EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (August 24, 2006) – The Nets have named Neil Davis Chief Revenue Officer, Sponsorship Sales, for their new arena in Brooklyn, Nets CEO Brett Yormark announced.
Davis, who will report directly to Yormark, will be responsible for identifying key strategic marketing partners for the Nets’ new arena in Brooklyn, which is expected to open for the 2009-10 season.
“Neil is probably the most experienced and highly sought-after sports sales executive in the marketplace,” Yormark said. “He will play a leadership role in attracting best-in-class companies, both national and local, to become sponsors at the arena in Brooklyn and he understands what they will look for in a partnership such as this. Our ownership is committed to bringing in the best of the best to this organization and I look forward to marketing this landmark arena with Neil.”
Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the sports and entertainment arena will be the centerpiece of the Atlantic Yards development, which will offer office space, over 6,800 units of affordable, middle-income and market-rate housing, landscaped open space, a boutique hotel, and ground-floor retail space to create a vibrant addition to a thriving borough.
A native of Mount Vernon, NY, Davis enjoyed a successful 19-year career (1986-2005) with Madison Square Garden, most recently as Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales, in which he oversaw the advertising sales for MSG Networks, the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty, Radio City Entertainment, arena signage and radio properties. An expert in growing revenue and multi-media packaging, Davis created new partnerships for MSG that grew its business over 50 percent in 10 years. Davis also negotiated the largest sponsorship agreements in the history of the MSG Regional Sports Network.
In September, 2005, Davis launched Davis Communications, Inc., which specialized in unique sponsorship packaging in sports, entertainment and venues.
Davis and his wife, Ilene, live in Chappaqua, NY with their two children, Jordyn, 14, and Blake, 11.