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We are pleased to announce the nominations for the fifth annual Sports Business Awards, which will be announced during a live ceremony May 23 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square. The list includes 77 nominees across 15 categories and was selected after extensive research and review by the editorial staffs of SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in sports business from March 1, 2011, to Feb. 29, 2012. ESPN and the NFL received the most nominations, four each. Fox Sports, IMG and MLB each received three nominations. All of the nominees are listed here, and a special Sports Business Awards preview issue will be published May 21 offering additional highlights. A panel of sports industry execs will now study the nominees and serve as category judges. Those execs, and members representing SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, will evaluate the nominees and determine the winners of 13 of the 15 categories by a private vote. The winners of the Executive of the Year and Athletic Director of the Year categories will continue to be judged solely by the editorial staffs of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.
SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR BEST IN TALENT REPRESENTATION & MANAGEMENT Boston Bruins Boras Corp. Dayton Dragons CAA Sports Sporting KC Excel Sports Management Stewart-Haas Racing IMG Texas Rangers Priority Sports and Entertainment Wasserman Media Group SPORTS LEAGUE OF THE YEAR BEST IN CORPORATE CONSULTING, MARKETING & CLIENT SERVICES Major League Baseball GMR Marketing National Football League IMG National Hockey League The Marketing Arm Pac-12 Conference Octagon PGA Tour Richards Sports + Entertainment Team Epic SPORTS EVENT OF THE YEAR BEST IN PROPERTY CONSULTING, SALES & CLIENT SERVICES 2011 Carrier Classic AEG Global Partnerships 2012 Humana Challenge Aspire Group 2011 NBA Finals IMG Super Bowl XLVI Premier Partnerships UFC 129 Wasserman Media Group SPORTS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR BEST IN SPORTS EVENT & EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Intersport Roger Goodell, National Football League Jack Morton Worldwide David Hill, Fox Sports LeadDog Marketing Group Larry Scott, Pac-12 Conference Major League Baseball/Fan Cave Bud Selig, Major League Baseball Momentum Worldwide Team Epic ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR SPORTS SPONSOR OF THE YEAR Bill Bradshaw, Temple University Allstate Dave Brandon, University of Michigan Bridgestone Mark Hollis, Michigan State University Kia Motors America Jeff Long, University of Arkansas MillerCoors Ian McCaw, Baylor University Procter & Gamble BEST IN SPORTS MEDIA SPORTS FACILITY OF THE YEAR ESPN Amway Center Fox Sports Livestrong Sporting Park National Football League Mercedes Benz Superdome NBC Sports Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Turner Sports BEST IN SPORTS TELEVISION BEST IN SPORTS TECHNOLOGY CBS Sports America's Cup Event Authority/Sportvision ESPN Networks Bloomberg Sports Fox Sports Panasonic/Speedway Motorsports Inc. NBC Sports Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment Turner Sports ESPN's WatchESPN BEST IN DIGITAL SPORTS MEDIA Bleacher Report ESPN Digital Media MLB Advanced Media SB Nation Yahoo! Sports
Bisher spent 59 years with AJC
before retiring in '09
TWITTER REAX: The AJC's Jeff Schultz wrote on Twitter, "There aren't many people worthy of having the word 'legend' attached to their name. Furman Bisher was one of them. He will be missed." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss wrote, "Journalism has one less giant. Furman Bisher, a friend and mentor, passed away today. One of best writers... Ever." CBSSports.com's Tony Barnhart wrote, "Furman Bisher was one of the best sports writers who ever lived. I was fortunate that he was my mentor and my friend." The AJC's David O'Brien: "He was a good man who made great writing seem easy. A true giant of our industry." The Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz: "A fond farewell to the late Furman Bisher of the Atlanta JC. One of the titans of the sportswriting biz." The Washington Examiner's Rick Snider: "R.I.P. one of the giants of sports writing - Furman Bisher. Sat next to him many years at Kentucky Derby. Even in his 80s could write well."
Endurance sports company Competitor Group promoted SCOTT DICKEY to CEO, replacing PETER ENGLEHART, who will remain Chair. Dickey will retain his President title. STEVE GINTOWT will assume Dickey's COO role and continue to serve as CFO. The moves are scheduled to be announced this morning. Dickey joined Competitor in '08, after posts with Time Warner, K2, The Walt Disney Co. and the NBA. Competitor, which is owned by fund company Falconhead, owns and operates 58 racing events around the world, including the flagship Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. The company also owns several publications, including Velo and Inside Triathlon (Daniel Kaplan, SportsBusiness Journal).
EXECS: NBC promoted BRIAN NYEMCHEK to VP/NBC Sports Vertical, where he will co-manage ad sales for all sports properties that air on NBC and NBC Sports Network other than golf and the Olympics. Nyemchek will report to NBC Sports Group Exec VP/Sales & Sales Marketing SETH WINTER and will co-manage the ad sales efforts with VP JAY MARSAC (John Ourand, THE DAILY)....Online merchandise retailer Fanatics, Inc. named THOMAS BAUMLIN CFO. Previously, Baumlin served as Managing Dir for venture capital firm Two Rivers Capital (Fanatics)….The Suns named Coyotes Legal Counsel COURTNEY LEWIS Associate Counsel (Suns).
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In Chicago, Phil Rogers profiles Cubs Senior VP/Scouting & Player Development JASON MCLEOD and notes that while Cubs President of Baseball Operations THEO EPSTEIN and Exec VP & GM JED HOYER were the "top-of-the-ticket hires" in Chair TOM RICKETTS' front office restructuring, McLeod is "the guy that really got" former VP & GM JIM HENDRY's role. McLeod is a "combination scouting director and farm director," and is "considered a rising star in the amateur scouting community." He spends most weekdays "in his office, then heads out on Thursday or Friday to watch college and high school players" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/18).
IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES: The GLOBE & MAIL's David Ebner reported a British Columbia Supreme Court on Friday granted an order to declare that Canucks Chair FRANCESCO AQUILINI and estranged wife TALI'AH "have no reasonable prospect of reconciliation with each other." It is "unclear what individual stake" Francesco has in the club, which he owns along with brothers ROBERTO and PAOLO, and father LUIGI. Francesco said that the Canucks "would not be affected by the divorce proceedings" (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/17).
NAMES: Records indicate that Baltimore Mayor STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE, using public money, "treated guests to $2,920.52 worth of food and nonalcoholic beverages in the city's skybox" during the '10 Ravens season at M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore SUN, 3/19)....49ers WR RANDY MOSS has filed a lawsuit claiming he may have lost a $160,000 investment in a barber shop in Delray Beach, Fla. The investment deal called for Moss to be paid back in eight years and receive up to 25% from the revenues of the shop (MIAMI HERALD, 3/19)....NFL free agent HINES WARD is selling his 12,836-sq-ft Sandy Springs, Ga., home for $7.5M (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/17).