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Guest Moderator: Andrew Brandt

Columnist, Sports Illustrated, The MMQB.com; Executive Director, Moorad Center for Sports Law, Villanova; Host, "The Business of Sports" Podcast; and Sports Business and Legal Analyst, ESPN

Andrew Brandt has established himself as one of the most respected national voices in sports and sports business.  He provides truly insightful perspectives in all forms of media and academia.

Brandt writes a regular column for TheMMQB.com, providing his unique insight as a former agent and team executive, breaking down often-complex topics and making them understandable and digestible for mass audiences.  Brandt’s must-read columns take readers behind the curtain to see the inner workings of sports. Brandt also provides regular contributions to Sports Illustrated magazine.

Brandt is also Executive Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University Law School.  Brandt leads and directs the premiere program in the country in sports law, business, thought and policy.  The Moorad Center has become a destination program for students interested in working in sports.  Brandt uses his vast practical and real-world experience to guide and inspire students, to develop courses, both on-ground and online, and host leading sports industry professionals visiting the center.  Brandt’s Moorad Symposium has become a signature event on the sports event calendar, regularly making news from its leading panelists and speakers.

Brandt also hosts a weekly “Business of Sports” podcast with differentiated content from Brandt and his impressive list of sports industry leaders and newsmakers.  Podcast guests have included Aaron Rodgers, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, superagent Tom Condon, Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, Los Angeles Chargers president John Spanos and many more.  The unique podcast has found a niche in the marketplace, with thousands of subscribers and several recurring sponsors.

Brandt provided sports business and legal analysis for ESPN from February 2011 until May of 2017, making viewers smarter about the business and legal aspects of sports.  Brandt appeared regularly on all ESPN studio shows and platforms such as SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, NFL Insiders, NFL Live, LateNight with Scott Van Pelt, ESPN Radio and more.  Brandt has also appeared on ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and various documentaries discussing in-depth sports issues.

Brandt’s two and a half decades in professional football are split evenly between working in team management and player representation.  He spent nine years (1999-2008) as vice president of the Green Bay Packers, where he handled legal and business affairs for the team’s football operations, negotiated all player contracts, managed the team’s NFL salary cap.  Brandt’s skillful management earned him professional acclaim within the league.  The highlights of his Packers tenure included the franchise hosting the NFC Championship Game in 2008 and negotiating contracts for most of the players who eventually lead Green Bay to continue their run of sustained success victory in Super Bowl XLV.

Early in his career, Brandt worked for ProServ, Inc., where he represented marquee athletes such as Michael Jordan, Boomer Esiason and Arthur Ashe.  He left ProServ in 1990 to become the general manager of the NFL World League’s Barcelona Dragons, leading the team through its appearance in the inaugural World Bowl in 1991 at London’s Wembley Stadium. At the time, he was the youngest GM in professional sports. 

Following the World League, Brandt returned to player representation for Woolf Associates in Boston, representing NFL players including quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Super Bowl champion kicker Adam Vinatieri and Heisman Trophy-winning running back Ricky Williams. He left Woolf to join the Packers in 1999. 

In 2008, Brandt, in collaboration with other NFL insiders, launched The National Football Post (www.nationalfootballpost.com) – a leading online resource and publication focusing on NFL business news and statistical analysis.  Brandt was also a full-time lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, where he taught sports law, sports business and negotiations, and his academic work earned him the prestigious Whitney Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

A native of Washington, D.C., Brandt now lives outside of Philadelphia and is married with two sons, Sam and Max. His interests include playing jazz piano and competing in running races and triathlons. 

Tuesday, October 30

Athletes: Storytellers, Creators and Disruptors

As athletes continue to disrupt sports media and develop their own content platforms, how can brands play a part? With panelists across traditional and action sports, we’ll explore how athletes and brands can make an impact and create engaging content for the fans.

TJ Adeshola, Head, U.S. Sports, Twitter
Andrew Hawkins, Former NFL Captain, ESPN and Uninterrupted Personality
Charlie Rosene, Vice President, Content, Red Bull Media House, NA
John West, Founder & CEO, Whistle Sports
Guest Moderator: Andrew Brandt, Columnist, Sports Illustrated, The MMQB.com; Executive Director, Moorad Center for Sports Law, Villanova; Host, "The Business of Sports" Podcast; and Sports Business and Legal Analyst, ESPN