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Volume 21 No. 2

Events and Attractions

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


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.