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  • Sports Business Awards nominees

    Here are the 80 nominees that will contend for honors in 15 categories at the seventh annual Sports Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony May 21 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

    Fox Sports is up for four awards, leading a list of 62 nominated companies. NBC Sports Group and the National Hockey League are nominees in three categories, and 11 others are up for two awards.

    The 2014 nominees and winners are being recognized for excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from March 1, 2013, to Feb. 28, 2014.

    Each of the nominees will be featured in a Sports Business Awards preview issue to be published May 19.

    A panel of sports business executives will study the nominations and serve as category judges. Those executives and members representing SportsBusiness Journal/Daily will evaluate the nominees and determine the winners in 13 of the 15 categories by private vote.

    The other two categories, Sports Executive of the Year and Athletic Director of the Year, will be judged solely by the editorial staff of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

    Sports Executive of the Year
    Gary Bettman, National Hockey League
    Randy Freer, Fox Sports
    Don Garber, Major League Soccer
    Kevin Plank, Under Armour
    Vivek Ranadivé, Sacramento Kings

    Athletic Director of the Year
    Mike Alden, University of Missouri
    Greg Byrne, University of Arizona
    Judy Rose, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Kevin White, Duke University
    Scott Woodward, University of Washington

    Sports Team of the Year
    Boston Red Sox
    Chicago Blackhawks
    Golden State Warriors
    Portland Timbers
    Seattle Seahawks
    U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

    Sports League of the Year
    Atlantic Coast Conference
    Major League Baseball
    Major League Soccer
    NASCAR
    National Hockey League
    PGA Tour

    Sports Event of the Year
    2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
    2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
    2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open
    The ONE: Mayweather vs. Canelo, presented by Showtime Networks in
    partnership with Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions
    Super Bowl XLVIII

    Best in Sports Media
    CBS Sports
    ESPN
    Fox Sports
    National Football League
    NBC Sports Group

    Best in Sports Television
    CBS Sports
    ESPN Films
    Fox Sports
    NBA TV, managed by the NBA and Turner Sports
    NBC Sports Group

    Best in Digital Sports Media
    Fox Sports
    NBC Sports Group
    Sporting News Media
    Time Inc. Sports Group/
    Sports Illustrated
    Turner Sports
    Twitter

    Best in Talent Representation and Management
    CAA Sports
    Excel Sports Management
    Lagardère Unlimited US
    Octagon
    Relativity Sports
    Wasserman Media Group

    Best in Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services
    GMR Marketing
    The Marketing Arm
    Octagon
    Optimum Sports
    Team Epic
    Wasserman Media Group

    Best in Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services
    CAA Sports
    IMG Worldwide
    Legends
    Premier Partnerships
    Sports Media Advisors
     
    Best in Sports Event and Experiential Marketing
    Aquarius Sports and Entertainment
    CSE
    GMR Marketing
    Intersport
    LeadDog Marketing Group

    Sports Sponsor of the Year
    Anheuser-Busch
    AT&T
    BMW of North America
    Liberty Mutual Group
    Pepsi Beverages Co.
    Procter & Gamble

    Sports Facility of the Year
    Circuit of the Americas
    Dodger Stadium
    Husky Stadium
    Madison Square Garden

    Best in Sports Technology
    Experience
    MLB Advanced Media
    Sporting Innovations
    Stats
    YinzCam


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  • Forty Under 40: Looking Ahead

    As SportsBusiness Journal honors its 2014 class of Forty Under 40 this week at a ceremony in California, we asked them the following question:

    What is the biggest challenge facing the sports industry in 2014?


    RENIE ANDERSON
    Continuing to aggregate large audiences in a fractionalized, VOD world.


    NATE APPLEMAN
    The definition of amateurism.

    BESS BARNES

    With the increasing number of platforms and sources of entertainment, the competition for fans’ attention has never been greater. The sports industry will continue to be challenged to draw audiences in.


    JESSICA BERMAN
    Performance-enhancing substances.

    AMY BROOKS

    Harnessing technology in the right ways to enhance the fan experience.



    JEREMY CAREY
    Leagues, teams, properties, content-distribution partners, agencies, investors and clients all have to be careful about the management of and cost of content.

