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Cleveland Cavaliers name Nic Barlage as new CEO

Barlage replaces former CEO Len Komoroski.
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Nic Barlage.

CLEVELAND — There’s a new leader in town.

Nic Barlage has been named the Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Rock Entertainment Group. Barlage takes the role after formerly serving as the President of Business Operations for the organization.

It comes as Barlage replaces former CEO Len Komoroski who announced last week that he was stepping away at the end of the current Cavs season after 19 years with the organization.

“Barlage rejoined the Cavaliers in 2017 as President of Business Operations and was named COO for Rock Entertainment Group when that entity was established in 2021,” officials said. “He was previously part of the organization for five seasons starting in 2008 and continuing through 2014 when, as the Vice President of Sales and Service, he departed to join the NBA’s Phoenix Suns for three seasons as their Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer.”

Here’s reaction to the announcement, which came Tuesday morning:

CEO Nic Barlage

“We are extremely fortunate to have a Chairman in Dan Gilbert and a Family of Companies that have created and support an inspiring culture that embraces innovation, imagination, curiosity, the value of people, and decision making always focused on doing the right thing. Collectively, we can make the greatest impact possible within the communities that we serve. It is an absolute honor and privilege to have the opportunity to lead the business operations for a dynamic organization that shares such a special bond with our community and partners. We look forward to an exciting future and building on the strong foundation that Len Komoroski and all of our hard-working team members, past and present, helped establish. We will continue to strive for outcomes that make our team, fans, and partners proud.”

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert

“We are excited to elevate Nic to CEO and for him to lead the Cavaliers business operation and our great team of people across our organization. The Cavaliers are in excellent position for high-level success both on and off-the court. This is in large part due to the caliber of people, like Nic, that are leading, collaborating and growing our relationships and business across every aspect of Rock Entertainment Group and the Cavs organization. Nic is both an exceptional, community-minded leader and a great teammate. For several years now, he has been at the core of decision-making, innovation and growth for the Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and we are very pleased to have him at the helm of our business operations group while we all look forward to continuing the great momentum that has been established.”

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