Len DeLuca, Founder, Len DeLuca & Associates, LLC
Len DeLuca has been a leader in sports entertainment for IMG, ESPN and CBS Sports since 1980. Since 2015 he serves as SVP of Original Content or Senior Consultant at Endeavor | IMG. DeLuca runs Len DeLuca & Associates, LLC in 2010, a media strategy firm that has represented TBT – The Basketball Tournament, UConn, Tennis Channel, New York Racing Association, Mountain West Conference, Professional Bowlers Association, and now Goulston & Storrs, PC.
DeLuca served as Senior VP, Programming & Acquisitions at ESPN from 1996-2010. He was responsible for “ESPN on ABC” in 2007, “Saturday Night Football”, MLB, Little League World Series, Tennis Grand Slams, the NBA, and NCAA Championship content. Len led the programming guidelines and conditions unit for the ESPN networks. He was one of the forces behind the creation of ESPN Original Entertainment.
Prior to ESPN, DeLuca served as a VP or Director, Programming at CBS Sports 1979-1996. He was responsible for CBS’ first 15 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, “The Road To The Final Four” and extensions through 2000. He made football deals with the NCAA, CFA, creating the SEC and Big East on CBS package in 1994. In 1995, College Sports Magazine, the forerunner of Sports Business Journal, named CBS Sports President Dave Kenin and DeLuca, the “most influential persons” in college sports.
Len is an assistant professor at the prestigious NYU Stern EMT. Len also teaches at NYU’s SPS Tisch Institute for Global Sport since 2014, and at Seton Hall Stillman School of Business. A native Rhode Islander, Len practiced trial law after earning his B.A. magna cum laude, and J.D. from Boston College and Boston College Law School. He and his wife of 39 years, Geraldine, Vice Chair of St. Anselm College Board of Trustees, reside in Manhattan.
Tim Lewis, Founder, TLL Advisory Services
Dr. Tim Lewis is a consultant, business strategist, educator, speaker, and life-long learner. Dr. Lewis is the former Associate Director, Engagement and Strategic Partnerships with the NCAA.
Tim spearheaded a newly created department that leveraged relationships through strategic partnerships designed to increase NCAA certifications of high-profile football and basketball athletes. He cultivated relationships with college athletic departments, college and high school coaches, professional sports leagues, apparel companies, sports agents and multi-level athletes, particularly as they relate to high profile basketball and football athletes. Tim also has monitored legislative issues consistent with the practices of the eligibility center and NCAA national office.
Tim also worked closely with the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Team. He was named Co-Chair of the People of Color Employee (POC) Resource Group that focused on diversity and inclusion within the NCAA National Office. He created a strategic plan for the POC group that advanced diversity and inclusion initiatives and increased POC membership. Tim also participated in cross-departmental diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs.
Before the NCAA, Tim was a strategic planner and business developer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he aided in creating a global strategic plan for the health system that encompassed education, finance, and clinical and non-clinical operations. Tim spearheaded a shared service project that projected a savings of $75,000,000 and led a budgeting process that forecasted annual volume and target market growth for 35 clinical services. Tim has coached over 25+ All-Conference athletes and six All American athletes.
Tim also played division-one basketball for Mike LaPlante at Jacksonville State from 2003-2006. Tim received his BS from Jacksonville State University, MS and MBA from The University of Alabama and Ed.D. from East Tennessee State University.