Bouris given VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award

October 12, 2004

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Greg Bouris ’83, director of communications for the Major League Baseball Players Association, was recently presented the Department of Sport Management’s VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The department has presented the award each year since 1993 to alumni who have demonstrated professional excellence and outstanding achievement in the sport industry. This year’s presentation took place at an alumni event held Sept. 29 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Department head Lisa Masteralexis said, “Greg Bouris demonstrates the qualities of a strong intellect, critical thinking skills, professionalism, and dedication to being the best in his field. His career models what we work to develop in our Sport Management students. We are extremely proud of all Greg has accomplished in the professional sport communications field, and are fortunate to count him among our finest alumni and most loyal supporters of the UMass Sport Management Family.”

In 1999, Bouris joined the Major League Baseball Players Association, where he is responsible for developing all internal and external communications activities. His responsibilities include media relations, marketing communications, and promotional and cause-related marketing. He joined the association after 15 years in similar roles with SportsChannel New York, the Florida Panthers, the New York Islanders, and 1-800-Flowers.com. When the New York Islanders named Bouris publicity director in 1986, he became the youngest publicity director in professional sports. Since then, he has witnessed the growth and transformation of the sport industry from the inside, gaining first-hand experience with expansion franchise development, ownership transfers, arena construction, collective bargaining, licensing, the Internet, broadcasting, and other industry developments. Bouris teaches part-time at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and has served on the board of the Nassau County Sports Commission.

Founded in 1971, the Department of Sport Management offers the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees to more than 400 students. Since becoming an official department of the Isenberg School of Management in 2002, the department has also offered a dual M.S./Professional MBA degree. The department has the nation’s largest faculty—11 full-time members—devoted exclusively to sport management. The program’s graduates work for a who’s who of sport industry employers, including the U.S. Olympic Committee, ESPN, Comcast Spectacor, the FleetCenter and Madison Square Garden. Graduates are also employees of teams throughout Major League Baseball, the NFL, MLS, NBA, WNBA, NHL, the minor leagues, as well as the college athletic industry.