Sports Business Awards: Presenters and judges

Category presenters

Sports Event of the Year

Gary Gertzog, President, Business Affairs, Fanatics

Best in Sports Technology, co-presented by SportTechie

Taylor Bloom, CEO, SportTechie

Best in Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services

Alisha Pope, Head of Sports & Sponsorship Strategy and Development, MGM Resorts

Best in Digital Sports Media

Monica Aksamit, Bronze Medalist, Saber Fencing, 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Sports Facility of the Year

Denis Braham, Shareholder and Chair of the Sports Business and Media Industry Group, Winstead

Celebration of Service

LaVonte Stewart Sr., Executive Director, Lost Boyz Inc.

Best in Sports Social Media

Jessica Gelman, Chief Executive Officer, KAGR

Best Talent Representation of the Year

Nana-Yaw Asamoah, Vice President of Business Development, National Football League

Athletic Director of the Year

Ben Sutton, Founder and Chairman, Teall Sports & Entertainment

Best in Agency Creativity and Innovation

Brian Yost, COO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Best in Sports Media

Tim Leiweke, CEO, Oak View Group

Lifetime Achievement

Meek Mill

Sports Breakthrough of the Year

Kirsten Corio, Managing Director, USTA

Sports Sponsor of the Year

Nicole Jeter West, CEO, Underdog Venture Team

Sports Team of the Year

Kenneth Shropshire, CEO, Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University

Sports League of the Year

Burke Magnus, President, Programming and Original Content, ESPN

Sports Executive of the Year

Eli Manning


Weighing in on the nominees

Forty outside judges joined four SBJ judges to help determine winners as the 2022 Sports Business Awards. The judges made up committees that deliberated on 13 of 17 awards given out on May 18. Athletic Director, Sports Executive, Celebration of Service and Lifetime Achievement were selected separately by SBJ committees.

Caroline Acosta, Pac-12 Networks
Kari Cohen, New York Red Bulls
John Cordova, Marketing Advisors
Kirsten Corio, USTA
Alexandra Dell, Sportfive
Howard Deneroff, Westwood One Sports
Marie DeParis, SNY
Brandon Doll
Pete Giorgio, Deloitte
Ishwara Glassman Chrein, Chicago Fire
Glenn Gray, Buffalo Groupe
Kevin Griffin, D.C. United
Ben Gumpert, Elevate Sports Ventures
Haynes Hendrickson, Playfly Sports
LJ Holmgren, Columbia University
Kate Howard, Eventellect
Vincent Ircandia, Stellar Algo
Jim Kadlecek
Matt Kauffman, The Montag Group
Janeen Lalik, Fanatics College
Geoff Lester, Vivid Seats
Larry Lundy, Lundy Marketing Group
Clay Luter, Ticketmaster
Christian Matthews
Stephanie Maes, MGM Resorts
Rob McQueen, McQueen Consulting
Corinne Milien, The Winning Edge Leadership Academy
Jill Monaghan, Generator Studio
Jonathan Norman, Tepper Sports & Entertainment
Elisa Padilla
Len Perna, TurnkeyZRG
Will Pleasants, Wasserman
Brandon Rhodes, Overtime
Seth Rubinroit, NBC Sports
Andre Schunk, Gold Rabbit Sports
Mary Scott
Kim Stone, The Heat Group
Gene Tinner Jr., UFC
Janelle Wells, University of South Florida
Lee Zeidman, Arena

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