Clancy’s Sports Properties (2017 Summit)
Mike Millay is the Managing Partner for Clancy’s Sports Properties. Clancy’s Sports is a full-service management consulting and planning firm focusing on sports related services to governmental agencies, not-for-profit agencies and youth sports businesses. The key areas of focus for the company are
- Sports Development – Organizational Design, Purpose & Process, Funding and Strategic Planning
- Sports Tourism – Organizational Culture, Business Prioritization, Governmental & Community Engagement & Branding
- Events – Event Properties (Development & Acquisition), Event Management, Event Structure and Culture
- Facility Programming – Functional Design, Event Programming & Operational Management
Mike Millay, one of the original executives of ESPN Wide World of Sports and left the Walt Disney Company after 20 years. Millay started with the Disney in 1994 and helped design the successful business strategy behind Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in the early 1990’s, including facility design, client negotiations, event programming, event management framework, as well as overseeing the complex sponsorship and marketing efforts.During his career with Disney, Millay led the business development side of the complex focused on future facility growth, new events and partnership activations. He was a key player in the original relocation of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training home from West Palm Beach, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) headquarters from Indianapolis, and played an important role in helping facilitate the USSSA’s headquarter relocation from Virginia to Osceola County. Additionally, Millay oversaw the company’s runDisney initiative for the first 15 years of the program, building Disney’s reputation in the running space by adding the half marathon components to the series and taking the race business out west with the launch of the Disneyland Half Marathon.
Pop Warner Executive Director, Jon Butler stated, “Mike Millay is a true visionary and problem solver. He examines a situation and visualizes a great long-term solution. But, having said that, he’s always ready to roll his sleeves up and dig into the immediate short-term, ground level solution. Over a relationship of 20 years, Mike has been a pleasure to deal with – always professional and personable even in difficult circumstances.”
Prior to joining Disney, Millay served as a pioneer in the now well-established sports tourism industry, having helped create the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the National Association of Sports Commissions. He currently is active with several local and national sport organization boards of directors such as the Central Florida Sports Commission, the DeVos Sports Business Management Program and the National Council of Youth Sports.
Don Schumacher, Executive Director of the National Association of Sports Commissions added “There may not be a more knowledgeable person in the amateur sports space than Mike. He has such broad sports and event experience working with the Olympic family, the collegiate space, and all grassroots sports….yet he also has experience with the