Larry H. Miller Rumors
The Utah Jazz will join University of Utah Health Care, the official healthcare partner of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment and the Jazz, for the 7th annual Be Well Utah – A Family Health Week on Aug. 15-22. On Saturday, Aug. 22, the Jazz will participate in the culmination of health week at the family health fair. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus. The Jazz will have a variety of appearances throughout the afternoon, including Jazz guard Trey Burke, team ambassador Mehmet Okur and the America First Jazz Dancers.
The Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment announced today a partnership through the 2017-18 season with FanDuel, the leader in one-day fantasy sports. The fully integrated marketing agreement will prominently feature FanDuel at EnergySolutions Arena, Smith’s Ballpark and on The Zone Sports Network (1280 AM, 97.5 FM). “FanDuel provides another level of engagement for our fans, using technology to enhance their connection with the team,” said Miller Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Chris Baum. “This collaboration with an industry leader will provide more opportunities for followers of the Jazz and the NBA to experience the thrill of sports.”
Steve Starks has been named the president of Miller Sports Properties, the arm of the company that runs the Utah Jazz. The move is the latest detail of the corporate restructuring that includes the construction of a board of directors that will replace Greg Miller as CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of companies. Group president Clark Whitworth made the announcement Wednesday. Jim Olson had been acting president on an interim basis and will remain as CEO of the sports branch.
“This is the right move for me personally, for my family and for the business,’’ Greg Miller is quoted as saying. “It has been a privilege to fill the role of CEO and to be a steward of this outstanding organization that my parents sacrificed so much to create and develop. The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies is now entering a new phase and requires a new structure. I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the best and brightest people anywhere.”
The Utah Jazz, in conjunction with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will present the Larry H. Miller Youth Scholarship on Monday, Jan. 19 at its annual memorial luncheon held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A reception begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon at noon in the Grand Ballroom at Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
Jazz owner Gail Miller and CEO Greg Miller were not at Saturday’s Utah Reunion with all those familiar faces from New Jersey. Their absence was noticeable, but they didn’t miss the Jazz-Nets game to avoid an awkward encounter with either of the ex-Jazzmen who were traded to New Jersey in the past year. The Millers were simply hosting their annual out-of-town retreat for Larry H. Miller Group of Companies’ senior management. The timing was coincidental but unavoidable due to a scheduling conflict. “It had nothing at all to do with Memo (Okur) or Deron (Williams) or the fact that we were playing the Nets,” Jazz senior vice president of communications Linda Luchetti said. “This was planned last summer.”
Thirty-two years after Larry bought his first dealership, LHM fights on. Staff reductions kept the company profitable, while LHM invested savings back into a company that started to focus more on its core assets. Grand openings and remodelings now decorate the company’s calendar, while $120 million has been devoted to current and future construction costs on the auto side. All the while, a business that sold 54,345 new and used cars in 2010 balances its desire for financial profit with its importance to the community. But LHM hasn’t been untouchable: Larry Miller’s beloved but unprofitable Miller Motor-sports Park has been a financial drain.