The Oklahoma City Thunder was chosen 2013 Sports Team of the Year by the SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.
The award was presented at a live ceremony Wednesday at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
The Thunder beat out the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Nationals and Seattle Sounders (soccer) for the award.
The Thunder was recognized as part of the Sports Business Awards program, presented by Street & Smith's SBJ and SBD, the two leading publications on the business of sports.
“In five years, the Thunder has become a small-market sensation, known as much for its community involvement as its on-court success,” the SBJ stated in a release. “A powerhouse at the turnstile, the Thunder rank(s) among the top teams in the NBA in attendance and season ticket renewals, despite its small market. The team boasts an aggressive use of social media and leads the league in local television ratings. It has become the gold standard for team business practices, whether it's innovative approaches to sponsorship or fan engagement strategies.”
The 2013 Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry for the period from March 1, 2012 through Feb. 28, 2013.
Awards also were presented in 15 other categories. The list of winners:
Sports Team of the Year – OKC Thunder
Sports League of the Year – United States Olympic Committee
Sports Event of the Year – 2012 United States Grand Prix
Lifetime Achievement – Jerry Reinsdorf
Sports Executive of the Year – Scott Blackmun, United States Olympic Committee
Athletic Director of the Year – Mal Moore, University of Alabama
Best in Sports Media – NBC Sports Group
Best in Sports Television – ESPN
Best in Digital Sports Media – ESPN Digital Media
Best in Talent Representation and Management – CAA Sports
Best in Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services – Octagon
Best in Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services – Legends
Best in Sports Event and Experiential Marketing – Momentum Worldwide
Sports Sponsor of the Year – Anheuser-Busch
Sports Facility of the Year – Barclays Center
Best in Sports Technology – MLB Advanced Media