Inclusive Ownership: How the Sports Industry Is Opening Up to New Investors

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Watch our on-demand webinar on the democratization of sports industry investments, hosted by the knowledgeable Alumni Ventures Sports Fund Managing Partner Greg Baker and Senior Principal Keaton Nankivil.

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Post-Webinar Summary

The webinar, hosted by Greg Baker, managing partner with the Alumni Venture Sports Fund, discussed team ownership and the associated landscape in sports. The panel included Bill Kraus, a minority investor and board member of the Phoenix Rising Football Club, Ted Moscowitz, owner and operator of the Texas Ranchers Major League pickleball team, and Keaton, a member of the sports fund team. The panelists discussed their experiences with team ownership, the growth of their respective sports, and the potential for investment in sports franchises. They also touched on the impact of increased interest in women’s sports and the potential for fan-owned models in sports team ownership.


Discover the transformative landscape of sports ownership and learn how evolving regulations and reduced barriers are creating new investment opportunities for individuals like you. We will guide you through the intricacies of the sports industry, showcasing the shift towards inclusive ownership and the potential for significant returns. Engage in an insightful conversation about the financial health and stability of sports franchises, and the exciting prospects of fractional ownership.

Why Watch this Webinar?
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    Gain expert insights from a seasoned venture capitalist in the sports sector
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    Understand the changing regulations how they create new investment opportunities.
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    Learn how to diversify your portfolio uniquely and excitingly with sports team investments

Don’t miss out on the chance to revolutionize your investment strategy with the guidance of a top venture capitalist. Watch above for this exclusive event and take the first step towards becoming part of the new wave of sports investors.

About Alumni Ventures

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About your presenters

Keaton Nankivil
Keaton Nankivil

Senior Principal, Sports Fund

Keaton has spent his career focused on high-level teamwork. A proud Wisconsin Basketball alumnus, he started his career playing professional basketball in Europe. He played for and led teams in competitions across Europe, including stops in Germany, Spain, Latvia and Italy. When he returned from overseas, his career focus shifted to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He has worked with both institutional and corporate venture teams and completed and MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship. He holds a BS in kinesiology from UW-Madison and an MBA from the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking from the Wisconsin School of Business.

Greg Baker
Greg Baker

Managing Partner, Sports Fund

Greg has been a Managing Partner with Alumni Ventures since 2017. He is the Founder of Bascom Ventures and runs Towerview Ventures and has made more than 100 investments as a member of Alumni Ventures. These investments include: American Gene Technologies, SHINE Medical, Mission Bio, Axiom Space, Matchwell, and many others. Prior to joining AV, Greg was a highly accomplished executive with experience in corporate leadership, business development, startups, M&A, strategic planning, and more. He spent much of his career growing businesses in the electrical products, packaging, and chemical industries. Greg has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (’86) and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (’91).

Bill Kraus
Bill Kraus

Governor, Phoenix Rising Football Club

Bill is a veteran capital markets, M&A, private equity, and corporate lending professional.  The bulk of Bill’s career was a 20-year stint at GE Capital as a lender, but also includes investment banking and private equity roles.

Along the way, Bill also served on many corporate and non-profit Boards, including Phoenix Rising FC where he is currently an investor and Board Governor. Among other responsibilities, Bill represents PRFC at USL Board of Governors meetings and in the Phoenix community with public officials, sponsor partners, charity events, etc.

Bill exited his role as partner in boutique investment banking firm Arlington Capital Advisors in 2023, and is now pursuing opportunities as an independent consultant, advisor or Board Director.

Bill has been a resident of Scottsdale, AZ since 2005 after relocating from CT with GE Capital.  He graduated from Brown University in 1987 and the Duke University MBA program in 1991.

Ted Moskovitz
Ted Moskovitz

Co-Owner, Ranchers Global

Ted is the Co-founder and Co-owner of Ranchers Global, the parent company of the Texas Ranchers Major League Pickleball team. In the one year since purchasing the franchise, the Ranchers have become the most valuable, most followed, and highest-grossing team in pickleball. A former SEC Lawyer turned 3x Founder, Investor, and Advisor, Ted sits on the advisory board or board of directors of over 20 companies. Ted lives vicariously through himself, having travelled to over 50 countries, performed at a Ukrainian Music Festival, and established a CPR and First Aid training program in the Dominican Republic.

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