Blackmun's Executive Award Caps Big Night For USOC
May 23, 2013 02:41 PM
His recognition came moments after the USOC was awarded League of the Year. Blackmun negotiated the organization’s long term revenue-sharing agreement with the IOC, a deal that ended a decades-long dispute, and he developed the first joint sales effort with NBC, which resulted in new sponsorships with Citi and TD Ameritrade.
After being selected, Blackmun, who didn’t prepare a speech, said, “I think everyone in this room understands the power of sport. At the [USOC], we try to use sport to make the world a better place. Sport has had a huge influence on my family and has a huge influence on how we connect with each other. … We’re grateful you recognize and support our U.S. Olympic athletes. It’s the real America’s team, with all due respect to the Cowboys, and I really appreciate it.”