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

Michael: It's particularly fun for me because we both are doing it outside of where we grew up. When you tell that story, people would expect it in Fort Worth where we grew up. But with 30 NBA teams and 160 affiliated minor league baseball teams, to end up in the same city is pretty phenomenal.

Were you excited or apprehensive when you heard about the opportunity to work in Oklahoma City?

Michael: I had a background in visiting. I was certainly familiar with Oklahoma City, not as intimate with the details of the spirit of the community of how well the business community works together. But I knew enough that I was excited to want to come here. The organization, the RedHawks and the ballpark we work in is a jewel of the city and it's important to the quality of life, and then to take a step in my career in a location that was going to put me close to family and close to Brian. How would you turn down an opportunity like that?

How do you feel about Oklahoma City and the sports environment?

Brian: I can tell you that there was some skepticism when we were launching our business here as to whether or not Oklahoma City could sustain interest in professional sports. When you now answer that question in 2013 and you think about a thriving NBA franchise, a thriving baseball franchise, a young but developing hockey franchise and you think about the horse track, I think that question has been answered. I think Oklahoma City has a terrific appetite for supporting diversity in the sports environment.



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