Team

Rob Tilliss

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-tilliss-007a725/

Mr. Tilliss founded Inner Circle Sports in 2002 as a registered broker dealer. He has a 20+ year history as a leader in the sports advisory and finance community. Mr. Tilliss has led many high profile assignments both in the US and internationally including the sale or acquisition of numerous teams in the five US sports leagues and several leagues internationally. Mr. Tilliss also has extensive stadium/arena financing expertise and has performed valuation, consulting and other activities through his firm.

Prior to founding ICS, Mr. Tilliss spent 15 years at J.P. Morgan where he was Managing Director and Group Head of the Sports Advisory & Finance Group. Mr. Tilliss founded J.P. Morgan’s sports investment banking practice. In 2005, Mr. Tilliss worked with Fortress Investment Group to establish a presence in the area of sports facility finance and infrastructure.

Recognition: Mr. Tilliss was twice recognized by the Sports Business Journal as one of the “Industry’s 40 under 40”, and was recently recognized by Worth magazine as one of the “60 Most Powerful People in Sports.” Mr. Tilliss is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, and has previously been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sports Business Journal, and Crain’s among numerous other publications.

Steve Horowitz

https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-horowitz-477888

Steve Horowitz brings 30 years of sports experience in marketing, media, technology and finance, having worked with a diverse group of organizations such as the USTA, NCAA, NFL, NBA, PGA Tour, NASCAR, MLB, MLS, EPL, EFL, Serie A and many others. In his current role, Mr. Horowitz has completed numerous transactions globally including Liverpool FC, FC Internazionale (Inter Milan), Portsmouth FC, Philadelphia Union, DC United, NY Cosmos, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Montreal Canadiens, Bloomberg Sports, Union Square Hospitality Group and Teamworks.

Mr. Horowitz joined ICS from the investment/advisory firm Triple Play Partners, where he was a partner. Prior to TPP, Mr. Horowitz served as a Vice President for Convera, the Intel/NBA technology venture, leading the company’s Sports & Entertainment business. Before Convera, Mr. Horowitz was the GM of the NFL Quarterback Club, where he ran the group licensing, television and marketing business for the NFL’s 40 marquee players before it was bought by the NFL. For the 15 years preceding, Mr. Horowitz was with ProServ Television (later SFX/Clear Channel Communications), one of the leading sports marketing and management firms in the world, advancing to Senior Vice President.

Education: Mr. Horowitz graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kyle Charters

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylecharters/

Kyle leads ICS's practice advising technology and services companies at the intersection of sports, media and entertainment. Kyle has arranged and led transactions for growth businesses across software, data, content and marketing services, including: Teall Capital’s sale of Riddle & Bloom to Wasserman, Teamworks' Series A, B and C funding rounds led by Seaport Capital, General Catalyst and Delta-v Capital, respectively; Synergy Sports Technology's sale to Atrium Sports, backed by Eldridge Industries and Elysian Park Ventures; KORE Software's sale to Serent Capital; PlayOn Sports'growth financing led by a group including BIP Capital, Vinik Sports Group and Teall Capital; and the acquisition of Baseball America from TEN: The Enthusiast Network (now MotorTrend Group). In addition, Kyle has advised institutional lenders on debt financings to the NHL's Arizona Coyotes and Ligue 1's FC Bordeaux.

In 2021, Kyle was recognized by the Sports Business Journal as a recipient of its Forty Under 40 Award. Kyle has been a featured speaker at multiple industry events, including Soccerex USA, Euro Finance Week Frankfurt, Sports Business Journal's Dealmakers and Esports Tech Invest, among others.

Previously, Kyle was with Hamilton Lane, a private equity investor headquartered in Philadelphia. He was responsible for evaluating and executing new investment opportunities on behalf of a $600M fund.

Education: Kyle received an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a walk-on with the Irish football team.

David Becker

https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-m-becker/

Mr. Becker is responsible for sourcing and executing M&A advisory, capital raising, valuation, consulting and restructuring transactions in the global sports industry. Mr. Becker’s experience includes advising on transactions related to the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Milwaukee Bucks, Crystal Palace FC, Portsmouth FC, Atlanta United, Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union, National Lacrosse League, Arizona Coyotes and Wasserman Media Group, among others. Mr. Becker currently sits on the Board of Directors and the Finance/Audit Committee for the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone and the Industry Advisory Board for the Business of Sports School.

Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Becker worked in investment banking coverage at J.P. Morgan and was promoted from Analyst to Associate. During his time at J.P. Morgan, he was responsible for executing transactions in the financial institutions and real estate sectors. During his career, Mr. Becker has closed over $9 billion of M&A transactions and over $60 billion of capital raising transactions.

