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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Major League Baseball named Sports League of the Year at Sports Business Awards

Congratulations to Bud Selig for beating out inanimate carbon rod!

Major League Baseball was named Sports League of the Year at the 2012 Sports Business Awards presented by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily last night in New York.  The award recognizes the success baseball enjoyed in 2011 coupling unparalleled drama on the field with record business performance and innovative fan engagement. Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig accepted the award on behalf of the league.

On the field, the 2011 World Series – one of the most memorable in history –generated a +19% increase in television ratings versus last year’s Series.  MLB registered its ninth consecutive year of record industry revenues in 2011 – in excess of $7 billion – which produced the fifth-best attended season in history.  MLB also continued its unprecedented era of labor peace by agreeing to a new five-year Basic Agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awards, bud selig, business, c. montgomery burns award for outstanding achievement in the field of excellence, mlb_fancave, paradigm, synergy

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   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: May 24, 2012 at 07:01 PM (#4139638)
ESPN must be in shock. How can their precious NFL not be No. 1?
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM (#4139662)

Really? There's a "Sports League of the Year" award?
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 24, 2012 at 09:31 PM (#4139712)
On the field, the 2011 World Series – one of the most memorable in history –generated a +19% increase in television ratings versus last year’s Series.  MLB registered its ninth consecutive year of record industry revenues in 2011 – in excess of $7 billion – which produced the fifth-best attended season in history. 

So much for all the "struggling" teams straining just to break even.
   4. Cblau Posted: May 24, 2012 at 09:47 PM (#4139720)
At least they acknowledge the reality that MLB consists of one league, not two.
   5. Gonfalon B. Posted: May 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM (#4139749)
"Before I begin my speech, I have to say that all praise and thanks go to Doug Harvey."
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM (#4139764)
This reminds me of when Time magazine named the computer as its "Machine of the Year." The thresher must have been mightily disappointed.
   7. Morty Causa Posted: May 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM (#4139775)
Was there a cover picture of the owners sucking on Selig's teat?
   8. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: May 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM (#4139777)
   9. Good cripple hitter Posted: May 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM (#4139779)
Let's celebrate!


That was worse than any Albright that's been posted on this site.
   10. Lunkus Posted: May 25, 2012 at 12:40 AM (#4139800)
MLB used the time tested "no lockout during the considered time period and is not hockey" strategy to win the second most coveted award in all of sports!
   11. depletion Posted: May 25, 2012 at 08:33 AM (#4139867)
Time named monotonically increasing physical variable of the year. In the running for the best of all time.
   12. depletion Posted: May 25, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4140106)
Water named drink of the decade by Beverage Industry Times.
   13. depletion Posted: May 25, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4140107)
Bored at Work named best occassion to post on BBTF by BBTF Addict Journal.
   14. Famous Original Joe C Posted: May 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4140112)
Any business anything awards are always ridiculous, a reason for people to get together and congratulate themselves while getting drunk.
   15. Guapo Posted: May 25, 2012 at 01:58 PM (#4140123)
Other awards:

Fox Sports was honored with Best in Sports Media and Best in Sports Television, while ESPN took won two on the digital side. ESPN Digital Media won for Best in Digital Sports Media and the company's WatchESPN mobile app won for Best in Sports Technology.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was honored as the Sports Executive of the Year.

Additional winners included:

Lifetime Achievement - Paul Tagliabue, former NFL commissioner
Athletic Director of the Year - Mark Hollis, Michigan State University
Sports Team of the Year - Boston Bruins
Sports League of the Year - Major League Baseball
Sports Event of the Year - 2012 Humana Challenge
Best in Talent Representation and Management - Wasserman Media Group
Best in Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services - The Marketing Arm
Best in Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services - IMG
Best in Sports Event and Experiential Marketing - Major League Baseball/Fan Cave
Sports Sponsor of the Year - Bridgestone
Sports Facility of the Year - Amway Center


The Bruins beat out the Dayton Dragons, Sporting Kansas City, Stewart-Haas Racing, and the Texas Rangers for Best Team. I have only heard of one of those other nominees previously.

The 2012 Humana Challenge beat out the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic, 2011 NBA Finals, Super Bowl XLVI, and UFC 129 for best event. Gotta figure that was an upset. Particularly since I have no idea what the Humana Challenge is.

For Sports Facility, Amway Center beat out Livestrong Sporting Park, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Frankly, I was looking forward to the Talking Stick's acceptance speech.
   16. BDC Posted: May 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4140124)
Early History of the Sports League of the Year award:

1876 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
1877 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
1878 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
1879 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
1880 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
1881 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
1882 Connecticut Valley Medicine Ball Fraternity
1883 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
1884 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
1885 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
1886 National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs
   17. Gonfalon B. Posted: May 25, 2012 at 02:07 PM (#4140128)
Let's celebrate!

If you're going to stick that photo into a discussion of awards shows, shouldn't someone have invited the ghost of David Niven?

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