The Professional Handicappers League has it's roots in the ATS University, originally established online in 1996 on AOL. The purpose of The Professional Handicappers League is two-fold.
To provide honest handicappers and intelligent players a forum to interact based on performance, facts and without the hype normally associated with the sports service industry.
To provide Professional Handicappers an arena to compete with other professionals on a season to season basis for the documented and legitimate claim of "World Champion" based on documented results and not marketing strategies.
In 1997 the League was moved from it's original home at the ATS University to the BG Sports website to better utilize the resources of the BGSNetwork. Later the league would relocate again to www.briangabrielle.com where it would stay until it's own permanent url was established.
In 1999 The Professional Handicappers League was expanded to include all of the handicappers of the BGSNetwork and all of the handicappers of the Sportswire Handicappers Mall.
On January 17/2000 the URL ProCappers was established as the permanent home of The Professional Handicappers League.
Over the years many notables have joined the League, like Charles Ubil, author of 7 handicapping books, The Insider Chris Lim, As well as expanding to include more editorial content from writes like Chris Harris, Linda Collins, Jeremy Church, Mike Lee and more.
The League was acquired by WebMania Inc., (one of the leading online marketing firms in the world), in November of 2001 and International Headquarters moved to Belize City, Belize.
In December of 2001, under the management of WebMania Inc., the League integrated it's resources with the BGSNetwork, Vegas Outsiders and the resources of International Sports Consultants to become the world's number 1 sports and information destination on the world wide web.
The League was "weeded out" in December 2001 and members who's performance and overall integrity didn't measure up to the strict standards of the Professional Handicappers League were expelled. This included some 19 members who's overall record wasn't commensurate with the standards expected by the League.
In 2002 the Professional Handicappers League expanded to include the services of the European based group Great Gambling Systems, Series Baseball out of Florida and Sports Winners from Maryland.
A strong partnership was formed in 2001 between The Professional Handicappers League of procappers.com and Picks World Site to further cement the proper standing of The Professional Handicappers League, not just in North America, but World Wide.
In December 2002, The Professional Handicappers League was open to receive new memberships which earned their way in, by winning one of the high profile amateur world championships sponsored through Picks World Site. This move mirrored past examples set by Charles Ubil.
In early 2003 The Professional Handicappers League raised the bar once again, incorporating live toll free telephone support, full disclosure and in conjunction with Picks World Site, standing behind each League Member with the "pay-only-if-they-win" program. In doing so, The Professional Handicappers League became the first in the industry to offer fully documented handicappers on a pay-if-they-win basis.
The April of 2003 the two year acquisition of The Picks Network was complete, merging all the Picks Network web sites with The Professional Handicappers League to create the most complete handicapping website on the web.
In February of 2004, Webmania Inc began the process of launching ProCappers Weekly, which has gone on to become the Premier Online Ezine for the Sports Handicapping Industry!
After The Annual Professional Handicappers league Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas, 2004, Many of the reccommended changes and inovations where put into place. All Members began operating under thier names and several new features added to the site, again setting the standards in the industry.
In July of 2004 ProCappers opened an office in Costa Rica, to better serve it's customers by working closer with the Sportsbook industry and securing better deals, contests and much more.
August 2004 saw the partnering up of ProCappers with the leading customer service and support company in the business, Las Vegas Marketing Group, to yet again push the envelope in the industry. Las Vegas Marketing Group is the premier Sports Handicapping Customer Service Specialists, and bring ProCappers to a whole new level.
September of 2004 saw the launch of ProCappers Poker, bringing you simply the best in real 3-D poker online.
Watch for more great inovations, standard setting inovations and more in the months, and years to follow.