HoopsHype Chris McGowan rumors

December 27, 2013 Updates

After receiving city approval, the Portland Trail Blazers are proceeding with rebranding the exterior of the Moda Center by installing a prominent high-efficiency LED-lit “Moda Center” signage on the south end of the arena, a source informed CSNNW.com. The source elaborated in detail that the new signage will face downtown Portland. Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan confirmed the plan Wednesday afternoon and provided further details. CSNNW.com

December 10, 2013 Updates

When he joined the Kings, the organization had 55 employees. By the time he left, it had thousands and was part of AEG, whose holdings included the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS. In McGowan's 17 years with the organization, he had risen to chief operating officer of AEG Sports, overseeing the business operations of the Kings, Stanley Cup winners in 2012, as well as the Galaxy, winners of the MLS Cup in 2011 and 2012. As the Kings celebrated their Stanley Cup victory, McGowan went slip sliding to join them on the Staples Center ice – one of the few suits allowed to do so. He'd even grown a playoff beard, part of the NHL tradition when pursuing what many consider to be the most venerated trophy in sports. Oregonian

McGowan may not have any say in on-floor operations of the Blazers but, during his classroom talk, he asked an assistant to keep him updated on the Blazers' performance that night against Milwaukee. He fielded questions from students and placed special emphasis on one point. "Learn to sell," McGowan said. "If you want a high probability of getting into an organization, the biggest opportunities are in sales." Oregonian

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In conjunction with Rip City Management and the Portland Trail Blazers, the Moda Center has released its official logos and usage guidelines. The logos were created by Portland-based experience design and innovation firm, Ziba. “We wanted to make sure we went through a thorough design process with the creation of the Moda Center logos,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Center. “After a span of more than three months, which included countless renderings and proposals, we are really pleased with the end result.” NBA.com

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August 9, 2013 Updates

The Trail Blazers expect to play in a renamed arena starting with the 2013-14 season, they could co-exist with an NHL team, but they still don't see an immediate resolution to their TV dilemma. Blazers president Chris McGowan discussed those topics in an interview with The Oregonian on Thursday at the Rose Garden. McGowan said he expects the Rose Garden to have a new moniker by the time the Blazers start playing next season. The arena has not had a corporate name since it opened in 1995, but the Blazers have been working with Premier Partnerships since January to sell naming rights to the arena. Oregonian

The new arena name should be in place for at least a decade, McGowan added. "These deals typically are large in scope, and the terms are usually pretty long as well," McGowan said. "I would suggest that this will be our longest and most substantial partnership that we have as an organization. Typically, terms at least start at 10 years from a naming rights perspective. I would anticipate that that would be the case as well." Oregonian

"When there was an opportunity to take a look at the potential of an NHL team, we did our job and did that," McGowan said. "We were in discussions. Obviously, it didn't come to fruition because they're staying in Phoenix, but we definitely looked at that as potentially something that could work in Portland." Oregonian

McGowan said the exploration – what he called a "deep dive and a deep exploration" – was a useful exercise, allowing him and his staff to look at how adding 44 NHL games (41 regular season and three preseason) would play in Portland. Can a league whose season overlaps the NBA's thrive in Portland? "Oh yeah," McGowan said. "I think this arena could absolutely handle that. It's a great venue. Obviously, we have a great ice sheet here, and there are a lot of hockey fans in Portland. I think it could work in Portland, for sure." Oregonian

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April 24, 2013 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers and AEG Facilities have agreed to mutually part ways. AEG's contract expires June 30 and effective July 1, Trail Blazers Incorporated/RIP City Management will self-operate the Rose Garden. Vice President, General Manger of Rose Quarter Operations Chris Oxley will now oversee Rip City Management. This business shift will end a five-year partnership which will allow the Trail Blazers to return to a self-operating model such as when the Rose Garden opened 18 years ago. “We'll have an arena staff and team staff working together. One organization connected under one owner. For us, it made sense to self-operate,” Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan told CSNNW.com. “I would like to thank AEG for being outstanding partners over the years and we look forward to continuing a positive business relationship with them in the future." CSNNW.com

April 5, 2013 Updates

The city of New Orleans is hosting the event in 2014 and it is between Brooklyn and New York for 2015. Word is Cleveland and Toronto have the upper hand for 2016, leaving door open for the year 2017. A high-ranking NBA source told CSNNW.com that an announcement on who receives the event for 2015 and 2016 will be forthcoming, but added that the bidding process has not begun for 2017. “We're definitely going to pursue it,” McGowan said. “Doesn't mean we're going to get it, but if the opportunity presents itself, we're going to go for it. If 2017 is available, we want to get in the mix for that year.” CSNNW.com

April 1, 2013 Updates

Dewayne Hankins, who has quickly built an award-winning resume in sports business, has been appointed the Trail Blazers' vicevpresident of marketing. He begins the job this week. Hankins previously was senior director, digital strategy, AEG Sports, the company that owns the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS, among other properties. Blazers president and chief executive, Chris McGowan, was AEG Sports' chief operating officer. Oregonian

March 8, 2013 Updates

McGowan speaks almost daily with general manager Neil Olshey, who runs the basketball side of the operation, and often sits with him at games. “But I don’t get involved in player-personnel stuff,” McGowan says. “There are organizational initiatives we partner on. We are going to remodel the practice facility this offseason, for instance. But I want to drive the business side. I have my hands full there.” Portland Tribune

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