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Thunder's Brian Byrnes, RedHawks' Michael Byrnes talk about OKC's sports environment

The Oklahoman sat down with the Byrnes brothers to talk about Oklahoma City, their relationship and what it means to be working so close together.
BY CHRIS BRANNICK Modified: June 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm •  Published: June 28, 2013
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photo - Michael Byrnes, left, and Brian Byrnes spoke at the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce's Greater Grads Intern OKC program on Wednesday. PHOTO BY CHRIS BRANNICK, THE OKLAHOMAN
Michael Byrnes, left, and Brian Byrnes spoke at the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce's Greater Grads Intern OKC program on Wednesday. PHOTO BY CHRIS BRANNICK, THE OKLAHOMAN

Brian and Michael Byrnes alternated their turns at the microphone on the floor of Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday afternoon, speaking to a floor full of interns as part of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce's Greater Grads Intern OKC program.

Brian, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and his younger brother Michael, President and General Manager of the Oklahoma City RedHawks, had never spoke together in a presentation before. The two said they like to keep their work separate as both do everything they can to build their respective teams up in the city.

Following the conference, The Oklahoman sat down with the Byrnes brothers to talk about Oklahoma City, their relationship and what it means to be working so close together.

How does it feel to be in this position speaking together?

Brian: It was a neat opportunity for us to share a stage and tell our stories together and I'm sure it'll be a special memory for both of us as we think back on doing these things together in the same city at this moment in time.

Michael: We both work in opportunities that are so important to the quality of life of Oklahomans, so this seemed like a really fitting chance to share our message.

How do you guys feel working together in Oklahoma City?

Brian: I can distinctively remember the day Michael called me and said ‘Hey, this thing came across my desk.' I couldn't have been more thrilled to be an advocate of Oklahoma City at the time and I couldn't have been more proud as a brother to think about my brother having the same opportunity as I had just experienced.

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