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.
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[00:00:00.32] BOBBY GOLDWATER: It wasn't a dream that I was going to working in Madison Square Garden. I thought I was going to go into sports journalism. I had 24 exceptional, wonderful years there. There was never a day of work there.
[00:00:11.91] The toughest thing I've done in my life was to make the decision to leave. But there was this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that was the opening, the launching of Staples Center in Los Angeles.
[00:00:24.61] And then in 2000, I left Los Angeles to become the president executive director of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission and worked on bringing Major League Baseball back to the nation's capital.
[00:00:35.37] So I've had a very fortunate career. There are very few things, actually, that I haven't done. I haven't signed players to contracts, but I've done just about everything else.
[00:00:45.41] And so I'm able to take those experiences, those lessons and bring them to the classroom and the online program. There has not been a night yet, where there hasn't been the "aha" moment, where you see the students' eyes getting a little wider, and they start nodding, and they get it. That's a great feeling.
[00:01:07.41] That's one of the great things about our program. Our students have access to the faculty. And our faculty cares. They care a lot about this program.
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 two of the 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 venues; 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.
Shortly after the District’s successful result with baseball, Mr. Goldwater was in demand to provide his range of experience to several ventures which led to launching his sports and entertainment industry consulting company in 2005. The Goldwater Group has been widely acknowledged for its notable results with projects and clients across the country and as far away as Dubai with assignments including venue management, sports facility operations and assessments, event development and production, business and strategic planning, marketing, branding, and communications/public relations.
Mr. Goldwater has been active in professional associations and community service organizations throughout his career. Among his current affiliations is his long-standing membership in the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) with which he serves on the Universities Committee. In 2008, he was honored by the Event and Arena Marketing Conference with the prestigious GIGI Award of Excellence in recognition of his significant contributions to professionalize and educate event marketers within the live entertainment industry and was inducted into the organization’s hall of fame. He has received multiple honors at his alma mater, Miami University in Ohio, and was the first Alumni-in-Residence for the University’s new Sport Leadership and Management major during the 2012-13 academic year. He also has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of Scarsdale (NY) High School.
As an adjunct professor with Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management graduate program, he has taught every semester since SIM’s inception in 2008. He was recognized as the School of Continuing Studies’ Outstanding Faculty Member in 2010 and with the Dean’s Service Award in 2009. Among his SIM courses have been Sports Leadership and Management, Event Planning and Facility Management, Capstone, Applied Ethics, Internship and The Business and Operations of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. He is the co-author with Frank Supovitz of the National Football League of a comprehensive textbook, the Second Edition of the Sports Event Management and Marketing Playbook.