ShareNett Presents: Investing In Sports Symposium
ShareNett hosted a by-invitation-only symposium on Sports Investing focusing on traditional sports, Esports and team franchising & ownership.
Jon Litner – CEO, YES Network
Jon Litner was named President of the YES Network, the number one regional sports network in the country, in September 2016. Prior to joining YES, Jon was Group President of NBC Sports Group from 2011 to 2015, where he was responsible for NBC Sports’ eight regional sports networks and Golf Channel. Before taking over the reins at NBC Sports Group, Litner was President from 2007 to 2011 of Comcast Sports Group and VERSUS, its cable network devoted to outdoor sports which was re-branded NBC Sports Network during his tenure. From 2005 to 2007, Litner was President of SNY, the regional sports network which is the exclusive local television home of the New York Mets. He oversaw SNY’s 2006 launch and its rapid early growth. From 1999 to 2005, Litner served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Hockey League, overseeing all of the league’s broadcasting, communications, special events and new business and technology initiatives. Litner began his sports career at Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., where he held several executive positions from 1991 to 1999. He also oversaw ABC’s securing of MLB television rights in 1994 which, among other things, resulted in the launch that year of The Baseball Network with partner NBC. Litner later was Vice President of Business Affairs at The Baseball Network. Jon earned his Bachelor degree from Yale University in 1985 and earned his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1988.
Bobby Sharma – Founder, Electronic Sports Group & Partner, GACP Sports
Bobby Sharma is a sports, media, and entertainment industry leader, with a track-record of accomplishment across professional sports development, finance, data, and technology. He is Founding Partner of esports industry-leading advisory firm Electronic Sports Group, Partner at private equity firm GACP Sports, and Special Adviser to the Sports Industry Team at Foley & Lardner LLP. Sharma was previously SVP, Global Head of Basketball & Strategic Initiatives at IMG, where he led the growth of many IMG business interests around the world, including the creation, development, and management of basketball, soccer, and cricket properties. Prior, Bobby served as VP & General Counsel of the NBA Development League for nearly a decade, helping lead the establishment of the National Basketball Association’s first minor league. Sharma also served on the presidential campaign staff of former U.S. Senator and Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Bradley, and practiced law in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and in New York City with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He is a graduate of Duke University, Duke Law School, and the Harvard Business School executive program on the Business of Entertainment, Media & Sports.
Jim Pallotta – CEO, Raptor Group Holdings & Chairman, A.S. Roma
Gerry Cardinale – CEO, Redbird Capital Partners