Sports Business Awards: Seen and heard

“The sports business is stronger than ever and it’s got more opportunity than ever. … Sports fans are some of the most passionate people in the world, and I think after COVID, people just wanted to have fun. What better way to do that than with sports? It’s great to see that resilience.”
Michael Rubin, Fanatics

“This is the moment in time where we get to build and focus on our product, and really continue to grow our network in our community. So we’re excited by the challenge. And we’re not going anywhere.”
Preston Peters,

“We harnessed sports with insights and analytics. Once you do that, sports can be your rocket fuel. Modelo is the No. 2 beer brand in the U.S. We think it will be No. 1 within a few years and sports has been a big part of that.”
Rene Ramos, Constellation Brands

“We will be very shortly a mainstream sport. The only thing separating us is the years of existence. When you look at all of the accomplishments and the accolades and the fan growth and all of those different ingredients that we have like every other mainstream sport, there’s no reason if you put us up against any of those, and you give us 70 more years, that we’re not at that stature.”
Rachel Jacobson, Drone Racing League

“There is no industry that has been kicked as hard as this industry —  the sports industry, the live entertainment industry, the music industry, the facility industry — over the last two years. COVID kicked our ass. Not a lot of people wanted to help us off the floor and the mat. There weren’t a lot of people talking about the pain and what you all had to go through, and yet, like most things in life, this industry led the way back. It led with, not only how we keep people safe, but ultimately making sure we gave the world a reason to cheer.”
Tim Leiweke, Oak View Group

“Even with our success, we still operate with a kind of chip on our shoulder and still think there’s a huge amount of growth left for the UFC in the U.S. and around the world, so the way we feel, it’s just the beginning for us.”
Lawrence Epstein, UFC


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