9.1: Greg Jamison on Chronicle Live
Just minutes after announcing he is stepping away from the day-to-day operations, former Sharks CEO and President joing Greg Papa to talk about his decision.
It's our chronicles conversation. Subject tonight and actually I'd rather melancholy. With great melancholy I guess the word I'm looking for himself. Because the he's the former president and CEO. Of the Sharks he's no longer the Sharks boss Greg Jamison personal welcome to chronicle live and why did you come to this decision to step down. Well I think Greg first. Talk thank you you know right thank the good to be here is one of those decisions I've been thinking about for awhile. I honestly. We had a very had a conversation with the other couple other owners about it and just felt like. Had a really was the time for me just step back I've known a long time -- just listen do you chronicle that. This heartedly with 217 years since I've been here has been a wonderful ride a wonderful time. But even fourteen is gonna have as president. You know others here you are a lot you look at a lot it's there's no greater place from real work. I'll look back with most incredible members of all time but it's also an opportunity for me the stuff away and reflect and think about what am I doing what I wanna do. How to -- wanted to finish so to speak. Sixty young I'm not retiring I'm taking I'm kind of taking -- -- in -- and just trying to decide what's next and were like go from there. Greg when you heard said the -- talked to. So -- people in management groups say you were you want to do this today try to talk you out of there at all. Or did they just -- and they're not like whatever you want. Well we had a great group and the management group you know is as the people who work for me and they they do. A superb job in and I have great respect within the ownership group of people that. Have coming along side and invest in the team and they've been really positive and a wonderful to deal with. And people or supportive and I just think I really -- conclusion after some conversations that I think I really nobody due to. To take a break and and Q to have somebody else gonna come and do it knowing full well that I'm not going that far away I'm still going to be involved with the board of governors -- as the governor of the club. And no only NHL executive committee which I think which I enjoy doing and not until it was. The smaller in the in the in the franchise and probably will involve the Sharks foundation. So the main thing that would disarray is the there's the day to day which can can take its toll and at times you just think. Maybe it's time I really thought this time in this town -- there is the right time to do it. You said you just celebrated -- sixtieth birthday and perhaps your life you've been in professional sports we know you with the Sharks franchise for the last seventeen plus years but I go back when I first -- you with the Indiana Pacers back in the mid eighties and you actually began -- the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks as their director of marketing for an eighty through 87 and enjoying the Pacers as their vice president of business operations when I first heard today I gotta tell you that you're leaving the -- my first thought was. Joe like up the lawyers -- already contacting Greg Jamison many may go to work for the Golden State Warriors one day any chance of that happening and it. And what is your. Long term -- will -- well what do you hope to do that with their professional sports are are you done with pro sports for now. Forever for later what are your thoughts there. The first -- not been in contact with -- up by no Joe and Iowa wish you great success with the Golden State Warriors. And as part of Peter drew -- not had any conversation that and I've not I have not sought that out or look for that. I think unfortunately very boring answer Greg but I have to be candid I haven't thought about anything I haven't thought about doing anything I haven't thought about. We're I would go an -- what I would do. I've really wanna get to the end here somewhere on October 1. They're legal and a trip to Stockholm with the season opener and then come back and then probably go away awhile sit down and reflect. And then then we could probably have begin to address that question. You -- before we came on the merits its economy unique and then sometimes a wonderful opportunity failed to do that and you know in my case it is and I'm going to do that -- it takes some time and and really as they should reflect and think about it. And I don't know what the future holds I loved professional sports that could be part of the future down the road. -- could be something else that comes along. And their collegiate level as sort of teach you know what have you as you know. Way way way back in time I was you know which -- schoolteacher. I probably wouldn't do that but I also enjoy the teaching so what is gonna take it one step at a time but the person would do -- step away. And we have an incredible franchise an incredible group of people had a great time meeting with the players are skating today it. Sharks icing and just talking we talked with them until what I was doing it just reminded me again how much I enjoy what I do and it made me a hard initially but I think it's probably the best thing. And no preconceived plans at the moment. Among the preconceived plans that you don't have that you mentioned at the -- press conference that you were still interested in being. On the board of governors are working and executive committee at least through the end. Of their currency BA in the negotiations to get a new one. The first question is are you really excited about working with Don fehr and true. Who do you -- maybe as. Your last act with the board of governor that this is one more thing. You wanna accomplish before maybe you withdraw from that is well. I think that's a fair question rather I think that's an insightful question. I know I can't give you specific yes that's yet but I can tell there hasn't been true to lock outs. One in 1995. And then obviously they're going in 20042005. That. You know -- we you and I learned a lot of things were not I have had a conversation with Gary Bettman yesterday. Clue what I was doing today and respected the decision. And if I can help I really wanna help -- I do think I think -- biggest in the right direction I think for all the individual teams. The UK this could probably be some improvements in the CB -- But I also think that is something that I have you wouldn't you're working on in that can stay in the cards I would continue to pursue that. And then we'll see what would happen after that but I think you're right on -- something that I really thought about going forward. As we say goodbye to mister Jamison we -- -- brand new decade of Sharks hockey -- celebrate their twentieth anniversary course played his first two years at the -- -- before you were there to help move a new HP pavilion Judd just talked big picture about the state hockey in the Bay Area because I was dubious when it first came here I thought this -- this fan base does not understand the sport they're not gonna. Really go see the game -- ratings on TV on a cap has forced a California -- strongest sellout every single night talk about how you were able to get the Bay Area. Turned on the hockey. Well I think there's something to be said for perseverance -- I think. We have persevered as a franchise and as a team and we never backed up trying to improve the team I'm I'm proud of our record I'm proud of what we've accomplished as far as playoff pros and regular season or what have you we haven't been in the -- Jets -- still a goal a goal to which would -- -- -- -- -- -- that's obviously -- big -- but I -- think that we have been able -- Shake the monitor of -- nontraditional hockey market where hockey market the -- -- or fall. ERI center in San Jose with four rings is. -- thirty to 1:3 partner in the morning -- 1:30 in the morning and we could that we could build another one until it. -- -- the two and -- are doing very well and so I think hockey is alive and well in the Bay Area more more people watching. The farther we go in the playoffs the more more people get exposed to it. So I truly believe that as we as we continue to persevere. And we continue to. To go to at a higher level that will draw more fans were growing there were also growing an audience. There are people who. When you mentioned the -- you or -- on out they actually know we're talking about his hand I think that makes a big difference. And so when you when you really analyze where we're going it's just. We're really just now escaping her teenage years here in this market. We're about to enter our twentieth year and I think there's just something be said for consistency perseverance. Committed to winning and I think we've done all those things and I think it's been a group effort by everybody from ownership on every staff member in the players. And we just have to continue to build on it. And throughout the decade the last decade you guys have been the consistent winner in the Bay Area haven't gotten a -- everybody searching for but you've gotten very close and you guys are class from the top of the bottom Greg. Thanks for your time we've had yet another show many many times another surely even the Sharks utopia is still drop by and join -- -- chronicle like. I'm happy do McGregor thank you very much.