Professional football startup league UFL, has announced that the owner of the NY franchise is Bill Mayer, former Professor and Dean of the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
According to the email I received from the UFL yesterday:
With over 35 years in private equity investing, Mayer has spent over 20 years at The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse). While with First Boston, he held numerous management positions including President and Chief Executive Officer and served as Chairman of First Boston’s Investment Committee for eight years. Mayer was a Professor and Dean of the College of Business at the University of Maryland from 1992 through 1996.
As we have discussed in the past, the Smith School is one of the most entrepreneurial business schools out there so it is not a surprising to see a former Professor/Dean taking a leadership role in the startup UFL — especially in the very important NY market.
Double BTW, the UFL is teaming up with fast growing cable channel Versus (h/t BizofFootball).