Feb 28

The business of sports took center stage during the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s First Quarter Middle Market Forum hosted at the GCP offices on Feb. 28.


The discussion was moderated by Squire Patton Boggs’ Fred Nance, global managing partner, US, LLP and panelists included Cleveland Browns owner Dee Haslam; Paul Dolan, the chairman and CEO of the Cleveland Indians; and Len Komoroski; CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena.

During the hour-long panel discussion, the three notable figures of Cleveland’s professional sports scene struck on a wide range of topics, including:

  • the public-private partnership between the teams and the City of Cleveland needed for both sides to be successful;
  • the strategies the three teams employ in order to be successful in Cleveland, the smallest city in the United States that boasts three major professional sports teams;
  • the impact the organizational culture of each of the organizations has on the respective franchises and the common themes that stand out for each team; and
  • the three top executives also took questions from the audience around such topics as determining the return on investment of facility upgrades and how a city’s physical infrastructure impacts the organizations.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Middle Market Forum Series occurs quarterly and features notable executives from across the region discussing timely topics and trends that Northeast Ohio middle market companies need to know. Stay tuned for more details on the Second Quarter Middle Market Forum that is scheduled to take place on April 30.


The Middle Market Forum is just a small sample of the many events hosted each year by the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Take a look at upcoming events that could benefit your business by clicking here. Questions? Contact our Events Team by email at events@gcpartnership.com or call the Team at 216-592-2390.