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Douglas Perlman (born October 8, 1968) is a sports media executive who has held senior leadership positions at the National Hockey League and IMG before founding Sports Media Advisors (SMA). He has been named to the Sports Business Journal’s "Forty Under 40" three times, earned a spot in their Hall of Fame, and been recognized by The Sporting News as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports.


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Perlman began his career as an attorney at Proskauer Rose and subsequently joined the National Hockey League. He spent more than 10 years there, ultimately heading up the League's television and digital media efforts as Executive Vice President, Media. Following the NHL, Perlman joined IMG as President of IMG Media, and a member of the company's global leadership team.

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In 2009, Perlman formed Sports Media Advisors, a consulting firm focused on sports, television and digital media. SMA works with leading sports properties (e.g. NFL, NASCAR, USTA, Little League, MLB, CHL) as well as companies seeking to do business in the sports industry (e.g. Omnigon, AlixPartners, Silver Chalice, NextVR). Sports Media Advisors was recognized by the Sports Business Journal as one of the leading media consulting firms in the industry, earning a Sports Business Award nomination in 2014.

Early and Personal Life

Doug Perlman was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1990, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1993.

Perlman currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife Lisa and their three sons.


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