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Senior Sports Executive, Former President
Los Angeles Wildcats (XFL)
Heather Brooks Karatz was, most recently, the President of the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL. She was responsible for the team's fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience.Prior to joining the XFL, Heather served as the Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the Los Angeles Football Club, where she played a critical role in LAFC’s business development initiatives and was responsible for overseeing all legal matters related to management and operations, stadium construction, and ancillary businesses.Prior to joining LAFC, Heather was the General Counsel and SVP of Independent Sports and Entertainment, formerly known asRelativity Sports. In her role, Heather represented over 300professional athlete clients across the NFL, NBA and MLB, and was responsible for negotiating and securing marketing deals, advising the Company’s Board, management and investors, leading civil and criminal litigation matters, and interpreting collective bargaining agreements and union regulations.Heather also worked as an attorney for the NHL during the most recent work stoppage and in the management council of the NFL.She began her legal career as a labor and employment attorney at Hunton & Williams, LLP, a large international law firm.Heather earned her law degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 2009. She is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia. Shegraduated from Vanderbilt University magna cum laudein 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and minor in philosophy.She was recently named a Women In Sports and Entertainment (WISE) Woman of Inspiration for 2020. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Teddy and young twins Joelle and Abe.