April 12, 2019

NYU School of Professional Studies Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport Announces Sports Business Society Award Winners

Among Those Honored at April 16 Event Will Be Michael Capiraso, President and CEO of New York Road Runners, and Dani Rylan, Founder and Commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League

NEW YORK, April 12, 2019 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport today announced the recipients of the 12th Annual NYUSPS Sports Business Society Awards. The ceremony to honor the award winners will take place on Tuesday, April 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South.

Vince Gennaro, associate dean of the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport, noted, “These awards offer our students the perfect opportunity to meet and to celebrate the very talented sports professionals who inspire them in their roles as leaders and innovators of industry. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Sports Business Society Awards.”

The Sports Business Society (SBS) Awards were launched more than a decade ago to honor accomplished sports business professionals and organizations that have contributed to the industry in a positive and meaningful way. This year’s awardees are:

  • Jeremy Goldberg, President, LeagueApps Ambassador of the Year –  In his role as president, Goldberg oversees LeagueApps marketing, business development, and people operations functions. He also is an operating partner at 212MEDIA, a venture development firm that produced LeagueApps, and Speakaboos, among others.
  • Jeff Mohl, ’07, Vice President, Sport Marketing, NYC & Company – Alumnus of the Year  -  A graduate of the NYUSPS MS in Sports Business, Mohl now works at NYC & Company, where he is responsible for attracting, creating, and promoting sporting events throughout the City’s five boroughs. He has overseen the creation and implementation of numerous bids for large-scale sports events on behalf of the City of New York.
  • Bruce Ianni and Davyeon Ross, Founders, ShotTracker, DDSports Innovation Award -  Ianni and Ross, CEO and president of DDSports, are co-founders of the organization. Their product, ShotTracker, is a sensor-based technology that provides comprehensive sub-second stats and analytics to basketball players, coaches, fans, broadcasters, and market makers for practice and live games.
  • Michael Capiraso, New York Road Runners, President and CEO Lalia Rach Profile in Excellence Award - As president and CEO of New York Road Runners, Capiraso exemplifies NYRR’s mission to help and inspire people through running. He has transformed NYRR’s brand and business, extending opportunities to nearly 600,000 people to connect through running annually.
  • Alison Overholt, Editor-in-Chief, ESPN The Magazine and espnW Media Award - A specialist in launches, redesigns, and “fixer" situations, Overholt has built and managed editorial teams at ESPN. She led the redesigns of two 500,000+ circulation special-interest publications for the company.
  • Dani Rylan, Founder & Commissioner, National Women’s Hockey League – The Bjorn Hanson Executive of the Year Award  -  American entrepreneur and former ice hockey player, Rylan is the founder and current commissioner of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). The NWHL is the first professional women's hockey league in the United States, as well as the first professional women's hockey league ever to pay its players in North America.
  • Vanessa Bryan, ’15, Manager, Corporate Partnership Activation: Bud Light & Cleveland Browns Marketing Campaign of the Year - A graduate of the NYUSPS MS in Sports Business, who served as the Graduate Sports Business Society vice president and president, Bryan manages the execution of assigned contracts and relationships, enhances the overall corporate partnership experience for the Browns’ partners, and ensures the execution of the strategy of the team’s marketing programs.
  • Tom Hulsey, Author, Cancer Survivor, Ironman, Health & Wellness Evangelist Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award - Hulsey has finished 11 IRONMAN events, has survived cancer, and has dedicated his life to helping others through philanthropy. He is a board member of ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, and is a peer reviewer for the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).
About the Sports Business Society Awards

The Sports Business Society Awards are sponsored by the Sports Business Society (SBS) and Graduate Sports Business Society (GSBS), student organizations within the NYU School of Professional Studies Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport. 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, 2013, and 2017), which is bestowed upon students and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the area of community service, leadership, and volunteerism.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport

Recent innovations in global sports consumption, the use of online and social media to engage and to build a fan base, and the implementation of redesigned sports business models, have resulted in a range of issues and opportunities for individuals working in the sports industry. Successful professionals in this field now need to understand strategic business principles as they apply to different aspects of the global sports industry.

Through interdisciplinary curricula, field internships, alumni-student mentorship, applied research, individualized degree advisement, a dedicated and accomplished advisory board, and faculty members who are experts in their fields, the NYU School of Professional Studies Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport provides the pathway to help students meet their professional goals in the sports business industry.

The Tisch Institute's graduate and undergraduate  programs provide a top-notch education and the opportunity to meet and to network with industry leaders. Its location in New York, home to more sports teams, leagues, and media outlets than any other metro area in the country, offers the perfect setting for gaining a comprehensive overview of the complexities of the business. The Institute’s renowned, highly attended professional conferences and events provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields. For more information, visit sps.nyu.edu/tisch.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges—each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYUSPS arises from its place as the NYU home for industry-focused education and applied research that is related to key knowledge-based fields, in which the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs that span a broad range of disciplines including: Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film, and TV; Economic and Urban Development; English Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime; Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Management; Humanities; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Business; and Translation.

More than 80 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 nearly 5,400 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 over 18,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Certificates, and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by nearly 25,000 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 sps.nyu.edu.

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