Arctos Sports Partners Announces Inaugural Council of Industry Advisors

July 20, 2020

Firm’s Sports Advisors, Fellows and Executives (SAFE) Council Has Nine Members With Deep Expertise Across Important Drivers of Sports, Entertainment and Media Industries

Arctos Sports Partners formally announced the formation of the Arctos Sports Advisors, Fellows & Executives Council (SAFE). SAFE is a group of deeply knowledgeable and connected industry executives and operators with expertise in the critical drivers of the sports, media, and entertainment landscape. The council will provide their experience and relationship network to enhance Arctos’ connectivity across the industry, collaborate on Arctos Insights proprietary knowledge development, and advise and support Arctos in identifying and understanding key industry trends and opportunities.

“Members of SAFE have deep expertise and perspective in the most important areas of the sports, media and entertainment industry including media rights, sports betting, ticketing, sponsorships, arena safety and security, stadium development, digital media and esports.” said Ian Charles, Arctos Managing Partner.

“We are thrilled to have such a wealth of experience in senior-level capacities at leading sporting ecosystem organizations as an extension of our team at Arctos,” said Doc O’Connor, Arctos Managing Partner.

SAFE members have held senior leadership roles at organizations including: The National Basketball Association, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, Clear, Twitter, The Oak View Group, Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, StubHub, The Sports Innovation Lab, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), The American Gaming Association (AGA), The International and U.S. Olympic Committees, Immortals Gaming Group, Nielsen Sports, Wasserman, McKinsey, and the Arizona Coyotes.

Arctos Sports Advisors, Fellows & Executives Council

  • TJ Adeshola Head of U.S. Sports, Twitter
  • Caryn Seidman-Becker Chairman & CEO, CLEAR
  • Akshay Khanna General Manager, North America, StubHub
  • Tim Leiweke Founder & CEO, Oak View Group
  • Stephen Master Former Global Head of Sports Media, Nielsen
  • Angela Ruggiero Co-Founder & CEO, Sports Innovation Lab; Four-Time Olympian
  • Ari Segal CEO, Immortals Gaming Club; Former COO, Arizona Coyotes
  • Sara Slane Founder, Slane Advisory; Former SVP American Gaming Association
  • Malcolm Turner Former Athletic Director, Vanderbilt University; Former President, NBA G-League

More details on members of SAFE can be found here.


About Arctos Sports Partners

Arctos Sports Partners is an investment platform focused on acquiring passive minority stakes in professional sports franchises as well as providing thoughtful liquidity and structured growth capital solutions to sports franchise control owners and governors.  The management team has significant experience and expertise across the media, sports, technology and alternative asset industries.  Arctos is a U.S.-based firm with offices in New York and Dallas. For more information, visit



Ian H. Charles, Managing Partner


David J. O’Connor, Managing Partner