SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, StubHub and ESPN have announced that ten fans have been named finalists for possible induction into the Hall of Fans. From Los Angeles to Baltimore and Birmingham to Vancouver, the ten finalists offered compelling, inspiring stories of extraordinary fandom.
Beginning today, August 21, the finalists will campaign via social media platforms to become one of three inaugural inductees into the newly created institution. The three fans with the most votes on Friday, August 31 will be inducted into the Hall of Fans during a September ceremony on ESPN's Bristol, Conn-based campus. To vote, fans should visit TheHallofFans.com.
The finalists represent a variety of sports and regions. Whether recovering from a serious car accident, selling custom hats for charity, building a state-of-the-art mancave or bringing football to hospitalized veterans, NFL fans are well represented among the finalists.
The finalists also include fans of college teams, the NHL and the NBA – including one whose wedding theme, colors, venue and invitations reflected his favorite team. The costumes, the chants, the consecutive game streaks and all of the stories shared by these ten finalists represent the spirit of the Hall of Fans, an institution created between ESPN and StubHub to honor and celebrate the best in sports fandom.
The Finalists include:
Bart – Buffalo Bills
Larry – Baltimore Ravens
Septer – Golden State Warriors
Shelby – Dallas Cowboys
Darrell – Los Angeles Clippers
Brent – Philadelphia Eagles
Justin – Indiana Hoosiers
Emily – Alabama Crimson Tide
Sully – Vancouver Canucks
Kenneth – Wisconsin Badgers
StubHub is the world's largest ticket marketplace, enabling fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater and other live entertainment events. StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. The company's unique online marketplace, dedicated solely to tickets, provides all fans the choice to buy or sell their tickets in a safe, convenient and highly reliable environment. All transactions are processed and delivered by StubHub and backed by the company’s FanProtect Guarantee™. Company partners include the New York Yankees and University of Texas, along with over 60 teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA, complemented with companies such as ESPN, Tickets.com, and Paciolan.
ESPN, Inc., is the world's leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of more than 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of eight 24-hour domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPN 3D and the regionally focused Longhorn Network) and five HD simulcast services (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes). Other businesses include ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (48 networks, syndication, radio, websites, mobile, apps), ESPN Audio (broadcast, satellite, online and apps, a growing category led by ScoreCenter), ESPN.com (plus a variety of sport-, college-, and market-specific sites), ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises and espnW. Multi-screen offerings include WatchESPN (access to several ESPN networks online and via an app) and ESPN3 (live multi-screen network available online, on the go and via Xbox LIVE). Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
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