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.

Wednesday
Jun012011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Partnership With University of Louisville and University of Memphis to Host the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout

Two-year series will feature match-up of top programs in men’s college basketball

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that it has
formed a partnership with the University of Louisville to host the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout at
the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, December 17th at 4:00 pm ET. The
University of Louisville will renew a longtime rivalry with the University of Memphis with a portion of the
proceeds to benefit the non-profit Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports. This will be the start of a series between the two
schools with the return game being held in the 2012-13 season at Memphis.

"The Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout will be an incredible platform for our organization with two very
high-profile basketball programs battling on national television," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO
of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "We would like to thank Louisville and Memphis, as
well as their fans, for supporting the Basketball Hall of Fame."

Both basketball programs have been projected as early top 20 teams for the 2011-12 NCAA Men's
Basketball season. Louisville returns 10 lettermen from its 25-10 BIG EAST Conference Championship
runner-up team, led by point guard Peyton Siva and forward Kyle Kuric, with freshmen Wayne
Blackshear and Chane Behanan expected to be key contributors. Memphis, which finished the 2010-
11 campaign with a 25-10 record and the Conference USA Tournament title, returns the dynamic
backcourt of Will Barton and Joe Jackson and nearly its entire roster while adding impressive
newcomers Adonis Thomas and Stan Simpson.

"Memphis and Louisville have a storied rivalry and a long tradition of competitive games," said
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. "We're excited to have them back on our schedule."

“Since I got this job two years ago, our fans have talked to me on numerous occasions about the
Memphis-Louisville rivalry, and how much they want to renew the series,” said Memphis head coach
Josh Pastner. “This is a great rivalry not only for the schools and their fans, but it’s also one of college
basketball’s top rivalries. I have a tremendous respect for Coach (Rick) Pitino and what he has done
throughout his career and at Louisville. We are looking forward to an exciting and hard-fought game
with the Cardinals.”

The game will mark the 86th meeting between the two teams and the first since 2005 when both
schools were members of Conference USA. The schools have also previously shared league
memberships in the Missouri Valley Conference and Metro Conference. Louisville has a 51-34 series
advantage.

The University of Louisville will manage the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout this upcoming
December. Tickets will be handled by Louisville as they would for any other men's basketball home
game and the game will be a part of the Cardinals' season ticket package.

The significant contribution from this game will help the Basketball Hall of Fame in its on-going efforts to
preserve and promote the game at all levels.

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.

Wednesday
May252011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Enshrinement Week Information

Ceremony to return to Symphony Hall for third straight year; Ticket Packages Now on Sale

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that the
2011 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by NIKE Basketball, will once again be held at Symphony
Hall on Friday, August 12. This will mark the third consecutive year that the ceremony will be held at
the historic downtown Springfield landmark. As part of the announcement, the Hall of Fame has also
introduced new ticket options for basketball fans to celebrate the Class of 2011 induction.

“We are thrilled to be holding our Enshrinement Ceremony in the heart of Springfield at Symphony Hall,
which always provides a magnificent backdrop for our most celebrated event,” said John L. Doleva,
President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We are also pleased to offer a
variety of ticket options for fans to join us this August.”

The Hall of Fame is also introducing a new $99 ticket this year, which includes balcony seating for the
live televised Enshrinement Ceremony and a commemorative Official Yearbook Program. Fans from
Western Massachusetts, throughout the Northeast and around the world are invited to come celebrate
one of the biggest events of the year with this ticket package.

The Class of 2011 inductees include former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin;
five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore and four-time NCAA
women’s coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; in addition to four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa
Edwards; European star Arvydas Sabonis; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; eight-time NBA
champion Tom “Satch” Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter
Reece “Goose” Tatum, who will be honored posthumously.

“Enshrinement is always one of the highlights each year in Springfield as many of basketball’s legends
return to the roots of the game to welcome in another class of their peers,” said Springfield Mayor
Domenic J. Sarno. “We are excited to have Symphony Hall once again act as the centerpiece for this
city-wide celebration.”

Over 50 former Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony including
Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, Phil Jackson and Geno Auriemma, as well as Rick Barry, Hubie
Brown, Van Chancellor, Jerry Colangelo, Jody Conradt, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Anne Donovan,
Marques Haynes, Bailey Howell, Dan Issel, Sam Jones, Meadowlark Lemon, Nancy Lieberman,
Moses Malone, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, C.M. Newton, Jack Ramsay, Dolph Schayes and David
Thompson.

“We are honored to host such a prestigious event and to welcome back the Basketball Hall of Fame,”
said Cindy Anzalotti of Symphony Hall. “Since opening our doors in the early 1900s and then through
our renovations in 2004, we are always pleased to represent the City of Springfield.”

The weekend’s signature events culminate with the Celebration Dinner at the Mohegan Sun Resort &
Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, August 13, which features a lavish dinner and live music, the
Parade of Hall of Famers and the Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony. The VIP Pre-Reception grants guests
a premium open bar as Hall of Famers and VIP guests interact outside the magnificent pre-function
space. Tickets to the Celebration Dinner are $350.

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office
at (413) 231-5540. Different levels are available – as outlined on page 3 – ranging from $1,000 VIP
tickets to $99. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation to benefit the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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.

Friday
May132011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Partnership with GAW

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – May 13, 2011 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced a marketing partnership making GAW High-Speed Internet (Great Auk Wireless) its “Official Internet Provider.”    

As part of the agreement, GAW will provide equipment, installation and management of the Hall’s WiFi connectivity throughout the year, including its annual Enshrinement Week events.  Both parties will also provide marketing support to each other during the year which includes exposure and branding on-site at the Hall of Fame Complex as well as reciprocal website links.  GAW, a Connecticut-based wireless Internet service provider (WISP) offers Internet, digital phone service and local HDTV throughout the region.

“We are thrilled to form this partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said H. Josh Garza, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GAW High-Speed Internet Inc.  “It is an honor to have a marketing affiliation with one of the most distinguished landmarks in New England, and to continue to offer Internet service to residents and businesses in our greater Springfield area.”

Garza explains that GAW is a natural for communities in desperate need of low-cost, high-quality broadband Internet and is a service with minimal environmental impact in areas of rough terrain and topography.

About GAW High-Speed Internet:

As New England’s largest high speed wireless Internet service provider, GAW offers to home subscribers and businesses, broadband wireless Internet access, digital phone, and TV.  GAW services are available throughout the greater Springfield, MA area as well as in communities in CT, NH, and VT where some of these communities are not otherwise served by standard cable or telephony based broadband Internet services.  GAW represents an alternative to traditionally wired services with lower cost and faster deployment versus cable or DSL.  For more information, visit www.GAW.com or call 1.855.GAW-SPEED.

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.  For more information, visit www.hoophall.com or call 1.877.4.HOOPLA… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF... on Twitter: @hoophall