Nominations have opened for the latest inductees to the Sports Betting Hall of Fame, which recognises those people who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry.
In a revamped ceremony, this year’s Hall of Famers will be recognised at a lavish event held at the prestigious National History Museum (Thursday 20 September) during Betting on Sports Week.
This year will see the number of inductees increase to five and three members have already been confirmed to join the Hall of Fame.
Norbert Teufelberger – Co-founder of Bwin Constantinos Antonopoulos – Founding member and former CEO of Intralot Warwick Bartlett – Former Chairman of ABB, founder of Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC)
The Sports Betting Hall of Fame has been curated in order to recognise the individuals who have contributed a great deal to the industry over the course of their careers with a lasting legacy. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honour, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of personalities who have brought lasting fame to the sports betting sector.
Previous inductees include Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, Sportingbet Founder Mark Blandford, Sportradar Founder Cartsen Koerl, Betfred Founder Fred Done, BetConstruct Founder Vigen Badalyan and Bookmaker Technology Consortium director Howard Chisholm.
Constantinos Antonopoulos commented: “The industry brings a lot of joy and entertainment to its customers, but also needs to protect them through integrity transparency and social responsibility. So it is only right that the pioneers are called to pass their foresight and experience towards this great balance.
“It is for this reason I am thrilled to be asked to join the Sports Betting Hall of Fame and honoured to join the existing members.”
Bartlett added: “I’ve spent most my working life in and around the betting industry, so it’s a great honour for me to be recognised by my peers in this way. There are already some real inspirational names in the Sports Betting Hall of Fame and I’m looking forward to getting involved in September.”
Members of the industry are now invited to put nominate people who they believe deserve to be recognised by the industry and welcomed into the Hall of Fame. To make a nomination, click here.
Reflecting the change in format, the Betting on Sports Conference at Olympia London (19-20 September) will now close with a special Hall of Fame panel containing previous and new members discussing a range of issues and how they see the future of the betting industry.
SBC CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark commented: “We have secured an iconic venue for some of the industry’s most iconic names and I see no better way of closing off Betting on Sports Week than with a celebration of the best that sports betting has to offer.”
Entry to the Hall of Fame are included in every ticket for the Betting on Sports Conference and additional tickets for the extravaganza are also available from [email protected]