Joe Bailey is a managing director and the head of the firm’s Sport Leadership Practice. Joe, who has extensive experience in the global sports industry as a leader and advisor, has also been the CEO of the NFL Miami Dolphins Football Club, Dolphin Stadiums and Dolphins Enterprises, deputy commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, COO of the World League/NFL, and vice president of administration of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. Several years ago, Joe was asked to serve as the acting commissioner of the Big East Conference, an NCAA collegiate conference consisting of 21 universities.
Joe has been an effective CEO who has led sport-oriented enterprises in the U.S. and internationally. He has experience in virtually every facet of the sports business, including strategic vision development and leading and building teams to launch, turn around, and grow complex enterprises. Joe has a record for revenue and content creation and for driving culture change, workforce diversity, brand recognition and loyalty, business development, experiential marketing, and stadium and team operations.
As the founder and CEO of Global Sport 360, Joe advised businesses in the global sport industry on strategies and tactics to maximize innovation and talent. He has been a member of Duke’s Fuqua Center of Leadership and Ethics Advisory Board, adjunct professor for Duke Sports Medicine Feagin Program, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and is a member of the U.K.-based Beyond Sport Advisory Board. He also serves as a special advisor to the Canadian Olympic Committee and to an international management consulting firm.
Prior to joining RSR Partners, Joe established a global sport leadership advisory group on behalf of an international leadership consulting firm. The group advised on effective leadership and solving complex problems that involved vision, strategic alignment, general management, execution, and talent management. The practice served owners, boards, companies, associations, federations, and government entities – all involved in the global sport ecosystem. The U.S. Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Major League Soccer and various private equity firms were clients.
In 2005, Joe was named CEO of Dolphins Enterprises where he was responsible for the NFL Miami Dolphins franchise, 75,000-seat Dolphin Stadium, and its 170-acre complex. As an agent of culture change, he combined customer service, cutting-edge technology, and entertainment to create the gold-standard guest experience coined “The Gateway to the Dream.” He also led the re-branding of Dolphin Stadium as the “Stadium of the Americas.” All properties were sold in 2009 for $1.1 billion.