SBJ/Dec. 20-26, 2010/This Week's Issue

Industry panel to add voice to SBA choices

As many of you are aware, we have begun accepting nominations for the fourth annual Sports Business Awards, which will be presented in New York City on Wednesday, May 18. It’s been gratifying to see this awards program generate so much interest and, while it comes with incredible challenges, it’s a program we are certainly proud of.

The 2011 awards will recognize outstanding achievements in sports business from March 1, 2010, through Feb. 28, 2011. The deadline to submit nominees in the 15 categories is Friday, Jan. 7.

One element that’s new this year is a change in the voting procedure: We’re embarking on a significant overhaul that we think will add more transparency to the process and more clearly establish the Sports Business Awards as measures of true “industry” recognition.

Starting this year, once the nominees have been selected by the editorial department of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily in March, the final selection discussions will include a panel of sports industry executives who will serve as category judges. These industry executives and three members representing SportsBusiness Journal/Daily will evaluate the nominees and determine the winners of 13 of the 15 categories by a private vote. The list of judges for each category will be announced in the May 16 issue of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. The categories of Sports Executive of the Year and Athletic Director of the Year will continue to be judged solely by the editorial staff of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

We are including outside judges to add more expertise, more transparency and more points of view to the selection process. We are not identifying the members of the selection committees until after the votes have been cast to prevent lobbying and outside influence during the deliberations. We have targeted well-respected executives who we feel will add great value to the awards.

Look for more on the awards in the weeks ahead, but please remember the deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, Jan. 7.

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