2001 Goodyear Award
John Rigas borrowed $300 in 1952 to establish the company that eventually became the Adelphia Communications empire. As founder, chairman and CEO of Adelphia, Rigas operates the sixth-largest cable company in America, with nearly 6 million residential subscribers in 32 states. He and his family also preside over the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, cable TV’s Empire Sports Network, all-sports radio station WNSA-FM, the HSBC Arena, and subsidiaries that offer voice-and-phone service and Internet access. His pioneering media achievements recently earned him induction into BROADCASTING & CABLE magazine’s Hall of Fame. Rigas is the 2001 recipient of the George F. Goodyear Jr. Award, for his colorful and innovative career and for his lifelong commitment to community involvement.