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MATTHEW BERRY ELECTED TO FANTASY SPORTS HALL OF FAME!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Meg Van Petten
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The Fantasy Sports Trade Association announced Wednesday that Matthew Berry, aka "The Talented Mr. Roto,” has been elected to the organization’s Hall of Fame.

Berry is ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst. He is an Emmy Award winner for his co-hosting work on "Fantasy Football Now” and he appears regularly on other ESPN TV and radio shows including "Sunday NFL Countdown,” "SportsCenter” and "NFL Live.” The "Fantasy Focus” podcast he co-hosts is a three-time award winner from PodcastAwards.com.

 

"Matthew’s combination of insight and humor has been embraced by millions of fantasy sports players, and has led to the mainstreaming of fantasy sports,” said FSTA president Paul Charchian. "Like hundreds of other people in our industry, Matthew started as a writer. But his ambition and talent differentiated him quickly as he started his own site, and eventually created RotoPass, a multi-site subscription service. Matthew’s efforts have led to him becoming the public identity of fantasy sports, and has secured his place in our history.”

 

As noted by Charchian, Berry started his professional fantasy sports career in 1999 as a columnist for Rotoworld.com. In 2004, he founded both RotoPass.com and TalentedMrRoto.com. Two years later, he was hired as the fantasy football analyst for ESPN2’s "The Fantasy Show.” Soon after, ESPN acquired TalentedMrRoto.com and Berry joined ESPN full time.

 

Prior to joining ESPN exclusively, Berry wrote for and/or appeared on a number of other media outlets including: MLB.com, NBA.com, SportingNews.com, The Sporting News magazine, NFL Network, NBA TV, Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports Radio Network, Sporting News Radio, SportsIllustrated.com, NPR, Slam Magazine and Sirius Satellite Radio. He has also made appearances on "Dancing with the Stars,” "One Life to Live,” "The League” and had his likeness included in the "Madden ‘11” video game.


Berry is a five-time Fantasy Sports Writer of the Year winner and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. He has over 350,000 Twitter followers and his first book, "Fantasy Life,” will be released in Summer 2013.

 

Berry becomes the 14th member of the FSTA Hall of Fame, joining previous honorees Greg Ambrosius, John Benson, Cliff Charpentier, John Dewan, Bill James, Daniel Okrent, Peter Pezaris, Peter Schoenke, Ron Shandler, Glen Waggoner, Charlie Wiegert, Bill Winkenbach and Rick Wolf.


Induction ceremonies will take place at the FSTA Business & Technology Summit sponsored by CBSSports.com in San Franciscoon the night of June 11.Click here to register for the conference, which is being held at the Marriott Union Square. An agenda can be found here if you’d like to learn more about this unique opportunity.


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