Education: Mr. Becker earned a BBA with a Concentration in Finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

William DiBlasi

https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-diblasi-81954811b/

Mr. DiBlasi is part of the firm’s sports facility advisory practice. Mr. DiBlasi brings 10 years of experience advising and lending to team owners, leagues, municipalities, and universities involved in the development of sports facilities across all sports in the United States and Europe. Mr. DiBlasi has advised on, arranged and led financings for nearly $10 billion in projects for teams including the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, Sacramento Kings, Columbus Crew, Orlando City Soccer Club, Philadelphia Union, FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan, AS Roma, and many others. In addition to financing, Mr. DiBlasi advises on all aspects of project development including lease negotiations, insurance, design, construction delivery, business plan, and operations.

In addition to private sector projects, Mr. DiBlasi has served as underwriter for a number of public sector clients including the New York City Industrial Development Agency (Yankee Stadium), the Brooklyn Arena Local Development Corporation (Barclays Center), and the Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (State Farm Arena).

Mr. DiBlasi joined Inner Circle Sports from Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for leading sports facility advisory and lending projects as a Vice President in the Global Sports and Project Finance practice in the Investment Banking Division. Previously, Mr. DiBlasi was part of the Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking practice, where he served as underwriter on $15+ billion in financings for governmental and transportation issuers across the Unites States including the City of New York, Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corporation, the City of Atlanta, and the State of Wisconsin.

Education: Mr. DiBlasi has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Classical Studies from the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences at Boston College.

Tyler Zimmet

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyler-zimmet-583a6b100/

Tyler is responsible for originating and executing M&A advisory, capital raising and valuation transactions in the global sports, media and technology industries. Tyler currently leads the firms’ sports betting and iGaming advisory efforts, including arranging and leading Sports IQ’s growth capital raise led by Harlo Equity Partners, with participation from The Kraft Group, Velo Partners, Michael Gordon, Theo Epstein, Sam Kennedy and Mitch Garber.  Tyler has also advised on a number of transactions across the top five leagues in North America, including the Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Falcons, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Mets. In addition, Tyler has executed transactions in the sports technology space, including KORE Software's sale to Serent Capital and Teamworks' Series C funding round led by Delta-v Capital.

Prior to joining ICS, Tyler worked in the Financial Advisory Services group at Houlihan Lokey, specializing in fairness and solvency opinions for leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, and recapitalizations. In addition, Tyler focused on valuing illiquid assets and other complex securities for private equity firms, hedge funds, and other investment managers across multiple industries.

Education: Tyler graduated cum laude from Columbia University where he received a B.A. with double major in Economics and History.

Erich Mosley

https://www.linkedin.com/in/erichmosley/

Mr. Mosley is responsible for executing M&A advisory, capital raising, and restructuring transactions in the global sports industry. Mr. Mosley joined the firm in the spring of 2018.

Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Mosley worked in the Global Consumer Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank. During his time at Deutsche Bank, Mr. Mosley worked on various mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and debt and equity capital raises across the food and beverage, retail, restaurant and business services sectors.

Education: Mr. Mosley graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Finance and B.A. in German.

James Burke

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesburke14/

Mr. Burke is responsible for executing M&A advisory, capital raising and valuation transactions in the global sports industry. Mr. Burke joined the firm in the spring of 2020. Prior to joining ICS, Mr. Burke worked in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications investment banking group at UBS and was promoted from Analyst to Associate. During his time at UBS, James worked on various mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and debt and equity transactions across the TMT sector, including entertainment, software and sports.

Education: James graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College where he received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics and was a member of the football team.

Maddie Winslow

https://www.linkedin.com/in/maddie-winslow-04790a10a/

Ms. Winslow is responsible for executing M&A advisory, capital raising, and valuations transactions in the global sports industry. Ms. Winslow joined the firm in the spring of 2021. Prior to joining ICS, Ms. Winslow was an Analyst at Jefferies in their Technology group, where she focused on providing merger and acquisition advice and private placements to software companies.

Prior to her role at Jefferies, Ms. Winslow was employed at AGC Partners, a boutique investment bank focused exclusively on technology companies.

Education: Ms. Winslow graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College where she received a B.A. in Economics and was a member of the women’s hockey team.

David Abrams

https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-abrams-19386613b

Mr. Abrams has over three decades of experience as a lead investment banker and advisor for numerous public and private assembly facilities including the financing of stadiums, arenas, and other sports venues. He has advised on the funding for 5 NFL stadium projects in Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville. Mr. Abrams has had a role in funding numerous other sports facility projects including several arenas, major and minor league baseball stadiums, motorsports parks, tennis centers, and golf courses. He has represented many municipal and private sector clients in the funding or negotiations of over $4.5 billion of sports facilities. Recent private and public sector clients include Little Caesars Arena, the City of Seattle, the City of Las Vegas.

