Dr. Lynn Lashbrook, has spearheaded a 25 year effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland, Oregon. In 2003, Lynn led the lobbying efforts that resulted in a $150 million construction bill for a new baseball stadium in Portland. Under his leadership, the group secured legislative action to subsidize a new stadium with ballplayers’ payroll taxes. Lynn has been consultant to a variety of groups making attempts to bring MLB to Portland including the Portland Baseball Group, Oregon Stadium Campaign, Oregon Sports Authority, and the most recent effort, the Portland Diamond Project. Over 25 years, Lynn has brought to Portland, numerous architects, HOK, Populous, nationally recognized baseball consultants, baseball attorneys, franchise consultants, MLB executives, government leaders, transportation and logistics experts, lobbyists, and city leaders. Lashbrook has an insight and expertise for MLB to PDX that is unparalleled. Lynn has been privy to numerous site selection analysis. Lynn understands the necessary criteria to attract an owner and a team, including funding mechanisms, market affordability, political will, transportation availability, acreage requirements, ease of location to the population, timing constraints, the importance of community involvement, and MLB diversity vision.
Lynn is currently President & Founder of Sports Management Worldwide, (SMWW), the first ever online sports management school with a mission to educate sports business executives. SMWW, under Dr. Lashbrook’s guidance, offers a global sports faculty with over 15,000 sports business graduates, from over 162 countries. In addition, Dr. Lashbrook is an NFL registered Agent having personally represented over 125 NFL clients. For the past 15 years, Lynn and his company have hosted the annual Baseball Career Conference at the Baseball Winter Meetings. SMWW offers many courses including those taught by MLB leaders in Baseball Scouting, Baseball Analytics, Baseball Agency and Stadium Management. SMWW faculty includes five MLB scouts.