|As Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets, Alton Byrd oversees strategic and operational activities for the NBA G League team of the Brooklyn Nets. Byrd has led the launch of the team’s inaugural season at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the team’s permanent move to NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on Long Island.
Prior to joining the Long Island Nets in April 2016, Byrd accumulated more than 25 years of sports and brand marketing experience as a professional basketball player, coach, entrepreneur and business executive. He most recently served as Chief Revenue Officer for the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA where he grew the team’s sponsorship, merchandise and ticket sales.
Byrd has previously held a variety of roles that have shaped his business experience, including Maloof Sports & Entertainment and the London Monarch of NFL Europe.
Byrd played professional basketball for Crystal Palace Basketball Club in London, and at 25 became the first African-American General Manager of a British sports organization, the Murray International Metals Sports Organization in Edinburgh, Scotland. While securing sponsorships such as Nike and Renault for the organization, Byrd led Murray International to four British championships, five Scottish championships, and the team’s first ever appearance in the second round of the European Champions Basketball Cup.
Byrd holds a degree in Urban Studies and Economics from Columbia University, where he was also inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on the Men’s Basketball Team. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife, Francine.