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creation of HEAT Check Gaming, Miami was one of 17 NBA teams to
fi eld a team in the inaugural NBA 2K League which began play in May
of 2018. In its’ fi rst season of existence, HEAT Check Gaming capped a
successful season by advancing all the way to the NBA 2K League Finals.
In addition to his responsibilities with the HEAT, Arison served as a
member of the United States Men’s Senior National Team support
staff from 2004-08. He assisted with the day-to-day operations for
USA Basketball’s 2008 Olympic team that captured the gold medal
in Beijing, China as well as the 2007 gold medal winning FIBA Americas
Championship team, the bronze medal winning 2006 World Championship
team and the bronze medal winning team at the 2004 Olympics.
Arison began his basketball administrative career while attending Duke
University. He spent four seasons as team manager of the Blue Devils
men’s basketball team and was named the head team manager during
his senior year. Over that four-year span, Arison became the only team
manager in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history to be a part of four
straight ACC Championships and was a manager for Duke’s 2001 NCAA
National Championship team.
Arison graduated from Duke with a degree in public policy and a
certifi cate in marketing and management. He and his wife, Jenna,
reside in Miami.
Chief Executive Offi cer
Nick Arison enters his 16th year as a full-time member of the HEAT
organization and his eighth as Chief Executive Offi cer. He has been
associated with successful teams on every level of basketball, and has
been a part of championships with the Miami HEAT, Duke University
and USA Basketball. Arison oversees the day-to-day operations of the
franchise and is a limited partner in the team. He also has served as the
alternate governor since the 2005-06 season and is a member of the
NBA’s prestigious Competition Committee.
The promotion to his current position on July 22, 2011, was a natural
progression for Nick, who has grown up with the HEAT. His grandfather,
Ted Arison, was one of the team’s original founders and his father,
Micky Arison, bought the controlling share of the franchise and was
named Managing General Partner on February 13, 1995.
Arison has served the HEAT in a variety of positions over the years
and has learned the business from the ground up. He initially started
working for the HEAT organization as a team attendant for four seasons
from 1995-99. He then served summer internships in the Arena
Operations, Community Affairs and Sales and Marketing departments
before becoming a full-time staff member on the business side of the
organization in 2003 as an Account Manager, Premium Partnerships.
In 2006, he was promoted to Director of Corporate and Premium
Services where he oversaw the Account Management Team. Prior
to the 2008-09 season, he was named Vice President, Basketball
Operations where he worked directly with Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg
on overseeing the basketball side of the organization and played an
active role in the recruiting and procurement of talent. During the
summer of 2010 he was instrumental in the re-signing of Dwyane Wade
and Udonis Haslem, as well as the acquisitions of LeBron James,
Chris Bosh and Mike Miller. In recent years he has also played a
signifi cant role in the acquisitions of Shane Battier, Ray Allen and
Goran Dragic. A rising star in the business, Arison was selected as one
of SportsBusiness Journal’s “Forty Under 40” in 2013, an award that
honors the most promising young executives in sports business under
the age of 40.
Under Arison’s leadership the HEAT have exceled off the court as well,
which has included a foray into the growing world of esports. With the