RICK HORROW is the leading expert in the business of sports. As CEO of Horrow Sports Ventures (http://www.horrowsports.com), he has been the architect of 103 deals worth more than $13 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 voters in November, 2012.
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.
In addition to hosting “Sportfolio” on Bloomberg TV, Horrow serves as sports business analyst for the network, as well as for FoxSports.com. He also hosts a weekly two hour national radio show on Yahoo! Sports Radio, “Beyond the Scoreboard,” and an in-development weekly show on Back9 Network.
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 (Human Kinetics, September 2011), written with Karla Swatek. (See also http://www.humankinetics.com/insidesports)
Horrow’s clients have included the NFL, 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, 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.