NEW YORK – The National Hockey League was awarded three of the most prestigious honors tonight at the 2014 Sports Business Awards, winning "Sports League of the Year," "Sports Executive of the Year" recognition for Commissioner Gary Bettman and "Sports Event of the Year" for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The annual event, hosted by The SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily, honors excellence in sports business for the period from March 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014. The awards were presented before a record crowd of more than 800 at a special ceremony held at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.
This marks Commissioner Bettman's first win for "Sports Executive of the Year." Other nominees for "Sports Executive of the Year" were Fox Sports President and COO Randy Freer; Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber; Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank; and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive.
"While I am extremely proud to receive this award, I am more proud of the great people at the National Hockey League who helped make 2013-14 a record-setting season on a variety of levels -- including thrills, excitement and fun," Commissioner Bettman said. "I also thank our Clubs, our broadcast and business partners and the best fans in sports for their support; I know that their combined power will generate an even-brighter future for NHL hockey."