The NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center Announces Sports Business Society Award Winners

YES Network and MLBPA Executives Among Honorees

NEW YORK, April 8, 2013 -- The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS Tisch Center) has announced the recipients of the Sixth Annual NYU Sports Business Society Awards to be honored at a ceremony on Monday, April 15 at the NYU Helen & Martin Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s recipients are:

  • John J. Filippelli, president of production and programming for the YES Network (Executive of the Year);
  • Mark Weinstein, account executive for SportsNet New York/New York Mets and NYU-SCPS Tisch Center Class of 2008 (Alumnus of the Year);
  • Christopher Russo, president of CR Media Ventures (Graduate Sports Business Society Media Award);
  • Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (Lalia Rach Profile in Excellence);
  • Shannon Forde, director of media relations for the New York Mets (Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award); and
  • Major League Baseball Advanced Media and the New York Road Runners (Ambassadors of the Year).

“We have extra special recipients this year,” said Tisch Center Divisional Dean Bjorn Hanson. “All have made valuable contributions to sports organizations and their communities, and have supported the personal and professional development of colleagues and staff.” 

“I am very proud of the students every year for their commitment to the only student-run awards ceremony dedicated to honoring sports business leaders and pioneers,” said Wayne G. McDonnell, clinical associate professor of sports management at the Tisch Center. “We are also proud of Mark Weinstein, who has been singled out by his fellow alumni for his achievements.”

To attend the Sixth Annual NYU Sports Business Society Awards dinner and ceremony, please RSVP at by Wednesday, April 10.

About the SBS Awards

The SBS Awards are sponsored by New York University’s Sports Business Society (SBS) and Graduate Sports Business Society (GSBS), student organizations within the NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. SBS and GSBS are designed to create educational, social, philanthropic, and professional opportunities for students. The clubs have hosted a semiannual internship and career fair featuring top sports organizations, mentored students, and developed a series of sports lectures and panel discussions with leading industry professionals. Its members actively serve the community through initiatives such as Relay for Life and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York. In recognition of its members’ efforts, SBS has received the prestigious NYU President’s Service Award (2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013), which is given to students and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the area of community service, leadership, and volunteerism.

About the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management

Founded in 1995, the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. In 1999, the Tisch Center identified the increasing interest and need for sports business education and added programs on accordingly.

Hospitality, sports, and tourism are major global economic sectors, and the Tisch Center serves these growing and evolving industries by offering relevant, cutting-edge curricula that attracts bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields. Through undergraduate degrees in hotel and tourism management and in sports management, graduate degrees and certificates in hospitality industry studies, sports business, and tourism management, a plethora of noncredit programs, and the Center’s world-renowned conferences, the Tisch Center provides students with the tools to enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, tourism, and sports. For more information, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit