OKC Thunder chosen 2013 team of the year by Sports Business Journal

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 23, 2013

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.

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