Kavi Sports & Entertainment (“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 or entertainment. 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 30 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 in legal matters, and has spent more than 20 years in senior leadership positions with major sports organizations. Don offers expertise in licensing, corporate partnership arrangements (including sponsorship), intellectual property development, management and protection, league structure and operation, and brand development. He maintains strong relationships with senior executives at all the professional sports leagues, sporting goods manufacturers, current and former athletes and coaches, corporate sponsors and consumer product manufacturers.
Don worked eight years with Major League Baseball. He first served as an attorney in the Commissioner’s Office, then eighteen months later was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. (“MLBP”), the division responsible for Major League Baseball’s licensing, corporate sponsorship, special events and marketing. He was subsequently promoted to Senior VP/Acting President of MLBP, a position he held for two years. During that period he guided MLBP through the labor dispute that ended the 1994 season early and caused the cancellation of the World Series, and helped grow the division into a $3 billion business. Don revitalized the organization while creating new business partnerships and programs that generated tens of millions of dollars in new revenues, and restructured the organization. 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. When both Dreier entities ceased operating in January, 2009, Don founded Kavi Sports & Entertainment. Since Spring, 2015 Don has been a Faculty Associate with the Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, teaching courses in sports law and business.
Don graduated in 1980 from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and in 1983 from UCLA School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. At UCLA School of Law Don was a member and Chief Comments Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, he 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.