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Content Partnerships, Business Development

REQ ID:  5601

New York, New York, US, 10022

At the NBA, we’re passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball. Through the intensity of the game and the amazing athletic skill of our players, we deliver excitement to hundreds of millions of fans around the world.


As a global sports and media business, the NBA is so much more. While Basketball Operations runs the league’s on-court activities, other departments manage relationships with television and digital media partners, develop marketing partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable companies, oversee the licensing of NBA merchandise, and handle a wide range of responsibilities that drive the NBA’s success.


The NBA is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace. To safeguard our employees and their families, our visitors and the broader community from COVID-19, and in consideration of recommendations from health authorities and the NBA’s own advisors, any individual working onsite in our New York and New Jersey offices must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The NBA will discuss accommodations for individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.


Position Summary:

This Content Partnerships, Business Development position will be a principal in dealmaking for the NBA's Content Partnerships team, focusing on media and technology deals for the NBA and the NBA’s affiliate leagues.. This professional will bring negotiating and business development experience in the sports/media industry and will be responsible for leading discussions for certain partnerships and supporting senior dealmakers in executing on others. The ideal candidate will have a highly analytical mindset with the ability to balance business objectives and demanding negotiations. The candidate will help to advocate for partner priorities and needs to other internal constituents (e.g., product, content programming, basketball ops). The candidate should have a strong sense of ownership and executive presence but also expect to roll up sleeves and get into the weeds of business operations and contractual negotiations.


Major Responsibility:

  • Cultivate media and technology partner relationships, including developing relationships with prospective new partners
  • Participate in business development, analysis, deal strategy and complex negotiations with media and technology partners, including NBA national media partnerships, team and league level local media matters, content licensing to fantasy/gaming operators and strategic partnerships supporting the NBA’s Next Gen initiative
  • Foster strong working relationships and collaboration across multiple internal NBA departments, including Legal, Product and Media Ops/Technology, Basketball Ops, Direct-to-Consumer, Global Partnerships, Marketing, Content, International, and Production and Programming


Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant progressive media experience
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of negotiating complex media distribution deals
  • Knowledge of the US media landscape and media technology
  • Creative problem-solving abilities and enterprising business development skills
  • Strong analytical and negotiating expertise
  • Experience dealing with (or advising on) professional sports media issues preferred



  • Bachelor degree required
  • JD or MBA preferred, but not required


We Consider Applicants For All Positions On The Basis Of Merit, Qualifications And Business Needs, And Without Regard To Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Alienage Or Citizenship Status, Ancestry, Marital Status, Creed, Genetic Predisposition Or Carrier Status, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status, Familial Status, Status As A Victim Of Domestic Violence Or Any Other Status Or Characteristic Protected By Applicable Federal, State, Or Local Law.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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