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Alan Ostfield

Lecturer; Board of Directors, USTA

Alan Ostfield is an accomplished sports and entertainment industry leader with significant and broad experiences in all of the major professional sports leagues and leading live entertainment organizations.

For the past nine years, Ostfield was the President, North Atlantic | New York & Philadelphia, responsible for Live Nation’s concert business in the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. Prior to joining Live Nation, Ostfield was President & Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment, which owned and operated multiple professional sports teams and entertainment venues (including NBA’s Detroit Pistons, NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, WNBA’s Detroit Shock, The Palace of Auburn Hills, St. Pete Times Forum, and DTE Energy Music Theatre). Prior to joining PS&E and the Pistons, Ostfield was Senior Vice President & General Counsel of the San Diego Padres and an attorney with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. (whose clients included the Dallas Cowboys).

Ostfield has combined his experiences in professional sports with higher education and, before joining Columbia’s faculty, developed and taught “Leadership of a Professional Sports Franchise” in the University of Michigan’s Sport Management Masters Program, taught “Sports Economics” in New York University’s Sports Business Masters Program and taught “Sports and the Law” at the University of San Diego School of Law. Ostfield’s achievements were recognized nationally in 2000, 2001, and 2002 when Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal included Ostfield on its annual “Forty Under 40” list, culminating in Street & Smith inducting Ostfield into its Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame in 2002.


  • J.D., Boston University
  • M.B.A., Boston University
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania


  • Spring 2021: The Business of Professional Sports Leagues and Franchises