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Forty Under 40: Tucker Kain

Photo: jon soohoo / los angeles dodgers
Photo: jon soohoo / los angeles dodgers
Photo: jon soohoo / los angeles dodgers

Since Guggenheim Baseball Management acquired the Los Angeles Dodgers nearly seven years ago in a record-setting $2.15 billion deal, the club has become baseball’s annual attendance leader, a technology trailblazer and a thought leader on the future of the fan experience.

President, Dodgers Business Enterprise, Los Angeles Dodgers

Age: 36

Born: Cleveland

Education: Williams College, B.A., economics

Family: Wife, Ali; daughter, Palmer (2) 

What gets you fired up? Innovation, especially in an industry like the sports business.

You wish you knew 10 years ago: Relationships will be the best investments of my career.

Something your friends would consider “so you”: Figuring out how to put a game (any type of game) on a screen in every room I enter.

Could not go a day without: My phone, unfortunately.

Cause supported: Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.

Person in the industry would you’d most like to meet: Mark Price. He was a hero of mine growing up as a basketball nut in Cleveland.

Sports industry needs to do a better job of … : Being where young people are consuming.

We’d be surprised to know that … :  I will put my grilling skills up against anyone else on the list!

Tucker Kain, newly named early this year as president of Dodgers Business Enterprise, has been a key figure in all of those changes. 

With the ownership group since its inception, Kain began his Dodgers run by helping finalize the mammoth franchise acquisition and a 25-year,
$8.3 billion TV deal with what was then Time Warner Cable. More recently, Kain was a lead executive on two important developments: a multiyear deal with ticket strategy company Eventellect that helped the Dodgers in 2018 reach a new franchise attendance record; and the reconstitution of its L.A. Dodgers Accelerator business incubator into the year-round Global Sports Venture Studio, in partnership with R/GA Ventures.

Kain also worked closely last year with Levy Restaurants’ E15 analytics subsidiary and Miso Robotics to make Dodger Stadium the initial testing ground for the robotic kitchen assistant Flippy. The technology is expected to quickly expand throughout the sports industry.

With Dodger Stadium in line to host the 2020 MLB All-Star Game, Kain and the organization are looking to continue rethinking the in-venue fan experience. 

“Back when we started in 2012, we had some very specific goals on what we wanted to get done with the ballpark, the team and so forth, and we’ve built a winner,” Kain said, referring in part to the club’s two straight National League pennants. “Now that we’ve been able to do a lot of this, we’ve also been able to step back and really see what the Dodgers brand means from a global perspective, be creative, and look at the business perhaps a bit differently.”