The Michigan Sport Business Conference is excited to announce that Steve Greenberg, Managing Director of Allen & Company, and Arn Tellem, Vice Chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment, will speak together at this year’s conference for the morning keynote conversation.
Greenberg currently leads Allen & Company’s highly regarded sports and media practice, advising top clients on sports-related investments. Throughout his esteemed career, Greenberg has represented numerous owners in the purchase and sale of major league sports teams in all of the major North American leagues. Prior to joining Allen & Company in January of 2002, Greenberg and his business partner Brian Bedol co-founded Classic Sports Network in 1993, backed initially by Allen & Company and other private investors. In 1997, Greenberg and Bedol sold Classic Sports Network to ESPN, where it was rebranded as ESPN Classic. Greenberg also teamed up with Bedol to co-found College Sports Television, a 24-hour cable network devoted exclusively to college sports and college athletes. CSTV launched in April 2003, with Greenberg serving as its non-executive Chairman and was sold to CBS in January 2006. It has since been renamed CBS Sports Network. Earlier in his career, Greenberg served as Deputy Commissioner and COO of Major League Baseball under Commissioner Fay Vincent.
Tellem joined Palace Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Detroit Pistons, two years ago following a distinguished career as one of the top player agents in sports. In the 1980s, Tellem served as a partner at the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers where he helped the franchise move from San Diego. He launched his own sports agency in 1998 which was then purchased by SFX Entertainment in 1999. Tellem served as CEO of SFX Sports until Wasserman Media Group acquired his NBA and MLB player representation practices. There, he worked as Vice Chairman under company founder and CEO Casey Wasserman until he left for Palace Sports & Entertainment in 2015. At the time he left Wasserman Media Group, now known as Wasserman, Tellem ranked first among NBA player agents in players represented (42), all-stars (12), maxed-out contracts (six) and clients’ salaries ($324,980,992). Sporting News labeled him as the top agent in sports from 2003 to 2006 and SportsBusiness Journal named him the most influential agent in sports in 2006. As an agent, Tellem’s basketball clients included Tracy McGrady, Reggie Miller, Baron Davis, Jermaine O’Neal, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Al Horford, Joe Johnson, Joel Embiid and the Gasol brothers. His baseball clients included Jason Giambi, Nomar Garciaparra, Hideki Matsui, Mike Mussina, Albert Belle, Barry Zito, Chase Utley and Yu Darvish.
Consistently at the forefront of the sport industry, Greenberg and Tellem are considered to be two of the most influential and highly respected executives, making the pair a perfect fit for a keynote conversation at the 2017 MSBC.
Tickets to this year’s MSBC, which will take place at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business on October 6th, are available. Be sure to follow the MSBC’s official accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for more conferences news and updates.