Jeff Diamond

Jeff Diamond is a business and sports consultant who also does local and national on-air media work and speaking engagements to corporate and civic groups and at colleges. He was a successful executive in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans and he is the former Chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group.

Jeff served as team president and COO of the Tennessee Titans from 1999 to 2004 and he had overall responsibility for all areas of the organization including the football and business sides. During his tenure with the team, the Titans had an NFL-best 56-24 regular season record, reached the playoffs four times in the five years (winning two division titles) and won the AFC Championship and played in Super Bowl XXXIV in the 1999 season.

Prior to joining the Titans, Jeff worked with the Vikings in his native Minnesota, joining the team in the public relations, team operations and stadium marketing and operations areas and rising over the years to the position of senior vice president of football operations where he was the team’s general manager (overseeing the coaching staff, player personnel/scouting, salary cap and player contract negotiations as well as managing all other elements of football operations). The Vikings were a playoff team in six of the last seven years that Jeff was with the team in the VP/GM role (overall during his Vikings years, the team won seven division titles, was in the playoffs 14 times and went to one Super Bowl).

In March of 1999, Jeff was named the NFL’s Executive of the Year by Sporting News after a vote of his front office peers around the NFL following the Vikings’
15-1 season in 1998.

In his work at The Ingram Group, Jeff was involved in the firm’s management and personally provided consulting services for sports organizations and other businesses in the areas of marketing, public relations and government relations.

Jeff’s consulting experience includes work with The Institute for Athletes (NFL agent firm); Elevation Sports Marketing; the National Rugby Football League (NRFL–new pro rugby league in North America); ZeSa Fitness (selling unstable balance training devices); Sussner Design Co.; Sports Growth Partners; Nashville Predators and Nashville Sounds (AAA Baseball).

Jeff does local and national media work (radio, TV and writing including his current work on The Harrison Smith Show live from Lone Oak Grill in Eagan on WCCO Radio and writing weekly NFL columns for the Sporting News website (sportingnews.com). His media experience includes doing a daily show and NFL game day shows on SportsRadio WNSR in Nashville and writing for si.com (Sports Illustrated online). He also has done on air TV work on Sunday night shows during the NFL season, SportsLine shows and NFL Draft preview shows for WTVF (CBS affiliate) and WKRN (ABC affiliate), both in Nashville, along with national radio work for ESPN Radio, Sporting News Radio and Yahoo Sports Radio.

Jeff graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota where he played college soccer. He is active in speaking engagements to corporate and civic groups where he speaks about his NFL career and his consulting work along with team building, leadership, navigating the business roller coaster, labor relations and negotiation. He also speaks at college MBA, Law School and undergraduate classes on his NFL and consulting career and the subjects of negotiation, labor relations, management, leadership, sports business and sports management.

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