The Warriors were named “Sports Team of the Year” by the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, earning recognition for excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports.
“We have an incredible group of talented and committed employees and are looking forward to continuing to grow as an organization as one of the top franchises in all of sports,” said Warriors president Rick Welts, who accepted the award in New York.
The Warriors forged ahead with plans for a new arena in San Francisco and have a season-ticket waiting list of more than 5,000.
“Long one of the NBA’s most moribund franchises, the Warriors are now widely seen as a progressive thought leader driving best practices around the sport in areas such as social media, ticketing and digital content,” SportsBusiness Journal staff writer Eric Fisher wrote.
“Not possible w/out having the best fans in the NBA!” the Warriors tweeted.
The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, Portland Timbers, Seattle Seahawks and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association were the other nominees.