Philadelphia Union Name Tim McDermott Chief Business Officer

Philadelphia Union today announced that Philadelphia native Tim McDermott has been named the club's new Chief Business Officer with responsibility for overseeing the team’s business operations, including working closely with their USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC, and the Philadelphia Union Academy.

“I am very excited to welcome Tim McDermott to the Union,” said Philadelphia Union Chairman Jay Sugarman. “We were targeting someone with a very strategic and competitive mindset, who understands and relates to the Philadelphia fan base, and has an incredible work ethic and character.  Tim's experience in the NFL, the NBA, and the NHL coupled with his knowledge of the Philadelphia market will enable him to serve as a tremendous business leader for the Union.  With Tim and Earnie Stewart, the Union's Sporting Director, I believe we have assembled a dynamic leadership team that should help position the Union for success both on and off the pitch".

“Since their inception, the Union have built an incredibly strong brand based on a soccer community in the Philadelphia region that is second to none.  I love the passion, strength, and energy of Union fans." said McDermott.  "We will challenge ourselves every day to positively represent the brand, to live the values that Philadelphia is founded upon, and to provide our fans with the greatest experience in soccer.  I am truly looking forward to joining the Union and working towards this vision".

Since December 2013, McDermott has served as Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for the Philadelphia 76ers where he was focused on increasing the brand strength, growing the fan base and supporting revenue growth. Previously, McDermott was the Chief Marketing Officer for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Capitals.  During his time with the Eagles,  McDermott was awarded "40 under 40" honors by the Philadelphia Business Journal and the team was recognized by Forbes as one of the Fastest Growing Brands in Sports.  In his final season with the Capitals, they sold out all 41 home games for the first time in franchise history, and McDermott’s time in Washington was marked by record increases in attendance, television ratings, merchandise sales and web traffic.

In addition to his experience in professional sports, McDermott also spent several years with Comcast in New Media Development incubating new business ventures such as multi-room DVR, voice activated remote control, and home controls.  Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing for the San Diego Chargers and began his career in Corporate Sponsorships with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

McDermott earned his MBA from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell, where he was a three-year letter winner in football.