Warriors president: 'No commitment' from Kevin Durant beyond next season

When Kevin Durant decided to leave the Thunder in free agency to join the historically great Warriors, it appeared as though Golden State had assured itself of contending for titles for the foreseeable future. But Warriors president Rick Welts (in an interview with CBS Sports Radio) was quick to remind us that there's no guarantee Durant will be playing for Golden State beyond next...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Warriors president: We were surprised to land Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City and join the Golden State Warriors caught many people by surprise, and that would include the people running the team he chose to sign with. Warriors president and COO Rick Welts told CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney on Friday that nobody in the organization's braintrust had any idea which way Durant was leaning until that fateful...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Warriors president Rick Welts on how wealth could result in new people attending Warriors games in San Francisco

Warriors president Rick Welts was in New York to accept the Sports Business Awards honor for Sports Team of the Year on Wednesday and beforehand spoke about Warriors fans as they relate to business. Asked by CNBC about the wealth in the Bay Area and if that has shifted the kind of people that want to buy tickets and attend games, Welts said it hasn’t yet. “I think there’s...
Via Inside the Warriors
May 19, 2016

WATCH: Warriors Win Two Sports Business Awards

Two top honors for the Warriors at the 2016 Sports Business Awards in New York City with Sports Team of the Year accepted by team president Rick Welts and Sports Executive of the Year won by owner Joe Lacob.
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May 19, 2016  |  Discuss

David Stern’s strong support of Rick Welts coming out as gay was “a wonderful moment”

In terms of life experience, Rick Welts might be the Forrest Gump of the NBA. Welts invented All-Star weekend as an NBA public relations whiz, marketed the Dream Team, spun Magic Johnson’s HIV announcement, chaired the Steve Nash Suns and is now the president of what he calls the “best basketball team on the planet, maybe the most popular team in sports right now,” the Golden...
Via The Comeback
February 23, 2016  |  Discuss

JPMorgan Chase buys naming rights for future Warriors arena

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts says the team has reached a naming-rights deal with JPMorgan Chase for a new arena to be built in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://sfg.ly/1JGTR67) Welts said Wednesday the 18,000-seat arena will be called the Chase Center. It is set to open by the 2019-20 NBA season. Financial terms were not...
Via Associated Press
January 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Warriors Hope To Break Ground On Arena In 2016, Ready By 2018

The Golden State Warriors are hoping to break ground on their new arena shortly after the start of 2016 and have the venue completed in July or August 2018. The Warriors released renderings of the interior of the arena for the first time as Rick Welts spoke at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's Public Policy Forum. Welts pointed to suites inside the arena as large as 600 square...
Via RealGM
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA executive can relate to Michael Sam

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts is one of the few people who knows what NFL draft prospect Michael Sam might be going through after announcing he is gay this week. And Welts is as eager as anybody to see how it all plays out. Welts, who became the first openly gay NBA executive when he revealed his sexual orientation in a front page story of The New...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Warriors Postpone Plans For New Arena In San Francisco

The Golden State Warriors have put on hold their goal of opening a waterfront arena in San Francisco by 2017. They will postpone the plans for one year and maybe longer. "It's about getting it right, not about getting it done fast," Warriors president Rick Welts said. The Warriors have produced three rough designs for the arena to come up with one to receive clearance from its prospective...
Via RealGM
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Welts: David Stern Always Looked To Hire People With Genuine Love For Basketball

David Stern is retiring as commissioner of the NBA after 30 years on the job. "He really looked for people who had the same genuine love for the sport that he had," said Rick Welts, who worked for the NBA for 17 years as an executive, ultimately becoming Chief Marketing Officer and president of NBA Properties before taking jobs as president of the Phoenix Suns and, then, the Golden...
Via RealGM
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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