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| October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tim Hinchey

Being a competitive swimmer since he was a child, Tim Hinchey has a natural affinity for the sport. But his background has been in professional sports, most recently with MLS’ Colorado Rapids, where he was president since 2011 and MLS executive of the year in 2016. Before that he served as the team’s chief marketing officer and in the same role for Derby County, FC, a professional soccer team in England. His previous stops included executive roles with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans/ Oklahoma City Hornets. He began his career with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. In June, Hinchey got to return to the sport he loved, being

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| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Craig Levine

As the e-sports landscape continues to evolve, several veteran organizations are leading the industry into new territory. And at the center of that is Craig Levine, CEO of ESL North America, the world’s largest e-sports company. A longtime gamer, Levine in 2002 founded Team 3D, one of the first professional e-sports teams. He also co-founded ESS Agency, an event marketing and technology company. In 2014, ESS was acquired by Turtle Entertainment to expand the North American footprint of ESL, a company whose live events are becoming some of the largest in the industry. In this interview, Levine discusses the state of e-sports, the

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| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jamie Davis

After years under the leadership of Doug Beal, who was an icon in the sport as a player, coach and executive, USA Volleyball went in a decidedly different direction when it hired Jamie Davis in January. Davis is the national governing body’s first CEO with no prior experience in the sport and was hired by design for his marketing and e-commerce background. Davis founded his own company, Jomandrew Sports and Entertainment, after serving as president of online retailer Fanatics from 2012 to 2014. Before that, he served as president of the Versus television network from 2008 to 2011 and held several roles with News Corporation, Fox Sports and

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| July 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano has always had a following ever since her days appearing on the sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” from 1984–1992. But as she continued her acting career, including on the hit series “Melrose Place” and “Charmed,” Milano was working on another venture that has proven perhaps just as lucrative. In 2006, she created Touch by Alyssa Milano, a line of high-end women’s fan apparel that began with an exclusive licensing deal with Major League Baseball. The first line was so successful that other leagues began calling. Today, Touch holds the licensing for the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, NASCAR, MLS and a growing number of collegiate teams In this interview with SportsTravel’s

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| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Gary Bettman

Gary Bettman was named commissioner of the National Hockey League in 1993, making him the longest-serving leader of the major North American sports leagues. In that time, the league has expanded to 30 teams and will add a new franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, next season. In the meantime, the NHL has created a popular outdoor series of events and in September launched a revamped World Cup of Hockey with eight international squads. That move came as the league was deciding whether to send players to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, as it has for every Games since 1998. In April, Bettman announced the league

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| April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nick Horbaczewski

Nick Horbaczewski learned a number of things about growing a sport and building a loyal fan base at Tough Mudder from 2013–2015, serving in roles that included chief revenue officer and senior vice-president of revenue and business development. But in 2015, he took those skills and turned his attention to drones, founding the Drone Racing League. The league features pilots controlling drones at 80 mph on courses that wind their way through checkpoints in some considerably nontraditional venues. And quickly, the league and the sport have taken off. The first season of five races aired on ESPN in 2016 and the next season begins in June

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| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mary Wittenberg

For 17 years, Mary Wittenberg was involved in every aspect of the New York City Marathon during her time at New York Road Runners. From 2005–2015, she was president and CEO, overseeing a period of enormous growth for the race. But now she has the opportunity to launch a new series of events from scratch. In May 2015, she was hired as global CEO—Chief Exercise Officer—for Virgin Sport, created as part of Richard Branson’s empire with a goal of motivating people to get fit through sports. The first series of events were recently announced with three planned in London and one in San Francisco in 2017. Virgin’s plan is to organize mass participatory events that will include running

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| February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Benita Fitzgerald Mosley

At the 1984 Olympic Summer Games, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley became the first African-American woman and second American ever to win a gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles. But she never stopped succeeding. After working for Special Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics organizing committee, she spent eight years as president and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications. From there, she became chief of sport performance for USA Track & Field, helping the team to win 29 medals at the 2012 Games, and served as chief of organizational excellence for the U.S. Olympic Committee. In 2016, she was named CEO of Laureus USA, a foundation that is part of a global

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| January 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Joe Buck

Joe Buck had the good fortune of watching his father, Jack Buck, broadcast countless games as the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. But when the time came to step up to the booth, the younger Buck made the most of his opportunity. Now he is the lead Major League Baseball and National Football League announcer for Fox Sports, having just completed his 19th World Series and preparing to call his fifth Super Bowl. In his recent memoir, “Lucky Bastard,” Buck recounts his rise, one that almost came crashing down in 2011 when complications from anesthesia during a hair-plug procedure cost him his voice for nearly a year—an absence he previously attributed to “a virus.” He has since recovered to cement his status as a leading voice in sports broadcasting

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| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tom Penn

Tom Penn has the chance to do what few get to do in professional sports: build a team from the ground up. But it’s not just the launch of LAFC, the new Major League Soccer team in Los Angeles, that he’s overseeing. Penn is also helping develop a new downtown stadium set to debut in 2018 when the team begins play. Penn previously spent four seasons as vice-president of basketball operations and assistant general manager of the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers and seven years as assistant general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies in addition to serving as an NBA analyst for ESPN. But in building LAFC, he has had to engage a range of sports and entertainment luminaries as co-owners while convincing new fans to jump on the team’s bandwagon. In this interview with SportsTravel’s Jason Gewirtz, Penn

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