Front Office Sports Announces the 2020 Best Employers in Sports

Highlighting the dedicated employers taking care of and doing right by their employees

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The second annual Front Office Sports Best Employers in Sports Award, presented by FEVO, recognizes organizations across the sports industry that are excelling in the arena of employee relations and are setting a new standard for company leadership. The companies recognized as best employers in sports are producing a top-notch company culture, an authentic focus on diversity and inclusion and a strong work-life balance, as well as a genuine and employee-first handling of the COVID-19 impact. They are doing right by their employees even in the most uncertain of times.

The survey, completed by more than 1,600 people currently or formerly employed in the sports industry, asked participants to rate statements, and provide answers to open-ended questions. The anonymous responses took on topics of company culture, diversity, advancement opportunity, compensation, trust, and the likelihood to recommend their work environment. This year’s survey included a focus on COVID-19 response and handling as well as leadership during the time of crisis. Many of the top organizations recognized did not experience furloughs, layoffs, or reduced salaries in 2020 and a number engage a diverse c-suite including top female leaders in the sports industry. The 2020 companies averaged an unprecedented 9.62/10 rating for employees that would recommend their employer to a colleague.

The top 25 rated companies and organizations celebrated with this great honor include:

  • 4FRONT*
  • Atlanta Hawks*
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • EdjSports, LLC
  • Generator Studio
  • GMR Marketing*
  • Good Karma Brands
  • Harris County – Houston Sports Authority
  • LeagueApps
  • Miami Dolphins*
  • Minnesota Røkkr and Version1
  • Nashville Predators*
  • Navigate*
  • Next College Student Athlete (NCSA)
  • Opendorse*
  • Orlando City Soccer Club
  • Peach Bowl, Inc.
  • Prep Network
  • Scout Sports & Entertainment*
  • StellarAlgo*
  • STN Digital
  • The Savannah Bananas
  • Tipico Sportsbook
  • USA Triathlon

*two-time winner

“We are honored to be part of an award that is employee-driven and provides a true insight into the company culture as well as creates a unique opportunity to showcase these organizations to potential talent,” said Adam White, CEO of Front Office Sports. “In such a hard-hit year for not only the sports industry but our country as a whole, this recognition speaks volumes to the companies and leadership that have gone above and beyond to limit the pain felt by their employees and communities.”

“FEVO is proud to present this award and recognize the stellar work being done in our industry to value our employees,” said Ari Daie, Founder and CEO of FEVO. “Employers have an important responsibility to their workforces now more than ever, and we’re thankful for Front Office Sports and their mission to tell these stories.”

Patented AI technology, powered by Yrdstk, was used in open-ended questions to remove human bias, and provide true and authentic responses. Front Office Sports and its employees did not play any role in the process or selection of winners. More than ever employees are craving a positive work environment and seeking organizations that align with their personal values and the goal of this award is to ensure that organizations strive to do better year after year and foster a positive work environment for their employees.

About Front Office Sports

Front Office Sports (FOS) is one of the most influential media brands covering the $600 billion business of sports. Through its original reporting, daily newsletters, and social channels, it reaches 2M business professionals and generates more than 20M digital impressions monthly. The FOS portfolio of awards including Rising 25 and Best Employers in Sports are seen as a benchmark for the industry. For more information, go to or follow us @FOS on Twitter and @frontofficesports on Instagram.

About FEVO

FEVO is socializing the online shopping cart. A technology company that integrates with any brand, FEVO simplifies every transaction and enables consumers to share purchases, allowing friends and groups to pay individually and share experiences collectively. To learn more, go to or follow us @FEVO on LinkedIn.

About Yrdstk

NYC based Yrdstk, powered by Canvs uses the latest advancements in artificial intelligence to eliminate human bias and bring efficiencies to the primary research process. For our business awards application, the Canvs patented AI tech instantly evaluates an unlimited number of open-ended responses containing unlimited amounts of modern human dialogue – even text abbreviations, slang and emojis. The application does all the heavy lifting and there is no capital expenditure, making it quite simple for daily online publishers to launch new business award franchises and the numerous ancillary benefits they bring to the publishers and the industries they cover.


Larry Fink