POSTED: Wednesday December 16th 2009

AEG's Tim Leiweke to speak at Global Sports Industry Summit

The president and CEO of AEG, Tim Leiweke, has been added to the list of speakers at the Global Sports Industry Summit 2010.

Octagon President and CEO Rick Dudley; FISU Secretary General and
Chief Executive Eric Saintrond; FIFA Beach Soccer Chief Executive Joan
Cusco; Bonham & Associates Founder Dean Bonham and HBS Founder and
CEO Francis Tellier also be announced as a speakers at the Global
Sports Industry Summit 2010.
Global Sports Industry Summit takes place September 28 - October 1, 2010.
The Paris Global Sports Industry Summit brings together a powerful
community of leaders who are setting the agenda for the international
sports industry. Summit is focuses on world economic crisis influence
on sport industry and on the tension between tradition and innovation
in sport as the industry looks to expand while staying true to its
Exclusively reserved for the leading players in the sports
industry, the summit’s high-level participation and practical
discussion will encourage open, constructive and candid debate. 

Delegate / Exhibitors registration discount deadline: December 24, 2009

Tim Leiweke - Bio: 

One of today’s true leaders in the professional sports and
entertainment industry, Timothy J. Leiweke serves as President &
CEO of AEG, a collection of companies owned or operated by the
organization considered to be one of the world’s leading presenters of
sports and entertainment programming.

Now in his fourteenth year with the organization, and recently
selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 most influential
people in southern California and by the Sports Business Journal as the
Sports Executive of the Year, Leiweke has acquired or merged more than
50 divisions and companies whose alliances create a global live
entertainment organization capable of developing, producing, promoting,
marketing and managing sports and entertainment programming in both
facilities owned and operated by AEG as well as other venues. 

divisions such as AEG Live, devoted to all aspects of creating,
producing and promoting live entertainment including concerts,
productions and special events; AEG Facilities, developers and
operators of such venues as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), The Home
Depot Center (Carson, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), Prudential
Center (Newark, NJ), The Rose Garden (Portland, OR), Target Center
(Minneapolis, MN), WaMu Theater (Seattle, WA), NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE,
Nokia Theatre Times Square, the El Rey Theatre (Hollywood, CA), Acer
Arena (Sydney, AU), Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena, Color Line Arena
(Hamburg, Germany) O2 World arena (Berlin) and The O2, a 28-acre
development located in the eastern part of London which includes a
20,000 seat arena and over 650,000sf of leisure and entertainment use;
AEG Global Partnerships; AEG Sports; AEG Merchandising; AEG Marketing,
AEG Real Estate and AEG Creative all operate under his direction.

As President of STAPLES Center, twice recipient of Pollstar’s
prestigious “Arena of the Year” award, Leiweke was responsible for the
overall development of the downtown Los Angeles showplace for major
events and performances.  Built under his direction in a record 18
months, STAPLES Center is the home of five professional sports
franchises including the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los
Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Avengers and Los Angeles Sparks; the most
prestigious concerts and shows including Bruce Springsteen and the E
Street Band (who played the arena’s first ever public event on October
17, 1999), the Eagles, U2, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Madonna,
Fleetwood Mac, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Usher,
Kenny Chesney, *N Sync, The Police, Rod Stewart and Don Henley. 

Leiweke played a major role in bringing such one-of-a-kind events to
Los Angeles and STAPLES Center as the 2000 Democratic National
Convention, the 2002 United States Figure Skating Championships, the
2002 NHL All-Star Game, the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, the seven of the
last eight Annual Grammy Awards shows, the first ever Latin Grammy
Awards and recurring events such as the Pac 10 Basketball Championships
and the X Games.

Leiweke guided the creation of The Home Depot Center, built on
the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson,
California.  The $150 million development (the largest-ever private
investment in amateur athletics) which has been designated an official
U.S. Olympic Training Site, is southern California’s home of
world-class competition and training faculties for amateur, Olympic,
collegiate and professional athletes.  The 85-acre development features
a 13,000-seat stadium for tennis, a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer and
outdoor concerts, a 20,000-seat facility for track & field and the
ADT Event Center, a 2,400-seat indoor velodrome as well as the David
Beckham Academy and (Andre) Agassi’s Safe Passage All Stars program.

Leiweke now turns his attention to overseeing development and
management of the recently opened L.A. LIVE, a four million square foot
/ $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential and
entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center  and the Los Angeles
Convention Center featuring Club Nokia, a 2,300 capacity live music
venue, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat live theatre, a 54-story,
1001-room convention “headquarters” destination (featuring The Ritz
Carlton and JW Marriott hotels and 224 luxury condominiums – The Ritz
Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE – all in a single tower, opening first
quarter, 2010) , a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, “broadcast” facilities for
ESPN along with entertainment, residential, restaurant and office space.

