Alex Martins Rumors
The Orlando Magic likely will select a site for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate within the next 30 days, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena and The Lakeland Center are the two finalists the Magic are considering. “We’re still in final discussions with both, and both have been asked to address some specific issues that we need answers for and direction on,” Martins said. “I believe that within the next 30 days we’ll have a decision made.”
On Friday, September 9, former Orlando Magic center Shaquille O’Neal will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins released the following statement in recognition of O’Neal’s accomplishment: “On behalf of the DeVos Family and entire Orlando Magic organization, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Shaquille O’Neal on his well-deserved induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. With his larger-than-life personality, overpowering play, and generous community endeavors, Shaq made an indelible mark while in Magic pinstripes. Without a doubt, his great contributions to our organization and city will never, ever be forgotten.”
“In Frank (Vogel), we feel we have someone with tremendous perseverance, character and great balance,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “He is an effective communicator, who brings a wealth of strategic and postseason experience, and is someone who is incredibly excited to embrace the journey ahead. We are excited to welcome Frank and his wonderful family to our Magic family.”
The Orlando Magic will choose among four potential venues as the home site for their Florida-based NBA Development League affiliate. The possible locations are ESPN Wide World of Sports’ HP Field House, Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena and The Lakeland Center, Magic CEO Alex Martins told the Orlando Sentinel. Officials representing each location have informed the Magic they intend to submit proposals, Martins said.
The Magic have pledged $1.5 million toward a new academic building that will be the centerpiece of a new campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. “A strong, vibrant, dynamic downtown is paramount to the continued growth of our community,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins, a UCF trustee and alumnus. “UCF’s downtown campus will be a catalyst for that continued development, bringing several thousand students downtown, while serving as a center for job creation. “The DeVos family and Orlando Magic are proud to be founding partners in this project, which will have a tremendous economic impact and serve as another stimulus diversifying opportunities available in our city.”
Orlando Magic Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins has been named to Orlando Magazine’s Most Powerful People list for the eighth consecutive year, ranking twelfth on this year’s list. Martins has remained a fixture in the rankings of the most dynamic leaders in Central Florida for much of the past decade. He was a “Hall of Power” member after ranking in Orlando Magazine’s Top 5 for five years in a row of their “Most Powerful People” rankings and sat atop that list in 2012.