Mark J. Burns

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U.S. Soccer forms advisory council for DEI

Closing Bell / Wednesday, January 26, 2022
U.S. Soccer has created a diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging council dubbed Game Changers United, with an aim to “break down barriers and create a place where every individual is welcomed, respected, and valued within the entire U.S. Soccer ecosystem.” The seven-member advisory council features Cobi Jones ,...

NHL teams pushing into esports space

Weekly / Monday, January 24, 2022
Later this year the NHL expects to hold its fifth annual World Gaming Championship, which brings together the world’s best EA Sports NHL players to compete for a six-figure prize pool. Although there are no plans in place for the NHL to...

LIV Golf adds David Hill as production consultant

Morning Buzz / Wednesday, January 19, 2022
LIV Golf Investments is adding former longtime Fox Sports exec  David Hill as a consultant to the organization’s production team. Hill, who previously served as President of Fox Sports and helped launch the NFL on Fox during his 40-year career in entertainment and media, started his...

Crew hire former NBA and MSG exec Kristin Bernert for top business role

Daily / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Former MSG Sports and NBA executive KRISTIN BERNERT has been named Crew President of Business Operations. Bernert, a '16 SBJ GameChangers honoree who most recently served as co-Founder and Principal of advisory firm KB2 Sports, will oversee all business initiatives for the Crew,...

Flyers hire Dan Wise to grow sponsorships

Closing Bell / Thursday, January 13, 2022
The Flyers and Wells Fargo Center named Dan Wise  Senior VP/Corporate Partnerships. He will oversee existing sponsorship deals as well as focus on generating new sponsorship business for the team and venue, which has undergone a multiyear, $300M transformation. Newer NHL sponsorship assets that Wise will concentrate on...

Kang now controls majority stake in NWSL Spirit

Closing Bell / Tuesday, January 11, 2022
NWSL Washington Spirit co-Owner Y. Michele Kang and her coalition of fellow team investors now control a majority of the equity stake in the team’s LLC, according to an email sent by Kang to the NWSL BOG today and seen by SBJ. It is believed that Kang...

RSL enlists Playfly to find naming-rights partner

Morning Buzz / Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Real Salt Lake has secured sales and sponsorship agency Playfly Sports to find a new stadium naming-rights sponsor to replace London-based mining company Rio Tinto, which had been affixed to the venue since October '08. The company’s deal expired in December '20. “This is a really huge...

NHL, Olive.com sign sponsor deal for rest of season

Morning Buzz / Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Olive.com, a Chicago-based payment services and online vehicle protection plan provider, has secured a North American sponsorship deal with the NHL for the remainder of the season. Olive.com receives the designation as the league’s official auto mechanical breakdown coverage provider for this season’s playoffs and Stanley Cup...

SBJ Q&A: Jarrod Dillon

Weekly / Monday, January 10, 2022
Jarrod Dillon started his new role as president of business operations for Orlando City SC, the NWSL’s Orlando Pride and Exploria Stadium on Jan. 3, but it won’t be until later this year that he and his family — including his wife and their three soccer-playing,...