2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Nomination Process: Contributor Factor

By Jaclyn Harris

October 29, 2014

Have you heard the news? In 2015, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is changing the nomination process for potential Hall of Famers. Next year, there will be a contributor factor in addition to the normal Selection Committee.

Take a look at why the change was made and how this will impact the Pro Football Hall of Fame nomination and selection processes.

The NEW Nomination Process

Over the years, the Hall of Fame has noticed a need to address the backlog of qualified Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates comprised of commissioners, owners and general managers. In the past 46 years, only nine contributors have been nominated into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and there are only 19 contributors enshrined at all.

The recent Class of 2014 held seven enshrinees in it and with the added contributor factor in 2015, class sizes will grow to eight members.

Candidates for the contributor enshrinee will be defined as someone who has made "outstanding contributions to professional football in capacities other than playing or coaching."

This contributor plan will correlate with the senior player rule; 2015 will offer two contributors and one senior player spots in the class, and 2016 will offer one contributor and two senior player spots. Future years will follow this pattern with the positions alternating.

There will be a subcommittee to select contributors and they will be presented to the 46 members on the Selection Committee. Nominees will still require 80 percent approval to become a part of the class.

The Selection Process

As for the Selection Committee and the overall process, not much is changing here. 

Each candidate is scrutinized and in order to be selected in the enshrinee class, he must receive at least 80 percent of approval from the Selection Committee at the annual meeting. Once they meet, the Committee holds a roster of 17 finalists to be discussed.

To ensure that this final roster of candidates holds both older and newer suggestions, and now contributors, the Seniors Committee and contributors subcommittee, are required to name their votes.

The other candidates are nominated via fan-vote and mail ballot.

Learn more about the Selection Committee and the Selection Process here»

Be a Part of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival

Official Ticket Packages for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival might not yet be on sale, but you can be the first to get on the waiting list! 

Take a look at a sample package from the 2014 Enshrinement Festival:

Friday

  • VIP Friday Night Reception at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with Complimentary Gourmet Fare and a Premium Open Bar
  • Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Ceremony
  • Admission to the Hall of Fame

Saturday

  • Legends Club VIP Tailgate Party with Premium Open Bars, Complimentary Fare and Hall of Famer Meet-and-Greets
  • Red Carpet Walk
  • Class of 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony with VIP Seats
  • Admission to the Hall of Fame

Sunday

  • Class of 2014 Autograph Session
  • Enshrinees GameDay Rountable Luncheon Seated with the Class of 2014
  • Legends Club VIP Tailgate Party with Complimentary Gourmet Fare, Open Bars and Hall of Famer Meet-and-Greets
  • NFL/Hall of Fame Game Gold Zone Seating
  • Admission to the Hall of Fame

If you're interesting in gaining VIP access like this at the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame, it's time to take action! Get on the quick call-back list to be the first to know when Official Ticket Packages go on sale so you can secure yours! Call 1-877-611-3947 to speak to an NFL On Location representative or visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame site for more information.

 

GET ON THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME QUICK CALL-BACK LIST!

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