SOURCE: The Empire Sports & Entertainment

June 23, 2010 11:00 ET

Shelly Finkel, World Renowned Entertainment Promoter and Boxing Manager, Appointed as CEO of The Empire Sports & Entertainment Company

Shelly Finkel Has Promoted Such Successful Bands as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead and The Doors; Shelly Finkel Produced and Promoted the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, a Rock Festival That Included Famous Bands Such as The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers With an Estimated Audience of 600,000; June 13, 2010 Shelly Finkel Was Inducted Into the International Boxing Hall Fame After Managing Numerous World Champions

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - The Empire Sports and Entertainment, Inc. ("The Empire" or "The Company"), a promoter of entertainment and sports events, today announced that Mr. Shelly Finkel, a legendary entertainment promoter and boxing manager, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Finkel will assume the position on July 1, 2010 and will guide The Empire to a leading position in sports-driven promotions and entertainment events such as concerts, music festivals, pay-per-view shows, as well as other exciting events.

Shelly Finkel was introduced to the entertainment business through his initial experience in the music industry. He initially launched his career in entertainment by running a club called "The Action House," featuring legendary bands such as Cream, The Doors, Procol Harem and some of the most recognized groups of the 1960s. In 1973, Mr. Finkel produced and promoted The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, a rock festival which once received the Guinness Book of World Records entry for "Largest audience at a pop festival." An estimated 600,000 fans attended to see the Allman Brothers Band, The Band and the Grateful Dead perform. During his career he promoted concerts for some of the biggest names in the industry such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, and numerous other household names.

Additionally, Mr. Finkel has been the premier manager of fighters since he broke into the professional boxing scene in 1980 and was selected by the Boxing Writers' Association of America as Manager of the Year in 1990 and 1993. He has represented some of the biggest names in the sport, including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, and Manny Pacquiao to name a few. Most recently, he has advised IBF and WBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko. His legendary career in boxing was recognized on June 13, 2010 when he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

As newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Empire, Mr. Finkel stated, "It is a great pleasure and honor to join the team at The Empire and to assist in building the ultimate sports and entertainment Event Company. The Empire has already begun establishing itself as a premier boxing promoter. Moving forward our goal is to immediately take the existing solid core business that was built by Mr. Gregory Cohen, our President, and strategically position ourselves as a world-class Entertainment Events Company. It is our intent to become a leading media and entertainment company known for promoting the best events in concerts, music festivals, pay-per-view specials, and sporting events around the world."

About The Empire Sports & Entertainment Company:
The Empire Sports & Entertainment Co. is primarily engaged in the business of promoting entertainment events and the creation and distribution of sporting events. Today, The Empire acquires the rights to develop and promote sporting and entertainment events through contractual relationships and provides event management services. The Empire arranges events and coordinates venues, and sponsorship. The Company generates revenue through ticket sales, televised events, and other promotional activities. The Empire currently has exclusive promotional agreements with numerous professional boxers. Effective July 1, 2010, world famous sports manager and entertainment promoter Shelly Finkel is our CEO. For more information please visit

Forward-Looking Statements:
Statements made in this release, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements, including any statement that refers to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances and those which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "expects," "plans," "may," "should," or "anticipates" and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks, which might cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include whether the appropriations bill will receive legislative approval and ultimately become law. The Empire disclaims any intention or duty to update any forward-looking statements made in this release.

Contact Information

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    The Empire Sports & Entertainment
    Gregory Cohen
    President & COO
    (212) 810-6193
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    Alan Sheinwald
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