    ETHAN CASSON

    Utilizing mobile technology to enhance and individualize the game-day experience for fans. Additionally, looking for more efficient ways to capture customer data and apply it to our business strategies and services.


    KELLY CHEESEMAN
    Figuring out the secondary market of ticketing.

    JUSTIN CONNOLLY

    Developing an accepted common currency for measuring sports viewing across all screens.



    ERIC CONRAD
    Getting people to authenticate TV Everywhere. There’s no unity around that.

    RICK CORDELLA

    TVE and the digital rights struggle between leagues, broadcasters, MVPDs and local affiliates. The linear TV strategy can’t be shoehorned into a digital strategy; it needs to be approached differently.

    JIM DELORENZO

    The shift to programmatic media buys. I’m also interested to see if fans start to cut the cord and embrace over-the-top digital video services.

    DAVE FINOCCHIO

    Starting to better understand and embrace how younger audiences are consuming content. The world is changing very quickly.


    JESSICA GELMAN

    Improving the fan experience and enhancing customer engagement. We want to identify every person attending an event in our building and create more meaningful relationships with them throughout the year.

    JONATHAN GIBSON

    Ensuring relevancy with youth and the multicultural consumer.


    ALISON GIORDANO
    Competition with other consumer entertainment options.

    DAVID GREENSPAN

    Lots of transformative change is in the air (e.g., status of amateurism in college sports, continually evolving public views on sexuality and the legalization of marijuana, and the previously unfathomable but now common household debate about whether kids should be allowed to play football). It will be fascinating to see how sports and the sports leagues change with the times.

    KIRSTEN HUNT
    Emerging markets hosting large-scale sporting events.

    TUCKER KAIN

    Fan engagement. With so many other options out there, keeping people engaged and interested will determine how sports teams and leagues will do moving forward.

    JOE KARLGAARD
    Fan attendance at live events.

    ED KIERNAN

    Connecting with new generations and making them fervent sports fans like previous generations. The entire sports fandom experience has changed from the way it’s introduced and cultivated in children and ultimately nurtured through adulthood. Maintaining and growing that avidity is crucial to the future of every facet of this business.

    CHRIS KLEIN
    Adapting to the ever-changing media landscape.

    JOSH KROENKE

    Figuring out the best ways to monetize the changing technology and new ways to interact with fans.

    DAMANI LEECH
    Getting butts in seats.

    ANDREW LUSTGARTEN

    Growing relevance and fan engagement in an ever-changing digital world.

    ROD MOSKOWITZ
    Selling tickets to live events.

    AHMAD NASSAR

    Keeping pace with new forms of technology/entertainment and making sure kids are both actively and passively consuming sports.

    WILL PLEASANTS
    Figuring how to keep fans engaged and valued.

    BRIAN SCHULZ

    Being very open and accepting to the lifestyles of the athletes that grace our back pages.

    DONTE SCOTT
    The fear and controversy surrounding the concussion issue.

    EMMANUEL SEUGE

    Determining the role sponsors play in broadcasting content.

    JOHN SHEA

    PEDs. As a parent, if you can’t feel good about transferring your passion for a sport from your generation to the next, that’s a bigger issue than anything else facing the industry.

    JARED SMITH

    The same that faced it for the last couple of years: the secondary market. Getting our arms around the secondary market in a way that’s healthy and accretive and controllable for fans still is the No. 1 challenge; no question in my mind.

    HENRY STAFFORD

    Commoditization and a lack of innovation.

    JOSH SWARTZ

    Fragmentation of viewership across platforms. It also happens to be the industry’s biggest opportunity.

    LOWELL TAUB

    How social media is going to change how sports endorsement deals are constructed and valued.

    IGOR ULIS

    The ability for sports and sports media businesses to create great experiences for fans in-stadium and on all viewing platforms amidst a complex technology and rights landscape.

    ARACELI VILLEGAS
    Embracing diversity in race, gender and sexual orientation.

    PETE VLASTELICA

    Being invented in a coffee shop somewhere as we speak.


    CHRIS WUJCIK
    Social media.

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