Jason Wexler Rumors
But we were all here, in Memphis, to help commemorate King’s birthday this morning, and to mark the beginning of events in Memphis marking the 50 years that have passed since the assassination. (“Anniversary” does not seem appropriate here.) We were here because the Grizzlies play here every January 15th, the game only a part of days of events and symposiums throughout the city that celebrate King’s life and look to find modern meaning in his legacy. “This is our opening night, Christmas Day, all wrapped up into one when it comes to the importance of the game to our organization,” Grizzlies President Jason Wexler said Saturday.
“We’re acutely aware of our history in this city,” Wexler said. “FedEx Forum, to me, is the greatest address in sports. Our address is 191 Beale Street, and our boundaries are Beale Street (where the blues took hold as an iconic American music institution), B.B. King Boulevard, Martin Luther King Avenue and Church park, named for Robert Church, who was the first African-American millionaire, post-Civil War. And across the street from us is Clayborn Temple.”
Jason Wexler has been promoted to president of business operations by Memphis Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera. Wexler, who joined the team as chief operating officer in 2013, will be responsible for all aspects of the business including, ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations. “Robert not only wants to win but has demonstrated a deep commitment to building a sustainable, world-class organization,” Wexler said. “We are a city built on hard work and an authentic and growing sense of community. Today I am presented with the opportunity to continue that work and help shape and build on the unique and special bond between this city and its team.”
Jason Wexler, the Grizzlies/FedExForum chief operating officer, told the committee his group uses the proceeds as incentives to lure top entertainment acts to the arena and that if it’s repealed, the state, Memphis and Shelby County will suffer because it would sully their reputation as “reliable economic development partners.” He said the owners counted on the incentive when they bought the team last year.