Kevin O’Connor to Join NBC Sports Network’s CNBC Sports Biz: Game On

Jazz General Manager to serve as tonight’s “Heavy Hitter”
by Bill Lea

SALT LAKE CITY (July 19, 2012) – Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor will join NBC Sports Network’s CNBC Sports Biz: Game On as a guest on the show on Thursday, July 19, joining host Brian Sullivan to serve as the show’s featured “Heavy Hitter.” The edition of CNBC Sports Biz: Game On featuring O’Connor will initially air at 5 p.m. MT on Thursday, and will subsequently re-air on six additional occasions (full list of airings below).

The 2012-13 season will mark O’Connor’s 14th overseeing all aspects of the Jazz’s basketball operations, making him the second-longest tenured general manager in the NBA behind only Geoff Petrie of the Sacramento Kings (18 seasons). Since O’Connor’s arrival in Salt Lake City in 1999, the Jazz has compiled a record of 589-461 (.561), finishing with a .500-or-better record in 11 of 13 seasons and advancing to the playoffs nine times while winning three division titles. Along the way, O’Connor was able to successfully transition the team from the final years of the John Stockton/Karl Malone era into a perennial playoff team and 2007 Western Conference finalist despite the franchise having only three top-10 draft selections (Deron Williams in 2005, Gordon Hayward in 2010, Enes Kanter in 2011 – all three acquired via trades) since 1983. In May of 2012, O’Connor was one of four NBA general managers selected to be a member of the league’s newly created Competition Committee.

Prior to joining the Jazz, O'Connor spent two seasons as the director of player personnel for the Philadelphia 76ers, and has also served as a scout for the Jazz, the then-New Jersey Nets, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers. His collegiate coaching career included assistant coaching jobs at Virginia Tech (1972-74), Virginia Military Institute (1974-76), the University of Colorado (1976-79) and UCLA (1979-85), where he assisted Larry Brown as the Bruins advanced to the 1980 NCAA championship game.

NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus, is available nationwide and airs on channels 34 (Comcast), 34 and 695 (Comcast Digital), 603 (DirecTV) and 159 (DISH Network) in Salt Lake City.

CNBC Sports Biz: Game On, airing on NBC Sports, focuses on the $200 billion business of professional sports, including ownership, labor, media, sponsorship, marketing, merchandise, facilities and executives. The 30-minute show features segments such as: “Power Player,” where the host interviews sports business newsmakers; “The Scoreboard," in which the host and sideline reporter, Erin Sharoni, review the sports business winners and losers of the week; and "Heavy Hitters," in which the host calls up insiders to break down how one aspect of the business works.

A complete list of CNBC Sports Biz: Game On airings featuring O’Connor is listed below:

CNBC Sports Biz: Game On airings featuring O’Connor