President of Business
Mike Golub is SlamBall’s President of Business. He is a nationally recognized and respected leader in the sports industry, who over the course of his career has stewarded highly successful sports entities across the spectrum of properties and markets. Mike has worked in all 5 major sports either at the team or league level. He has operated highly successful teams and venues in the country’s largest market and in smaller markets, in established professional sports markets and in emerging ones. He has built and launched three now top-performing sports teams from the ground up and has helped grow the business of some of the most established and venerable teams and brands in sports.
Golub joined the SlamBall team after 13 years in the role as President of Business for the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns where he created the blueprint for the launch of both teams (2011 and 2013 respectively), executed the launch and helped make them among the most successful in sports. Golub has worked as an executive for many highly recognized organizations, including the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) where he served as the Chief Operating Officer, the New York Rangers (NHL) as the team’s Senior Vice President, the Memphis Grizzlies as Executive Vice President, Nike as the Director of Sports Entertainment and the National Basketball Association where he ran the league’s Events Division.
Mike was twice named MLS Executive of the Year, arenas/stadiums he’s helped develop have received national and international honors and three teams he’s run have been finalists for Sports Team of the Year by the Sports Business Journal.
Golub earned his BA from Dartmouth College and his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Mike serves on the national board of RecycleBalls. He and his wife, Sam, live in Henderson, NV.