FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes announced today that Nicolaus “Nick” Sakiewicz has been named the team’s chief business officer. In the newly created position, Sakiewicz will report directly to President and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez and lead all aspects of the Coyotes’ sales and marketing efforts as the organization continues to usher in a new era of sports and entertainment in the valley.
During three decades of working at the intersection of business, sports and entertainment, Sakiewicz has developed innovative strategies and partnerships to energize franchises, foster league growth and build new performing and sustainable arenas.
“Whether overseeing sports franchises, developing fundraising plans, or overseeing the construction of world-class stadiums, Nick Sakiewicz is a uniquely talented individual with a diverse set of skills that make him perfectly suited to take the Coyotes to the next level. superior,” said Xavier A. Gutierrez, president and general manager of the Coyotes. “Alex Meruelo and I are thrilled to welcome him to the organization and are excited for the great things we know he will do here, especially as we begin our move to Tempe and Arizona State University.”
“I am thrilled to join Alex Meruelo and Xavier Gutierrez as they build an unprecedented entertainment experience in the Valley,” said Sakiewicz. “Tempe is a fantastic place in the very heart of Maricopa County, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join them at this exciting time.”
Since 2015, Sakiewicz has been commissioner of the National Lacrosse League (NLL), which has grown from nine to 15 teams under his leadership. Sakiewicz recently signed the two biggest media rights deals in league history with ESPN and TSN.
Prior to joining the NLL, Sakiewicz was a senior Major League Soccer (MLS) executive. After joining the league office of MLS in 1996, Sakiewicz then served as president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Mutiny and New York/New Jersey MetroStars from 1997 to 2007. In 2008, he became a founding partner and CEO of the Philadelphia Union. During this time, Sakiewicz spearheaded the construction initiatives for two stadiums, the first of which led to Red Bull’s acquisition of the MetroStars, while the second established the league’s 16th franchise in Philadelphia.
In 2005, Sakiewicz served as president of AEG New York, where he brokered the record $100 million sale of the MetroStars to the Red Bull Energy Drink Company. At AEG, he worked on the business development of the London and Berlin O2 Centers and the complex that would become LA Live, the sports and entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles that includes Crypto.com Arena.
“LA Live was designed to be a city within a city, and everyone agrees that its development has rejuvenated and reshaped the focus of downtown Los Angeles,” Sakiewicz said. “I think the Meruelo Group’s plan for the Tempe Entertainment District will be the Valley’s answer. I look forward to playing my part in trying to make this vision a reality.”
Sakiewicz is the son of Polish immigrants who earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Haven. He is eager to make the valley his new home.