Shatel: Omaha Sports Commission will lift Omaha Sports Hall of Fame to another level

The Omaha Sports Commission is the group that brings major sports events to the area, like the U.S. Olympic swim and curling trials. 

And the OSCA goes to ...

Yes, it’s “Oscar” week in Hollywood but here in Omaha, we have our own version. It’s the Omaha Sports Commission Awards, otherwise known as the OSCAs.

We know the OSC as the group that brings major sports events to the area, like the U.S. Olympic swim and curling trials. But the sports commission wants to expand its local profile, said Josh Todd, president and executive director.

So here comes the first OSCA ceremony, set for May 30 at the Holland Center. The OSCAs will go to the male and female amateur athletes of the year; coach and team of the year; moment of the year; and the Steve Pivovar Sports Media Person of the Year and Dr. Jack Lewis Sports Person of the Year.

But the best part about this event is the inclusion of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame. The Omaha Sports Commission is now a partner with the hall of fame; the 2019 Class will be inducted at the OSCA event.

You know me. I love history, and Omaha has amazing sports history. Shane Bradford and the HOF committee have done a terrific job with the Omaha Sports Hall. The partnership with the sports commission will help take the hall to the next level.

“It was a no-brainer,” said Todd, who while living in Phoenix worked with the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.

One of the tasks the commission can help with is shining a brighter light on the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame, which is currently in the Durham Museum. The hall should be where sports fans hang out. I’d love to see it in the CHI Health Center. Another angle: some cities display their sports hall of fame honorees in their airports.

What I like about the OSCAs is that it’s going to be similar to the old Omaha Sportscasters Banquet. One night each year, every sports team and entity in the city got together at the Sportscasters Banquet. There was a certain “big small town” element to that, and that’s not a bad thing.

See you at the OSCAs. Tuxedos not required.

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