First Woman to Hold Deputy Commissioner Title
PHILADELPHIA – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – The National Lacrosse League , announced that Jessica Berman has been named Deputy Commissioner and EVP of Business Affairs. She becomes the first woman to hold the title of Deputy Commissioner at any North America-based professional sports league.
Berman joins the NLL from the National Hockey League, where she has spent the last 13 years, most recently as Vice President, Community Development, Culture & Growth. Berman will oversee all of the league’s legal affairs and transactions, manage team services, and assist the Commissioner with the NLL’s overall growth strategy.
“It takes the brightest and best to build great leagues and teams and, we are very proud to welcome one of the brightest, best and most progressive minds in sports business to the National Lacrosse League,” said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. “Her wide-ranging background fits exactly with the growth trajectory we are on, and her addition to our veteran team is a perfect cultural fit and win for the league, our member clubs and for the sport of lacrosse.”
“Jessica Berman has been an invaluable member of the NHL league office for more than 13 years,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “As a colleague, it is easy to recognize that she is whip-smart, enthusiastic and collaborative and we wish her all the best as she takes on this new role.”
“I would like to thank both Nick for this opportunity and Gary and the NHL for putting me in a position where I can help make a difference both with the NLL and the sport of lacrosse,” said Berman in an NLL statement. “Lacrosse is constantly mentioned as ‘fast growing,’ and I am looking forward to helping accelerate that pace, especially given all the work that has gone into helping the NLL expand and increase market share under Nick’s tenure.”
Twitter users can follow Deputy Commissioner Berman and Commissioner Sakiewicz on Twitter @JessicaBerman1 as she gets started with Twitter and @NLLcommish a protected Twitter feed. Here’s an interesting feature from 2015 predicting her success in major sports.