20VC: Boston Celtics’ Steve Pagliuca on The Future of Sports Team Ownership; What Happened with the Chelsea Acquisition | Why More Money is Pouring Into Sport Than Ever & Do These Assets Keep Increasing in Value
Posted on 10th February 2023 by Harry
Steve Pagliuca is a Senior Advisor at Bain Capital, the firm he joined in 1982 and as a Managing Director of Bain Capital, he has helped build the firm into one of the world’s leading investment companies with over $160 billion in assets under management. Steve is also a Managing Partner and Co-Owner of the World Championship Boston Celtics Basketball franchise. Steve is also co-owner and co-chairman of the Serie A professional football club, Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio. If that was not enough, Steve currently, serves on the Board of Directors of Gartner, Coherent, Virgin Voyages, and Deltatre. Huge thanks to Moshe @ Shrug Capital for making the intro.
In Today’s Episode with Steve Pagliuca We Discuss:
1.) From Duffel Bags at Duke to Buying Sports Teams:
How Steve went from having a single duffel bag arriving at Duke University to entering the world of private equity with the founding of Bain’s PE funds?
Did Steve always know he would be successful? What does Steve think about the importance between luck and timing?
How did Steve’s mother impact how he approaches parenting and self-belief with his children?
2.) Buying Sports Teams: Not So Different to Companies:
When buying and running a sports team, what is the same, and what is different from buying and running a company?
What is Steve’s biggest advice to new owners of sports teams?
What are the single biggest mistakes sports team owners make when they buy a team?
What happened with the Chelsea bid? Why did Steve lose? How did debt change the deal?
3.) The Future of Sports Ownership:
Why does Steve believe we have seen a massive rise in American and private equity buyers of both global sports teams but also European sports teams?
How has “new media” changed the inherent value that can be placed on a team? Why does it change the value? Which forms of “new media” are most important?
How much further can the value of these sports teams increase?
Does this massive increase in the price and assets of certain clubs not lead to a massive inequality in sports? What can be done to prevent this imbalance?
4.) Steve Pagliuca: The Person and Capital Allocator:
What is the single best investment advice Steve has ever received?
How does Steve think about his relationship to wealth today? How has it changed over time?
What does it take to have an amazing marriage and be at the top of your profession?
What were 1-2 elements that made Bain able to scale to the proportions of AUM that they have done? What would he have done differently?