Nov. 5, 2007
By Jody Grenert
Andy Dolich, the head of business operations and marketing for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and a veteran sports industry executive, will speak on the Athens campus Nov. 15 about the role sports can play in instilling decency in the world of business.
Dolich, whose 37-year career includes executive positions in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, earned a master of sports administration degree from Ohio University in 1971. He has a record of turning around franchises facing performance and marketing challenges.
His presentation, from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Walter Hall 245, is free and open to the public. The College of Health and Human Services invited Dolich to speak as part of its Grover Lecture Series.
"The lessons learned at Ohio University have served me well during my career in sports," Dolich said. "Having graduated from the premier program in the country and being a member of the growing list of industry leaders produced in Athens is an honor and a badge of pride.
"Today's world of sports has many lifestyle challenges and opportunities," he added. "I look forward to sharing my experiences during the time I am back on campus."
Among Dolich's career highlights:
- Leading a management team in 2001 that relocated the NBA's Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis in less than 120 days. On his watch, the franchise also moved into a new $250 million facility and won several awards for innovation and philanthropy. He is the franchise's president of business operations and president of its facility, FedExForum.
- Heading a sports business consulting group during the 1990s whose client list included Nike, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, the Oakland A's and the U.S. Soccer Federation.
- Helping drive the resurgence of the Oakland A's during his tenure with the baseball club from 1984 to 1994. He led initiatives that increased attendance from 800,000 to 2.9 million and developed the award-winning "BillyBall" campaign.
The Grover Lecture Series, now in its fourth year, features leading speakers from health and human services disciplines and is named for Ohio University alumnus Brandon T. "Tad" Grover and his wife, Ann.