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LSM announces purchase of the WI Athletic HOF

December 16th, 2014


Lammi Sports Management announced today that it has purchased all of the assets for the historic Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 1951. Hall of Fame inductees include Vince Lombardi, Hank Aaron, Oscar Robertson, Barry Alvarez, Al McGuire, Bud Selig, Junior Bridgeman, Willie Davis, Herb Kohl, Bart Starr and many other iconic sports personalities in Wisconsin’s history. A newly created Wisconsin Hall of Fame, LLC will manage the assets, and will feature a board of advisors comprised of current and future Hall of Fame inductees, Wisconsin sports executives, sports media members and community leaders. A significant portion of the proceeds will support community sports projects, sports development in the state of Wisconsin and preservation of Wisconsin Hall of Fame assets.

“Lammi Sports is honored and humbled to preserve and restore this historic Wisconsin sports property,” said Brian Lammi, Founder and CEO of Lammi Sports Management. “We want to thank the Wisconsin Center District and the Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation for their faith in Lammi Sports Management to oversee this iconic trust that salutes athletic excellence in Wisconsin. We also want to commend the Wisconsin Sports Legacy Group for their grass roots efforts to revitalize the Hall.”

No later than 2016, which will mark the 65th anniversary of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame will feature a year-round calendar of events including the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Wisconsin Center, a Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame nomination luncheon, Hall of Fame Speaker Series Breakfasts and potentially a Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame touring Gallery Exhibit.

“Wisconsin is home to some of the most iconic and historic players, coaches, and teams,” said Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. “As a proud supporter of Wisconsin sports, I’m excited about this new chapter for the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame and look forward to many more years of celebrating our great sports teams.”

Several members of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame and other Wisconsin sports icons expressed their excitement and optimism for the future of the institution.

“Wisconsin fans are the greatest fans in the world. They are impossible to describe. I have worked with and for Lammi sports many times. They are a classy organization and I don’t believe we could find a better group to be ‘Keeper of the Flame’. This important piece of Wisconsin history should be a symbol of excellence for generations to come.” – Jerry Kramer 

“As a Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame member, I am glad to hear that the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame will continue for many years to come.” – Junior Bridgeman

“Wisconsin has a rich athletic history that spans the entire state, which has included Milwaukee- based teams and athletes. Given our deep athletic roots, I’m glad to hear that the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame is going to be revitalized in Milwaukee and remain part of our city and state’s sports culture.” – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

“Congratulations to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame on its re-launch, I know you will be in good hands with Lammi Sports.” –Jordy Nelson

“I’ll forever remember the excitement of becoming a member of the Wisconsin Hall of Fame, it gives me great joy to hear that Lammi Sports is bringing it back. Brian and his team do amazing work – I look forward to attending the next dinner.” – Bonnie Blair

“Being ingrained in Wisconsin, I am excited to hear that the Hall of Fame will be returning to prominence. I know firsthand that with Lammi Sports, the right leadership will be in place!” – Donald Driver

“I am excited to hear that the Wisconsin Hall of Fame will be coming back to prominence. As a long-time supporter of sports in Green Bay, I am also glad to hear that a future Hall of Fame event will be coming to Green Bay.” – Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt

“As a Wisconsin Hall of Fame member and someone who played my entire career in Wisconsin, I think it’s great to hear that the Wisconsin Hall of Fame is coming back and will continue for years and years.” – Robin Yount

“I have known “B” since shortly after winning the Heisman Trophy, and I know that he and his team will make sure that the Hall of Fame is top of the line.” – Ron Dayne

“After growing up in Wisconsin and playing my entire career for the Brewers, being inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame was a real honor – I think it’s great that it is coming back.” – Jim Gantner

“Along with winning the NBA Championship for Milwaukee in 1971, being inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame was one of the true highlights of my basketball career – I am thrilled to hear it is coming back after the long absence.” – Jon McGlocklin

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