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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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