Civic leader Norm Rothschild possessed a keen business sense which served him well in the boxing world. Known as “The Boy Promoter”, Rothschild became a well-known boxing promoter in the 1950s and put Syracuse on the map. Many of his fights set records for attendance and revenue. Among his most famous fight promotions were 15 world championships that featured boxers such as Carmen Basilio, Gene Fullmer, Sugar Ray Robinson and Tony DeMarco.
In 1986, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Rothschild with its journalism award. Besides his role as a boxing promoter and helping bring Friday Night Fights to television, Rothschild was active in the restaurant business, ran an automobile dealership, served as Onondaga County Republican chairman, was the director of the Onondaga County War Memorial and worked as director of the New York State Fair in 1974.
He died January 15, 1988 at the age of 68.