Rick Horrow

As Chairman of Horrow Sports Ventures, Rick Horrow has been the architect of 100+ deals worth more than $20 billion in sports, performing arts, and other urban infrastructure projects. Horrow pioneered the public/private partnership and infrastructure branding concepts that, to date, has enticed more than $4 billion in corporate funding to cities and development projects. Besides developing stadia and arenas, Horrow’s ability to put together many urban initiatives into one package for voter approval has resulted in the building of new performing arts and convention centers, schools, libraries, transit projects, and tourist destinations—most recently, a quality of life development package approved by El Paso, Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, and Tampa voters. A popular speaker, writer and commentator on the business, law, and politics of sports, he is nicknamed “The Sports Professor” because he has been Visiting Expert on sports law at The Harvard Law School, where he received a law degree alongside Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts, his roommate. Horrow is author of When The Game Is On The Line, an autobiographical examination of the people and politics behind mega sports deals, and co-author of Beyond the Scoreboard: An Insider’s Guide to the Business of Sport. He recently released The Sport Business Handbook: Insights from 100+ Leaders Who Shaped 50 Years of the Industry, a historical perspective of the sports business that includes contributions from Mike Krzyzewski, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Cal Ripken, Paul Tagliabue, Gary Bettman, Senator George Mitchell, Steve Ross, and others. In addition to providing regular sports business content to SportsGrid Television Network, Sirius XM Radio, Yahoo Finance, and others, Horrow hosts a national television show carried for six years by Fox Sports/Bally regional networks (“The Power of Sports”; “The Icons: Leadership in Sports with Rick Horrow”). His “Keeping Score” podcast and his blog are keystones of Thomson Reuters sports business coverage, as well as his “On the Record” podcast for SportsGrid and others. Horrow’s clients have included the NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball, PGA Tour, NASCAR, Great White Shark Enterprises (Greg Norman), Ladies Professional Golf Association, Major League Soccer, General Sports Venue/AstroTurf, Citrix, Cisco Systems, CA, Guggenheim, Globecast, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Golden Bear International (Jack Nicklaus), Portland Trail Blazers, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, and the State of West Virginia. He has been a key player in stadium, arena, and speedway deals in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Boston, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Houston, Green Bay, San Diego, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh. Internationally, Horrow has presented sports/facility development options for the governments of Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and on behalf of the United States Department of Commerce Business Development Center, World Tourism Organization, International Hotel Association, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency/World Bank. He has also worked for the province of Bahia (Brazil), the city of Victoria (Canada), and local entities in the Dominican Republic.
Horrow resides in Jupiter, Florida.