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New Business Ventures Project Lead

National Basketball Association

This is a Full-time position in New York, NY posted December 14, 2021.

At the NBA, we’re passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball.

Through the intensity of the game and the amazing athletic skill of our players, we deliver excitement to hundreds of millions of fans around the world.

As a global sports and media business, the NBA is so much more.

While Basketball Operations runs the league’s on-court activities, other departments manage relationships with television and digital media partners, develop marketing partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable companies, oversee the licensing of NBA merchandise, and handle a wide range of responsibilities that drive the NBA’s success.

The NBA is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace.

To safeguard our employees and their families, our visitors and the broader community from COVID-19, and in consideration of recommendations from health authorities and the NBA’s own advisors, any individual working onsite in our New York and New Jersey offices must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The NBA will discuss accommodations for individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Position Summary:

This position will be tasked with leading strategic initiatives across the new Global Partnerships & Media department.

This new team is charged with evaluating new strategic revenue opportunities, evaluating multi-dimensional partnership opportunities, and evaluating unique partnership structures.

This individual will lead cross-functional working teams with leaders from multiple business units to create new commercial opportunities and ventures.

The optimal candidate would excel in challenging conventional thinking and developing business strategies for new initiatives and categories.

Major Responsibility:

• Manage cross-functional project teams to evaluate new commercial opportunities, launch new ventures and implement unique deal structures

• Serve as point guard for the various business units on both cross-departmental revenue opportunities and broader companywide initiatives

• Play an integral role in deal teams for multi-dimensional partnerships in an effort maximize partnership value and help align constituents to a common goals 

• Conduct research on emerging areas within media, technology, sports, finance, sponsorship, licensing and live events and formulate strategies to explore opportunities

• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to a broad range of senior internal and external constituents

• Juggle different concurrent projects and opportunities in various aspects of the business

• Lead meetings with stakeholders at all levels of the organization

• Oversee modeling and analysis to assess and advance new strategic opportunities

Required Skills/Knowledge:

• Detailed knowledge of the sports media landscape, including emerging business models Creative problem-solving skills.

• Expert project and client management skills

• Strong analytical orientation and ability to oversee analyses to evaluate opportunities

• Entrepreneurial spirit and experience creating unique commercial models and approaches

• Advanced aptitude with all Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

• 8+ years of experience in sports media or related industries covering multiple functional areas such as content distribution, digital media, ad sales, sponsorship, licensing and gaming

• Experience in forming commercial partnerships in content and/or IP licensing Familiarity with unique deal structures, such as equity investments and joint ventures, preferred


Bachelors degree in related field preferred or relevant experience

We Consider Applicants For All Positions On The Basis Of Merit, Qualifications And Business Needs, And Without Regard To Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Alienage Or Citizenship Status, Ancestry, Marital Status, Creed, Genetic Predisposition Or Carrier Status, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status, Familial Status, Status As A Victim Of Domestic Violence Or Any Other Status Or Characteristic Protected By Applicable Federal, State, Or Local Law