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The Sports Council is made up of individual and corporate members and is guided by a Board of Directors under the direction of Chair Karen Brodkin and President David Simon.

The Sports Council itself was an outgrowth of the success of the 1984 Olympic Games, where Simon served as a Vice President and Sports Council Founding Chairman John C. Argue as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

Argue became chairman and Simon was named president when the Sports Council was incorporated in 1988, and Argue continued as chairman until his death in 2002. He was then replaced by Alan Rothenberg. Current Chair Karen Brodkin was elected in October 2013 and is the first woman to hold the position.

 Current officers:

Chair: Karen Brodkin
President of Business Affairs, IMG

Vice-Chair: Richard W. Cook
Chairman & CEO, The Cook Company

Vice-Chair: Richard Corgel
Executive Director, Ernst & Young LLP

Vice-Chair: Robert S. Rollo
Retired Senior Partner, Heidrick & Struggles

Immediate Past Chair:
Alan I. Rothenberg
Chairman, 1st Century Bank

Treasurer: Sheldon I. Ausman
Director of Client Services,
Gumbiner Savett Inc.

Secretary: Anita L. DeFrantz
President, LA84 Foundation

Chair: Karen Brodkin

Karen Brodkin is the President of Business Affairs at IMG, the global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. In this role, Brodkin oversees business affairs across IMG’s Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance, IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, and Joint Ventures divisions, as well as creative management agency Art + Commerce.

Previously, Brodkin was the Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at FOX Sports Media Group. While at FOX, she oversaw the business and legal affairs team that negotiated professional and collegiate media rights acquisitions with organizations including the NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, NHL, UFC, Pac-12, Big 12, Big East and the ACC; as well as production, programming and talent agreements.

Prior to joining FOX, Brodkin spent five years as an entertainment attorney at two Los Angeles-based entertainment firms, where her clients included Garth Brooks, Spike Lee, Warner Brothers, and New Line Cinema. She began her career as a corporate attorney specializing in labor and employment matters in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.

Brodkin received a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley; and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif.

Brodkin also serves on the Southern California Advisory for CAL Athletics. She resides in Pacific Palisades, CA, with her husband, Chris Watson, their son, Quincy, and two adopted beagles.

President: David Simon

From the halls of government to the fields of America's greatest stadia, David Simon has managed the agendas of high-profile government officials, Olympic organizers and the Los Angeles Sports Council.

Simon helped to create the Sports Council in 1987 and 1988 and has served as its President ever since. Under his leadership, the Sports Council has brought events to Southern California with an economic impact of more than $1 billion, while expending just $12 million in administrative expense! In addition, the Sports Council Foundation has provided thousands of underprivileged Southern California youngsters with opportunities to attend college and professional football games since 1993, offering entertainment and a glimpse of the attractions of collegiate life.

Simon's career in sports started auspiciously, as one of the earliest hires of Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee President Peter Ueberroth in 1979. During the course of five years in the organization of the most revolutionary Games of the modern era, Simon rose to the rank of Vice President/Government Relations, coordinating the organizing effort with the needs of dozens of government entities on the local, state, federal and international level.

Following the Games, Simon joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce as Senior Vice President. Noting that Southern California sites were being consistently overlooked as a site for other major events, he developed a concept for a volunteer sports and business committee that would act as a single point of contact for bringing special events to the area. After winning the bid to bring the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival to Los Angeles, the fledgling group helped to bring together three Southern California venues that were bidding against each other, as well as against other cities, to host the NFL's 1993 Super Bowl. By offering a single, unified proposal from the area, offering a choice of venues, the Sports Council helped to impress the NFL and the Rose Bowl was ultimately selected to host the 1993 game. The group prospered under the leadership of Simon as President and the late John C. Argue, the man principally responsible for bringing the 1984 Olympic Games to Los Angeles, as Founding Chairman.

His efforts did not go unnoticed, as the United States Olympic Committee appointed Simon as chair of its International Relations Committee. He served with distinction in that voluntary role from 1988 through 1999, when he resigned to head the Los Angeles effort to bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA, Simon served on the staff of then-U.S. Representative Yvonne Braithwaite Burke from 1977-1978. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Cheryl and daughter Lisa.

