University of Southern California

The Commissioners' Series

The Sports Business Institute's (SBI's) mission is to be the premier destination for knowledge of and about the sports business industry. Accordingly, the SBI has developed the "Commissioners' Series" (CS), an ongoing calendar of high-profile events featuring presentations by the commissioners of America's premier sports leagues and organizations.

As is the case with their counterparts in any other major business sector, sports industry executives rely heavily on two fundamental pillars for corporate success: leadership and ethics. Commissioners of the largest sports leagues must exhibit exemplary leadership skills and adhere to strict ethical standards at all times, lest they risk compromising the very cash flow and asset value they are charged with increasing.

The CS speakers will discuss leadership and ethics in the context of contemporary business issues facing their respective leagues. The commissioners will share their experiences and unique perspectives, while discussing how to achieve success in the sports industry by applying and reinforcing key business principles.

Below you may browse a photo gallery of past Commissioners' Series events held by the SBI. Special guests have included Gary B. Bettman, Peter V. Ueberroth, Donald P. Garber, Allan H. "Bud" Selig, Dr. Mark Emmert, Lorenzo Fertitta and John Skipper, Adam Silver, and Rob Manfred.

Business of Team Sports

The SBI has hosted two installments of its new "Business of Team Sports" event series, individual Commissioners’ Series-style events highlighting executives from the major sports leagues and organizations.

The SBI presented The Business of Hockey featuring: Luc Robitaille, President, Business Operations, L.A. Kings & Michael Schulman, CEO, Anaheim Ducks & The Business of College Football featuring: Pat Haden, Athletic Director, USC & Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac-12

Each event was held at USC on the University Park Campus. To learn more about the events, click here and here.

"Business of Team Sports" speakers share their experiences and unique perspectives, while discussing how to achieve success in the sports industry by applying and reinforcing key business principles."

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