Donald Dell

  • Lecturer

Donald Dell, group president of Media, Tennis and Events for Lagardere Sports, is an attorney, vice chairman of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and former professional tennis player. He co-teaches Professional Sports and the Law with Mark Levinstein.

Over the course of his career, Dell has developed some of the most significant and longest-lived partnerships between sponsors and sports properties. He has negotiated nearly one billion dollars in sponsorships and endorsements throughout his illustrious career, including the 2001 FedEx Naming Rights deal with the Washington Redskins (“FedEx Field”), over $205 million, the largest in NFL history.  He currently oversees and distributes many of Lagardere Sports Media’s properties including the French Open, The Citi Open, the Boston Marathon and Ivy League Football.

An active philanthropist, Dell is the Vice Chairman and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and serves on the board of the Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health. After the creation and success of the Citi Open, Dell gave the event to the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation and has assisted in raising more than $15 million for children’s tennis programs in the Washington D.C. area.

Dell also served as a trial lawyer with Hogan & Hartson and as a political aide to Robert F. Kennedy.  He attended Yale University, the University of Virginia Law School and received an Honorary Doctorate from St. John’s University.


  • B.A.
    Yale University
  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law

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