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  • Sports Business Awards: ESPN, Turner lead pack

    SBA
    We are pleased to announce the nominations for the fourth annual Sports Business Awards, which will be presented during a live ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, May 18. The 2011 awards recognize outstanding achievements in sports business from March 1, 2010, through Feb. 28, 2011.

    The 73 nominees across 15 categories were selected by committees of the editorial staff from SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, who studied hundreds of nominees over the past two months. Among this year’s highlights is a record 73 nominees, with 37 companies or individuals being nominated for the first time. The top nominees are ESPN and Turner Sports with four each.

    Now that the nominees have been selected, we are following through on the changes in the voting procedure we announced months ago. We are embarking on a significant overhaul that we think will add more transparency to the process and clearly establish the Sports Business Awards as true “industry” recognition.

    The final selection discussions will include a panel of sports industry executives who will study the nominees and serve as category judges. Industry executives 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 list of judges for each category will be announced in the May 16 issue of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. The categories of 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 final 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.

    We look forward to announcing the winners during the live ceremony on May 18 in New York City. We hope to see you in what promises to be a fun and special celebration of the best in sports business.

    SPORTS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
    George Bodenheimer     ESPN/ABC Sports
    Chip Ganassi     Ganassi Racing
    David Levy     Turner Broadcasting System
    Kevin Plank     Under Armour
    Pat Riley     Miami Heat


    ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
    Bob Bowlsby     Stanford University
    Tim Curley     Penn State University
    Chris Del Conte     Texas Christian University
    DeLoss Dodds     University of Texas
    Chris Hill     University of Utah


    PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUE OF THE YEAR
    Major League Soccer
    National Basketball Association
    National Football League
    National Hockey League
    Ultimate Fighting Championship


    PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR
    Ganassi Racing
    New York Jets
    Orlando Magic
    Pittsburgh Penguins
    San Francisco Giants


    SPORTS EVENT OF THE YEAR
    ING New York City Marathon – 2010
    NBA All-Star Game – 2011
    NCAA Final Four – 2010
    Winter X Games – 2011

    SPORTS SPONSOR OF THE YEAR
    Papa John’s
    Phillips-Van Heusen
    Subway
    T-Mobile USA


    SPORTS FACILITY OF THE YEAR
    Amway Center
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Consol Energy Center
    New Meadowlands Stadium
    Red Bull Arena
    Target Field


    BEST IN SPORTS MEDIA
    CBS Sports
    ESPN
    Fox Sports
    National Football League
    Turner Sports


    BEST IN SPORTS TELEVISION
    ESPN Networks
    Fox Sports
    HBO Sports
    NBC Sports
    Turner Sports

    BEST IN DIGITAL SPORTS MEDIA
    CBS Interactive Media
    ESPN Digital Media
    MLB Advanced Media
    Turner Sports


    BEST IN SPORTS TECHNOLOGY
    Daktronics
    Fanvibe
    IOMedia
    MLB Advanced Media


    BEST IN CORPORATE CONSULTING, MARKETING AND CLIENT SERVICES
    GMR Marketing
    GroupM ESP
    IMG
    Octagon
    Team Epic
    Wasserman Media Group


    BEST IN PROPERTY CONSULTING, SALES AND CLIENT SERVICES
    AEG Global Partnerships
    CAA Sports
    Home  Team Marketing
    IMG


    BEST IN TALENT REPRESENTATION AND MANAGEMENT
    Boras Corporation
    CAA Sports
    IMG
    Octagon
    Wasserman Media Group


    BEST IN SPORTS EVENT AND EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING
    BaAM Productions
    BeCore Promotions
    Intersport
    The Marketing Arm
    Momentum Worldwide
    SportsMark


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