Fantasy Sports Hall adds three: Charchian, Colton, Hunt to be honored in Chicago!
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association announced Monday that a trio ofdistinguished contributors to the fantasy sports industry, Paul Charchian, Glenn Colton and John Hunt, have been elected to the organization’s Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will take place at the FSTA Summer Conference sponsored by RealTime Fantasy Sports in Chicago on the night of June 13. Click here to register for the conference, which is being held at the DoubleTree Hotel – Magnificent Mile. An agenda can be found here if you’d like to learn more about this unique opportunity. Charchian, Colton and Hunt bring the total number of FSTA Hall of Fame inductees to 17. Previous honorees include: Greg Ambrosius, John Benson, Matthew Berry, Cliff Charpentier, John Dewan, Bill James, Daniel Okrent, Peter Pezaris, Peter Schoenke, Ron Shandler, Glen Waggoner, Charlie Wiegert, Bill Winkenbach and Rick Wolf. You can read more about the contributions of these Hall of Famers here. More about the Class of 2013: Paul CharchianCharchian was a co-founder of Fanball.com in 1993 and 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. While with Fanball, Charchian acted as the lead designer on over 25 Web-based fantasy applications for high-profile sites such as NASCAR.com, AOL.com, PGA.com, Best Buy.com and many others. Through his Twin Cities radio program on KFAN – at 19 years and counting, it’s the longest running fantasy sports show ever – Charchian interacts with thousands of fantasy sports players each year. He was also an industry pioneer in television, with a Minnesota-based show in the mid-late 1990s and a nationally-syndicated show in 1999-2000. ”Paul has been a key figure in the growth of fantasy sports,” said FSTA chairman and Hall of Famer Peter Schoenke. “He started one of the first print publications, created one of the early leading websites and has been a prominent leader in the industry’s trade association. It’s hard to find an area of the business where he hasn’t been a big part of the story and it’s great that he’s being recognized for all of his accomplishments.” Currently, Charchian is the president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and he runs LeagueSafe, an award-winning, fantasy sports finance management service that he founded in 2008. Glenn ColtonColton is a legal advocate, business advocate, writer, radio host, expert fantasy player and, for the last decade, a catalyst for the fantasy sports industry’s growth by giving advice to FSTA-member companies and the FSTA Board of Directors. Colton’s passion for the industry was never more evident than during the landmarkCBC v. MLBAM case. Colton advised the FSTA membership throughout the process and conducted numerous media interviews in which he preached partnership, thus ensuring that the fantasy sports industry took the high road. On Colton’s advice, and with his assistance, the FSTA filed an Amicus Brief that played a large role in the successful court rulings. Colton started writing for Rotoworld.com in 2003 and helped author its first fantasy football magazine. In 2012, Colton and long-time fantasy team co-owner Rick Wolf began hosting the Colton and The Wolfman show on SiriusXM Radio.
“Until recently, Glenn’s impact on the fantasy sports industry was mostly behind the scenes, as he acted as a legal advisor for the FSTA and for dozens of member companies,” said Charchian, wearing his FSTA president hat. “Glenn was at the forefront of a pivotal moment in the history of fantasy sports, ensuring that the leagues and players associations couldn’t monopolize our industry. Glenn has become more public-facing since the debut of his successful SiriusXM radio show. He is a favorite personality in the industry and I’m delighted that his decade of contributions have been recognized.” In his “day job,” Glenn spent 10 years as a Federal Prosecutor in New York and now heads the White Collar and Government Investigations Practice for Dentons, one of the world’s largest law firms. John HuntHunt started working at USA TODAY in 1991 on the agate desk, compiling stats and answering the phone calls of the first generation of Rotisserie players. In 1993, he began a 13-year run as the fantasy columnist for USA TODAY Baseball Weekly (renamed Sports Weekly in 2002). His clear and unadorned prose was perfect for conveying information and introducing fantasy baseball concepts that we all take for granted today. His work on the national stage increased the visibility of the industry immensely with everyone knowing that Wednesday was the day to “read Hunt.” It became widely known that a mention by Hunt in one of his Fantasy Insidercolumns was enough to get you onto the map, so aspiring writers and industry vendors were constantly jockeying for blurbs in his columns. In addition to his writing, Hunt founded the first national experts competition (LABR – the League of Alternative Baseball Reality) in 1994. Via LABR, Hunt promoted scores of fantasy writers, built the business across multiple platforms and created a stable benchmark during the 1990s, leading to the establishment of some of today’s most venerable fantasy names and fantasy brands. “I have a soft spot in my heart for those who were writing about fantasy sports before anyone knew what the ‘Internet’ was,” said Charchian. “John was a pioneer. Back then, fantasy baseball advice was scarce. Good advice presented in a readable manner was even more rare. Maybe more importantly, John founded LABR, which elevated the profile of many fantasy sports writers and, 20 years later, remains the gold standard of expert leagues.” Hunt now covers the Oregon State Beavers for The Oregonian in Portland. Please address questions or media requests to FSTA Association Director Megan Van Petten at firstname.lastname@example.org.