Bobby Sharma
Managing Partner
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Bobby Sharma is a sports, media, and entertainment industry leader, with a track-record of accomplishment across professional sports, finance, data, and technology. He is a Partner at private equity firm GACP Sports, Chairman of investment company Blue Devil Holdings, LLC, and Special Adviser to the Sports & Entertainment Group at Foley & Lardner LLP.

Bobby was previously SVP, Global Head of Basketball & Strategic Initiatives at IMG, the premier international sports, fashion, and media company. He led the growth of many IMG business interests around the world, including the creation, development, and management of basketball, soccer, and cricket properties – from grassroots programs and academies, to national teams and professional leagues. Bobby focused on major emerging markets, including India, Brazil, China, Turkey, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. He also managed IMG Media’s global sales and distribution business for Euroleague and FIBA basketball properties.

 

Prior to that, Bobby was VP & General Counsel of the NBA Development League for nearly a decade, helping lead the establishment of the National Basketball Association’s first minor league. He had management responsibility for all league and team businesses, operations, and legal matters, including: franchise administration, broadcast & digital media, sponsorship, marketing, licensing, tickets, arenas, employment, anti-doping, and security. Sharma was responsible for development and management of all league and team agreements, rules, policies, and procedures, as well as integration of the minor league into the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. He handled a variety of corporate transactional matters for the NBA, WNBA, and the NBA Development League, including vetting of ownership, the establishment of joint ventures, and other innovative sports transactions relating to the acquisition, financing, and operation of franchises. Sharma also led the creation of the NBA’s first international league consulting business unit.

 

Bobby also served on the presidential campaign staff of former U.S. Senator and Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Bradley, and practiced law in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and in New York City with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.  He is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Law School, and the Harvard Business School executive program on the Business of Entertainment, Media & Sports.

Sundance DiGiovanni
Special Advisor
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  • Globally-recognized business and creative thought leader, with nearly two decades of accomplishment in the media, technology, and video game industries.

  • Crucial player in the creation of the global esports industry:

    • Co-founded Major League Gaming (MLG) in 2002, where he served as CEO.

    • Sold MLG to Activision Blizzard in 2015, where he served as VP of Brands and Content.

  • Has worked closely with a wide variety of brands throughout his career, including Microsoft, Sony, Intel, Toyota, Pepsi, Red Bull, Dunkin Donuts, DirecTV, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

  • Continues to focus on growth opportunities in esports, pushing the boundaries between gaming and traditional sports, while rewriting the rules of traditional media & entertainment consumption.

  • Currently the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer at Vindex, the preeminent esports infrastructure platform.

Ken Hershman
Partner
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Widely known in the television sports world for his nearly three decade career helping build and innovate sports television programming for both HBO and Showtime, Ken Hershman has most recently been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Vuemix, a Silicon-valley based tech startup.  Prior to that, he was Executive Chairman & Commissioner of the World Esports Association (WESA), where he worked extensively with many of the top esports teams in the world and pioneered a number of initiatives in the esports world.  


As President, HBO Sports, Ken was responsible for the strategic direction and overseeing of the HBO Sports division. This included the renowned boxing franchises World Championship Boxing®, Boxing After Dark® and HBO-Pay-Per-View®, as well the Emmy-winning journalism series Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the Peabody Award-winning Legends & Legacies documentaries, and the acclaimed sports reality shows Hard Knocks and 24/7.


Ken came to HBO from Showtime, where he held a number of legal and senior programming roles, including Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sports & Event Programming, where he developed shows with NASCAR, Major League Baseball and the NFL.


Ken previously practiced law in New York City with the global law firm Shearman & Sterling, LLP. He is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the International Law Journal and received his BA degree with distinction from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Mike Sepso
Senior Advisor
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  • Trailblazer at the cross-section of gaming and traditional sports, media & entertainment – instrumental in creation of the esports industry itself.

  • Co-founded MLG in 2002, growing it into the largest and most powerful independent esports league in the world, achieving many of the industry’s important first milestones, including:

    • Launching the first professional esports league system,

    • Securing the first televised series (with NBC), and

    • Building and launching the first OTT broadcast platform for premium esports content.

  • Brokered sale of MLG to Activision Blizzard in 2015, where as SVP he led its first esports and media division.

    • Oversaw commercial operations (including the largest deals in the history of esports, with HP and Intel).

    • Developed commercial structure for the Overwatch League, the world’s first global, franchised esports league.

  • Graduate of Babson College, with a B.S. in Management.

  • Currently the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Vindex, the preeminent esports infrastructure platform.

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