Tony Khan (sports executive)

Tony Khan (born October 10, 1982) is an American businessman. A noted American football and association football executive, he is a co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and the EFL Championship team Fulham F.C.[2] Khan is also the Founder, President, and CEO of the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) professional wrestling promotion.[3]

Tony Khan
Born (1982-10-10) October 10, 1982 (age 37)
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationFinance (B.S.)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Known forOwner of TruMedia Networks
Co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C.
Founder, President, and CEO of All Elite Wrestling
Parent(s)

Tony is the son of billionaire Shahid Khan,[4] who purchased the Jaguars in 2011 and Fulham F.C. in 2013.

Early lifeEdit

Khan was born on October 10, 1982, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.[5] His father is Pakistani-American billionaire Shahid Khan and his mother is Ann Carlson Khan.[6] Tony Khan graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance.[5]

Business venturesEdit

FootballEdit

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Khan joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in July 2012,[7] and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Football Technology & Analytics.[8][9]

Fulham F.C.Edit

On February 22, 2017, Khan was named as Vice Chairman and Director of Football Operations of Fulham F.C.[10] He oversees the identification, evaluation, recruitment, and signing of players for Fulham.[2][11] Khan assumed these responsibilities following a period of advising the football operations at the club, particularly in the areas of analytics and research

Professional WrestlingEdit

All Elite WrestlingEdit

In late 2018, Khan,[12] who is a life-long avid fan of professional wrestling,[13][14][15] filed for several trademarks for a new venture that was shortly thereafter confirmed to be a new professional wrestling promotion, All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Tony and his father, Shahid are backing the promotion as lead investors.[16][17] The company then was officially announced on January 1, 2019, along with its very first event, Double or Nothing, which took place on May 25, 2019 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tony Khan serves as the lead executive figure as President and CEO for the newly founded All Elite Wrestling promotion drawing from his experience in management as a business executive of sports franchises.

Other business venturesEdit

Khan is also the owner and chairman of TruMedia Networks,[18][19] a Boston-based engineering firm specializing in innovative sports analytics solutions for leagues, franchises, and media partners across the athletic industry.[20][21]

Along with TruMedia Networks, Khan and his family also helped fund Activist Artists Management, a talent management and advisory firm founded in 2018.[22] Khan made a significant investment in the firm, and separately established the Activist content and venture fund focused on investments in media, entertainment, hospitality as well as consumer products, services and technologies.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tony Khan". Jacksonville Jaguars. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Tony Khan". Fulham F.C. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Currier, Joesph (January 1, 2019). "ALL ELITE WRESTLING AND DOUBLE OR NOTHING OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Albert Chen (December 10, 2012). "Blessed Are the Geeks..." Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Tony Khan". MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.jacksonville.com/article/20111203/NEWS/801240122
  7. ^ Ryan O'Halloran (September 12, 2015). "Tony Khan, Shad's son, using passion for analytics, football to help build Jaguars". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Doug Farrar (May 14, 2014). "Jacksonville Jaguars used scouting and stats in harmony during 2014 NFL draft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Sam Farmer (April 27, 2018). "As soon as NFL draft ends, it's a free-for-all in pursuit of undrafted players who could make a difference". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Ryan O'Halloran (February 23, 2017). "Tony Khan to run Fulham operations, but remain in Jaguars' front office". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Tim Rohan (October 4, 2017). "24 Hours With ... Jaguars Owner Shad Khan". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.sportskeeda.com/pro-wrestling/who-is-tony-khan-meet-the-owner-of-aew
  13. ^ https://www.sbnation.com/2019/1/9/18175201/aew-competition-wwe-shad-tony-khan-jacksonville
  14. ^ https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/08/fulham-owners-shad-tony-khan-announce-launch-new-wrestling-company-8323091/
  15. ^ https://www.prowrestling.com/tony-khan-confirmed-as-all-elite-wrestling-president-cody-rhodes-young-bucks-roles-revealed/
  16. ^ Joyner, KC (January 8, 2019). "Jaguars owners backing new wrestling venture". ESPN. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  17. ^ Nason, Josh (January 8, 2019). "Shad Khan confirmed as lead investor in All Elite Wrestling". F4wonline. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "Kendrick Lamar, Aly Raisman And Jake Paul Join Speaker Lineup For 2017 Forbes Under 30 Summit, October 1-4, Boston". Forbes. September 26, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  19. ^ Eric Fisher (April 18, 2018). "Fox Sports Giving NFL "TNF" Equal Footing To Sunday Games". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "Our Story". TruMedia Networks. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  21. ^ Zach Slaton (June 14, 2012). "Changing How We View the Game: ESPN's Stats & Information Group". Forbes. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  22. ^ Tatiana Siegel (April 3, 2018). "Management Shake-Up: Two ROAR Founders Exit to Form New Company". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  23. ^ Melinda Newman (April 3, 2018). "Roar Co-Founders Bernie Cahill And Greg Suess Exit to Form Activist Artists Management: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2018.

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