As the USA Men’s Basketball Team heads to London as the favorite to win gold, it’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, even medaling at the Olympics seemed an uncertain prospect. A series of embarrassing setbacks, including a horrific showing in the 2004 Games, left many wondering whether the rest of the world had caught—and passed—the United States in a game created in America.
That’s when longtime National Basketball Association executive Jerry Colangelo stepped up to accept the challenge. As director of USA Basketball, Colangelo’s task was to rebuild the franchise that once so dominated its competition (think back to the 1992 Dream Team) that opponents lined up after games for the “honor” of photos with the superstars who had just trounced them by 50 points.
Pro sports team executives Brett and Michael Yormark play off each other to raise the bar for individual performance.
When New Jersey Nets CEO Brett Yormark needs to find ways to creatively market his NBA team, he doesn’t have to look in the mirror… though sometimes it may seem that way. Often, he calls his brother Michael, the other half of the only identical twins running professional sports franchises in the United States.
Say what you will about Mark Cuban's unconventional ways but you can't say he isn't a winner.
Rare is the professional sports team owner who has a personality and a following that rivals his best player’s. Mark Cuban is rare.
Owner of the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, Cuban has never been one to shy away from the media; he’s certainly never been afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve—even when his sleeves are short.