Hotbox Sports And New Jersey Devils Sign Sponsorship Deal For New NHL Fantasy Hockey Game
New Jersey leads the U.S. state by state fight towards legalizing gambling while sports leagues are using sports technology products like apps to enhance the fan experience, which is why the new Hotbox Sports Ventures and New Jersey Devils sponsorship deal announced today is a significant partnership potentially in both spaces for fans who want to play legal hockey fantasy sports games over the Internet and eventually earn money by winning. NFL fantasy football is played once a week and might be an $11 billion business and the NHL certainly wants a piece of the pie as do innovative teams like the Devils. The Devils might play 2 or 3 games in a week so the key is to develop fantasy games that captivate the fan experience every night and also over the course of their 82 game season, and then during the exciting Stanley Cup playoff schedule.
This is a historical NHL deal between Hotbox Sports Ventures, a Newark, New Jersey-based fantasy sports technology and content provider, and the Devils who enter into a sponsorship agreement with the proactive team. This November, the Devils are obliged to promote HotBoxSports.com as part of a fan introduction to a new, customized format of online fantasy sports gaming to global hockey fans. The sponsorship agreement will highlight the HotBoxSports website throughout the organization’s properties, especially in-arena, digital media and ever-popular social channels.
“Fantasy sports plays an important role in a fan’s experience, and we wanted to bring Devils fans a game where they could focus on their favorite players and their favorite team,” said Scott O’Neil, CEO of the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center. “Our collaboration with Hotbox Sports, offering both free-to-play games and this first-of-its-kind entry-fee game, will ensure Devils fans have an unrivaled fantasy game experience.
The innovative partnership between the Devils and Hotbox Sports’ continues in 2014 with this new approach to fantasy sports. They will deliver a unique social and team-focused game, featuring players from their roster and only in Devils games. Right now you can play the New Jersey Lottery Presents – Devils Fantasy Challenge powered by HSV here.
Hotbox Sports has been a pioneer since 2005, customizing fantasy sports games as an audience-engaging and revenue-producing content offering for professional sports teams, leagues, digital media companies, State lottery programs and i-gaming operators.
Hotbox Sports has developed a proprietary, highly engaging, ‘next generation’ platform for fantasy sports on the Internet. The Company launched its website with its first sport, fantasy basketball, in October 2008. On April 20th 2010, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 7,699,707, certifying that the Hotbox Sports® Product is a novel and innovative system.
“Hotbox Sports is very proud to be working with the New Jersey Devils on this new and engaging fantasy game for sports fans,” said Terry Lyons, Chief Marketing Officer and head of business development for Hotbox Sports Ventures. “We are thrilled to activate our first entry-fee product with strong sponsorship support from the New Jersey Devils, our longtime business partner who sees the future of Hotbox Sports in the exciting space of fantasy sports.”
An Industry leader in the fantasy gaming category, Hotbox Sports contracts with 25 US- based professional clubs and plans to increase its international reach aggressively in 2014. HSV also has created and actively markets free-to-play products such as “Bracket Games,” “Commissioner Style” Fantasy Leagues for most major sports, “Team Fantasy Challenges,” “Customer Rewards Games” and other highly engaging, mobile and sponsor-friendly products.
Hotbox Sports Fantasy Sports
- Traditional – Commissioner Leagues with the Hotbox Sports patented style of play. Draft your teams and play Head to Head with Public or Private/Commissioner.
- Team Games – Fans use their favorite teams to compete against other fans to win Prizes and the Hotbox Cup. Team-Based games only use the team’s roster for the game it is being offered for.
- Hot Nights – There are 50 players to choose from. Participants must choose one player then choose which night he is going to perform best (statistically). The number of players can be adjusted to as low as five and as high as 10.
- Tier Contest – There are 50 players broken out into groups of five for 10 Tiers. Participants must choose one player from each of the 10 Tiers, then choose which night he is going to perform best (statistically). The number of Tiers and Players can be adjusted to as low as five and as high as 10.
- Bracket – Bracket Challenges are created for the NBA, MLB, and NHL Playoffs as well as Football/Soccer and ATP Tournaments.
About the New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils are part of the 30-team National Hockey League, with teams throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1982, they are currently in their 33rd season in the Garden State. During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships: 1995, 2000 and 2003. Follow the Devils at devils.com on Facebook and @NHLDevils on Twitter.
About Prudential Center
Prudential Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and over 200 concerts, family shows and special events each year. Prudential Center welcomes over two million guests annually and placed third on Venues Today’s 2013 ranking of national facilities and ninth worldwide. For more information about Prudential Center, visit PruCenter.com, Facebook and follow @PruCenter on Twitter
About Hotbox Sports Ventures
Hotbox Sports Ventures Inc. (“HSV”) is the largest developer of team-based fantasy sports contests, created, white-labeled and licensed to major professional sports teams, professional leagues or media companies based in the United States, Canada and internationally. Hotbox Sports created and markets a patented technology platform, providing turn-key sports content and highly engaging fantasy sports contests that are made available to the clubs, leagues, federations, lottery providers, licensed operators and gaming institutions. HSV’s products conform to US federal laws (“UIGEA”) and (“PASPA”) and can take entry fees online from all eligible jurisdictions worldwide. Founded in 2005, Hotbox Sports Ventures is a private United States-based company with offices in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, the US Virgin Islands and Madrid (Spain). For additional information, please visit: hoxboxsports.com
Sports Techie, Fantasy sports are en fuego and thanks to HSV, so are the NJ Devils. The NHL is digital media savvy and knows how popular nearly any fantasy sports game is so naturally, hockey needs to fill the void for hungry fans who want more which the Devils are doing over the web.
If you want to gamble in New Jersey, you can do so via casino gambling in Atlantic City even though the heydays on days gone past have caused once popular casinos to close causing thousands of jobs to end. Horse racing, off-track betting and charity gambling are other legal way to place bets, as are the New Jersey lottery, amusement games and trendy social gambling. Will this HotBoxSports and Devils fantasy sports partnership include ways to earn money? Not at the moment but note that the state legalized online gambling last year, and are currently in court awaiting a ruling on whether sports betting will soon be legal outside Nevada.
When that day comes, look for another new fantasy game from the Devils and HSV to launch but until then, enjoy their newest free and fee-based fantasy hockey release next month.
See y’all later in Seattle and here in Atlanta.
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