A St. Louis, Missouri resident, James Giacin has worked in financial services for 25 years. Before this, James Giacin played hockey in the National Hockey League (NHL).
In January 2023, the NHL announced that its commissioner, Gary Bettman, received the Sports Business Journal (SBJ) Lifetime Achievement Award. The publication will honor Bettman at the Sports Business Awards in New York City.
SBJ reports that Bettman was featured in the first issue of Sports Business Daily in 1994. Since then, Bettman has been featured regularly in the publication, according to Abraham Madkour, SBJ publisher and executive editor. Madkour also attributes Bettman's willingness to take risks and think big while sticking to his principles as reasons for the honor.
In addition to this accolade, Bettman will celebrate his 30th year as commissioner. Bettman is credited with the league's growth from 24 to 28 teams since 1993. He also increased the league's revenue from $400 million when he began in the early nineties to $5.2 billion in 2022.