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Celtics named Professional Sports Team of the Year

The Boston Celtics [1] were honored as the 2009 Professional Sports Team of the Year as part of the Sports Business Awards programs on Thursday in Manhattan. The awards, presented by Street & Smith’€™s SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily, recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry for 2008.

The Celtics were in running for the Professional Sports Team of the Year award against the Chicago Blackhawks [2], Cleveland Cavaliers [3], Milwaukee Brewers [4] and Tampa Bay Rays [5]. In addition to winning the 2008 NBA Championship, the Celtics set an attendance record after playing to 100 percent capacity and doubled its full-season ticketholders to more than 10,000.

Winners from 16 categories included: