Sports Betting Hall of Fame Class of 2021 announced

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 recognises 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 administration, MGM Resorts
  • Joe Asher – former CEO, William Hill US
  • Johnny Avello – director of race & sportsbook operations, DraftKings
  • Joe Brennan Jr – former chair, IMEGA
  • Jimmy Vaccaro – 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 SchneiderSBC’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 recognise 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, US bookmaking & US fantasy sports), Raymond Lesniak (former NJ state senator), Roxy Roxborough (Las Vegas oddsmaker), Sara Slane (former Sr. VP, American Gaming Association), and Jay Rood (SVP, risk & trading, Bally’s Interactive).

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