SBJ/March 3 - 9, 2008/Forty Under 40
Forty Under 40
Published March 3, 2008
Some years just stand out, trumping those leading up to them and often those that follow. The ’27 Yankees. A ’57 Chevy. A ’61 Bordeaux. The ’83 NFL draft.
And for our annual Forty Under 40 list, 2008 is one of those years.
That’s not a knock on previous years, or previous winners. It’s just that 2008 is special by any measure. Not only does it boast the largest contingent (eight) of Forty Under 40 Hall of Famers in the award’s nine-year existence, but it also has as many newcomers to the club (25) as we’ve had since its inaugural year.
The names among this year’s Hall of Fame inductees arguably are sports business’ versions of the ’27 Yankees or that ’83 draft. There’s Michael Levine and Howard Nuchow reshaping the industry, Ed Policy pushing indoor football to the masses, Shannon Terry becoming our Hall of Fame’s first dot-com honoree, and Damon Evans joining him as its first college athletic director. … We could go on.
But that’s the nature of sports business. It’s an industry rich in talent and loaded with accomplishment. Which is why Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily are proud to present their ninth Forty Under 40 list, once again a compilation of some of the best and brightest executives under the age of 40.
And, in this case, a year we expect to be remembered for a long time.