Kavi Sports (“KAVI”) is a comprehensive marketing and business development consulting firm that caters to individuals, corporations and organizations involved in, or seeking to become involved in, the business of sports. KAVI delivers a total, customized solution to our clients, from project conception through execution. We help our clients navigate through all of the services they need to develop, promote and protect their interests.
KAVI is led by Don E. N. Gibson, it’s President & CEO who founded the company in 2009. At KAVI we employ a “team” approach to servicing our clients, delivering a total solution from project conception through execution. We have cultivated a network of exceptional professionals in law, investment planning, wealth management, tax and personal services to assist us, when necessary, in creating and sustaining a client’s competitive advantage in the marketplace. KAVI’s exceptional depth of business savvy across many disciplines allows us to help you in contract negotiations and disputes, sponsorship and endorsement agreements, as well as in media relations, financial planning, wealth management, insurance questions, and business deals.
KAVI is dedicated to establishing relationships with the very best professional advisors. Our expert associates are thoroughly screened and provide the highest level of competence, loyalty, and integrity. Our associates are selected for their talent, knowledge, reputation for generating cutting edge ideas, and compatibility with KAVI’s ethos, and will be used to offer professional advice and support as needed. In this way, KAVI can provide clients with the most qualified advisors at the top of their game, and give our clients the best possible career opportunities, rewards and recognition.
The quality of our people is the key to our continued successes in structuring our services to meet the needs and aspirations of our clients. By integrating skills from across our network, KAVI delivers an unrivalled team architecture that truly answers clients’ demands for single-source solutions.
Don Gibson has more than 35 years of experience as an attorney, business executive and entrepreneur in the sports and entertainment industries. He has represented entertainers, athletes and companies in business and legal matters, and spent more than 20 years in senior leadership positions with major sports organizations.
Don worked eight years with Major League Baseball. He first served as an attorney in the Commissioner’s Office before being promoted to Vice President and General Counsel, and then Senior VP/Acting President, of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., the division responsible for Major League Baseball’s licensing, corporate sponsorship, special events and marketing. Following his tenure with Major League Baseball, Don served as the chief executive of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was responsible for all day-to-day administration of the institution, including management of the $103 Million new Hall of Fame Riverfront development project.
After four and a half years with the Basketball Hall of Fame, Don left to pursue entrepreneurial interests in Los Angeles. He formed his own sports management agency, XL Sports, and then became a principal and co-founder of Section 1, a sports and entertainment consumer products company. Don subsequently returned to private law practice, joining the law firm Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP based in Santa Monica, California as a Partner, heading up the firm’s new sports law practice. He also simultaneously launched and became Chief Operating Officer of Dreier Sports Opportunities, which provided sports marketing and business development services to athletes and businesses.
When both Dreier entities ceased operating in January 2009, Don launched Kavi Sports, a consulting firm that provides a broad range of services to clients in the sports industry, including strategic planning, licensing, branding and business development. In January 2014, he co-founded and launched Brandtheon, which provides brand development and brand management services to sports and entertainment personalities. Don is also a Professor of Practice with Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching courses in sports law and business in the school’s Allan H. “Bud” Selig Sports Law & Business Program. In addition, he is Of Counsel to the law firm of Cosmich, Simmons & Brown, PLLC, which is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi.
Don holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bucknell University and a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law where he was a member and Chief Comments Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Don was Law Clerk to United States District Court Judge David W. Williams in the Central District of California, and a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School where he taught Legal Research and Writing to First Year students.