JEFFREY B. GEWIRTZ
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND CHIEF LEGAL & ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
BROOKLYN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Administrative Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE). Mr. Gewirtz joined the Brooklyn Nets and its affiliated arena operating company in May 2007 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and he was promoted to his current EVP and CLO position in 2010, with his Chief Administrative Officer responsibilities added in January 2016.
Mr. Gewirtz is responsible for advising BSE’s Board of Advisory Directors and executive management on key legal, business, and strategic matters for BSE’s holdings, including the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, the business operations of the New York Islanders, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the NBA D-League’s Long Island Nets, and ENTITLE, a venue naming rights and sponsorship sales and advisory joint venture with Cooper Holdings. Through his management of the BSE Legal Department, Mr. Gewirtz has oversight for all corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation, compliance, and day-to-day legal and business affairs for the BSE companies and ventures. Mr. Gewirtz also oversees human resources for the BSE companies and he serves as Corporate Secretary for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.
Mr. Gewirtz was a key member of the negotiating team for BSE’s most significant commercial initiatives, such as the 2012 relocation of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, development of the $1 billion Barclays Center, team and arena ownership transfer transactions in 2010 and 2016, the current re-development of Nassau Coliseum, development of the Brooklyn Nets new state-of-the-art practice facility, the HSS Training Center, and the launch of business operations for the New York Islanders in connection with the team’s relocation to Barclays Center as of the 2015-16 NHL season.
The counsel provided by Mr. Gewirtz covers a broad range of subject matter, such as: acquisition, divestiture, and joint venture transactions; debt and arena bond financings; general corporate governance; lease, licensing, concession, merchandising, and related venue transactions; complex live entertainment and sports content transactions and strategic alliances; collective bargaining; broadcast and digital media rights agreements; negotiation of executive and coaches employment agreements and general employment counseling; sponsorship and naming rights transactions; suite and club seat licensing and related ticketing arrangements; trademark development, prosecution and protection; and the provision of counsel on the rules and regulations of the NBA and NHL.
The current Legal Department led by Mr. Gewirtz was named one of the top 50 in-house legal departments in the United States under the GC Powerlist for 2015, published by The Legal 500 Series. In addition, Mr. Gewirtz was named 2014 Sports Counsel of the Year by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel and in 2009 Mr. Gewirtz was selected to the prestigious "Forty Under 40" by Sports Business Journal as one of the 40 top sports executives under the age of 40 in the United States.
Prior to BSE, Mr. Gewirtz served as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) General Counsel and Chief Legal & Government Affairs Officer where he was responsible for all USOC legal matters, as well as the USOC's government relations activities with Congress and federal government agencies.
Before he joined the USOC, Mr. Gewirtz was Global Marketing Counsel followed by Counsel - sports & entertainment transactions, marketing and media in The Coca-Cola Company's Corporate Legal Division, where he negotiated many of Coca-Cola's most significant sports marketing and media transactions, including its $500 million+ NCAA Corporate Champion marketing and media alliance with CBS Sports. In 2005, as a secondment, Mr. Gewirtz served as Counsel for Coca-Cola’s Southeast and West Asia Division, based in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2003, while with The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Gewirtz was named to the annual list of "Georgia Lawyers on the Rise" by Fulton County Daily Report, Atlanta's legal newspaper of record.
Prior to Coca-Cola, Mr. Gewirtz was Director of Legal Affairs for IOC Television & Marketing Services SA, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was a primary negotiator of global Olympic sponsorship, technology, and media alliances for the International Olympic Committee and for the Salt Lake and Athens Olympic Organizing Committee, respectively. He has also served as General Counsel for the LPGA TOUR and as Manager of Tournament & Business Affairs with the WTA. Mr. Gewirtz began his legal career as an associate with the New York City law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP, where he worked within the firm's Corporate and Advertising Industry legal groups and where he was the designated associate to the firm partner who served as General Counsel of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). In addition, he previously served as pro bono General Counsel for the USTA's Eastern Section.
Mr. Gewirtz was formerly on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School, serving as an adjunct professor of sports law at both schools, and he is currently a Lecturer for the Madrid, Spain-based Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia for its US-based masters program in global sports law, which is associated with Columbia University's graduate sports management program. He has served as Chair of the Sports Division and was a member of the Governing Committee for the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, he sits on the Board of Directors of both the National Sports Law Institute and the Sports Lawyers Association, and he is a Board of Editors member of both the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law and Professional Sports and the Law. Mr. Gewirtz has lectured extensively, both in the United States and internationally, on a variety of commercial legal and business issues in sport, including before groups such as the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, the Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association, the British Association for Sport and Law, the Oceania National Olympic Committees, and at the 2003 SportAccord International Convention in Madrid, Spain. In June 2010 Mr. Gewirtz was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Jewish Vocational Services of MetroWest New Jersey and he is a former Executive Committee member of the UJA-Federation of New York Sports for Youth Initiative.
A native of Baldwin Harbour, New York, Mr. Gewirtz is a graduate of Tufts University, where he was a four-year member and Captain of the Tufts Varsity Tennis Team his senior year, as well as a member of its New England Championship team. In 2016 he was appointed to the Tufts Athletics Board of Advisors. Mr. Gewirtz received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he was the recipient of a three-year merit scholarship and from which he is a two-time recipient of its Alumni Achievement Award in Sports Law.
Mr. Gewirtz lives in Manhattan with his wife, Brooke Raphael, who works for Celgene Corporation. They have one son, Eton.