Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management
One of the most respected and innovative executives in the sports, entertainment and facility management industry, Bobby Goldwater has had a distinguished career in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Currently the President of The Goldwater Group, a management and consulting company, Mr. Goldwater was President and Executive Director of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission with the primary responsibility of leading the District of Columbia's efforts to bring Major League Baseball back to the Nation's Capital, a project that was successfully completed with the announcement in September 2004 of the relocation of the Montreal Expos, now the Washington Nationals.
Prior to coming to Washington, Mr. Goldwater established a record of achievement at the two most prestigious addresses in the business. He served 24 years at Madison Square Garden in New York City in a number of executive positions before leaving in 1998 for STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, first as Senior Vice President and General Manager and later as Senior Vice President, New Business. Mr. Goldwater's unparalleled combination of industry experience started at The World's Most Famous Arena where he had management responsibilities with the NBA Knicks, NHL Rangers, MSG Entertainment, MSG Facilities and virtually every type of event and every facet of the Garden's sports, entertainment, facility management and communications businesses. Mr. Goldwater's many accomplishments included having a senior position on the supervisory team overseeing the $240 million, 30-month Madison Square Garden Renovation that was completed in 1991; numerous innovations in the marketing, promotion and presentation of sports, entertainment and special events which were adopted by other professional teams and facilities; and his supervision of diverse operations for major events including three Democratic National Conventions and the 1994 NHL and 1998 NBA All-Star Games. In Los Angeles, Mr. Goldwater was one of the key executives in creating and successfully opening the $400 million, state-of-the-art STAPLES Center. Mr. Goldwater participated in designing the new arena and its services, was responsible for the hiring of the facility's staff and oversaw marketing, communications and other business activities. He had a leading role in bringing to the renowned arena such events as the Grammy Awards and the 2000 Democratic National Convention; inaugural season concerts by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and the Eagles; and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, NHL All-Star Weekend and PAC-10 Men's Basketball Tournament for 2002. He also handled the unprecedented scheduling of four major league teams in one arena in a single season with the Lakers and Clippers of the NBA, the NHL Kings and the AFL Avengers. While leading the District's baseball effort, Mr. Goldwater's responsibilities with the Sports and Entertainment Commission included the management of two of the country's most venerable venues, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and the D.C. Armory. He initiated and directed a multi-million dollar physical and operational rejuvenation of the Commission's facilities. During his three years as the Commission's chief executive, Mr. Goldwater was the originator of the concept of the acclaimed "United We Stand" benefit concert at RFK Stadium following the tragedies of September 11, 2001 and brought many major events to the District including the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C., the 2002 Major League Soccer All-Star Game and the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament. He also worked on multiple projects on behalf of the District including the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, a number of city economic development programs and many activities benefiting young people. Now as the principal of The Goldwater Group, Mr. Goldwater uses his range of experience to provide consulting and management services to sports and entertainment industry clients including business development, facility management, event production, marketing, sponsorships, communications and public relations. A long-time member of the International Association of Assembly Managers, Mr. Goldwater regularly is a guest lecturer at universities and gives speeches on the sports and entertainment industry. He recently was honored with the GIGI Award of Excellence by the Event and Arena Marketing Conference for significant contributions to professionalize and educate event marketers within the live entertainment industry.