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.

Business of Team Sports

The SBI hosted the first installment in 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 event was held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 
at Town & Gown on USC University Park Campus. To learn more about the event, click here.

The SBI’s mission is to be the premier destination for knowledge of and about the sports business industry. To that end, the SBI has developed “The Business of Team Sports” (BoS) series, which are Commissioners’ Series style events featuring executives from major sports franchises and organizations.

The inaugural BoS event highlighted hockey and featured Luc Robitaille, President, Business Operations, L.A. Kings and Michael Schulman, CEO, Anaheim Ducks.

The speakers will share their experiences and unique perspectives, while discussing how to achieve success in the sports industry by applying and reinforcing key business principles.

Please click here for more information on the Commissioners' Series.

Please click here for Past Events.

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