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When you wish upon a star
I'm not sure whether, as a youngster, Jared Bartie sat cross-legged in front of the television on Sunday nights watching the "Wonderful World of Disney" and hearing that theme song, but I know he wished upon a star and his dream has come true.
My husband often says, we may get what we wish for, we just don't happen to always get it the moment we want it.
From a young age, Jared, who was raised by his mother and grandparents in Cambridge, Massachusetts, wished to be an NBA ball player. Bouncing his basketball in the house, on the way to school, and even washing it at night so that he could sleep with it by his side, he loved the game. One of Jared's lifetime highlights was winning a Massachusetts State Championship while playing as a starting guard at then basketball powerhouse, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School - home to basketball luminaries, Patrick Ewing and Coach Mike Jarvis.
But when confronted with the decision of playing basketball for Brandeis University or accepting an academic scholarship to attend American University, Jared chose the latter. Barely reaching 6 feet, Jared realized that the chances of him becoming an NBA star were slim. So, he decided to forego his first love, to focus his efforts on preparing for his second career choice; to become an attorney. So, after attending American University, Jared matriculated at Northwestern University School of Law with dreams of one day becoming a sports attorney. Following law school, he achieved his goal by becoming an associate at the prestigious law firm of Proskauer Rose, home to numerous senior executives in sports.
I first met Jared in 2000 while working with the XFL, World Wrestling Entertainment's and NBC Sports' foray into professional football. Jared served as the XFL's Vice President of Legal Affairs and the league's only in-house attorney. I'm sure no training could have prepared him for the massive challenge of launching a professional sports league and the daunting task unwinding a professional sports league. The XFL, though, to its credit brought together some of the best and brightest talent from many major sports leagues. That role parlayed Jared into the General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer position of one of our largest national governing bodies in America, the United States Tennis Association. Instead of shutting down a fledgling sports league, Jared:
Buffy G. Filippell founded TeamWork Consulting, Inc., an executive search firm for the sports and event management industry in September of 1987. The firm's more than 120 clients have included: NASCAR, PGA TOUR, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, International Speedway Corporation, Major League Soccer, Olympic Governing Bodies, corporate sponsors, and sports marketing agencies. Learn more at http://www.teamworkonline.com.
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