Best of 2018 (Page 4)

The Best of 2018 Awards complete with seven categories. Congrats to all our winners.

Best Team Operations:

Which team is doing the best job in their game operations and game presentation. We level the playing field by considering budget constraints to minor league teams. Consider creativity, value to fans, overcoming sport and budget limitations, quality of presentation, and attention to detail.

Winners: Vegas Golden Knights

Another blowout winner for the Vegas Golden Knights dominating our panel for the Best Team Operations of 2018. From their creative over-the-top introductions to Vegas-meets-Gladitors performance teams all built around a well-defined stylized brand Vegas, the Golden Knights set the standard in 2018.

A rival NHL executive said “Vegas brought the party to the NHL and it caught the attention of the sports world through their fantastic use of live action elements. You can always expect a great atmosphere regardless of what’s happening on the ice.”

Another industry insider exclaimed “Massive kudos for how Vegas is changing NHL game presentation.”

In a window less than a year, Vegas built their game operations staff from scratch, wove Vegas-showmanship into a hockey format, then changed their entire season-opening plan to help their community heal and bond after the October 1st Las Vegas Shooting mere blocks from their venue.  Along the way to a most unlikely Stanley Cup Finals appearance by an expansion team the Vegas crew found their footing and innovated a pre-show unlike sports has ever seen.

“The Vegas Golden Knights organization made a huge splash on the scene well beyond their play on the ice,” said one panelist and they changed the game for our entire industry.

Also receiving praise were the Lansing Lugnuts, Brooklyn Cyclones and Saint Paul Saints.

Category Winners:

Listen to the Best of 2018 Audio Round Table discussing all the categories and winners with out panel of Jon Cudo, Amanda Greco, Rob Wicall and Benjamin Hill. – December 2018 Podcast

Congratulations to the Best of 2018

Since 2007 the Best of award winners will receive The Golden Steagle™ Bobblehead trophy to commemorate their award. You can get the full history of the award on the Best of Awards page, including video from The Colbert Report where Stephen Colbert proclaims that receiving a award is “the Big Time.”

Winners may use the “Best of 2018” logo and “The Golden Steagle™” award designation in there promotional material or web site.

Winners will receive an award and letter from If you receive any publicity or post the award announcement on your website, please let us know.

Thanks to our panel for helping sort through all the great submissions and for sharing their time and insight.

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