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Bobby Sharma

Founder & Managing Partner

Bluestone Equity Partners

New York, NY, USA


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Bobby Sharma’s Biography

Bobby Sharma is the Founder & Managing Partner of Bluestone Equity Partners, an institutionally backed private equity firm building strategic capital partnerships with established Sports, Media & Entertainment businesses seeking to grow and scale operations globally.

Bobby is a highly accomplished entrepreneur and business leader with global experience across a range of industries, including finance, private equity, sports, media & entertainment and law. As Managing Partner, he uses his business experience and industry ties to build relationships that offer strategic guidance and operational expertise to help established growth-stage businesses accelerate growth and scale. Bobby also serves as a Special Advisor to the Sports & Entertainment Group at law firm, Foley & Lardner LLP.

Previously, Bobby served as Chairman of investment firm Blue Devil Holdings, co-founded and served as Managing Partner of esports advisory firm, Electronic Sports Group, served as CEO of Soccerex and as SVP, Global Head of Basketball & Strategic Initiatives at IMG, where he led the growth of a range of...
Bobby Sharma is the Founder & Managing Partner of Bluestone Equity Partners, an institutionally backed private equity firm building strategic capital partnerships with established Sports, Media & Entertainment businesses seeking to grow and scale operations globally.

Bobby is a highly accomplished entrepreneur and business leader with global experience across a range of industries, including finance, private equity, sports, media & entertainment and law. As Managing Partner, he uses his business experience and industry ties to build relationships that offer strategic guidance and operational expertise to help established growth-stage businesses accelerate growth and scale. Bobby also serves as a Special Advisor to the Sports & Entertainment Group at law firm, Foley & Lardner LLP.

Previously, Bobby served as Chairman of investment firm Blue Devil Holdings, co-founded and served as Managing Partner of esports advisory firm, Electronic Sports Group, served as CEO of Soccerex and as SVP, Global Head of Basketball & Strategic Initiatives at IMG, where he led the growth of a range of businesses worldwide, including emerging markets such as India, Brazil, China, Turkey and Africa.

Bobby also served as VP & General Counsel of the NBA Development League (now G-League), helping guide the establishment of the NBA’s first minor league system. During his nearly ten-year tenure, the league grew from six regional teams to 16 teams across the country.

In addition to serving on corporate boards, Bobby serves on the Board of Directors for the Goodwill Industries of NY & NJ and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He has garnered numerous awards, including the Basketball Federation of India Legacy Award, as well as being honored as one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” by the Asian American Business Development Center and as a “Power Player” by the Sports Business Journal.

Bobby holds a B.A. from Duke University and J.D. from Duke Law School.
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Bobby Sharma’s Newsfeed

Can the W.N.B.A. Make Money?

The Founder of Bluestone Equity Partners, Bobby Sharma, is quoted in this article exploring the profitibility of the W.N.B.A. Sharma, who previously worked in the N.B.A. office as a senior legal executive, said he had tuned in for the first time like many other viewers.

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Bluestone Equity is betting $45 million on a startup using AI to drive video creation

In a release, Bobby Sharma said: "The applications for VideoVerse's technology are limitless, extending across sports, media & entertainment, and into other industries, such as education and security."

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Bobby Sharma’s Background

Bluestone Equity Partners
Founder & Managing Partner
2023 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Bluestone Equity Partners is a leading institutionally-backed private equity firm focused on the sports, media & entertainment industry.
 
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Blue Devil Holdings
Executive Chairman
2015 - 2023
New York, NY, USA
Blue Devil Holdings is a global sports, media & entertainment private investment company, focused on M&A and development of high-growth, globally-scalable assets.
 
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Bobby Sharma’s Gallery

Board Positions

PMY Group
Board of Directors
Melbourne, CA
PMY is a full-service technology solutions company that supports venues and major events of all types to enhance their infrastructure, experience and intelligence.
 
VideoVerse
Board of Directors
San Francisco, CA, USA
VideoVerse works to empower both enterprise and individual content creators with disruptive, scalable technology that enhances and streamlines the content production process.
 
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Advisory Roles

Foley & Lardner LLP
Special Advisor | Sports & Entertainment Group
2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA
With 25 offices across the globe, Foley & Lardner LLP is a leading law firm working at the nexus of the energy, healthcare & life sciences, innovative technology and manufacturing sectors. Its Sports and Entertainment group specializes in representing professional and amateur sports organizations, as well as related businesses.
 

