Sep 16, 2019
Tom Penn
Tom Penn is the president and co-owner of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Football Club

Penn is also an NBA TV analyst, former NBA executive and co-founder of the Sports Leadership Institute.


The Los Angeles Football Club is a Major League Soccer (MLS) team based in Downtown Los Angeles. Along with Penn, owners include Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber, Magic Johnson, Nomar Garciaparra, Mia Hamm, Tony Robbins, and Will Ferrell. The team was announced in October 2014 and plannned to play its first game in 2018.


In 2012, Penn was widely reported as being close to accepting a position as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.[6] He instead re-signed with ESPN. From 2007 to 2010, he spent four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers as vice president of Basketball Operations and assistant general manager. Penn is an expert on the NBA salary cap and collective bargaining agreement.[7] Penn worked with general manager Kevin Pritchard as they restored the Blazers from the "Jail Blazers" era. The Blazers won 54 games in 2008–09 and again reached 50 wins in 2009–10 in spite of injuries to key players. During the summer of 2009, Penn was offered the general manager job with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he turned it down, deciding to stay with the Blazers after a promotion to vice president of Basketball Operations.[8] Ten months later, Penn was fired after in what one writer called a "drive by" shooting. [9] On June 24, 2010, the day of the NBA Draft, Kevin Pritchard was also fired by the Blazers.[10]