The Golden State Warriors are nominated by the Sports Business Journal/Daily for “Sports Team of the Year” for the seventh annual Sports Business Awards. Additional nominees in the Sports Team of the Year category include the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, Portland Timbers, Seattle Seahawks and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
“Being recognized by the sports industry’s premiere media outlet for the work our organization has done over the past year is a real honor,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “It means so much to everyone on our team who works so hard every day to become one of the top franchises in sports.”
The Sports Business Awards consists of 15 categories with 80 nominees. The 2014 nominees and winners are being recognized for excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from March 1, 2013, to Feb. 28, 2014. Each of the nominees will be featured in a Sports Business Awards preview issue to be published May 19, 2014 in the Sports Business Journal/Daily.
A panel of sports business executives will study the nominations and serve as category judges. Those executives and members representing SportsBusiness Journal/Daily will evaluate the nominees and determine the winners in 13 of the 15 categories by private vote. The other two categories, Sports Executive of the Year and Athletic Director of the Year, will be judged solely by the editorial staff of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.
The Warriors won a league-high seven (7) awards at the 2014 NBA Sales & Marketing meetings this January, currently have a Season Ticket Holder Priority Wait List of over 4,800 members, have sold out 82 consecutive home games at Oracle Arena, advanced to the First Round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, received the 2013-14 Brian McIntyre Award, which is presented each season to an NBA public relations staff that exemplifies the standards of professionalism and excellence worthy of acclaim, in addition to purchasing land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where the team intends to build a new state-of-the-art 12-acre in-land sports and entertainment center.