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General Partner & Chief Executive Officer
One of the most recognizable names in professional sports, Jeff Moorad brought over 20 years of sports industry experience to Arizona in August 2004, when he was named a member of the executive team of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The career change was finalized when the Office of the Commissioner formally approved Moorad as an owner and General Partner in the D-backs' ownership group. Armed with a wealth of experience in Major League Baseball on the player side of the table, Moorad is now the spokesman for the D-backs' ownership group, as well as overseeing along with Ken Kendrick the day-to-day operations of the franchise.
Moorad brings a unique perspective and sports business acumen to the D-backs, and is committed to bringing the fans of Arizona a championship team and a consistent winning product. Equally important to Moorad, is the strong desire to build upon the organization's reputation in the community as positive and active leaders and contributors.
The founder of Moorad Sports Management, he began specializing in athlete representation in 1983, with his main focus on Major League Baseball. Moorad's reputation as a knowledgeable and respected negotiator has earned him a spot on The Sporting News' 100 Most Powerful People in Sports on eight occasions, as he helped revolutionize player representation.
Moorad's client base took off in 1984 when he was retained by Will Clark and four other members of the U.S. Olympic baseball team, each of whom were Top 10 draft choices. He then joined forces with Leigh Steinberg in 1985 to form one of the most dynamic twosomes in the history of sports representation, covering both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. The successful duo negotiated over $3 billion in athlete contracts throughout their 18 years together, including representing Pro Football Hall of Famers Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon and Thurman Thomas.
Moorad was the negotiator on a number of landmark contracts for a baseball client base that included Manny Ramirez, Eric Karros, Ivan Rodriguez, Mo Vaughn, Shawn Green and Raul Mondesi, just to scratch the surface of All-Star talent he represented. He also represented former D-backs' player Matt Williams, who joined Clark in spring training with the D-backs as on-field advisors. Moorad represented more than 40 first-round selections from baseball's annual First Year Player Draft in his practice, highlighted by breakthrough deals for No. 1 overall selections Pat Burrell (1998) and Darin Erstad (1995), both draft records at the time.
While sports representation occupied the majority of Moorad's professional time, it also led to work in the entertainment field as he has consulted and appeared in major motion picture projects involving sports. He was the baseball technical consultant for the Universal motion picture "For Love of the Game" and had a cameo appearance in the movie, and then he and former partner Steinberg both appeared in and served as technical consultants to director Cameron Crowe in the 1996 Oscar-winning picture "Jerry Maguire."
The former President and CEO of Moorad Sports Management, his firm did not stop at athlete representation as Moorad guided it into a variety of sports ventures, publishing projects and charitable community projects. Consistent with his civic commitment, Moorad helped his clients understand the responsibility of serving as role models in the community, encouraging them to contribute millions of dollars to community programs, including their own non-profit foundations and alma maters. Leading by example, Moorad endowed a $100,000 scholarship to his alma mater at UCLA. He and his wife, Jan, were also the honorary chairpersons for Childhelp USA's Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala. He has also been very active in the California Coast and Arizona Chapters of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), a worldwide peer network that creates better Presidents and CEOs through education and idea exchange.
Moorad is also very active in helping raise funds to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, through Augie's Quest. The foundation is named after his good friend Augie Nieto, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 after he became one of the most successful innovators in the U.S. fitness industry as the founder, Chairman and CEO of Life Fitness. Moorad helped link Augie's Quest to the Muscular Dystrophy Association as well as assist in fast-track research funding at Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), where scientists have already made significant research breakthroughs in less than three years.
Moorad currently serves on the Board of Directors for Citizen Sports Network, a sports entertainment company committed to reshaping the way people think about sports through social networking and its unique virtual sports stock market. He also is on the Board of Directors for TGen and is a Vice President for MDA.
Moorad recently ventured into the sport of auto racing, purchasing controlling interest in Hall of Fame Racing from Roger Staubach and Aikman. The Charlotte, N.C.-based team fields the No. 96 DLP HDTV car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that will be driven by Phoenix-native J.J. Yeley in 2008.
A native of Modesto, Calif., Moorad earned an Associate in Arts degree from Modesto Junior College in 1976, where he served as Student Body President, a degree in Political Science (B.A.) in 1978 from UCLA, then received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law (J.D.) in 1981. Jeff and his wife have three sons and reside in Paradise Valley.
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