This new week begins with the nominations of a team and a stadium near and dear to our hearts for the prestigious Sports Business Awards show to be held in two months.
SportsBusiness Journal/Daily this morning unveiled the nominees for this year’s 15 awards to honor excellence in sports business, and among the candidates are the New York Jets as Professional Sports Team of the Year and New Meadowlands Stadium as Sports Facility of the Year.
“I think we have the most innovative, hard-working staff in sports, and I’m really pleased to see their work recognized,” said Matt Higgins, executive vice president of business operations. “We really appreciate the SBJ for noticing the transformation that has taken place at the Jets over the years.”
New Meadowlands Stadium opened for business in 2010 and enjoyed a successful first year of operation as the home field of the Jets and Giants as well as venue for many other athletic events and concerts.
“We’re excited about the nomination,” said Thad Sheely, executive vice president of finance and stadium development. “It recognizes the tremendous achievement developing and opening the new stadium, which is the proud home of the Jets.”
Besides the Jets, here are the four other organizations up for Professional Sports Team:
■ Ganassi Racing
■ Orlando Magic
■ Pittsburgh Penguins
■ San Francisco Giants
And here are the five other nominations besides NMS for top sports facility:
■ Amway Center (Orlando)
■ Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City)
■ Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh)
■ Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)
■ Target Field (Minneapolis)
An outside panel of judges will select the winners, who will be presented with their awards on May 18 during ceremonies at the Marriott Marquis in New York.
Dick Steinberg Honor Ahead
Another honor will be presented to a member of the Jets’ family posthumously when Dick Steinberg is inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum later this month.
Steinberg was the general manager of the Jets for six seasons before his death at age 60 in 1995. He was a respected talent scout who helped build the Rams and Patriots and was praised for his knowledge of the game, his work ethic and his self-effacing nature. He also was a friend of the Hall, which after his passing created the Dick Steinberg Good Guy Award.
The 19th annual induction ceremony has a football feel as other inductees besides Steinberg will be 49ers offensive tackle Harris Barton, Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi, and Long Island high school DE Niv Sultan.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at The Suffolk Y JCC at 74 Hauppauge Road in Commack, N.Y., starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 27, and the event is open to the public. For more information, call Scott at (631) 462-9800, ext. 126. or go to www.jewishsports.org.
Tags: Dick Steinberg, Matt Higgins, National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, new Meadowlands stadium, New York Jets, Sports Business Awards, Thad Sheely
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