BROOKLYN (December 4, 2014) – Barclays Center has formed the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board, a group of nearly 30 top sports, entertainment, and media industry executives, as well as entertainment personalities. Created by Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, and Charlie Walk, Executive Vice President of Republic Records at Universal Music Group, the Advisory Board will contribute to the programming strategy and direction for Barclays Center, the soon to be recreated Nassau Coliseum, and future venues.The phrase "future venues" suggests more may be on the way. But if the Barclays Center is sold, and the management changes, what happens to the board?
The board, Yormark told Billboard, will meet “two or three times a year,” but members are encouraged to suggested ideas and provide feedback. "The driver is to help us build something very special that starts in Brooklyn and goes to Nassau and beyond.”
From the press release:
In addition to sharing their overall expertise, the Advisory Board members will be part of the planning for many upcoming major Barclays Center events, including NBA All-Star 2015, the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and other world-class events to be announced soon.That's somewhat weight to concerts over sports. Note the presence of Rosie Perez, once an Atlantic Yards opponent but, since the arena opened, a Nets supporter in an in-house video, as well as a presence in an "The Association," a web series about the Nets.
Some of the Advisory Board members include:
- Keith Bloomfield, President of Forbes Family Trust
- Scott Borchetta, President & CEO, Big Machine Label Group
- Scooter Braun, Founder SB Projects
- Nick Cannon, Actor, Host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”
- Craig Carton, Radio Personality, WFAN Radio
- Jonathan Cohen, Booker, The Tonight Show
- Stephen Espinoza, EVP & General Manager, Showtime Sports
- Jason Flom, CEO, Lava Records
- Desiree Gruber, TV Producer, Full Picture
- Rich Graziano, President & General Manager, WPIX-TV
- Ken Levitan, Founder & Co-President, Vector Management
- David Levy, President, Turner
- Monte Lipman, Chairman & CEO, Republic Records
- Bob McLynn, Co-Founder, Crush Management
- Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports
- Chris Oliviero, EVP Programming, CBS Radio
- Rosie Perez, Actress, Host of ABC’s “The View”
- George Pyne, Sports Business Executive
- Ryan Schinman, CEO, Platinum Rye Entertainment
- John Varvatos, Fashion Designer
From the press release:
“In just two years, Barclays Center has established itself as a world-class venue that has hosted the best artists and some of the biggest events,” said Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark, who is Co-Chair of the Advisory Board. “While we are thrilled with our progress, we always want to get better. That’s why we have established an elite group from the sports and entertainment industry to share their expertise to further develop Barclays Center as a global destination, while also contributing to the launch and future of Nassau Coliseum.”The preview, and a Coliseum prediction
"The creation of the Barclays Center Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board enables a diversified group of specialists in their fields to drive entrepreneurial ideas and concepts into the Barclays Center platform,” said Charlie Walk, Co-Chair of the Advisory Board. “Our goal is to further enhance consumer experiences, as well as to bring new concepts and partners to the forefront of modern day live entertainment."
A 12/3/14 article in Billboard previewed the announcement:
“About a year ago I had a conversation with Charlie Walk about any introductions he could make with respect to industry leaders and how I could tap into them and their resources in order to help Barclays Center grow,” Yormark tells Billboard. “On the heels of that, the conversation turned to ‘wouldn’t it be great to take your resources and my resources to create an advisory board of some of the best sports and entertainment professionals in the business and get them, on behalf of Barclays Center, to guide us, open up new doors, and tap into some of their resources.”And when will the revamped Nassau Coliseum reopen “Our goal is to open up the recreated Coliseum for holidays 2016,” Yormark said.
Over the next several months, Yormark and Walk set about putting together a list of names of top sports and entertainment execs, “most, if not all of whom accepted,” says Yormark. “It’s a pretty great list, and we’re thrilled to have been able to put together such an astute group. We really feel, with their help, we’ll continue to grow this thing in a big time way. This will be a working advisory board, all with the goal of trying to drive value for our customers, to create bigger and better moments at Barclays, and we’re very excited about it.”