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Posted: Feb. 12, 2009
As NBA All-Star 2009 descends upon Phoenix this week, it begs the question: Who came up with the concept of an All-Star Weekend? Well, Suns.com didn’t have to go very far for its answer. Suns President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts sat down with Suns.com to explain his part in the origination of what many believe to be the greatest basketball celebration of all-time.
Suns.com: Could you give us some background as to what you were doing for the NBA when you first arrived at the league offices?
Rick Welts: My first job at the NBA was to try to be the first person that the league ever had to go out and talk to corporate sponsors about investing in the NBA.
I arrived at the league in 1982 after coming over from Seattle, where we had won a championship in 1979. We were the toast of the town, the first franchise in the city and the NBA was king.
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Posted: April 13, 2006
Rick Welts, Phoenix Suns President and Chief Operating Officer, today was named the winner of the 2006 McHugh/Splaver "Tribute to Excellence" Award.
The award is given annually by the NBA Public Relations Directors’ Association to a current or former member of the NBA public relations family who has demonstrated an outstanding level of performance...
Posted: June 24, 2002
The Phoenix Suns announced the hiring of 30-year industry veteran and highly respected marketing executive Rick Welts as its President and Chief Operating Officer today . The newly created executive position is part of a front office restructuring, separating the business and basketball functions of the NBA club. Welts will directly oversee all business operations...
Posted: April 30, 2009
Rick Welts has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Suns, as announced today by Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver. Welts joined the Suns in July 2002 as President and Chief Operating Officer.
"During Rick's seven years with the Suns he has distinguished himself as one of professional sports best operators. Our creativity...
Posted: July 20, 2007
Phoenix Suns President & COO, Rick Welts announced today that all Suns games for the 2007-08 season will be telecast in High Definition (HD).
“The Phoenix Suns will be the first NBA team and first sports team in Arizona to broadcast an entire season in HD. We want to take a leadership position in providing the highest quality television broadcasts...
Suns introduce new president, COORick Welts Press Conference
Posted: June 24, 2002
The Phoenix Suns held a press conference inside the Platinum Club at America West Arena on Monday evening to introduce their new president and chief operating officer, Rick Welts. The following is a transcript from the media availability session.
SUNS PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER BRYAN COLANGELO...
Posted: Nov. 29, 2004
The Phoenix Suns have entered into a partnership agreement with Continental Promotion Group (CPG) which will have the company and selected CPG clients serve as a Game Night sponsors for seven Suns home games during the 2004-05 season, as announced today by Suns president and chief operating officer Rick Welts.
CPG, which is owned by Suns Legacy Partners...
Posted: Sept. 29, 2006
The Phoenix Suns and Casino Arizona have expanded their existing marketing partnership agreement, making Casino Arizona the presenting sponsor of the Phoenix Suns through the 2013-14 season, as announced today by Phoenix Suns President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts, and Joni Ramos, President of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC)....
Posted: Aug. 1, 2009
The Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks have teamed up to acquire the Jefferson Street Parking Garage from the City of Phoenix, as announced today by Rick Welts, President & CEO of the Suns and Derrick Hall, President & CEO of the Dbacks.
The venture establishes a team-affiliated entity that has taken over day to day operations for the garage as...
Posted: April 1, 2003
As part of its continuing efforts to cultivate and sustain new avenues in marketing and customer service, the NBA Phoenix Suns have appointed John Walker to the newly created position of Vice President of Business Development, as announced today by Suns President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts.
Walker will lead Customer Relationship Management (CRM...
Posted: Nov. 29, 2007
The Phoenix Suns and Sports 620 KTAR have signed a new five-year contract that will continue KTAR’s position as the Suns flagship radio station through the 2011-12 season, the team and the station announced today.
The new agreement replaces the existing deal that is set to expire at the end of the current season, and adds four additional seasons of Suns...
Posted Oct. 30, 2008
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns are teaming up with Fry’s Food Stores to introduce Suns Dogs, the Official Hot Dog of the Phoenix Suns, when the club takes on the New Orleans Hornets tonight (October 30) in the home opener at US Airways Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
The premium all-beef frank will sell for $5.50 and will be available for purchase at...
Posted: Feb 27, 2009
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns announced today that there will be no increase in prices for Suns season tickets for the 2009-10 season. The club will mail complete renewal information to season ticket holders today. In addition to the price freeze, the plan includes a new interest-free flexible payment option and free parking for those who choose to pay in...
Posted: Sept. 16, 2009
On the heels of the NBA’s approval to allow sponsorship of team practice jerseys for the first time, the Phoenix Suns and The Annexus Group, a Phoenix-based annuity design firm, announced today a new multi-year marketing partnership agreement.
Suns President and CEO Rick Welts, Suns General Manager Steve Kerr, Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry, and Ron Shurts...
Posted: Feb. 10, 2010
The Phoenix Suns announced today that there will be no increase in prices for Suns season tickets for the 2010-11 season, with reductions in selected sections. The plans will once again feature free parking, flexible payment plans and rewards for the second consecutive year. The club will mail complete renewal information to season ticket holders today. ...
Posted: February 19, 2008The NBA’s first outdoor game of the modern era will take place when the Phoenix Suns host the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game on Saturday, October 11 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, CA. The 16,000-seat stadium is an NBA-style arena with no roof located in a spectacular desert setting. The venue annually plays host to one of the...