America website.