James H. Steeg

Inducted June 18, 2016

American Sports Executive

Fort Wayne Chapter

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Miami University – B.A. – 1972
Wake Forrest University, Babcock School of Management – M.B.A. – 1975
Business Manager and Controller for the Miami Dolphins – 1975 – 1978
National Football League, Special Events Department
(Responsible for Growing the Super Bowl from a championship football game
into a weeklong extravaganza) – 1979 – 2004
Developed the NFL draft into a major annual event
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers – 2004 – 2010
Founded and Owns Steeg Sports Management and Media Consulting – 2010
Board member for the Downtown YMCA of San Diego
Board member for the Make a Wish Foundation of San Diego
University of San Diego Athletic Department Executive Cabinet
Served as Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the United States Football League
Inaugural Inductee in Special Events Hall of Fame – 2002
Mad Anthony’s Hoosier Celebrity of the Year – 2005
New Orleans Touchdown Club Pete Rozelle Award – 2008
Phi Delta Theta Sports Hall of Fame – 2016

Initiated into Fort Wayne Chapter, Fort Wayne, Indiana – 1965
Chevalier – 1969
“My years in DeMolay gave me first-time experience and confidence in developing the leadership, public speaking and organization skills that established the foundation for my career. I learned a sense of responsibility, honesty, fairness, diversity and the need to mentor others as I had been mentored myself."