He joined ICS from advisory firm Strategic Advisory Group where he was a Principal. Prior to SAG, Mr. Abrams was a Managing Director in Fixed Income at Jefferies LLC and has held senior investment banking positions with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, A.G. Edwards and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Abrams is a frequent speaker at sports facility financing symposiums and he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Sports Management at NYU's Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media and Business.

Education: Mr. Abrams has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.

Dean Baquet

first@innercirclesports.com

Inner Circle Sports Privacy Notice

March 2016

Your Privacy Is Important To Inner Circle Sports

In the course of serving you as an individual client or as someone associated with a corporate or institutional client, Inner Circle Sports (ICS) may obtain personal information about you. Obtaining this information is important to our ability to deliver the highest level of service to you, but we also recognize that you expect us to treat this information appropriately.

This Policy describes the types of personal information we may collect about you, the purposes for which we use the information, the circumstances in which we may share the information, and the steps that we take to safeguard the information to protect your privacy. As used throughout this policy, the term “ICS” refers to Inner Circle Sports, LLC.

The Sources of Information

The personal information we collect about you comes primarily from forms and materials you submit to ICS during the course of your relationship with us. We may also collect information about your transactions and experiences with ICS relating to the services you require, ICS may obtain additional information about you.

The Information We Have About You

If you deal with ICS in an individual capacity (e.g., as a private client), or as a settler/trustee/beneficiary of a trust, or as an owner or principal of a company or other investment vehicle established to invest on your behalf or on behalf of your family, etc., the typical information we may collect about you would include:

  • Your name, address and other contact details;
  • Your age, occupation and marital status;
  • Extensive financial information, including source of wealth, investment experience and objectives, risk tolerance and, in certain jurisdictions, representations required under applicable law or regulation concerning your financial resources;
  • As applicable, your passport, national identity card or driver’s license, as required by laws and regulations addressing due diligence and related matters; and
  • A personal identifier such as, depending on your country of residence, your Social Security Number, National Insurance Number, Tax File Number, etc.

If you are an employee/officer/director/principal, etc of one of our corporate or institutional clients, the typical information we may collect about you personally would include:

  • Your name and contact details;
  • Your role/position/title and area of responsibility; and
  • Certain identifying information (e.g., passport photo, etc.) as required by laws and regulations addressing money laundering and related matters.

Of course, you are not required to supply any of the personal information that we may request. However, failure to do so may result in our being unable to provide services to you. While we make every effort to ensure that all information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up to date, you can help us considerably in this regard by promptly notifying us if there are any changes to your personal information.

Our Use of Your Personal Information

We may use your personal information to:

  • Administer, operate, facilitate and manage your relationship and/or involvement with ICS. This may include sharing such information internally as well as disclosing it to third parties, as described in the following two sections, respectively;
  • Contact you or, if applicable, your designated representative(s) by post, telephone, electronic mail, facsimile, etc., in connection with your relationship and/or involvement with ICS;
  • Provide you with information, recommendations or advice concerning services offered by ICS; and
  • Facilitate our internal business operations, including assessing and managing risk and fulfilling our legal and regulatory requirements.

If your relationship with ICS ends, ICS will continue to treat your personal information, to the extent we retain it, as described in this Policy.

Disclosures of Your Personal Information to Third Parties

ICS does not disclose your personal information to third parties, except as described in this Policy. Third party disclosures may include sharing such information with non-affiliated companies that perform support services that may facilitate your transactions with ICS, including those that provide professional, legal, or accounting advice to ICS. Non-affiliated companies that assist ICS in providing services to you are required to maintain the confidentiality of such information to the extent they receive it, and to use your personal information only in the course of providing such services and only for the purposes that ICS dictates.

We may also disclose your personal information to fulfill your instructions, to protect our rights and interests and those of our business partners, or pursuant to your express consent. Finally, under limited circumstances, your personal information may be disclosed to third parties as permitted by, or to comply with, applicable laws and regulations, for instance, when responding to a subpoena or similar legal process, to protect against fraud, and to otherwise cooperate with law enforcement or regulatory authorities.

You should know that ICS will not sell your personal information.

Information Security: How We Protect Your Privacy

ICS is committed to implementing the highest standards of information security to protect the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. We limit access to your personal information to authorized ICS employees or agents and, as described above in Disclosures of Your Personal information to Third Parties, our service providers are held to stringent standards of privacy. We also maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the information against loss, misuse, damage or modification and unauthorized access or disclosure.

Other Privacy Policies or Statements; Changes to Policy

This Policy provides a general statement of the ways in which ICS protects your personal information. You may, however, in connection with specific products or services offered by ICS, be provided with privacy policies or statements that supplement this Policy. This Policy may be changed from time to time to reflect changes in our practices concerning the collections and use of personal information. This version of the Policy is effective December 1, 2011.