Leiweke is credited with assembling an unprecedented
partnership to create, produce and develop A New Day…, a theatrical
production starring Celine Dion and a cast of 60 dancers, musicians,
characters and artists which recently completed a five year engagement
at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas which was produced by AEG
Live Touring and Special events.  The division is also overseeing the
international museum tour “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the
Pharaohs,” a one-of-a-kind collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt
as well as recent concert tours starring Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney and

In addition to the Los Angeles Kings and Major League Soccer’s
Los Angeles Galaxy, AEG Sports oversees professional sports franchises
such as the Houston Dynamo of MLS, the newly launched Los Angeles Sol
of the Women’s Professionsl Soccer League, the Manchester (New
Hampshire) Monarchs (AHL), the Reading Royals (ECHL), and two
professional ice hockey teams in Europe – the Berlin Eisbarons and
Hamburg Freesers in addition to directing the operations of events such
as the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race, ING Bay to Breakers
foot race (San Francisco) and international soccer exhibitions held in
the United States.  Leiweke also serves on the Los Angeles Lakers Board
of Directors representing private ownership shares of the Los Angeles
Lakers organization.

Leiweke initiated the formation and direction of the Kings Care
Foundation, which was awarded the 1999 Pro Team Community Award given
annually to the franchise that demonstrates the most effective
humanitarian community program in all of professional sports, including
the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS.  In the last ten years, the Kings Care
Foundation, STAPLES Center Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation and
AEG have pledged a combined $14 million to community organizations.

Leiweke (LYE-wick-ee) has enjoyed an impressive history of
success and experience in sports.  Before moving to Los Angeles to join
the Kings, he served as president and CEO for U.S. Skiing, a post he
assumed in September 1995, after four seasons with the Denver Nuggets
(1991-95).  While in Denver, Leiweke not only played a role in the
relocation of the Quebec Nordiques to Colorado but also guided the
initial development and design of the Pepsi Center.  As President of
the Nuggets, Leiweke helped make the team a success at the gate and in
the community.  Attendance at Nugget games went from an average of less
than 11,000 per game in 1990-91 to selling out every home game (17,171
capacity) in 1994-95.  He again placed a high priority on presence in
the community by involving the Nuggets in a variety of programs
throughout Denver.  In all, the team contributed millions of dollars to
charities and other worthy causes during his tenure. 

The first employee hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1988,
Leiweke served as Vice President for the NBA franchise for four seasons
and helped the club to an NBA attendance record by averaging 26,160 per
game in their first season.  He also handled naming rights, marketing
and sales for all events at the Target Center.

A native of St. Louis, Leiweke’s career in sports
administration began in 1979 as the assistant general manager for the
Major Indoor Soccer League’s St. Louis Steamers.  A year later, he
became the youngest (24) general manager in pro sports by assuming that
post with the MISL’s Baltimore Blast.  In 1981-82, he became Vice
President and General Manager of the Kansas City Comets, and later
became its President in 1986.

Along with his wife, Bernadette, Leiweke has spent an enormous
amount of time and effort dedicated to numerous charitable causes
within each of the local communities they have resided.  As a tribute
to his commitment to Los Angeles, he has been honored by such
organizations as Para Los Niños, the Anti-Defamation League as
recipient of their 2007 Humanitarian Award, the Neil Bogart Memorial
Fund with their 2003 Children’s Choice Award, as Father of the Year by
the American Diabetes Association, the Greater Los Angeles African
American Chamber of Commerce, as a Treasure of Los Angeles by the
Central City Association, Special Olympics of Southern California, Los
Angeles Conservation Corps, the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation with their
Champion for Youth Award, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Latin Business
Association, the Korean American Federation, the Muscular Dystrophy
Association as their Man of the Year, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of
Commerce as their Distinguished Man of the Year and as the recipient of
the Los Angeles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s Los Amigos de Los
Angeles Award.  Leiweke is currently serving as a member of the Board
of Trustees for Para Los Niños and as a member of the Board of
Directors of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and has recently been
appointed to Chair the Rainbow/PUSH Entertainment Project.

Tim and his wife Bernadette reside in Brentwood, California and have a daughter Francesca

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Keywords · Global Sports Industry Summit · AEG · Tim Leiweke · Octagon · Rick Dudley · FISU · Eric Saintrond · FIFA Beach Soccer · Joan Cusco · Bonham & Associates · Dean Bonham · HBS · Francis Tellier

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