UCLA Anderson distinguished visiting professor Peter Guber has something to celebrate: the Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League West division. As a partner in the ownership group that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, he’ll plan the team’s future business plans as they prepare for Thursday’s National League Division Series opener in Atlanta.
In fact, the business of sports is a topic near and dear to the school’s heart. Several alumni are heavily involved in major league sports, both at home and abroad. From the Vancouver Canucks to Real Madrid, a team must win at business at the same time they score points, and Anderson MBAs help guide those winning strategies.
The school’s Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports, the preeminent organization for thought leadership in all three sectors, hosts summer institutes, events and guest speakers, as well as a regular concentration in entertainment management.
Guber, who co-teaches a leadership course with UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian and is also owner and co-executive chairman of the Golden State Warriors basketball team and chairman of Mandalay Baseball Properties, says it best, "All sports have one similarity, they're in the business of putting butts in seats, in the most fundamental terms."