One thing about sports business: There's never a dearth of talent. The lines are long of people clamoring to work where others play. In those lines are the next great idea, the startup we've never thought of, the deal we can't believe could get done.
Nowhere does that show more than in this year's Forty Under 40 class. Thirty newcomers grace the following pages — 75 percent of this year's winners. Thirty young executives who've stepped up — or more accurately, moved right in — and distinguished themselves with marketing genius, sales expertise, deal-making tenacity and entrepreneurial guts. Not since the first year of these awards have so many new names appeared, showing the depth of talent in the industry.
On the list you'll find Randy Bernard's leadership and Zak Brown's persuasion. Mark Shapiro's out-of-the-box thinking, and Jeff Fluhr and Shannon Terry's vision. Michael Yormark's work ethic, and Jon Niemuth and Tom Proebstle's
Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal is proud to present its seventh Forty Under 40 list, a tribute to the best and brightest executives under the age of 40. And this year, it seems, a tribute to the overall talent level of the industry itself.