Forging the future of sports investing
We invest in professional sports teams, leagues, and businesses in the sports ecosystem that are pursuing ambitious, challenging tasks. We will focus our investments in opportunities where our elite network of principals add value. We’ve spent our careers building companies, forging partnerships and evolving the operations within the sports industry globally. The strength of our network and experience is unmatched, with our partners generating over $2 billion of value over 20+ years. At MSP Sports Capital we use our past success and a hands-on approach to uncover the most unique and valuable opportunities.
Mr. Najafi is the CEO and owner of Najafi Companies, an international private investment firm with holdings in sports, consumer, media, technology, and real estate sectors across several countries for more than 15 years. With internally generated capital, the firm makes highly selective investments in companies with strong management teams, often in sectors undergoing rapid technological transformation. Mr. Najafi is a visionary investor who plays a critical role in developing founders and management. He is Vice Chairman of the Phoenix Suns and an Alternate Governor on the Board of the National Basketball Association.
Mr. Moorad is one of the most recognizable names in professional sports and has been a leader in the sports industry for more than 25 years. The founder of Moorad Sports Management and long-time partner in powerhouse agency Steinberg & Moorad, he began specializing in athlete representation, covering both Major League Baseball (“MLB”) and the National Football League (“NFL”), and negotiated more than $3 billion in athlete contracts over 20 years. From 2004-08, Moorad was General Partner and Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks. From 2009-12, Moorad was the Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and part-owner of the San Diego Padres. In 2013, with sports industry veteran Peter Ueberroth, he founded Moorad Sports Partners, LLC, a private investment firm that invested in and managed sports-related businesses. He serves as Chairman of Morgan Lewis’s Global Sports Industry Practice, as a principal of Morgan Lewis Consulting, and as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he teaches an annual “Business of Sports” class.
Sharon is a Partner, Chief Operating Officer at MSP Sports Capital, where she oversees the firm’s operations as well as capital raising and investor relations functions.
Before joining MSP, Sharon was Chief Operating Officer at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Prior to GPEC, Sharon held various roles at Turner Impact Capital, Watershed Asset Management, ESL Investments/Sears Holdings, and Lehman Brothers.
Sharon received a BA from Yale University and attended the MBA/MA dual degree program with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She serves on multiple nonprofit boards and is founding member of a regional community bank (in organization).
Pete is a Senior Associate at MSP Sports Capital, where he is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, executing transactions, and supporting portfolio companies.
Before joining MSP, Pete was an Associate at Swander Pace Capital, a private equity firm in San Francisco, where he focused on leveraged buyout transactions within the consumer industry.
Prior to joining Swander Pace, Pete worked as an investment banking analyst in the Consumer, Food, and Retail Group at Houlihan Lokey. Pete received a B.S. in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Mr. Rees is widely known for his work as a senior executive at sports broadcasting network ESPN, a subsidiary of the Disney Corporation where he held various positions including Chief of Staff to ESPN President George Bodenheimer, GM of International Digital Media, and Vice President of
International Development. Prior to joining ESPN in 2006, he spent six years as the Head of Strategic Business Development at UEFA, helping grow the EURO and Champions League brands’ global image. Mr. Rees also worked for UBS Capital in their technology venture fund prior to joining UEFA. Mr. Rees is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, where he teaches media strategy. Mr. Rees served as Chief Operating Officer at RSE Ventures from 2013 – 2016, and as a partner at Vayner/RSE.
Mr. Wasserman is Vice Chairman, since June 2018, of Roosevelt Investment an asset management firm based in New York. He is also Senior Advisor to Atalaya Capital Management (an approximately $5bb hedge fund) and previously was CEO of Seaport Investment Management.