Tuesday
Jun142011

John Doleva stops by Comcast Newsmakers

John Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, stops by Comcast Newsmakers to talk about the 2011 Enshrinement Ceremonies, special events for the summer, and other exciting Hall of Fame news.

Monday
Jun132011

Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Game Times Announced

Mohegan Sun Arena to host Hall of Fame Event

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced game times for the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame’s Tip-Off Tournament, an annual NCAA men’s basketball exempt tournament supported by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  The Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off will take place on Saturday November 19, and Sunday November 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.  Eight schools will compete in two four-team brackets over the weekend at one of the premier destinations in New England.

Teams scheduled to compete in the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off are:  Long Island University (Northeast), Marist College (MAAC), Old Dominion University (CAA), Penn State University (Big Ten), Radford University (Big South), University of Kentucky (SEC), University of South Florida (Big East) and the University of Vermont (America East). 

Tip-Off Tournament Schedule


Saturday November 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

SESSION 1

12 Noon                    Game 1 - Kentucky vs. Penn State

Approx 2:00 pm      Game 2 - Old Dominion vs. South Florida

SESSION 2

 6:00 PM                    Game 3 - Marist vs. Vermont

Approx 8:00 PM      Game 4 - Long Island vs. Radford

 

Sunday November 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

SESSION 3

12 Noon                    Game 5 - Kentucky vs. Old Dominion/South Florida*  

Approx 2:00 pm      Game 6 - Penn State vs. Old Dominion/South Florida*

*If Kentucky wins Game 1 it will play the winner of Game 2; if Penn State wins Game 1 it will play the winner of Game 2 at pre-determined times.

SESSION 4

 5:30 PM                    Game 7 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Approx 7:30 pm      Game 8 – Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4

 

Additional Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Campus Games (At Host Schools)

Friday, November 11

Marist College at University of Kentucky

Saturday, November 12

University of Vermont at University of South Florida

Monday, November 14

Radford University at Penn State University

Long Island University at Old Dominion University

Marist College at University of South Florida

Wednesday, November 16

Long Island University at Penn State University

Wednesday, November 23

Radford University at University of Kentucky

University of Vermont at Old Dominion University

 

Pre-sale tickets for sessions at Mohegan Sun Arena are currently on-sale via all participating schools through July 21st

General public tickets to the 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off at the Mohegan Sun Arena will go on-sale July 25th via Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Box Office.  For more information on the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, ticket packages and hospitality packages for the weekend games, log onto www.halloffametipoff.com

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.

Thursday
Jun092011

Alexander Wolff and Jim Durham Named Recipients of Basketball Hall of Fame's 2011 Curt Gowdy Media Awards

Recipients To Be Honored at “Celebration of Basketball” and 2011 Enshrinement Ceremonies

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –Alexander Wolff, a distinguished writer at Sports Illustrated for three decades, and Jim Durham,a commentator for the NBA on ESPN Radio and former voice of the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls, have been selected to receive the 2011 Curt Gowdy Media Awards from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during Enshrinement festivities scheduled on August 11-12, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the legendary sports broadcaster and former Hall of Fame Board member and President, the late Curt Gowdy. The prestigious award is presented annually to members of the print and electronic media whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.

“Curt Gowdy was one of the pioneers in sports media and a former Basketball Hall of Fame President, so each year we search for honorees who exhibit the passion and excitement that Mr. Gowdy displayed throughout his decorated career,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Alexander Wolff and Jim Durham are two individuals who have demonstrated a true love for the game of basketball, while going above and beyond their traditional roles to bring incredible storytelling into millions of households each year.”

Alexander Wolff, the 2011 honoree for the Print Media, has been a member of the Sports Illustrated staff since 1980. Although his primary focus has been basketball, he has also covered a variety of sports, including tennis, cycling, football, soccer and several Olympic Games. His quest and determination for a good story has taken Alex from basketball’s most storied arenas, to some of the world’s most remote regions.

