SBJ All-Access: Time For The Sports Business Awards!
The sports industry's best talent will gather tonight at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square for the 12th annual Sports Business Awards, presented by Sports Business Journal. We'll be celebrating and recognizing the leaders, visionaries and day-to-day practitioners who personify excellence in the business. A crowd of nearly 850 is expected for the signature event. Get your refresher on the 86 nominees in 17 competitive categories.
- Head to the 8th floor for tonight's pre-event reception, which starts at 5:30pm ET. Follow the signs, check in, stroll down the red carpet. Hors d'oeurves and bartenders will be going strong until 7:00pm, when dinner gets started down on the 6th floor. The awards program is set to start at 7:50pm.
- A live stream of the red carpet, including interviews, will be available at SportsBusinessDaily.com from 5:45-6:45pm.
- To keep up with the winners tonight, follow @SBJSBD and the hashtag #SBJawards on Twitter. Also keep an eye out for breaking news emails for subscribers listing tonight's winners. Read SBD tomorrow and next week's SBJ for complete coverage of the awards.
FACES IN THE CROWD
- The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports. We're thrilled to have a pro like Tracy hosting. She'll set a great tone for the night. Leading up to the event, we've got SI Now host and Eagles team reporter Amy Campbell as our red carpet host. She'll be grabbing quick interviews with guests. ESPN’s Hannah Storm and NFL Network’s Kay Adams will also serve as presenters during the evening.
- Want high-profile names making their way to festivities?
- Adam Silver
- Stephanie McMahon
- Don Garber
- Jimmy Pitaro
- George Pyne
- Katrina Adams
- Stacey Allaster
- Mitch Barnhart
- David Berson
- Amy Brooks
- Scott Butera
- Emilio Collins
- Rick Cordella
- Paul Danforth
- Phil de Picciotto
- Peter Feigin
- Oliver Luck
- Mike McCarley
- Tony Ponturo
- Brad Ruskin
- Gillian Zucker
HONORING A GOLF POWERHOUSE
It took a long time to convince Tim Finchem to accept our honor for Lifetime Achievement, and we're ecstatic the longtime PGA Tour commissioner will be on hand tonight to accept the award. Finchem has always been well known for his dogged preparation, and we expect to see some of those moot court speech skills he honed at UVA law school to come out tonight during his speech. He will be introduced by Jay Monahan, the man who succeeded Finchem at the helm of the PGA Tour. Read John Lombardo's profile of Finchem from SBJ this week, which includes a look at how he used his power and influence to expand the game of golf.
TAKING THE STAGE
- Here are some of the presenters for this year's awards:
- MGM Resorts' Lance Evans (Digital)
- Turnkey's Len Perna (Event Marketing)
- Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority's Lisa Motley (Event)
- iX.co's David Nugent (Talent Representation)
- Teall Capital's Ben Sutton (Athletic Director)
- NBC Sports' Pete Bevacqua (Breakthrough)
- Fox Sports' Mark Silverman (Property Consulting, Sales & Client Services)
- LA84 Foundation's Renata Simril (Sponsor)
- Mobilitie's Christos Karmis (Facility)
- Players' Tribune's Jaymee Messler (Team)
- LA2028's David Mingey (Corporate Consulting, Marketing & Client Services)
- XFL's Oliver Luck (Media)
A SALUTE TO SERVICE
- This is the third year we'll be honoring a group with our Celebration Service Award, with the Homeless World Cup and PeacePlayers taking the first awards, respectively. Tonight, the recipient will be PowerPlay NYC, which has advanced the lives of girls ages 8-18 through a year-round offering of youth programs. PowerPlay NYC will be represented on stage by Rutgers women's basketball coach Vivian Stringer. If you're unfamiliar with PowerPlay, read about them in this week's SBJ.
- After the reception, attendees can expect a menu for dinner that includes options like pan seared chicken breast, roasted oyster mushrooms, bean medley, butter mashed potato and rosemary chicken jus. Dessert options included cheesecake, white velvet chocolate mousse with strawberry/mint gelee and meringue hive.
SEEN & HEARD
- Leaders Group, the new operating company that includes SBJ, Leaders, Newzoo and Esports Observer, held an private dinner for more than 45 execs at Del Frisco’s in midtown Manhattan last night. SBJ/SBD Publisher & Executive Editor Abe Madkour and Leaders CEO Jimmy Worrall welcomed the group and talked about the importance of Leaders Week in New York, with Leaders hosting its flagship conference over four days and SBJ hosting the Sports Business Awards tonight. They also introduced new Leaders Group Chair Whitney Shaw and CEO Warren Thune, who talked about his vision for Leaders Group going forward.
- Attendees included NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO Mark Tatum, MLS Deputy Commissioner Gary Stevenson, On Location Experiences CEO John Collins, NBC Sports Group President Pete Bevacqua, CAA Sports co-Head Mike Levine, Delaware North co-CEO Jeremy Jacobs Jr., Atlanta United President Darren Eales, A-B InBev Head of U.S. Sports Marketing Nick Kelly, Nielsen Sports Managing Dir Glenn Lovett, BITKRAFT Esports Ventures Founding Partner Jens Hilgers, iX.co Chief Commercial Officer Dave Nugent, Concacaf CCO Heidi Pellerano, Roundhill Investments CEO Will Hershey, Newzoo CEO Peter Warman, CFO Thijs Hagoort and Head of Sports & Media Nick Rend. Attendees chose from a menu that consisted of filet mignon, prime ribeye, prime strip, seared salmon with lobster tomato jus, sesame-seared tuna and pan-roasted natural chicken. Sides were potatoes au gratin and asparagus with roasted pistachios, while dessert included lemon cake and chocolate mousse.
SHOUTOUT TO THE VOLUNTEERS
- The SBJ staff tonight will be aided by volunteers from UConn, Penn, Colgate, Springfield College and Penn State. Say hello! These are some bright, young students who may be your boss one day.