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  • Sports Business Awards nominees — 2012

    ESPN, NFL LEAD NOMINATIONS WITH FOUR EACH

    We are pleased to announce the nominations for the fifth annual Sports Business Awards, which will be presented 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 Major League Baseball 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 executives will now study the nominees and serve as category judges. Those 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 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 EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

    Tim Finchem, PGA Tour
    Roger Goodell, NFL
    David Hill, Fox Sports
    Larry Scott, Pac-12 Conference
    Bud Selig, MLB

    ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

    Bill Bradshaw, Temple University
    Dave Brandon, University of Michigan
    Mark Hollis, Michigan State University
    Jeff Long, University of Arkansas
    Ian McCaw, Baylor University

    SPORTS LEAGUE OF THE YEAR

    Major League Baseball
    National Football League
    National Hockey League
    Pac-12 Conference
    PGA Tour

    SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR

    Boston Bruins
    Dayton Dragons
    Sporting Kansas City
    Stewart-Haas Racing
    Texas Rangers

    SPORTS FACILITY OF THE YEAR

    Amway Center
    Livestrong Sporting Park
    Mercedes-Benz Superdome
    Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

     

    SPORTS EVENT OF THE YEAR

    2011 Carrier Classic
    2012 Humana Challenge
    2011 NBA Finals
    Super Bowl XLVI
    UFC 129

    BEST IN SPORTS MEDIA

    ESPN
    Fox Sports
    NBC Sports
    National Football League
    Turner Sports

    BEST IN SPORTS TELEVISION

    CBS Sports
    ESPN Networks
    Fox Sports
    NBC Sports
    Turner Sports

    BEST IN DIGITAL SPORTS MEDIA

    Bleacher Report
    ESPN Digital Media
    MLB Advanced Media
    SB Nation
    Yahoo! Sports

    BEST IN SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

    America’s Cup Event Authority / Sportvision
    Bloomberg Sports
    Panasonic / Speedway Motorsports Inc.
    Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment
    ESPN’s WatchESPN

    BEST IN CORPORATE CONSULTING, MARKETING AND CLIENT SERVICES

    GMR Marketing
    IMG
    The Marketing Arm
    Octagon
    Richards Sports + Entertainment
    Team Epic

    BEST IN PROPERTY CONSULTING, SALES AND CLIENT SERVICES

    AEG Global Partnerships
    Aspire Group
    IMG
    Premier Partnerships
    Wasserman Media Group

     

    BEST IN TALENT REPRESENTATION AND MANAGEMENT

    Boras Corp.
    CAA Sports
    Excel Sports Management
    IMG
    Priority Sports and Entertainment
    Wasserman Media Group

    BEST IN SPORTS EVENT AND EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING

    Intersport
    Jack Morton Worldwide
    LeadDog Marketing Group
    Major League Baseball / Fan Cave
    Momentum Worldwide
    Team Epic

    SPORTS SPONSOR OF THE YEAR

    Allstate
    Bridgestone
    Kia Motors America
    MillerCoors
    Procter & Gamble


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  • Breeders’ NY pitch must clear obstacles

    As efforts to bring the Breeders’ Cup to New York for the first time since 2005 continue, two off-track obstacles are among the issues organizers are discussing: New York City’s annual marathon and daylight saving time.

    Breeders’ Cup organizers and the New York Racing Association have been negotiating exclusively for at least six months about holding next year’s annual two-day event in New York. NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said he remains hopeful that issues can be resolved and that the Breeders’ Cup could be held at Belmont Park in 2013 but added, “It really is premature to comment at this point.”

    Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel, in a statement to SportsBusiness Journal, said, “We have been in discussions with NYRA on several occasions about potential future hosting opportunities. Beyond that, it is our policy not to comment on those discussions or discussions with any other potential host venues until the process is completed.”

    Fravel in October told SportsBusiness Journal: “We are in the process of negotiating with New York for 2013 and we are hopeful that is where it will end up.”

    When the Breeders’ Cup in August announced that the 2012 event would be held at Santa Anita Park, putting it in the Los Angeles area for the third time in five years, there was an uproar in the New York horse racing community. Horse racing fans, owners and trainers there said it should be a rotating event and New York was not getting a fair shake. New York, Southern California and Kentucky are the three hubs of horse racing in the United States.

    Among the outstanding issues, scheduling the event for the first weekend in November, when the Breeders’ Cup has been held for the last several years, would coincide with the traditional timing of the New York City Marathon, which like the Breeders’ Cup draws visitors from around the world.

    “What we don’t want to do is have them come to New York when the best hotels and the best restaurants are not available,” Hayward said.

    The last time the Breeders’ Cup was in New York, it was held the last week of October, but some of the major prep races for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup have already been scheduled, so if the Cup date were to be moved up, those races may also have to be moved, Hayward said.

    Additionally, there is a problem of hosting the event after daylight saving time ends, as Belmont Park is not equipped with lights for night racing. Not only would Belmont have to equip the racing surface with lights, it also would have to install lights in the box seating area.

    Daylight saving time ends the first weekend of November.

    Hayward said talks with Breeders’ Cup officials have been “cordial” and “productive” and that the two parties will continue to work to resolve the issues in hopes of having a decision made by sometime in June.

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