Jeffrey B. Gewirtz
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND CHIEF LEGAL & COMPLIANCE OFFICER
BROOKLYN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Jeff Gewirtz is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE). 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. He served as BSE’s Chief Administrative Officer in 2016 and 2017 and he was named BSE’s Chief Compliance Officer in September 2017.
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, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Webster Hall, the LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets, and ENTITLE, a venue naming rights and sponsorship sales and advisory joint venture with Cooper Holdings, LLC. Through his management of the BSE Legal Department, Gewirtz has oversight for all corporate, commercial, transactional, media, litigation, compliance, and day-to-day legal and business affairs for the BSE companies and ventures. Gewirtz also serves as corporate secretary for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center entities.
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, re-development of NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, development of the Brooklyn Nets’ state-of-the-art practice facility, the HSS Training Center, 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, and BSE’s media rights alliance with YES Network.
The current legal department led by 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, Gewirtz was named 2014 Sports Counsel of the Year by the Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel, and in 2009 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. Gewirtz sits on the Board of Directors of both the National Sports Law Institute and the Sports Lawyers Association, where he is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee. He also is a past Sports Committee Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and he previously served as pro bono General Counsel for the Eastern Section of the U.S. Tennis Association. In 2017 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Volunteers Lawyers Project.
Prior to BSE, 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. Gewirtz has also held legal positions with The Coca-Cola Company’s Corporate Legal Division as Global Marketing Counsel, IOC Television & Marketing Services SA as Director of Legal Affairs, the LPGA Tour as General Counsel, and the WTA. He began his legal career as a corporate associate at the New York City law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP.
A native of Baldwin Harbour, New York, 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. 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.
Gewirtz lives in Manhattan with his wife, Brooke Raphael, who is a Director at Intercept Pharmaceuticals, and their son, Eton.