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Mets Seeking Banks’ Help With Heavy Debt

Rob Tilliss, chief executive of Inner Circle Sports, a sports investment bank, said, “They’re moving the debt from one side of the ledger to the other.” Continue reading

Video: Rob Tilliss at the Bloomberg Link Sports Business Summit on Sports Team Pricing

Leo Hindery, managing partner at InterMedia Partners LP, Joseph Ravitch, co-founder and partner at the Raine Group LLC, and Rob Tilliss, chief executive officer and managing partner at Inner Circle Sports LLC, participate in a panel discussion about the pricing of professional sports franchises. Bloomberg Executive Editor John McCorry moderates the panel at the Bloomberg Link Sports Business Summit in New York. Continue reading

Al Jazeera, Seeking U.S. Viewers, Bets on Soccer

“My experience is they are more economically driven than you would think and they have a very westernized philosophy,” said Rob Tilliss, a sports consultant who advises clients in the Middle East. Continue reading

Soros reveals stake in Manchester United

Soros was likely drawn to Manchester United because of the team's lucrative media rights deals, said Philip Hall, a partner at New York-based investment bank Inner Circle Sports Continue reading

Manchester United Lines up Stock Market Debut

"It's fairly rare for a team to be in a position to go public, but obviously Manchester United has exposure to domestic and international deals where there's a lot of growth," said Philip Hall, a partner at New York-based investment bank Inner Circle Sports, who advised on the 2010 takeover of Liverpool by Boston Red Sox owner John Henry. Continue reading

Bloomberg L.P. and IMG Announce Partnership for Bloomberg Sports

Inner Circle Sports served as the exclusive financial advisor to Bloomberg Sports on a new joint venture. Continue reading

Erick Thohir and Jason Levien purchase ownership stake in D.C. United

Inner Circle Sports served as the exclusive financial advisor to D.C. United regarding the sale of an ownership stake in the team. Continue reading

Warriors Eyeing San Francisco

“It will be a long process,” says Rob Tilliss of Inner Circle Sports, who handled the construction financing for the San Francisco Giants new ballpark that opened in 2000. Continue reading

Dodgers Sale

The purchase was just as much about media and real estate as it was baseball, sports bankers such as Rob Tilliss, founder of Inner Circle Sports, have said. “Controlling it all, they will in most cases find a way to make money,” Medina said of MSG, which, he added, benefits from having a fervent fan base in the nation’s No. 1 media market. Continue reading

Mets and Madoff Victims’ Trustee Now Unlikely Allies

“They’re basically in the same position they were in even though the Madoff ruling is a net neutral to them,” said Rob Tilliss, a partner at Inner Circle Sports, a sports advisory firm. Continue reading

League to increase team debt limits to $175M

“Given the new 10-year collective-bargaining agreement in the NFL and franchise values rising to over $700 million, it would seem prudent to raise the debt ceiling to allow clubs to make additional investments,” said Rob Tilliss, founder of boutique sports investment bank Inner Circle Sports and the former head of sports lending at JPMorgan Chase. Continue reading

Jury Will Decide Mets Owners' Fate

Rob Tilliss, principal at sports advisory firm InnerCircle Sports, said the judge's order was a "big setback" for the Mets owners because it raises uncertainty for investors as the Mets try to sell noncontrolling, minority stakes in the team. Continue reading

New York Mets Main Financial Challenge May Be Fielding Competitive Team

“If your attendance numbers are going down, the unsold inventory is putting pressure on your primary market -- season ticket holders, mini plans,” said Rob Tilliss, managing partner at advisory firm Inner Circle Sports. “If there’s that much inventory out there on, say, StubHub, it’s harder to retain pricing power.” Continue reading

Video: Rob Tilliss On Impact Of NBA And MLB CBAs And New TV Deals In Sports

Sports banker Rob Tilliss, CEO of Inner Circle Sports, recently joined Bob Lorenz and I on Forbes SportsMoney on the YES Network. Rob has worked with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and English Premier League and many of their teams, so he is a guy worth listening to. Continue reading