Euroleague Basketball (EB) today announced the appointment of Serbian Dejan Poderoga as President and Marshall Glickman of the United States as interim CEO.
Icon Dejan Bodiroga, 49, who has won three Euroleague titles and several individual awards during his very busy career, has been appointed Head of the Euroleague Basketball and will also serve as Manager. Bodiroga is widely considered one of the greatest players in European basketball history.
“Bodiroga brings his extensive knowledge and experience to his new role and will focus on improving the quality of competition for clubs, players, fans, partners and all EB stakeholders. Its extensive international network forms the basis for a new strategy focused on improving EB’s institutional relationships within the global basketball community, including the Euroleague Players Association.” and CEO of the Euroleague Coaches Council, the Euroleague Basketball Officials Association, the International Basketball Federation, the National Championships and other basketball-related institutions,” the Euroleague wrote in a statement.
Following his football career, Boderoga served as Vice-President of the Serbian Basketball Federation between 2011 and 2015, and later served as Chairman of the FIBA Europe Committee.
“We are entering a new era for the Euroleague,” Boderoga said. Over the past 20 years, the premier European basketball competition has proven to be a force in global sport. I would like to thank Jordi Bertomeu and his team for their vision and hard work and look forward to continuing to build and expand the impact of the Euroleague and EuroCop. »
Marshall Glickman, CEO of G2 Strategy and longtime advisor to Euroleague Basketball, has been appointed as interim CEO, director of its subsidiaries and special advisor to Euroleague Properties. In addition, he will sit on the board of directors of Euroleague Ventures, the league’s joint venture with IMG Media. Glickman will play a transitional role and assist Euroleague Basketball shareholders in the appointment of a permanent CEO.
Glickman will focus on the commercial side, working closely with IMG to improve the value of the league’s and club’s collective business assets, expand its fan base, embed European basketball in popular culture around the world and, ultimately, to develop in key areas of the market.
“The Euroleague for basketball is like family to me,” Glickman said. “I have always believed that the best pan-European basketball league has tremendous potential, especially its appeal to the local digital generations. I am delighted to help our friends in the league office and the best clubs in Europe transition to a new leadership. I am grateful to Euroleague founder Jordi Bertomeu for his leadership, friendship and support, which helped me to Adapting to European sporting cultures and traditions, I look forward to his guidance and wisdom for the future.”
Glickman has had a long career in the sports industry, including as president of the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA and Oregon Arena, broadcast coordinator for the National Basketball Association, director of media sales at NBA Properties and chairman and CEO of Portland Family Entertainment. Glickman has extensive knowledge of the European sports ecosystem, with G2 Strategy serving as a business advisor to the Euroleague Basketball team for 20 years. G2 Strategy’s European client portfolio includes LaLiga Santander (Spain), Professional Football League (France), the French Tennis Federation, FC Barcelona, Olympique Lyonnais, Stade Rochelais, Stade Français, CSKA Moscow, Association of Tennis Professionals and Tennis Canada, as well as several clubs European sports (Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Lyonnais and CSKA Moscow) and tennis tournaments.
Glickman has also played a leading role in the development of several planned or built arenas and stadiums, including Moda Center (Portland, Oregon), Providence Park (Portland, Oregon), Moscow Sports and Recreation Center, American Airlines Arena (Miami, FL) and Roland Garros (Paris) and the new Olympique Lyonnais.
Glickman served on numerous boards in his hometown of Portland, Oregon and Bend, Oregon, and produced jazz performances for several years.
Jordi Bertomeu, 22 at the forefront of the Euroleague
Glickman and Boderoga succeed CEO Jordi Bertomeu, who has held that position for 22 years.
Bertomeu was one of the founders of Euroleague Basketball in 2000 and has since led it through its continued growth. Under his leadership, the Euroleague quickly became the most popular basketball competition outside North America, winning a global following for the intensity of the competition and its role in nurturing talent. Bertomeu has been at the center of decisions about competition structure and rule changes that have continually enhanced the drama of the Euroleague to make every match more important than any other.
“The Euroleague Asset Trading Shareholders would like to thank Bertomeu for his unparalleled dedication over 22 years, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours,” the statement read.
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