Delaware North Chairman Jeremy Jacobs – also owner of the NHL’s Boston Bruins – was among six honorees announced Monday by SportsBusiness Journal for its 2016 class of “The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business,” which is now in its seventh year.
The honorees, all of whom will be recognized April 13 at the CAA World Congress of Sports in Los Angeles, will be featured by the publication in separate stories throughout the months of January, February and March.
In announcing this year’s class – which also includes Joseph Cohen, Bob Lanier, Roger Penske, Jerry Richardson and Lesley Visser – SportsBusiness Journal said this about Mr. Jacobs:
Jeremy Jacobs was 28 years old when his father died suddenly at his desk in Delaware North’s Buffalo headquarters. It was 1968, and Jacobs took over the reins of the food and hospitality company that had been founded in 1915 and had $200 million in annual revenue. Seven years later, Jacobs bought the Boston Bruins and Boston Garden. Today, he is one of the most influential executives in sports, leading Delaware North to $3 billion in revenue and becoming one of the most powerful voices in the NHL. A close confidant of Commissioner Gary Bettman, Jacobs has served as chairman of the NHL Board of Governors since 2007 and also serves on the league’s Executive Committee.