ALAN I. ROTHENBERG, Chairman
Serving as Chairman of Premier Partnerships with over 40 years of executive-level sports experience, Alan I. Rothenberg is a highly respected individual in the legal and sports industries, and is a renowned expert in sports business and law.
Rothenberg spearheaded soccer’s rise in the U.S. during the 1990’s as Chairman and CEO of the 1994 World Cup; Chairman of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup; President of the U.S. Soccer Federation; Chairman of the U.S. Soccer Foundation; and, founder of Major League Soccer.
The 1994 World Cup was the most successful in FIFA history averaging more than a still record 64,000 fans per game, with an operating surplus of over $60 million. The 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup was the most successful women’s sporting event in history. Rothenberg was also Soccer Commissioner for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Previously, he was an owner of the L.A. Aztecs of the NASL. For his accomplishments, FIFA bestowed upon him its coveted Order of Merit and he was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.
Rothenberg was a top executive in the NBA during the 1970s and 1980s. While serving as Vice President and General Counsel of Jack Kent Cooke, Inc. and California Sports, Inc., he represented the Lakers on the NBA’s Board of Governors from 1971-79, and was a member of the Board of Governors during his tenure as President of the Clippers from 1982-90.
Rothenberg appeared regularly on ESPN’s “Sportslook”, has been an instructor of Sports Law at USC, and is former Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Sports Law.
Among others, Rothenberg has been honored by the SportsBusiness Journal with both the “Champions in Sports Business” award for his career successes and the “Sports Industrialist of the Year” award. He has also been the recipient of the U.S. Olympic Foundation “George Steinbrenner Sports Leadership” award.
A former President of the State Bar of California, Rothenberg practiced law for over 35 years. He was a founder and name partner at Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, and Phillips for more than 20 years, followed by 10 years as a partner at Latham & Watkins. His law practice involved matters drawn from the financial, business, sports and entertainment fields.
Rothenberg has served on several public company boards, including Arden Realty, CPK, Inc., and Zenith National. He served as President of The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners. He is the Chairman of 1st Century Bank. He is Chairman of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; is past President of the Constitutional Rights Foundation and Fraternity of Friends of the Music Center; was Chairman of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau; was Chairman of the Los Angeles Sports Council; and, a member of the board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Southern California Committee for the Olympics.
A longtime resident of California, Rothenberg received a B.A. and Jurist Doctor with Distinction from the University of Michigan.