MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — From his home base in Mobile, Danny Sheridan has spent more than 35 years handicapping sporting events and commenting on the American sports scene. He’s an author, an analyst, an oddsmaker, and an advocate for the legal sports gaming industry. Thursday, he will be inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Battle House Hotel.
Sheridan has been omnipresent in sports media, providing daily odds for all sporting events for USA TODAY from 1982-2012. He is heard on dozens of national radio shows during the college and pro football seasons, and has appeared nationally on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, CNN, TBS, & CNBC. Thousands visit his website daily for the latest odds, scores, and injury news.
Sheridan’s influence on the sports scene is so significant that in 1993, “The Sporting News” ranked him number 52 on its list of the nation’s “100 Most Powerful People in Sports,” ahead of such notables as Bob Costas, John Madden, and Jack Nicklaus. His notoriety is such that he has been parodied three times in sketches on NBC’s Saturday Night Live!
As an author, Sheridan has written more than a dozen books on poker, fantasy football and rotisserie baseball. He has written annual preseason college football, NFL, NBA, and MLB previews for Playboy, Penthouse, Maxim, FHM, and Cigar Aficionado magazines.
Sheridan has also served as an advocate for legalized sports wagering. In 2001, he testified before a Congressional committee against a proposed ban on NCAA sports betting in Nevada. The bill failed. In August 2018, Sheridan made the first legal sports bet in the State of Mississippi, opening the sports book at the MGM Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi.
Sheridan is a graduate of Murphy High School and the University of Alabama. He’ll be joined in the 2019 Class of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame by Luis Gonzalez, Roy Patton, Nyla Shepherd, Rick Trickett, and the late Rea Schuessler. Tickets for the Induction Ceremony and Banquet are $100 and are available at MobileSportsHallofFame.net