Its a historic day for the National Lacrosse League, they have announced the naming of Jessica Berman as Deputy Commissioner and EVP of Business Affairs. Berman is the first woman to hold the title as Deputy Commissioner in any pro sports league in North America.
In a press release, NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said, “Her wide-ranging background fits exactly with the growth trajectory we are on, and her addition to our veteran team is a perfect cultural fit and win for the league, our member clubs and for the sport of lacrosse.”
Berman comes to the NLL after spending 13 years working in the NHL. During her time with the NHL, she most served as the Vice President, Community Development, Culture and Growth at the National Hockey League, as well as Executive Director of the NHL Foundation. She also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Law degree from Fordham.
With the NLL, Berman will oversee all of the league’s legal affairs and transactions, manage team services, and assist the Commissioner with the NLL’s overall growth strategy.