The San Francisco 49ers announced today that CEO Jed York was honored as one of the country’s top sports executives. York was named to the prestigious Forty Under 40 list by The Sports Business Journal.
The SBJ noted, “York’s first job with the 49ers was sewing names on the backs of jerseys. And he runs the whole operation today, most notably the nearly successful effort to build a new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., which could open as soon as 2014.”
York and other distinguished winners will be honored during the 2012 IMG World Congress of Sports event March 21-22 in Laguna Niguel, Calif. In its 11th year, the event is the preeminent gathering of the leaders in sports business.
The Forty Under 40 Awards program was initiated in 1999 by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily to identify and honor the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40.
A committee of SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily editors and writers select the 40 executives from among hundreds of nominations received each year.
During the past year, York restructured the 49ers football operations by hiring General Manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh. Both men won NFL honors for top executive and head coach, respectively. The 49ers won the NFC West and advanced to the NFC title game, losing in overtime to the New York Giants.
Off the field, York led the organization’s effort to secure an unprecedented $850 million construction loan for the new Santa Clara Stadium and $200 million in NFL funding, the most ever given to a one-team stadium project.
Work has already begun on the new stadium and official groundbreaking is expected in the coming months.
In addition to being honored at the IMG World Congress of Sports, York will moderate a session called: “Keep Them Coming Back: The Next Generation Venue Experience”.
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