Pro Football Hall of Fame Agrees to Fantasy Sports Concept

Pro Football Hall of Fame Agrees to Fantasy Sports Concept

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the first phases of a possible foray into fantasy sports by partnering with three businesses with legal sports betting affiliations.

According to a press release, leadership of the Canton, Ohio-based shrine for National Football League luminaries “is examining how the use of its brand can bring an instant fan base to jumpstart the new fantasy sports platform.”

BetConstruct, frequent collaborator Atlantis Gaming Corporation and its subsidiary, the Tribal Gaming Network, “have agreed in concept on the launch of a premium fantasy sports experience in the United States market,” according to a press release which offered no insight into the game itself or a timetable for an announcement.

Daily Fantasy Sports a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

Daily fantasy sports has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry in the United States and the NFL is a major sector of the business. Whether DFS players would transfer their affinity for live gaming on active players into the heroes of bygone days remains to be seen, especially with details currently sparse.

BetConstruct – an iGaming services provider offering a suite of virtual sports, esports and sportsbook products – is slated to build the new platform for the Hall of Fame game. BetConstruct is involved in building out systems for eSports, fantasy and sportsbooks globally.

BetConstruct head of U.S. operations Jonathan Aiwazian noted his company’s platform, the leverage of Tribal Gaming Network and “trusted brand” of the Hall of Fame as keys in predicting, "This partnership will deliver a truly exceptional fantasy sports experience to players.”

Atlantis Gaming to Introduce Fantasy Game

Atlantis Gaming will introduce the daily fantasy game in states where it is legal through Tribal Gaming Network.

”The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased to be exploring how a partnership in the gaming industry can support its important mission to honor the heroes of the game, preserve its history, promote its values and celebrate excellence everywhere,” Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker said in the release.

The Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1963. Its collection of players could be enticing to fantasy players seeking to use their skills in a legacy mode.

It’s unknown how the Hall can leverage its standing as the shrine for America’s most popular sport into a beneficial revenue stream for its more than 300 players. Theoretically, a DFS game centered around retired NFL greats would be unique and, arguably, interesting only if it were to involve simulations of these players in some sort of career mode contests.

The technology to recreate these types of contests is already being applied to other sports. One service, Imagine Sports Historical Fantasy Baseball, hosts leagues, albeit in more traditional forms.

Use of and access to historical stats would seem to be a settled legal issue, as reaffirmed by a recent ruling in Indiana. Courts have held, however, that players retain the right to their likenesses.

Retired Players Tap in Gaming as Revenue

The Pro Football Retired Players Association announced this week that it will host an eGaming tournament this summer with multiple former NFL standouts participating. The Gridiron Gaming Event will be June 22 in Dallas.

According to, PFRPA was formed in 2013 after a settlement with the NFL over image and likeness rights.

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