Sports Business Awards: USOC, ESPN Each Take Home Two Trophies
The sixth annual Sports Business Awards had a decided Olympic feel to them, as the USOC was named Sports League of the Year and USOC CEO Scott Blackmun took home the award as Sports Exec of the Year. Blackmun while accepting the league award said, “I’m shocked. It all stems from the fact that we’re rowing in the same direction.” Meanwhile, fueled in part by the strength of its coverage of the London Games, NBC Sports Group won the Best in Sports Media category.
ESPN took home two trophies last night, winning Best in Sports Television and Best in Digital Sports Media. The company was cited for both signing a bevy of long-term rights deal as well as the growing distribution of the Watch ESPN app. Two newcomers were honored – the Barclays Center won Facility of the Year in its inaugural season, while the U.S. Grand Prix took home the prize for Sports Event of the Year following the first running of the Austin-based F1 race.
Longtime White Sox and Bulls Chair Jerry Reinsdorf, accepting the '13 Lifetime Achievement Award, peppered his speech with lots of jokes and a significant emphasis on the value of service and community involvement in sports. After a retrospective video that detailed his long career in the industry, Reinsdorf quipped, "My funeral can't be any better than this."
|Sports Executive of the Year||USOC CEO Scott Blackmun|
|Sports League of the Year||USOC|
|Best in Sports Media||NBC Sports Group|
|Best in Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services||Legends|
|Sponsor of the Year||Anheuser-Busch|
|Sports Team of the Year||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Best in Sports Television||ESPN|
|Best in Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Service||Octagon|
|Athletic Director of the Year||Alabama's Mal Moore (posthumous)|
|Sports Event of the Year||'12 U.S. Grand Prix|
|Best in Digital Sports Media||ESPN Digital Media|
|Sports Facility of the Year||Barclays Center|
|Best in Talent Representation and Management||CAA Sports|
|Best in Sports Technology||MLB Advanced Media|
|Best in Sports Event and Experiential Marketing||Momentum Worldwide|
See today’s issue of THE DAILY and our On The Ground blog for more on the awards and the ceremony.