It was a bit of an open secret that Tom Glick was heading back to the parent company before the start of the 2016 MLS season. Today, it became official.
Jon Patricof, who has spent the last eleven years heading the company that runs the Tribeca Film Festival, was announced this morning as the next President of New York City FC.
Previous to Tribeca, Patricof was a strategic planning executive at Disney. The team presidency being all about business rather than the soccer itself, that relationship -- Disney, of course, owns ESPN -- will certainly not hurt New York's newest team as it further entrenches itself in the world's largest sports media market.
NYCFC Vice Chairman Marty Edelman had this to say, per NYCFC.com, on the occasion of the announcement:
"We are extremely pleased that Jon has agreed to join the Club. He has a fantastic feel for the New York community and rich experience across business and entertainment. Over a relatively short time, he has done an exceptional job with Tribeca and we believe he is the right person to lead the Club into the next phase of our history."
Added City Football Group CEO Ferran Soriano, Patricof's new boss:
"I am pleased to be part of the preparations for our second season and to work with Jon as he settles into his new role in March. I know what a bright future NYCFC will have under his leadership, alongside our superb Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna and our new Head Coach, Patrick Vieira."
As a native New Yorker plying his trade almost exclusively within the Five Boroughs, Patricof is an ideal candidate to rise to the single greatest challenge facing New York City FC: securing a stadium site. Ideally, that's the watermark for the team's commercial operations at this current stage of development. As it stands, this appears to be a legitimate step in the right direction.
Tom Glick, who replaced inaugural President Tim Pernetti before the start of the 2015 regular season, will advise the club during Patricof's transition into the spring before taking on a new commercial role across City Football Group's greater global portfolio.
For his part, Jon Patricof is bullish this morning:
"I cannot wait to get started at NYCFC; a great Club that has already had a significant impact on the New York community in its first year. There are tremendous opportunities for growth and I am looking forward to working with Patrick, Claudio and the front office team to deliver a great experience for our fans, partners and for New Yorkers."