Neil Glat recently finished his sixth season with the Jets after being named President in April 2012. Glat reports directly to Jets Chairman and CEO, Christopher Johnson, and oversees all elements of team business operations.
Since joining the Jets, Glat and his senior staff have focused on improving the fan/consumer experience and deepening the team’s relationship with its passionate fan base, while striving to be best-in-class in all areas of the sports business. To that end, Glat has looked to elevate the organization’s off-field activities through strong and positive relationships with business partners and community leaders. These efforts have led to many new and innovative initiatives, such as the technology-driven Jets Rewards program (including digital ticketing and Jets Cash) which has resulted in faster stadium entry, enhanced fan benefits, and an improved game day experience at MetLife Stadium. Other initiatives have included award-winning virtual reality offerings, a state-of-the-art mobile app, novel ticketing products such as the Boarding Pass, the Jets Fan Hall of Fame, new television shows on SNY (Jets Pre-Game Live) and WCBS (Jets Late Night), and the launch of Jets 360. Jets 360 is a comprehensive content platform that gives fans greater access to the team through enhanced storytelling, graphics, and video quality across all digital and social platforms as well as via the team’s television partners. The Jets recently were recognized as “The Most Innovative Sports Team” by a leading sports and technology digital publication.
During Glat’s tenure, the team implemented a year-round fan engagement calendar that has resulted in great fan participation and partner involvement at events like Jets House, Draft parties, Taste of the Jets, Town Hall, and Movie Night. The team advanced strategic partnerships with leading companies and entities such as Anheuser-Busch, Dell, M&T Bank, MetLife, New York University, Pepsi, Porsche, SAP, Toyota, Verizon, among many others. Glat has fostered programs that strengthen the team’s connections to Jets alumni, including Legends Community Weekend and Homecoming, and business partners through the Jets Partner Alliance.
Glat has led a community-based initiative, including a heralded partnership with STOMP Out Bullying, designed to raise awareness about the devastating impact of bullying in local schools. The team hosted educators for the past two years at the Jets Tackling Bullying Symposium, highlighting the latest trends and best practices in anti-bullying, and recently funded digital training tools for educators in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education.
Prior to joining the Jets, Glat was the National Football League’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Glat headed a department responsible for League strategic initiatives, Club business development, stadium development, and new business opportunities. Glat’s Club business development activities entailed initiating and overseeing the League efforts to help generate business growth for all 32 NFL Clubs. His stadium development activities included advancing numerous successful new stadium projects and the League’s multi-billion dollar G-3 and G-4 stadium financing programs. Also, he conceptualized and secured approval for the launch of the NFL venture capital fund. Glat worked at the NFL from 1997-2012.
Prior to the working at the NFL, Glat worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and as an investment banker at Dillon, Read & Co.
Glat currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, is a Board Member of the New York City Chapter of the National Football Foundation, is a Committee Member for the UJA-Federation’s Sports for Youth initiative, and recently joined the newly formed Anti-Defamation League Sports Leadership Council. He has also been an active member of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI) Alumni Advisory Board. In addition, Glat was a two-time selection for the Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 award.
Glat received a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Economics (summa cum laude) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a native of Westchester County, NY, and he is married and has twin daughters.