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  • Nominees Announced This Morning For Fifth Annual Sports Business Awards

    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

     

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  • Legendary Sportswriter Furman Bisher Passes Away At 93 From Heart Attack

    Bisher spent 59 years with AJC
    before retiring in '09
    Longtime sportswriter FURMAN BISHER, who covered The Masters for more than 50 years, died of a heart attack yesterday at the age of 93, according to a front-page piece by Alexis Stevens of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. Bisher spent 59 years with the AJC before retiring in ‘09, and he wrote his final column “on the same typewriter he used when he started in 1950." Bisher since his official retirement “continued to write occasionally” for the AJC, and to “cover golf tournaments like the Masters, the PGA [Championship] last August and the Tour Championship at East Lake.” He contributed “hundreds of articles for Sports Illustrated, the Saturday Evening Post and many other national magazines” and also “wrote several books, including a biography of HANK AARON.” In addition to writing, Bisher is “credited with helping bring professional sports to Atlanta.” He was a “charter member of the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Authority during a time when it wasn't regarded as a conflict for a journalist to serve in such a capacity” (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/19). In Jacksonville, Garry Smits notes Bisher “covered every important sporting event in the South and nationwide, usually 50 or more times.” He scored the “only interview SHOELESS JOE JACKSON ever gave after being banned from baseball” (JACKSONVILLE.com, 3/19). Golf Channel's Gary Williams said of Bisher, “He was one of the finest writers America has ever produced.” Golf Channel's Erik Kuselias: “This was one of the great American sports writers of all time. He was an iconic figure.” Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte: “I don’t feel worthy enough to talk about Furman because he was such an icon. He was our generation’s GRANTLAND RICE” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 3/19).

    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."

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  • Executive Transactions

    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).

    Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to editorial@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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  • Names In The News

    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).

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