Breaking News: September 15, 2015 - Game Plan and Grosvenor Park Media, the leading specialty financier in entertainment and media, have announced the launch of a new alliance to provide specialty financing to the sports industry. Find Out More

Game Plan

Investment Banking & Consulting Services for the Sports & Entertainment Industry

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Sports Teams
  • Acquisition
  • Sale
  • Financing
Sports Leagues
  • Formation
  • Restructure
  • Financing
Sports Facilities
  • Development
  • Financing
  • Leases
Sports Lending
In alliance with Grosvenor Park Media

About Us

Game Plan provides services to buyers, sellers, lenders, owners and investors in the professional sports industry. The company also provides services to professional sports leagues and to entertainment, facility management and event management companies.

The principals have experience in and have completed transactions in virtually every phase of the sports and entertainment business. Both principals have each owned and managed a professional football team.

We invite you to learn more about how Game Plan can be your ticket to success in the unique and complex sports industry.

The Team

Robert L. Caporale

Robert L. Caporale
Founder & Chairman

Bio

Randel E. Vataha

Randel E. Vataha
Founder & President

Bio

Experience

  • Sports Advisory & Consulting
  • Sports Finance & Investment Banking
  • Legal Representation of Professional Sports Teams
  • Team Ownership
  • Team Management
  • League Formation
  • Arena & Stadium Development & Financing
  • Athlete & Entertainer Representation
  • Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations

Relationships

Game Plan has a comprehensive network of contacts and maintains close relationships with all of the League offices and Commissioners as well as many key Team owners in both the Major and Minor leagues. We also have close relationships with all of the major banks and debt sources that have provided debt for major sports transactions. As an industry insider we are able to identify potential transaction opportunities unknown and inaccessible to outsiders.

Accomplished Track Record

Game Plan has successfully completed some of the most challenging sports industry transactions on behalf of our clients. We utilize our insider access and expertise to identify and evaluate potential opportunities, conduct negotiations, and apply sophisticated financing structures in order to optimize the value of the transaction for our clients. This successful approach consistently pays dividends as former clients return to Game Plan when new sports industry opportunities arise.

Services

Game Plan provides a full range of investment banking, consulting, and financial advisory services. Game Plan has the unique ability to offer the highest level of service in each area given the principals’ extensive knowledge, experience and relationships in the sports industry.

Team Sales

including assistance in determining franchise value, identifying and contacting potential buyers, preparation of marketing materials for presentation to potential buyers, transaction structuring, negotiations on behalf of the seller, and assistance in securing transaction approval from the appropriate league’s Office of the Commissioner.

Team Acquisitions

including identifying acquisition targets consistent with our clients’ goals, due diligence of team business and financial information, assistance in determining value, raising equity capital for the buyer, arranging acquisition debt, handling the purchase negotiations for the buyer, and assistance in securing transaction approval from the appropriate league’s Office of the Commissioner.

Sports Lending

Game Plan and Grosvenor Park Media, the leading speciality financier in entertainment and media, have formed an alliance to provide specialty lending to the sports industry. With over 50 years of combined financing experience in professional sports, media and entertainment the alliance empowers Game Plan to provide new financing solutions tailored to the unique requirements of the sports industry.
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Credit Card Processing

Washington Bancard in conjunction with Game Plan has developed a unique program to serve the credit card processing needs of the professional sports industry. The National Hockey League, American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League have appointed Washington Bancard as their exclusive credit card processor.

Raise Equity Capital

for existing team owners.

Debt Refinancing

to secure market rates and terms.

Sale of Ownership Interests

for existing team owners and/or limited partners.

Stadium & Arena Financing

 

Strategic Planning

and associated capital acquisition for business expansion.

Sports Lending Alliance

The Alliance

Game Plan Special Services LLC (“Game Plan”) and Grosvenor Park Media GP Corporation (“Grosvenor Park”) have joined forces to provide specialty financing to the Sports Industry. The two companies have over 50-years of combined financing experience specifically in professional sports, media and entertainment. The alliance will provide our clients with the highest level of expertise in this sector while delivering financing solutions tailored to the unique requirements of the Sports Industry.

The Sports Industry is Unique

Professional sports is a unique industry, incorporating aspects of real estate, media, licensing, public policy, on-field play and off-field operations, among other core elements. Financing for professional sports requires a multifaceted approach that incorporates expertise across these disciplines. Few commercial financiers are able to bring together the requisite knowledge, experience, relationships, and financial resources. As a result, the existing capital markets offer terms that can be inefficient in both cost and structure, and fail to address the underlying needs of the client.

The alliance of Game Plan and Grosvenor Park is built upon the understanding that to meet the specific needs of professional sports teams, leagues, facilities and related companies requires financing experience in the sports industry combined with operations, M&A, and valuations expertise. This level of sports “know-how” allows Game Plan and Grosvenor Park to fully understand the true value of sports companies and properties, in order to provide tailored financing solutions with the best possible terms and structure.

Game Plan

Game Plan is an investment banking and financial advisory firm providing services to buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, owners and investors in the professional sports industry and related companies. The principals have experience in and have completed transactions in virtually every phase of the sports and entertainment business. Both principals have each owned and managed a professional sports team. Below are samples of the clients for which Game Plan provided exclusive investment banking services, debt placement, or buy side or sell side services.

Grosvenor Park

Grosvenor Park is a specialty finance company and investment manager focused on the global entertainment and media industries. They provide tailored financing and consulting solutions to leading creative and corporate partners spanning filmed entertainment, digital media, live attractions, sports, and music. Over three decades, Grosvenor Park has financed 400+ film and television productions. Clients include major studios and independent producers globally. Below are examples of major motion pictures for which Grosvenor Park has provided financing.
www.grosvenorpark.com

Sample Transactions

The principals of Game Plan have represented clients on the buy or sell-side of some of the largest transactions in major professional sports including:

Contact

Game Plan
1710 West 23rd Street
Miami Beach, FL 33140

Tel: 617-267-1000

Fax: 888-781-5164

sports@gameplanllc.com