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Elevate Sports Ventures launches

The San Francisco 49ers, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) have launched Elevate Sports Ventures, a new venue and stadium consultancy.

The premium services company aims to provide innovative solutions to organisations across the global sports and entertainment landscape in the areas of stadium licences, premium ticketing, and corporate hospitality.

Sports industry veteran and President of the San Francisco 49ers Al Guido will serve as CEO and managing partner of Elevate Sports Ventures.

With more than two decades of innovative leadership, HBSE CEO Scott O’Neil joins CAA Sports’ co-heads Howard Nuchow and Michael Levine, and CAA Sports’ global head of sales Paul Danforth, as co-managing partners.

The company will have offices in Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and London. Guido said:

I am thrilled to partner with the leadership teams at CAA and Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment to bring Elevate Sports Ventures and comprehensive business solutions to the sports and entertainment world.

Our collective services and global experience working with teams, leagues, brands, colleges, venues, and owners will provide decision-makers with a full-service partner to identify new revenue opportunities and bring innovative ideas to market.

In just five years, HBSE managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer have amassed one of the most diverse and global sports and entertainment portfolios in the world.

With a family of properties that encompasses seven professional teams, including the iconic Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, and Prudential Center, an internationally renowned arena ranked No. 7 in the world, HBSE has differentiated itself as one of the fastest growing and most ambitious organisations in the industry.

O’Neill said:

We’ve reached a pivotal moment in the rapidly changing sports and entertainment landscape. The risk, competition and opportunity have never been greater.

Elevate Sports Ventures assembles the industry’s leaders in business innovation, revenue generation and venue development; offering brands, teams, leagues and entertainment properties the opportunity to access world-leading expertise and a vast professional network. In our partners, CAA and the San Francisco 49ers, we share the drive to innovate, desire to use our expertise to strengthen the sports and entertainment ecosystem, and aspiration to use our extraordinary platform to work with partners who have the same DNA.