United States Olympic Committee (USOC) chief executive officer Scott Blackmun earned the United States Sports Academy’s 2013 Eagle Award for helping forge one of the most significant agreements in the Olympic Movement.
Blackmun negotiated a landmark revenue-sharing agreement in 2012 with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over American television fees and worldwide sponsorship revenues that secures funding for both organizations, future Olympic Games and athletes. In addition, among other things the USOC committed $15 million to administrative costs of staging the Olympics through 2020 and $20 million thereafter.
Steering the revenue-sharing agreement and providing honorable and visionary leadership since being named CEO in January 2010, led Blackmun to being named the Academy’s Eagle Award winner. It is the highest international honor given by the sports university and annually goes to a world leader in sport to recognize that individual’s contributions in promoting international harmony, peace, and goodwill through the effective use of sport.
Despite his recent successes that also include adding a host of new sponsors and fielding a U.S. Olympic team that won the Gold Medal count and overall medal count at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the 55-year-old Blackmun remains driven.
“I am incredibly honored to accept this award on behalf of our entire team at the United States Olympic Committee,” Blackmun said. “While we are all pleased with our recent success, and more importantly the success of our athletes on the field of play, we are far from satisfied. There is always more work to be done to ensure that we are providing America’s finest athletes with the resources they need to be successful.”
Among his priorities to move U.S. Olympic efforts forward are: ensuring the continued success by eam USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, putting together a successful bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and more than tripling its current level of fundraising to about $50 million a year. The USOC is the only National Olympic Committee in the world that does not enjoy federal government support.
Blackmun is an ex-officio member of the USOC’s board of directors. He also serves on the IOC’s Marketing Commission that he was appointed to in March 2011.
Blackmun had a previous stint at the USOC before taking over, having served as acting CEO (2001), senior managing director of sport (2000) and general counsel (1999).
Following his departure in 2001, Blackmun became the chief operating officer of Anschutz Entertainment Group, one of the world’s most respected presenters of sports and entertainment events. While based in Los Angeles, he served on the board of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce.
Blackmun has spent more than 20 years practicing law in Colorado and was a partner in two large international firms during his career. His practice focused on sports and entertainment, with an emphasis on project finance for sports and entertainment venues.
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