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Greg Jamison Stepping Down As President & CEO Of Sharks, SVSE

Jamison Will Remain Head
Of Sharks Foundation

Sharks President & CEO Greg Jamison yesterday announced that he is stepping down from his position and the day-to-day operations of the team on Oct. 1. The process of finding a replacement will begin shortly. Jamison will remain a member of the ownership group and will stay active in his position as Sharks Foundation President. Jamison was named President in '96 and has overseen day-to-day business operations for the team and Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (Sharks). Jamison yesterday "ruled out health issues or the need to spend more time with his family ... as the reasons behind the move," instead stressing that the "timing of his decision has more to do with the fact he turned 60 on June 15." In San Jose, David Pollak notes the search for Jamison's successor will "include in-house candidates as well as outsiders." The Sharks are "considered one of the NHL's model franchises in a nontraditional market, reaching the playoffs 11 of the past 13 years while playing before capacity crowds." In addition, HP Pavilion "consistently has ranked among the top five North American venues based on ticket sales for non sporting-related events." Despite that, Jamison each season has said that the "team has not turned a profit," and yesterday noted that "also was the case" in '09-10. He added, "I think everybody's comfortable with it. ... But I do think as we move forward, there's going to be great hope and belief in a new collective bargaining agreement that might have a more positive impact" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/2). COMCAST SPORTSNET's Ray Ratto wrote Jamison's "legacy is mixed, more to the good than the bad." Most of the "on-ice performance is not really his doing, except insofar that he didn’t meddle unduly in the day-to-day operation of the hockey department, and in any event, he was the arena guy" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 9/1).

WHAT'S NEXT? Jamison said of stepping down, "It's one of those decisions that I've been thinking about for a while. I had a conversation with a couple of the other owners about it and just felt like it really was the time for me to step back." He added, “I'm not retiring. I'm kind of taking a break and trying to decide what's next and where do I go from here. ... I don’t know what the future holds. I love professional sports. That could be part of the future down the road. There could be something that comes along at a collegiate level -- teaching or what have you." Jamison added, “I think the league is headed in the right direction. I think for all the individual teams there will probably be some improvements in the CBA, but I also think that its something that I would enjoy working on. If that can stay in the cards I would continue to pursue that" ("Chronicle Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 9/1).

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