The Dodgers were named the Sports Team of the Year at the 2021 Sports Business Awards tonight.
The awards celebrate excellence in the field of sport and the honor takes into account all facets of the team’s operations. It was the organization’s first honor since the launch of the Sports Business Awards in 2008. Other nominees for Sports Team of the Year were Columbus Crew (MLS), Miami Dolphins (NFL), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) and Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL).
“We are honored to receive this prestigious honor and to be recognized by our industry as the Sports Team of the Year,” said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten. “It really is an organizational reward, and from top to bottom I couldn’t be more proud of our players and staff for the way we have faced and overcome the challenges of the past year.”
The Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988 in an unprecedented 60-game season that was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. They were then named ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year in a season in which the club rallied to bring relief to the community.
The Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation worked with team partners on these efforts, which included community distributions of vital resources. Dodger Stadium itself has been transformed into one of the nation’s largest mass testing and vaccination sites, with over a million COVID-19 tests administered and nearly half a million doses of vaccine administered on site. During the presidential election, the stadium also served as an outdoor, socially distanced voting center.
On the court, the Dodgers won their eighth straight National League West Division title in a truncated season that began July 23. They’ve stood up to obstacles, scoring more runs, hitting more homers and winning more games than any baseball team. They’ve only dropped out of one series all year en route to their third World Series trip in four years. It ended victoriously in six games against the Rays.