One of my primary mentors strongly suggested that after 14 years at AOL that I should take time off to travel, relax and get re-energized. So, I am indeed going to travel but also spend a bit of time working on my business plans for my new sports venture.
So, I went to New York for a few days this week to meet and catch up with a number of friends in the Sports industry in NY. Over a three-day period, I met with friends / contacts from the NBA, HBO Sports, NFL, WNBA, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, plus a couple of private equity and venture funds.
Man, it felt great! It definitely reminded of the days back in the early 00’s when I worked out of our AOL NY office one day a week. We met regularly with our strategic partners from the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, NHL, Sports Illustrated, HBO Sports, Turner Sports, etc.
These are definitely tough economic times but Sports will always play an important role in the lives of many people. So, I’m going to do my best to launch my new venture focused on Sports and Entertainment, while also continuing my work in Education and Philanthropy.