SBC names six new Sports Betting Hall of Fame inductees

New slate of industry personnel to be honoured

Six sports betting industry individuals have been named as the Sports Betting Hall of Fame‘s class of 2024 by SBC, recognizing their position as people who have made significant contributions to the North American industry throughout their careers.

“We are honoured to welcome the newest inductees,” said Sue Schneider, SBC’s Vice President of Growth and Strategy, Americas, said. “Their dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment to the industry have not only shaped its trajectory but have left an indelible mark on the world of sports betting. I’d like to congratulate everyone on their well-deserved recognition and look forward to celebrating their enduring legacies.”

The Sports Betting Hall of Fame class of 2024 comprises: 

  • Staci Alonso: Former Commissioner and EVP/CMO, Nevada State Athletic Commission
  • Richie BaccelIieri: Race and Sports Industry Expert
  • Christian Genetski: President, FanDuel
  • Jay Kornegay: Vice President Race & Sports Operations, Westgate Las Vegas
  • Mike Tobin: Founder and CEO, Continent8 Technologies

This year’s ceremony, which will take place on May 8 as part of the SBC Summit North America, will also honour the memory of past inductee John English, who passed away on February 17.

He is widely credited as the visionary behind modern sports betting kiosks and played a pivotal role in reinvigorating Vegas’ Bet Leroy’s brand as the company’s Chief Innovation Officer before his passing,” added Schneider. “John’s family and friends will attend the ceremony to accept the award on his behalf, and we are honored to recognize his impactful contributions.”

Inductees into SBC’s Sports Betting Hall of Fame are industry personnel who have displayed extensive experience within the industry and pioneered innovative products or strategies that have made a notable impact. Candidates are also evaluated based on their substantial contributions towards raising public awareness of sports betting, whether through educational programs, advocacy endeavours, or alternative methods. Emphasis is also placed on individuals who actively advocate for responsible sports betting practices by emphasizing ethical behaviour and fostering community engagement.

SBC’s Sports Betting Hall of Fame has recognized 22 industry professionals from North America thus far. Canadian Gaming Association President Paul Burns was inducted in 2022 while last year saw the likes of Nick Bogdanovich (Sportsbook Manager/Oddsmaker, Circa Sports), Michael Gaughan (Owner, South Point Hotel Casino Spa), Trish Lewandowski (Sportsbook Manager, Caesars Digital), and David L. Rebuck (Director, NJ Department of Gaming Enforcement) named.

Get set for SBC Summit North America

The Sports Betting Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 8, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.

It falls on the second night of the summit, which will take place from May 7 – 9 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, NJ. From 6:30 p.m. ET on second night, coaches will transport guests from Meadowlands to Red Bull Arena, where the Hall of Fame ceremony will be held from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The following night, Thursday, May 9, the SBC Awards North America will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Midtown, New York. Check out the full list of nominees.

There’s still time to purchase your Early Bird ticket at the discounted price of $795 and gain access to all three days of SBC Summit North America (and the Player Protection Symposium), including the exhibition, the conference, and exclusive networking parties.

Additionally, operators and affiliates can apply for a free pass to the event. 

You can keep up-to-date with the latest news, speakers & exhibitor additions, and conference content by subscribing to the bi-weekly SBC Summit North America LinkedIn newsletter. 

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