Inducted in 2013
Paul Charchian was the co-founder of Fanball.com, one of the largest pure-play fantasy sites on the internet.Starting in 1993, he helped grow the company from a handful of part-time enthusiasts in his apartment to 80 employees spanning offices in three cities. He published over 200 issues of Fantasy Football Weekly, more than any other industry publication. Fanball.com grew into a well-respected one-stop-shop for league management, player news, fantasy contests and advice throughout the season and across all sports.
While with Fanball, Charchian acted as the lead designer on over25 web-based fantasy applications for high-profile sites such as NASCAR.com, AOL.com, Fanball.com, PGA.com, Best Buy.com and many others.
Through his radio program, Charchian interacts with thousands of fantasy sports players each year. His Twin Cities-based radio show has been on the air for 19 years, making it the longest running fantasy sports show ever. The podcast of the show is usually among the top 10 sports programs in iTunes each week during the fantasy football season.
Charchian was an industry pioneer in television, with a Twin Cities television show in the mid-late 90s, and a nationally-syndicated show in 1999-2000.
Presently, Charchian is the president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the industry’s largest advocacy organization, with over 120 member companies. Most recently, Paul developed LeagueSafe, a product that has been recognized for multiple industry awards and helps serve a need for the safety of fantasy sports league fees.
He has been and continues to be a tremendous advocate for the industry.