BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (March 15, 2022) - The Southeastern Conference on Monday was named a nominee for League of the Year and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey was named a nominee for Sports Executive of the Year by the Sports Business Journal.
The SEC is one of six leagues, and the only college conference, to be nominated for League of the Year. Sankey is one of eight individuals from across the sports world, and the only from the collegiate setting, to be nominated for Executive of the Year. This is the second year in a row Sankey has been nominated in the category.
Launched in 2008, the Sports Business Awards were established by the Sports Business Journal to celebrate excellence in the business of sports. The 2022 nominees and winners are being recognized for the period from March 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022. The winners in 13 categories will be determined by a group of more than 40 industry executives. Award winners in two categories - Athletic Director of the Year and Executive of the Year - will be selected solely by the Sports Business Journal.
The 15th annual Sports Business Awards ceremony, a night celebrating excellence in sports business, will be conducted in person for the first time in three years on Wednesday, May 18, at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square. The winners will be announced live at this event.
Also from the Southeastern Conference, Hunter Yurachek of the University of Arkansas is nominated for Athletic Director of the Year and the University of Arkansas Athletics is nominated for Best in Sports Social Media.
SPORTS LEAGUE OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
National Football League
National Hockey League
Ultimate Fighting Championship
US Olympic and Paralympic Committee
Women's National Basketball Association
SPORTS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Ari Emanuel, Endeavor
Cathy Engelbert, Women's National Basketball Association
Roger Goodell, National Football League
Tim Leiweke, Oak View Group
Steve Phelps, NASCAR
Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN
Michael Rubin, Fanatics
Greg Sankey, Southeastern Conference