Additional Information

If you require further information regarding our privacy policies and practices, please contact:

Inner Circle Sports, LLC
441 Lexington Avenue
Floor 17
New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 370-4400

Inner Circle Sports Privacy Notice

March 2016

Your Privacy Is Important To Inner Circle Sports

In the course of serving you as an individual client or as someone associated with a corporate or institutional client, Inner Circle Sports (ICS) may obtain personal information about you. Obtaining this information is important to our ability to deliver the highest level of service to you, but we also recognize that you expect us to treat this information appropriately.

This Policy describes the types of personal information we may collect about you, the purposes for which we use the information, the circumstances in which we may share the information, and the steps that we take to safeguard the information to protect your privacy. As used throughout this policy, the term “ICS” refers to Inner Circle Sports, LLC.

The Sources of Information

The personal information we collect about you comes primarily from forms and materials you submit to ICS during the course of your relationship with us. We may also collect information about your transactions and experiences with ICS relating to the services you require, ICS may obtain additional information about you.

The Information We Have About You

If you deal with ICS in an individual capacity (e.g., as a private client), or as a settler/trustee/beneficiary of a trust, or as an owner or principal of a company or other investment vehicle established to invest on your behalf or on behalf of your family, etc., the typical information we may collect about you would include:

  • Your name, address and other contact details;
  • Your age, occupation and marital status;
  • Extensive financial information, including source of wealth, investment experience and objectives, risk tolerance and, in certain jurisdictions, representations required under applicable law or regulation concerning your financial resources;
  • As applicable, your passport, national identity card or driver’s license, as required by laws and regulations addressing due diligence and related matters; and
  • A personal identifier such as, depending on your country of residence, your Social Security Number, National Insurance Number, Tax File Number, etc.

If you are an employee/officer/director/principal, etc of one of our corporate or institutional clients, the typical information we may collect about you personally would include:

  • Your name and contact details;
  • Your role/position/title and area of responsibility; and
  • Certain identifying information (e.g., passport photo, etc.) as required by laws and regulations addressing money laundering and related matters.

Of course, you are not required to supply any of the personal information that we may request. However, failure to do so may result in our being unable to provide services to you. While we make every effort to ensure that all information we hold about you is accurate, complete and up to date, you can help us considerably in this regard by promptly notifying us if there are any changes to your personal information.

Our Use of Your Personal Information

We may use your personal information to:

  • Administer, operate, facilitate and manage your relationship and/or involvement with ICS. This may include sharing such information internally as well as disclosing it to third parties, as described in the following two sections, respectively;
  • Contact you or, if applicable, your designated representative(s) by post, telephone, electronic mail, facsimile, etc., in connection with your relationship and/or involvement with ICS;
  • Provide you with information, recommendations or advice concerning services offered by ICS; and
  • Facilitate our internal business operations, including assessing and managing risk and fulfilling our legal and regulatory requirements.

If your relationship with ICS ends, ICS will continue to treat your personal information, to the extent we retain it, as described in this Policy.

Disclosures of Your Personal Information to Third Parties

ICS does not disclose your personal information to third parties, except as described in this Policy. Third party disclosures may include sharing such information with non-affiliated companies that perform support services that may facilitate your transactions with ICS, including those that provide professional, legal, or accounting advice to ICS. Non-affiliated companies that assist ICS in providing services to you are required to maintain the confidentiality of such information to the extent they receive it, and to use your personal information only in the course of providing such services and only for the purposes that ICS dictates.

We may also disclose your personal information to fulfill your instructions, to protect our rights and interests and those of our business partners, or pursuant to your express consent. Finally, under limited circumstances, your personal information may be disclosed to third parties as permitted by, or to comply with, applicable laws and regulations, for instance, when responding to a subpoena or similar legal process, to protect against fraud, and to otherwise cooperate with law enforcement or regulatory authorities.

You should know that ICS will not sell your personal information.

Information Security: How We Protect Your Privacy

ICS is committed to implementing the highest standards of information security to protect the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. We limit access to your personal information to authorized ICS employees or agents and, as described above in Disclosures of Your Personal information to Third Parties, our service providers are held to stringent standards of privacy. We also maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the information against loss, misuse, damage or modification and unauthorized access or disclosure.

Other Privacy Policies or Statements; Changes to Policy

This Policy provides a general statement of the ways in which ICS protects your personal information. You may, however, in connection with specific products or services offered by ICS, be provided with privacy policies or statements that supplement this Policy. This Policy may be changed from time to time to reflect changes in our practices concerning the collections and use of personal information. This version of the Policy is effective December 1, 2011.

Additional Information

If you require further information regarding our privacy policies and practices, please contact:

Inner Circle Sports, LLC
441 Lexington Avenue
Floor 17
New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 370-4400