NEW YORK, March 30, 2018 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport announced the recipients of the 11th Annual NYUSPS Sports Business Society Awards. The ceremony to honor the award winners will take place on Monday, April 9, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Square South.
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:
- Matt Murphy - Kids in the Game (KING), CEO – Laila Rach Profile in Excellence Award. As the cofounder and lead executive of Kids in the Game, Murphy oversees relationships with 40 schools and over 5,000 families to provide sports, creative movement, and safe play programming in underserved NYC schools and neighborhoods. Named one of the “Top 48 Entrepreneurs to Watch in NYC,” Murphy has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., The Huffington Post, and Business Collective.
- Ted Philipakos, AC Reggiana 1919, CEO – Executive of the Year. Philipakos was an adjunct professor at the Tisch Institute from 2012-2016, and served as the CEO of Venezia FC from June 2016 until May 2017. He transformed Venezia FC’s brand and business last year, with the club-winning league and cup championships, and achieving promotion to Italy’s Serie B.
- Joe Inzerillo, BAMTECH Media, Chief Technology Officer – GSBS Media Award. Inzerillo oversees all aspects of technology for BAMTECH Media, a leading distributor of direct-to-consumer video and a premiere provider of video streaming solutions globally. Previously, he was chief technology officer for MLB, including its flagship media companies, MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, and was responsible for developing the technology powering the successful launch of expanded instant replay, the first live sporting events to stream on iPhone and iPad, and the Tech Emmy Award winning MLB.TV.
- Anna Isaacson, National Football League, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility – Bjorn Hanson Leadership Award. Isaacson directs the NFL’s social, charitable, and philanthropic endeavors, including how the NFL addresses issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other critical societal issues. She also oversees the work of the NFL Foundation. In 2016, she led the development of a new campaign, My Cause My Cleats, to highlight the hundreds of philanthropic players in the NFL.
- Angelo Solomita, Attorney and Sports Business Professional – Alumnus of the Year. Previously, Solomita served as vice president for business and legal affairs at Radegen Sports Management, where he oversaw various aspects of clients’ off-field business and legal affairs including endorsement contracts and charitable endeavors.
- Beat the Streets - New York City Wrestling (accepted by Executive Director Brendan Buckley) – Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award. This non-profit uses wrestling as a vehicle for urban youth to achieve their full physical, cognitive, and social potential and to develop into strong and effective individuals. Buckley was a former Division I head wrestling coach at California Polytechnic State University and Columbia University.
- Mario Oliveri, New York Yankees, Manager, Inside Sales – Ambassador of the Year. Oliveri oversees three sales teams and focuses on recruiting, training, and developing top sales professionals. He is an adjunct instructor at the Tisch Institute, where he teaches a course on Revenue Strategies & Pricing.
- The Winning Edge Leadership Academy (accepted by Executive Director Corinne Milien) – Ambassador of the Year. The Academy develops the professional potential of young women and minorities in the sports business, providing mentoring, and financial and cognitive resources to help them establish successful careers. Milien served as a graduate assistant for Tennessee Women’s Basketball and Pat Summitt.
Vince Gennaro, the Tisch Institute associate dean, said, “These awards are a wonderful way for our students to honor the many great sports industry professionals—both on and off the field— who inspire us every day.”
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, undergraduate, and noncredit 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 (sps.nyu.edu) 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 26,000 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 sps.nyu.edu.