- Dennis Drazin will be enshrined in the SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame on April 25.
- Drazin joins former NJ Gov. Chris Christie in the Hall, both being recognized for their efforts to overturn PASPA.
TRENTON, N.J. – Dennis Drazen, CEO of Darby Development, LLC, and operator of Monmouth Park in Oceanport, has been inducted into the Sports Betting Community (SBC) Sports Betting Hall of Fame.
Drazin, deemed to be one of the leading private figures responsible for New Jersey’s challenge of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), will join former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie when both are inducted later this month.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 25, at the SBC’s “Betting On Sports America” conference in New York.
First established in 2016, SBC’s Sports Betting Hall of Fame mirrors the familiar sporting concept with awardees deemed seminal in the realm of sports wagering history.
Hall inductees include former professional gamblers, industry leaders, and even political figures – anyone responsible for promoting and effecting the expansion of global sports betting.
Ron Riccio, legal counsel for Drazin and the New Jersey Horsemen’s Association in the historic PASPA case, explains just how critical Drazin was in the fight to legalize sports betting in New Jersey and nationwide.
“Dennis Drazin was the driving force behind the sports betting legislation and Monmouth Park’s decision to fight in court to bring in New Jersey sports betting. More than anyone else, Dennis had the vision and determination to invest the time, energy, and resources that led to [the Supreme Court] decision…”
Sue Schneider, Community Director at the SBC, also heaped on the praises for Drazin.
“…Dennis is a tenacious character and he played a key part in getting sports betting legalized in New Jersey. He has definitely earned his berth in the Hall of Fame.”
As for Drazin himself, he’s grateful for the recognition. However, he wasn’t spurred to action – like various others – to legalize sports betting for sports betting’s sake. For Drazin, it was always about the ponies and commercially sustaining horse racing going forward.
“Horse racing and betting have been a big part of my life ever since my dad brought me to the races in the 1960s. It’s fantastic to be recognized by my peers for something I enjoy doing so much.”
For Drazin, it really all is just another day at the track.
Andy has been writing professionally for nearly two decades, with the last three years being dedicated to his primary passions: sports wagering news and gambling industry analyses. A walk-on punter, Andy has a particular interest in professional football, baseball, and horse racing betting. Come early May, you can always catch Andy – clad in all white, mint julep in hand – on Millionaires Row at Churchill Downs. In his dreams.