Clark C. Griffith
Griffith Consutling, LLC
225 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Griffith Consulting, L.L.C. works with clients in the operations, finance, and intellectual property licensing of their businesses. Griffith Consulting also provides assistance to individuals and companies who wish to develop relationships with sports teams and leagues. the company is currently working on creating a Rugby League in North America.
The company also provides service to sports teams in the operation of teams and provides advice on the on-field performance of those teams. Articles relating to team operations are available on the blog. For example, “Baseball’s Timeless Appeal” here has appeared in national publications and is my favorite article. “Fifth Game Theory” explains why one game in five determines the pennant winner. here. “When BaseballTeams Became Tribes” here describes the origin of baseball’s trademark licensing program.
The company also assists investors in purchasing sports teams.
Mr. Griffith also assists business clients in the operation of their companies as to marketing and structure, especially long-term capital appreciation.
Mr. Griffith is the 2009 winner of the Joseph P.O’Neill Award for his contributions to the sports industry. The award is given by the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School where he was Chairman. He sat on the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s Review Board and Chaired the panel in the Lance Armstrong case. He was Treasurer and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Sports Foundation until 2006. He was Commissioner of the Northern League until 2010, and has written on business and legal matters in the “Sports Business Journal.”
In addition to his business and law experience and league governance positions, Mr. Griffith has served as a Governor of the ABA Entertainment and Sports Forum and was Chair of the Sports Law Division.
Mr. Griffith has served as an advocate and as a commercial arbitrator. As an advocate he has argued for Major League teams in their salary cases, and non sports employment law, labor grievance, contract, FINRA and NASD cases. As an arbitrator he has heard commercial contract, employment law, and partnership dispute cases and served on the American Arbitration Association Sports Panel.
Early in his business career, Mr. Griffith was part owner, Treasurer and an Executive with the Minnesota Twins focusing on player contract negotiations, scouting, player development, finance and business matters. He was a lobbyist before the Minnesota Legislature and negotiated stadium use agreements at two stadiums. He was an early advocate of drug and alcohol treatment for athletes.
Mr. Griffith was Chairman of the Board of Major League Baseball Properties and launched its national and international trademark licensing program and created its broadcast and marketing divisions. He was involved in the negotiation of Major League Baseball collective bargaining agreements and advises professional sports leagues in collective bargaining negotiations. He also served on the MLB television committee that established league-wide broadcast rules and monitored network rights negotiations and several other MLB Committees.
Mr. Griffith was educated at Dartmouth College and the William Mitchell College of Law. He served in the United States Navy.
He can be found on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter (@ccgpa) and on Instagram at clarkg2.