Previous Board Positions

Soccerex
Vice Chairman
2019 - 2022
Miami, FL, USA
Founded in 1996, Soccerex is world's largest organizer of football/soccer business conferences. As the host of industry-leading events around the world, it provides unique market intelligence and key insights through its array of media channels. Bobby also served as CEO from 2019-2021.
 

Media

Soundcloud: Bobby Sharma | Bluestone
Profile
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Video editing platform VideoVerse gets growth capital from Bluestone Equity
Dec 2023
“The demand for intelligent software automation of short-form content and highlights is growing exponentially,” said Bobby Sharma.
 
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Interviews

Bobby Sharma, Special Adviser, Foley & Lardner LLP, trends in the global Esports industry
Mar 2022
Bobby Sharma joins the Law In Sport podcast to discuss his extensive experience in the sports, media and entertainment industry.
 
The business of sport
Jul 2023
London, UK
Commenting on the commercial imperatives in sport and fan support, Bobby Sharma says the rules of the game are changing as younger fans turn to streaming services rather than cable.
 

Features

Former NBA Executive Bobby Sharma Launches Private-Equity Firm
Feb 2023
New York, NY, USA
Bobby Sharma is launching Bluestone Equity Partners LP, a private-equity firm focused on investments in sports, media and entertainment. To date, the firm has collected $300M from institutional investors in its first fund.
 

Publications

The Sport Business Handbook: Insights from 100+ Leaders Who Shaped 50 Years of the Industry
Contributing Writer
2022
New York, NY, USA
Bobby Sharma contributed the chapter titled 'Esports Are Well Situated for a Post-Covid Sports World'. The Sport Business Handbook is a groundbreaking and unique compendium of leadership lessons and career guidance from virtually every luminary in the sports business community over the past fifty years.
 
The rise and (apparent) fall of the European Super League
Author
May 2021
Bobby Sharma discusses how the idea for European Super League, which had widespread support from prominent individuals in sport, business and government, in addition to mass protests, went wrong in just a matter of two days. His answer, in short: "In Europe, football is not a game or a product; but rather a deeply ingrained part of culture and shared human experience."
 

Memberships

Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC, USA
Founded in 1871, The Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) is a voluntary bar association that hosts the only Lawyer Referral Service in the District of Columbia.
 

Awards & Recognition

The Sports Business Journal
"Power Player" | Sports & Entertainment Industry
2021
Sports Business Journal (SBJ) sits at the epicenter of the sports industry. SBJ provides the news, the networking and the data to equip the most powerful executives in sports business to make more informed decisions, deals and partnerships.
 
Asian American Business Development Center
Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business
2014
The recipients of the Outstanding 50 Award represent an exceptional and diverse group of Asian American entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporate executives who excel in various business fields.
 
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Training & Management Courses

Harvard Business School Executive Education
Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports Program
Cambridge, MA, USA
The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports course helps professionals better understand business and technology trends and how to establish a long-term competitive advantage in today's entertainment environment..
 

Charitable Interests

UNICEF
Supporter
1991 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is an agency of the United Nations responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide.
 
Save the Children
Supporter
1988 - Present
Fairfield, CT, USA
Save the Children is the foremost independent organization that strives to create long-term impact in the lives of children in need both in the United States and globally.
 

Bar Admissions

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The State Bar of California
Jan 1999
Sacramento, CA, USA
The State Bar of California protects the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys, in addition to the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law and support of efforts for greater access to the legal system.
 

Press Releases

Bluestone Equity Partners Invests in RWS Global
Sep 2023
New York, NY, USA
Bluestone Equity Partners announced a minority investment in RWS Global, the world’s largest provider of live shows, destinations and immersive experiences across the hospitality, leisure, theatrical, corporate, retail and sports sectors.
 
Bluestone Equity Partners Invests in PMY Group
Jul 2023
New York, NY, USA
Bluestone Equity Partners announced an investment in PMY Group, a premier international venue, events and infrastructure technology solutions firm. This marks PMY’s first institutional capital raise since inception.
 
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Fellowships

U.S. Department of Justice
Intern | Civil Division
Washington, DC, USA
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Division, is responsible for representing the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet Officers, and other federal employees in any civil or criminal matter that falls within its jurisdiction.
 

Bobby Sharma’s Education