Veteran Sports Executive
National Advisory Board
Andy Dolich brings over five decades of executive experience in the sports industry, including front office positions in the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), and National Hockey League (NHL). He has held management positions in professional soccer and box lacrosse.
Dolich was responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the San Francisco 49ers including sales, broadcasting, marketing, corporate partnerships, public relations, facility operations, new media and community relations. Dolich played a major role in the team’s improvements at Candlestick Park and the planning of the $1.4 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara which opened in August of 2014 and is hosting Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
Dolich left the team in 2010 to form his own sports business consulting practice. Clients included IMG College, ADC Partners, (WCC) West Coast Conference, TBT Boost Front Row Marketing, Full Turn Direct and VST. Dolich is working with the global executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, to develop their sports business recruiting practice in North America.
Prior to joining the 49ers Dolich served as President of Business Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies and led the business team in the planning and building of their new downtown arena FedExForum. Dolich worked with President of Basketball Operations Jerry West in getting the Grizzlies into the NBA Playoffs three times and establishing a season ticket base of over 11,000 and selling out all 65 of the teams luxury suites. Working with the National Civil Rights Museum and the NBA he created the “Sports Legacy Awards” as part of the Grizzlies MLK Day celebrations.
Before coming to the Warriors Dolich was Executive Vice President of tickets.com. Previous to that he headed a sports business development group with clients Nike, the Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners, San Jose Sharks, The 1994 Soccer World Cup and UC Berkeley and Stanford Athletic Departments. As President/COO of the Golden State Warriors he transitioned the franchise to new ownership while leading the team’s business operations.
He led the marketing and business resurgence of the Oakland Athletics in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Dolich helped change the face of sports team advertising through the Clio Award winning “BillyBall” campaign and increased A’s attendance average from 800,000 to 2.9 million and improved the season ticket base from 326 to 16,000. He created the A’s business and marketing efforts in three consecutive World Series. Coordinated the marketing platform for the 1989 “Bay Bridge” World Series in which the A’s swept the SF Giants.
At the start of his career he held executive positions with the Washington Diplomats (North American Soccer League) and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. He began with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
Dolich received his undergraduate degree in Government from American University and Masters in Sports Management from Ohio University. Dolich is a popular speaker and writer on issues facing the sports industry. He is an editorial contributor to Sports Business Journal and is the “Sports Business Insider” for Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. He is Director of Career Development at the University of San Francisco’s Collegiate Athletics Masters Program and teaches sports business at the Stanford’s School of Continuing Education. Serves on a number of sports industry and community invested boards and organizations including the San Jose Sports Authority, Accelerate Sports, Pivot Marketing, Navigate Marketing, Ohio University Sports Management Advisory Board and the University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sports Business Program Advisory Board.