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The Laver Cup: The Evolution Of Tennis’ Ryder Cup Event

In 2017, Roger Federer’s management agency Team8 set out on an ambitious goal – to create the Ryder Cup for tennis. Now, as the Laver Cup enters its third edition beginning on September 20, the tournament is in a position to achieve that. In 2017, Steve Zacks was executive vice president and chief marketing officer at NetJets, a private jet company and subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. During his time at the company, he developed a relationship with Federer, who was […]

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NWHL’s Boston Pride Scores New Owner

The NWHL’s Boston Pride has been purchased by a team of investors led by Miles Arnone, a managing partner at private equity firm Cannon Capital. The acquisition makes the Pride the only NWHL team currently owned by an outside investor. The other four teams are currently owned by the league. Arnone, who has more than 20 years of investment experience working with start-ups and turnarounds, is based in Boston. Crave Better Foods, which signed a partnership with the NWHL this […]

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Women In Sports Roundtable: Female Executives In Big 4 Sports

Summer 2019 was an important summer for female sports leaders. With more women each year rising through the leadership ranks in professional sports, Front Office Sports spoke with female execs from MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL about how their employers embrace gender diversity and what the future holds for women in sports.  FOS: How has your respective league addressed gender diversity during your career? Lara Pitaro Wisch, executive vice president & general counsel, MLB: “I feel incredibly lucky to be […]

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Spree Of Female Executive Hires A Hopeful Harbinger For A More Diverse Future

The WNBA’s appointment of Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert as its first commissioner in May was just one of the many wins during the summer of 2019 for gender diversity in the executive ranks of sports. From Jessica Berman’s hire as the new deputy commissioner of the NLL to Red Sox executive Raquel Ferriera’s promotion to co-interim president of baseball operations, the hiring of female executives in high-profile positions appears to be gaining momentum across all sports. “There’s a movement that’s […]

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Professional Bowlers Association & Bowlero Hope New Deal Is A Strike

By acquiring the Professional Bowlers Association, the sanctioning body for the sport, Bowlero Corp. is hoping that bringing the recreational and professional sides of bowling more closely together will raise the overall sport in the process. Bowlero Corp., which operates the bowling center brands Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, AMF Bowling Co., and Brunswick Zone, is the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers with more than 300 in the U.S. alone. The company says it serves more than 28 million […]

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Behrens, Brooks At Forefront Of NBA’s Push For Gender Diversity

For two of the NBA’s leading female executives, their path to the league couldn’t have been more different. While Kathy Behrens was a multi-sport athlete at the University of Hartford – playing basketball and tennis – she never envisioned her sports career extending beyond college. She envisioned herself working up the ranks of the nonprofit and government sectors – and did so for nearly 20 years. Meanwhile, Amy Brooks’ earliest basketball memories were in her hometown of Sacramento, Calif. With […]

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Big Sky Athletic Directors

Big Sky Athletic Directors Making Their Presence Felt

In the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, the Big Sky Conference is becoming a bastion for female leaders in collegiate athletics. Terry Gawlik was named the University of Idaho director of athletics in early August, becoming the Big Sky Conference’s fifth female athletic director – the most of any conference in the NCAA. The other female athletic directors in the Big Sky are Pauline Thiros at Idaho State; Debbie Corum at Southern Utah; Lynn Hickey at Eastern Washington; and Valerie […]

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women in sports roundtable

Women In Sports Roundtable: Big Sky Athletic Directors

As the Big Sky Conference hits the 2019-20 season, there are now five female athletic directors in the conference – the highest number of any NCAA conference. FOS asked each athletic director where the most progress has been made while working as a woman in sports and what barriers or hurdles still exist.  Debbie Corum, Southern Utah University director of athletics During your career, what’s changed the most as a woman working in sports?  The opportunities. That’s really been, the […]

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College Athletic Departments Looking To Add Revenue Going Forward

With the dog days of August making its way into September, it means the return of arguably college athletics’ biggest sport: college football. Although much has been written about college football’s attendance struggles, that trend has yet to heavily impact the coffers of athletic departments. In the NCAA’s recent financial database report put together by USA Today, the University of Texas-Austin generated $219,402,579 – more than the 229 other public schools in Division I that are obligated to release this information. Private […]

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Ole Miss On Road To Financial Freedom Post-NCAA Scandal

On Dec. 1, 2017, the University of Mississippi had its toughest loss to date – off the gridiron. That day saw the NCAA hit the university with a laundry bin’s amount of penalties – 15 Level-I infractions total. They included three years of probation, postseason bans for 2017 (self-imposed) and 2018, recruiting sanctions, and perhaps most devastatingly, vacating 33 wins from 2010 to 2016 that featured ineligible student-athletes. Now as Ole Miss kicked off its 2019 season on Aug. 31 […]

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