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Rush Street Interactive to bring sports betting to Ohio

23 December 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Rush Street Interactive, Inc., a leading online sports betting and casino company in the United States, today announced that it has entered into a sports betting operations partnership with Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, the only resort, entertainment and media company centered around professional football. Through this 10-year agreement, and subject to procurement of necessary licenses, RSI will operate a premier retail sportsbook at the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls, a multi-use sports, entertainment and media destination surrounding the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is an inspiring museum and attraction that pays tribute to the talents and triumphs of professional football and is home to the world’s largest collection of professional football memorabilia.

The Hall of Fame Village is one of the largest and most exciting ongoing construction projects in Ohio and today connects the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium – which hosts the first NFL preseason game annually – and the Hall of Fame Village Sports Complex. HOFV is currently expanding the destination with the additions of a performance center, indoor water park, Hilton hotel, mixed-use office and retail space, and a Fan Engagement Zone, the latter of which is expected to include the sportsbook as well as other restaurant and retail offerings.

The RSI – HOFV agreement also features an exciting sponsorship component, allowing RSI to leverage HOFV’s signage, branding and certain media assets. Moreover, HOFV has access to Pro Football Hall of Famers and the legends of the game through its brand partnerships.

“We are excited to partner with the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, a unique sports and entertainment company with exceptional reach in professional football and beyond,” said Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RSI. “HOFV shares RSI’s drive to create fun, memorable experiences for customers as well as our passion for building a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight the millions of guests that will visit the Hall of Fame Village campus each year. We look forward to offering a best-in-class sportsbook commensurate with the prestige of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Village that fans across the country and world can enjoy.”

“With the legalization of sports betting in Ohio, we see a variety of opportunities and benefits across our company’s multiple business lines,” said Michael Crawford, President and Chief Executive Officer of HOFV. “We considered many different retail sportsbook operators, but selected RSI because of its outstanding reputation, impressive sportsbook results in other markets, and the quality and experience of its team. We are thrilled to work with RSI to bring a retail sportsbook to the Hall of Fame Village’s Fan Engagement Zone and provide guests and fans a new and enhanced way to interact with their favorite sports, all conveniently from our campus.”

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