Jimmy Lynn, a veteran of more than 25 years in the Sports and Entertainment sectors, is one of the pioneers of the Digital Sports space and is regarded as one of the leading relationship brokers and connectors in the sports industry. He is a co-founder and Vice-President of Kiswe Mobile, a interactive mobile video start-up focused on bringing a rich viewing experience for live media content such as sports and entertainment events to mobile devices.
Previously, Lynn was the managing partner of JLynn Associates, a global strategic advisory firm focused on sports-related digital media, marketing, and retail for a diverse set of clients including teams, athletes, leagues and associations, media outlets and other businesses.
Prior to founding JLynn Associates in 2009, Lynn served as Vice-President, Strategic Development and Partnerships at AOL, where he and his team were responsible for the strategic development and account management of AOL Sports’ strategic partnerships and organizations including the NFL, NBA, NASCAR, MLB, WNBA, NHL, PGA Tour, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, HBO Sports, Sports Illustrated, Turner Sports, NFL Players Association, WWF, The Sporting News, STATS, SportsTicker, etc. During his 14-year career at AOL, he was instrumental in developing AOL Sports into one of the leading global sports destination internet sites.
Lynn also served as a Vice-President, Diversity Partnerships and Strategic Relationships for AOL's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, he managed AOL's employee affinity networks and partnerships with community service organizations.
Lynn also was a member of the Time Warner Sports Forum, which included executives from Sports Illustrated, HBO Sports, Turner Sports, AOL Sports, Time Warner Cable, Time 4 Media and Warner Brothers Licensing. The group focused on cross-company sports initiatives for Time Warner.
Previously, Lynn was the Advertising Manager for Home Team Sports, the CBS-owned regional sports network serving the Mid-Atlantic Region (TV partner of the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals) and the Promotion Manager for WLTT-FM, the CBS-owned and operated station in Washington, D.C.
Lynn has been actively involved in philanthropy and community service over the past 15 years.
Lynn was one of the 2006 recipients of Time Warner’s most prestigious public-service prize, the “Andrew Heiskell Community Service” award. This award is given to employees who exhibit outstanding leadership and accomplishment in voluntary public service, human rights and/or equal opportunity efforts. Lynn also was recognized in 2008 by Greater DC Cares as one of Washington DC's top 10 rising leaders in philanthropy; as one of City Year's "Idealists of the Year"; and by Year Up as an "Urban Empowerment" award winner. In 2010, he received an award from Washington, DC Mayor Fenty for outstanding community service. Lynn is a board member of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy
Lynn is a full-time faculty member of Georgetown University's Sports Industry Management graduate program, where he also serves as the "Special Advisor." Lynn received the "Dean's Outstanding Service" award in 2010 and the “Faculty Service” award in 2014. He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty in Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He has a B.A. in Public Communication and an M.B.A. in Marketing from American University.
July 7, 2009 at 10:04 am
I’ve seen sides of life that people don’t want to see, so I know that things are not necessarily the way they appear, and that this goes both ways. I have no proof of anything that Michael did was out of line (accusations and being paid-off are not proofs of mis-behavior) and personally did not feel I needed to put my nose into something that others better trained and closer to the situation were already doing. So, I accepted what I got from Michael’s legacy – many years of pleasure from his music, and his dancing. I cannot underplay that he affected my life and the lives of those I grew up with. Michael was the star of my first concert at age 12 – as the lead singer for the Jackson Five on a huge stage in Japan (none of the stages I’ve seen since in the US match it in size…) Whether or not he had anything left to give us, he gave us his all then, and rightly deserved the title King of Pop. Amen on the RIP.
July 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm
Glad to hear everything is going well…that must be pretty crazy trying to do all of the preliminary stuff to get the business started, but probably exciting too; good luck! After seeing the last ever at Shea last summer with my favorite Billy Joel, I had to see the first ever at Citi Field last night with McCartney. Both concerts were awesome…like I expected (and was hoping) Billy Joel returned the favor and made a guest appearance last night. The place was packed and it was a great event. Hope the trip to NY went well, and go old man Tommy Watson tomorrow!