Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today announced the hiring of Xavier James to serve in the position of Deputy Chief Operating Officer.
In his new role, James will report to Clark and the MLBPA's chief operating officer on organizational, budgetary, and financial matters and will help with coordinating the growing portfolio of business initiatives and programs affiliated with the Association.
“Xavier brings to our staff more than two and a half decades of business and legal experience, working with industry leaders in broadcast media, finance and publishing. And, as a Player advocate, he has counseled Gary Sheffield and other Players on a wide variety of business opportunities and legal issues,” Clark said. “His unparalleled blend of business, legal, and organizational acumen will be invaluable to Players, given the coming growth and diversification of our future business opportunities.”
James has a law degree and an MBA from New York University, where he has also served as an adjunct and visiting professor. He worked as an attorney for Weil, Gotshal & Manges, before moving to the corporate world. Before joining the Association, he was the president and general counsel of his own firm, the James Group, representing Players, musicians, authors, and television and boxing promotion companies.
“After years of working on behalf of Players in a legal, business, and marketing capacity, I'm excited about the opportunity to join the MLBPA staff and further Tony's vision and commitment to the Players and the Player Fraternity,” James said.