Zachary Leonsis (MBA'15) is senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), a multi-platform sports, media, entertainment, and technology company located in Washington, D.C. MSE is best known for its fan-facing brands, which include the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, and Capital One Arena, as well as seven additional team brands, three more venues, and equity in two media networks: NBC Sports Washington and Monumental Sports Network. As senior vice president of strategic initiatives, Leonsis manages MSE’s media rights relationship with NBC Sports Washington, all venture capital investment opportunities, the company’s sports betting strategy, and its growing e-sports division. Leonsis represents MSE on NBC Sports Washington’s board of directors as well as on Team Liquid’s board of directors.
Leonsis also is general manager of Monumental Sports Network, a first-of-its-kind regional sports network for digital, mobile, and over-the-top platforms. In 2016, Leonsis launched Monumental Sports Network, co-owned by MSE and NBC Sports Group, as a direct-to-fan content service provider seeking to reach cord-cutting sports fans. Monumental Sports Network offers paid-membership bundles that feature hundreds of live games across over 20 different sports leagues, hundreds of hours of original programming, exclusive merchandise discounts, and member-only events and experiences.
After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, Leonsis received his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and is a founding member of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Also, he recently joined the Advisory Board of the Georgetown McDonough School of Business in 2019. Leonsis received an appointment to serve on Virginia’s Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism, and is involved in a variety of nonprofit and charitable activities in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia communities.
The Washington Business Journal and Sports Business Journal both recognized Leonsis for his work in revolutionizing the direct-to-fan regional digital experience by both honoring him in their prestigious ’Forty under 40’ lists. Sports Business Journal has also featured Leonsis as an ‘RSN Power Player’ and SportTechie has featured him as one of their top 20 innovators.