Group President, Sports and Entertainment
Chris Granger serves as Group President, Sports and Entertainment, at Ilitch Holdings. As a highly experienced
sports and entertainment executive, Chris is responsible for optimizing the fan and partner experience at
all Ilitch-related venues; growing, recruiting and retaining the significant talent in the business side
of the company’s sports and entertainment organizations; collaborating with partners to ensure highly active,
attractive and community-focused venues, and more.
Chris previously served as President of the Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Basketball Holdings, LLC. During his tenure, the Kings enjoyed unprecedented revenue growth and were widely recognized as a highly innovative and community-minded franchise. Chris’ influence also extended to the development of Sacramento’s new, award-winning Golden 1 Center, and its 1.5 million square-foot downtown mixed-use development project, Downtown Commons.
Prior to joining the Kings, Chris worked in various capacities for the NBA for 14 years. He most recently served as the Executive Vice President of the NBA’s renowned Team Marketing and Business Operations function, where he advised NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams on all aspects of business operations.
Chris received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his Master of Business Administration from Yale. He was named Sacramento Business Person of the Year in 2017 and was a 2010 Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 award winner.