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05/12/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/10/2021 18:12

The Comeback: Sports in a Worldwide Pandemic (Series)

Part 3: Facility & Event Operations

One year ago, the fear of an emerging pandemic summarily shut down sports, and severely impacted the trillion dollar global sports business. One year later, thanks to vaccine technology and an unprecedented global response, the sports world turns its attention to 'The Comeback.'

Foley & Lardner's Sports & Entertainment Group, along with renowned sports industry author and adviser Rick Horrow, is pleased to invite you to its Leadership Insight series, The Comeback: Sports in a Worldwide Pandemic. Each month, the series will feature lively discussions on the business of sports (as well as impacts on hospitality, real estate, tourism, and other ancillary industries). The series will include rotating panels of high-profile industry executives and experts, who will offer their unique perspectives, predictions for the future, and practical advice for moving forward.

Our third installment focuses on covering all aspects of the business in and around sports facility operation and management; showcasing diverse Foley expertise on key issues of stimulus financing, facility projects, and the importance of infrastructure recovery in a post-pandemic world.


  • Bob DuPuy, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, Former Chief Legal Counsel, President and COO, Major League Baseball
  • Rick Horrow, Author, Sport Business Handbook: Insights from 100+ Leaders who Shaped 50 Years of the Industry


  • Al Guido President, San Francisco 49ers; Chairman & CEO, Elevate Sports Ventures
  • Larry Lucchino, Chairman, Worcester Red Sox
  • Amy Latimer, President, TD Garden
  • Peter Luukko, Chairman, OVG Facilities

Future Installments of The Comeback

As plans for upcoming installments of The Comeback are being finalized, developing details can be found here. The current schedule, topics, and expected speakers are as follows:

Planned Topics:

  • Building & Rebuilding Asset Value (June 9)
  • Media/Digital/Broadcast (July 14)

Expected Speakers (among others):

  • Gary Bettman - Commissioner, NHL
  • Don Garber - Commissioner, MLS
  • Mike Whan - Commissioner, LPGA
  • Kevin Warren - Commissioner, Big 10 Conference
  • Joe Castiglione - Athletic Director, University of Oklahoma
  • Zach Leonsis - Owner, Washington Capitals & Wizards / Monumental Sports
  • Bob Griese - Hall of Famer, NFL
  • Jack Nicklaus - Golf Legend
  • Angela Ruggiero - Hall of Famer (Women's Hockey) / Co-Founder, Innovation Lab
  • Bob Kain - Executive, IMG/USGA
  • Mark Lazarus - President, NBC Broadcast Group
  • Ken Solomon - President, Tennis Channel
  • Bill Galvano - Former President, Florida Senate
  • Hymie Elhai - President, New York Jets

Sports & Entertainment Group

Foley's broad and deep history, experience, and multi-disciplinary reach in sports and entertainment is unmatched. We do it all. For decades, Foley has been a market leader in sports & entertainment law. Leveraging our team of industry insiders and seasoned practitioners, our Sports & Entertainment Group is consistently recognized as one of the preeminent legal practices in the country. Our attorneys have held high-profile positions at leading sports, entertainment, and media companies and organizations. Our industry practice is nationally recognized and our attorneys have been consistently top-ranked by the leading publications and ranking services.