Cleveland Cavaliers President Keynotes Downtown Alumni Luncheon
Len Komoroski, A’82, president of the Cleveland Cavaliers professional basketball team and Quicken Loans Arena, delivered the keynote speech at the annual Duquesne University Downtown Luncheon on March 24.
Komoroski has more than 25 years of experience in professional sports and entertainment. He gained his early experience just a few blocks from campus at Mellon Arena, in positions with the Pittsburgh Spirit indoor soccer team and the Penguins of the National Hockey League. From 1988-1994, he played a major role in establishing the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves franchise and its new downtown arena.
As senior vice president and chief of business operations for the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles for seven years, Komoroski brokered record-setting naming rights deals for the team’s new stadium and practice facilities, built a season ticket waiting list in excess of 40,000, and expanded the Eagles’ in-house communications and marketing operations.
Since joining the Cavaliers in 2003, he has led a remarkable turnaround both on and off the court. A team whose attendance averaged fewer than 12,000 per game before his arrival now consistently sells out its 20,000-seat arena and has experienced triple-digit increases in television and radio ratings. The Cavs’ corporate sales revenue now ranks among the highest in the league.
Komoroski also oversees the operations of the state-of-the-art Quicken Loans Arena, which also serves as home of the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters and hosts approximately 200 sports and entertainment events attracting nearly 2 million spectators each year.
Duquesne alumni across the Pittsburgh area heard an insider’s view of the professional sports business and remembrances from his years on our Bluff at the luncheon in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
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