SVP and General Counsel, MLS NEXT Pro
Brook Gardiner was named SVP and General Counsel for MLS NEXT Pro in April 2022. In his role, Gardiner is responsible for all legal matters, including league governance and expansion and commercial and player policies.
Gardiner’s position with MLS NEXT Pro continues his legal career in sports and entertainment. He joined the new soccer league from NBCUniversal Media LLC, where he was Vice President, Labor Relations. In his role, Gardiner oversaw labor strategy for the NBC Sports Group, including Sunday Night Football, Olympics, Triple Crown, Premier League, NASCAR, and Golf, and the major market NBC and Telemundo stations.
Prior to NBCU, Gardiner spent 13 years as a lawyer with the National Football League, focused on labor relations. In his position with the NFL, he handled player-related arbitrations and provided labor law advice. He began his career as an associate at the Washington DC law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld LLP.
Gardiner received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from NYU School of Law, where he won the Larry Fleisher Memorial Foundation Prize for extraordinary achievement in the area of sports and entertainment law.
Avid road cyclists, Gardiner and his wife reside in New York City.