“In his decades of covering basketball for SI, the depth and breadth of Alex Wolff's work has been inimitable,” Terry McDonell, Editor, Sports Illustrated Group.  “He has written with a lyrical and literary grace in stories on Final Fours and NCAA tournaments, in profiles of the game's most influential figures, in investigative pieces that protected the very integrity of the game while the vision of his work pushed basketball to become truly international. There is no journalist who better embodies what Curt Gowdy meant to the game.”

Wolff has written five books, which include The In-Your-Face-Basketball Book, co-authored with Chuck Wielgus, about playground basketball in America; Raw Recruits, co-authored with CBS Sports correspondent ArmenKeteyian, about corruption in college basketball recruiting; and Sports Illustrated's 100 Years of Hoops, on the history of basketball. His Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Odyssey, an account of a year spent chasing basketball around the world, was published in 2002.

In addition to his tremendous writing accomplishments, Wolff was also the founding owner of the Vermont Frost Heaves of the American Basketball Association from 2005-2009. He turned the franchise into one of the most innovative and successful league franchises, while winning ABA titles in 2007 and 2008.  Raised in Rochester, New York, Wolff played a year of professional basketball in the Swiss basketball league before earning a history degree from Princeton in 1980.

Jim Durham, the 2011 Gowdy Award winner representing the Electronic Media, joined ESPN in 1992, and serves as lead play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ESPN Radio, a role he received in January 1996 when the network’s game coverage debuted. He has also called college basketball games and ESPN Major League Baseball games for ESPN.

"Jim is an NBA broadcasting legend and consummate professional,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN Executive Vice President,Production.  “His delivery and passion for the game make every broadcast feel like a big event. We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

Durham had been the television voice of the Dallas Mavericks from 1993 to 2001. He also served as radio and television commentator for the Chicago Bulls (1972-1991), Chicago White Sox television play-by-play announcer (1989-1990), and Houston Astros television commentator (1983-1985). Additionally, Durham also handled sports announcing chores for NBC, CBS and Turner Sports.

An accomplished veteran, Durham has been recognized with Illinois Sportscaster-of-the-Year honors in 1979, 1989 and 1990, and garnered Chicago Emmy Awards in 1989 and 1991.The Chicago native had the pleasure of calling the action during Michael Jordan’s first seven seasons in the Windy City, including his most memorable call of Jordan's game-winning "shot" in the1989 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Previous Curt Gowdy Media Award Winners

Year       Print                                      Electronic

1990       Dick Herbert                          Curt Gowdy

1991       Dave Dorr                              Marty Glickman

1992       Sam Goldaper                       Chick Hearn

1993       Leonard Lewin                       Johnny Most

1994       Leonard Koppett                    Cawood Ledford

1995       Bob Hammel                         Dick Enberg

1996       Bob Hentzen                          Billy Packer

1997       Bob Ryan                              Marv Albert

1998       Larry Donald/Dick Weiss     Dick Vitale

1999       Smith Barrier                         Bob Costas

2000       Dave Kindred                        Hubie Brown

2001       Curry Kirkpatrick                   Dick Stockton

2002       Jim O’Connell                        Jim Nantz

2003       Sid Hartman                          Hot Rod Hundley

2004       Phil Jasner                             Max Falkenstien

2005       Jack McCallum                     Bill Campbell

2006       Mark Heisler                          Bill Raftery

2007       Malcolm Moran                     Al McCoy

2008       David DuPree                        Bob Wolff

2009       Peter Vecsey                         Doug Collins

2010       Jackie MacMullan                 Joe Tait

2011       Alexander Wolff                    Jim Durham

 

The Gowdy Awards will be presented at the Basketball Hall of Fame in a special ceremony scheduled for August 11.  The award winners will also be recognized at the annual Enshrinement Ceremony,which will be held on Friday, August 12.  For ticket information, please visit http://www.hoophall.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Thursday
Jun022011

NBA Executive Brian McIntyre To Receive Hall of Fame’s 2011 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award

Has spent over 30 years as an executive in the NBA’s league office

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – NBA Executive Brian McIntyre, who has spent over 30 years in the league office, has been selected to receive the 2011 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced today.

The Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted by the Board of Trustees of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973 and is the most prestigious award presented by the Hall of Fame outside of Enshrinement. Named in honor of Hall of Famer John W. Bunn (Class of 1964), the first chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee who served from 1949-1964, the award honors coaches, players and contributors whose outstanding accomplishments have impacted the high school, college, professional or international game.

“Brian McIntyre has dedicated his stellar professional career to the NBA and the game of basketball, making him an outstanding recipient of this year’s John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Since joining the NBA, Brian has worked in almost every capacity to help enhance the sport globally and impact the overall growth of the league.”

“The Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award was created to honor our colleagues who have made significant contributions in basketball,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board.  “Over the last three decades, Brian has had a critical role in developing the game around the world through his role at the NBA and helping to develop and implement many of the league’s most important global assets.”

McIntyre, who is in his 33rd NBA season, currently holds the title of Senior Communications Advisor to NBA Commissioner David Stern.

"Few people have done more to help mold the history of the NBA than Brian McIntyre,” said Stern. “During his tenure, he oversaw the NBA's PR efforts for every major event -- from the NBA Draft Lottery to All-Star Weekend to The Finals -- and was intimately involved in the league's international expansion and in the creation of the WNBA and the NBA Development League. More importantly, however, Brian has been a true friend and unwavering in his loyalty to the NBA. I can think of no one more worthy of the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award. On behalf of the entire NBA family, I congratulate him on this truly deserved honor.”

The NBA hired McIntyre in November 1981 as Director of Public Relations after three and a half years as Director of Marketing and Media Information for the Chicago Bulls. He was promoted to Vice President, Public Relations in March 1989. Under McIntyre, the Public Relations Department expanded to become the Communications Group, and he was named Senior Vice President in November 1997.

In addition to managing public relations activities for every major NBA event from 1982 through 2010 and the emergence of the WNBA and NBA Developmental League, he also created numerous NBA awards, including the Defensive Player of the Year award, the Sixth Man Award, and the Most Improved Player. He was responsible for initiating White House visits by NBA Championship teams, creating a media training program for players, instituting the use of satellite postgame feeds at major NBA events, and a host of other initiatives. In conjunction with USA Basketball, McIntyre has been actively involved in public relations planning, activities, and onsite execution of the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics and the 1994, 2002, and 2006 World Championship of Basketball.

A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, McIntyre has served as a member of the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) News Council and on the USA Basketball Media Advisory Committee. He was inducted into the Loyola (Ill.) Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, and the National Association of Black Journalists honored him with a Merit Award in 2009. The Professional Basketball Writers Association honored McIntyre in 2010 when the organization named its annual media relations tribute "The Brian McIntyre Media Relations Award." He is on the Board of Advisors for Loyola University's School of Communications.

McIntyre will be presented the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ceremonies, to be held at the “Hall of Fame Family Reunion Dinner” on Thursday, August 11. The annual Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on Friday, August 12.  For ticket information, please visit http://www.hoophall.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Thursday
Jun022011

Basketball Hall of Fame, Western Mass. Recovering from Storms

"We would like to thank everyone for their outreach regarding the violent storms that came through Springfield and Western Massachusetts last night.  Fortunately, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame did not have any damage and our staff has all checked in safely.  Our Hall of Fame building has become a centralized command center for Springfield Police, Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and deployed members of the National Guard.  We hope that everyone keeps this region in their thoughts and prayers through the recovery process and our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones.  The Basketball Hall of Fame is very concerned about the Springfield community and we look forward to the rebuilding of our region where the great game of basketball was invented." 

- John L. Doleva,

President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.