 Directors:

Sports Council directors are elected for a period of two years and are selected from the business and sports community in Southern California. Sports Council directors also serve on the Sports Council Foundation.
  • Joshua Anderson, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • John M. Argue, Senior Managing Director, VerityPoint
  • Dan Bane, Chairman & CEO, Trader Joe's Company
  • Dan Beckerman, President & CEO, AEG
  • Gary R. Birkenbeuel, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Robert T. Bouttier, President & CEO, Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Christopher D. Brearton, Managing Partner, O'Melveney & Myers LLP
  • Rhonda Brauer, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, AECOM
  • Scott M. Brown, President, Universal Sports Network
  • Jeanie Buss, Executive Vice President, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Jack Caress, President, Pacific Sports
  • *Tamara Christopherson, President, Southern California Olympians
  • Fred Claire, Board of Directors, Rose Bowl Operating Company
  • Judi M. Cordray, Vice President/General Manager, ESPN
  • Michelle DeMott, Vice President, Fairplex
  • *Ann Meyers Drysdale, Broadcaster, ESPN
  • James L. Easton, Chairman, Easton-Bell Sports
  • F. Patrick Escobar, Vice President, LA84 Foundation
  • *Janet Evans-Wilson
  • Dennis A. Farrell, Commissioner, Big West Conference
  • Robert French, Director-Regional Sales, United Airlines
  • Ken Fuchs, Yahoo! Sports
  • Daniel G. Guerrero, Director of Athletics, UCLA
  • Pat Haden, Director of Athletics, USC
  • Russell A. Hagey, Partner & Managing Director, Bain & Company, Inc.
  • Charles L. Harrington, Chairman & CEO, Parsons Corporation
  • Daniel M. Hartman
  • Jeffrey Hill, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • *Rafer Johnson, Founding Chair, Special Olympics Southern California
  • Murray Joslin, Managing Director, The COPi Companies
  • Andrew W. Knox, Managing Director, RSR Partners
  • Dennis Kuhl, Chairman, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Craig Levra, Chairman and CEO, Sport Chalet, Inc.
  • Tom Ludt, President, Santa Anita Park
  • *Evan Lysacek
  • Jeffrey Marks, Managing Director, Premier Partnerships
  • Brandon E. Martin, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Cal State Northridge
  • Patrick McClenahan, President & CEO, Special Olympics World Games 2015
  • David A. McGowan, Managing Director, Lunada Bay Associates
  • Edward McSpedon, Executive Vice President, The HNTB Companies
  • Richard Motzkin, Executive Vice President, Wasserman Media Group
  • Robert F. Murray, General Manager, Anaheim Ducks
  • *John Naber, Naber & Associates
  • Thomas G. Nussbaum, Partner, KPMG LLP
  • William H. O’Brien, Senior Vice President & GM – West Region, Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • *Michael O'Hara, O'Hara Enterprises International, Inc.
  • Gerald S. Papazian, Managing Director, Fountainhead Associates, Inc.
  • Rick Parent, Executive Vice President, Gumbiner Savett Inc.
  • Joan A. Payden, President & CEO, Payden & Rygel
  • Greg Penske, President & CEO, Penske Motor Group
  • Richard B. Perelman, President, Perelman, Pioneer & Co.
  • S. Herbert Perlmutter, Partner, Audit Services, Deloitte
  • Bruce Ramer, Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown
  • David B. Rogers, Majestic Holdings LLC
  • Rick Rosas, Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Tracey Russell, CEO, L.A. Marathon LLC
  • Tim J. Ryan, President & CEO, Honda Center
  • Frank M. Sanchez, Owner/Operator, McDonald's Restaurants
  • Barry A. Sanders, Chairman, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games
  • Anthony P. Sciarrino, Global Commercial Banking Market Executive, Bank of America
  • Bill Shumard, President & CEO, Southern California Special Olympics
  • Steve Simpson, Senior Vice President & General Manager, FS West & Prime Ticket
  • Amy K. Stanton, Founder & CEO, Stanton & Company, LLC
  • Marc I. Stern, Chairman, The TCW Group, Inc.
  • Dan Stimmler, Chief Operating Officer, L.A. Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena
  • *Nikki Stone, Podium Enterprises
  • William E. Thomson, Jr., AAF Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
  • Robert Thun, Executive Vice President, DIRECTV, Inc.
  • Gary L. Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • David Ulich, President, Foundation for Global Sports Development
  • *Peter Vidmar, Chairman, USA Gymnastics
  • O.D. Vincent, Executive Director, Northern Trust Open
  • Phil Wallace, VP of Business Development, Ranker, Inc.
  • Richard Wirthlin, Managing Director, Wirthlin-Dentons
  • Michael Young, Chief Revenue Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Gillian Zucker, President, Business Operations, Los Angeles Clippers
  • *=Olympian
Ex-officio members of the Board include:
  • Gene D. Block, Chancellor, UCLA
  • Margaret U. Farnum, L.A. Memorial Coliseum Commission (Ret.)
  • Richard J. Foster, President, U.S. Aquatic Sports
  • Tommy Hawkins, Hawkins Communications, Inc.
  • Franklin R. Johnson, Board Member, International Tennis Federation
  • C.L. Max Nikias, President, USC
  • Claire L. Rothman
 Staff:
  • David Simon, President
  • Ben Stilp, Controller
  • Mark Meyers, Director of Communications
  • Monica Maldonado, Director of Special Events
  • Mona Green, Executive Assistant



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