Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber in Portland on 9/21 for Sports Executive Speaker Series Event


Sports executive speaker series to feature

MLS Commissioner Don Garber

Quarterly series by Sports Business Radio and UO Warsaw Sports Marketing Center takes place September 21st in Portland at the Multnomah Athletic Club and is presented by adidas

PORTLAND, Ore. (September 13, 2010) – Sports Business Radio and the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon will feature Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber as the guest for their Sept. 21 Sports Executive Speaker Series event in Portland.

The series features an interview before a live audience with a key decision maker from the world of sports by Sports Business Radio host Brian Berger and Warsaw Sports Marketing Center managing director Paul Swangard. The series launched in February and has featured candid conversations with Portland Trail Blazers President Larry Miller and Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott.

The lunch event with Garber will begin with registration at 11:30 a.m., and will be followed by the program from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, 1849 SW Salmon St. The ticket price for the event is $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight. To purchase a ticket or a table for this event, visit or

Berger and Swangard will take questions from attendees as well as Sports Business Radio listeners and Warsaw Center students.

Garber has spent his entire career in the sports industry, working in a variety of capacities in marketing, television and league administration. On Aug. 4, 1999, he was named Commissioner of Major League Soccer after spending 16 years with the National Football League. Since Garber accepted the top MLS position, his leadership has enabled the league to build a strong foundation for professional soccer in the United States. 

With the Northwest set to add two franchises next year in Portland and Vancouver, B.C., the event offers an opportunity to hear from the chief architect of one America’s fastest expanding sports properties. The Sports Executive Speaker Series event with Garber is presented by adidas.

About Sports Business Radio

Launched in 2004, Sports Business RadioTM focuses on the issues and people directly impacting the world of sports business. Guests on the show offering an insider's perspective include pro sports league executives, agents, college athletics administrators, sports apparel company reps, ad agency executives, media executives and athletes. Portland is a natural point of origin for Sports Business Radio with companies such as Nike, adidas and Wieden & Kennedy all based in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about Sports Business Radio or to listen to audio of past shows and interviews, visit Follow Sports Business Radio on Twitter @SBRadio.

About the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon

Founded in 1993, the James H. Warsaw Sports Marketing Center was the first program of its kind housed within a U.S. college of business. Uniting faculty members across multiple disciplines, the Warsaw Center provides a platform for both research and education focusing on the sports industry.

As a faculty and staff, the Warsaw Center has emerged as a leading industry research center and think-tank for sports business issues. Faculty members have published research on topics ranging from stadium finance to consumer behavior and sponsorship. As a respected and growing research center, the Warsaw Center is now frequently tapped by leading media organizations to offer perspective and insight on the industry's top stories. Faculty and staff have been featured on ABC's "Nightline," ESPN's "Outside the Lines," CNBC's "Money Talk," Forbes, Business Week, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today. Sports Illustrated ranked the Warsaw Center the nation's top program in October of 2002 and The Wall Street Journal grouped the center in the top five programs in 2006.

In addition to the academic programs, the center also actively pursues and engages in industry research and consulting. For more information about the Warsaw Center, visit, call 541-346-3297 or email

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