Board of Managers
Fred Biletnikoff, Jr.
Board of Managers
The USFL is governed by an independent Board of Managers that is responsible for managing the business, property and affairs of the League.
Members of the USFL Board of Managers
President & CEO
Fred Biletnikoff, Jr.
Executive Vice President, Football Operations
Executive Vice President, Administration & Legal
President & CEO
Jim Bailey has devoted most of his 42 year business career to negotiating and completing complex transactions in sports, real estate and other business endeavors, and has developed and has maintained a comprehensive understanding of sports and sports facility economics and financing. For 21 years, from 1978 until 1999, he served as Executive Vice President of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens National Football League franchises. In that capacity, he was responsible for all the business, financial and legal operations of those teams.
As the chief business administrator of the Browns and Ravens, Jim directed a staff of more than 100, obtained and managed all financing for the teams, and negotiated player contracts. He was the team’s primary liaison for understanding and implementing the NFL Player Salary Cap when that system was implemented in 1994. He also was responsible for all the teams’ stadium and facility contracts and arrangements. Included among those responsibilities was the construction of new training and office facilities for the Browns, making the first use of tax increment financing in the State of Ohio.
During his tenure with the Browns/Ravens, Jim led the effort to obtain a new or renovated stadium for the Browns in Cleveland and, when those efforts proved fruitless, successfully negotiated for the relocation of the franchise to and the construction of a new stadium in Baltimore. He oversaw the construction of the new stadium, on time and within its $220 million budget. He also directed the procurement of a then NFL record $185 million long term financing for the Ravens.
Following his tenure with the Ravens, Jim served as President and CEO of Manchester Resorts, a San Diego based hotel developer and owner. As such, he directed all the operations and new developments including securing $230 million in financing for the construction of an expansion tower to the Hyatt in downtown San Diego. He also led the effort to obtain entitlements for a world-class beach resort and golf course in Oceanside, CA, and the completion of construction and opening of a lakefront resort in McCall, Idaho. In addition, Manchester Resorts owned and managed several office buildings which fell under Mr. Bailey’s purview.
In 2001, Jim established a consulting practice serving sports business clientele, including team owners and local authorities primarily related to stadium siting, feasibility and financing. Jim undertook such consulting assignments both on his own behalf as well as in conjunction with Brailsford & Dunlavey, one of the nation’s premier program managers for sports facilities.
Prior to embarking on his career in the NFL and sports, Jim practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio for seven years, where he specialized in real estate, financing and complex transactions.
Bailey played college football at Florida State, where he was recruited by the legendary Bobby Bowden. Jim holds a law degree from University of Michigan Law School.
Fred Biletnikoff, Jr.
Executive Vice President, Football Operations
Mr. Biletnikoff has led 23 different football teams at the high school, junior college and professional levels. His accomplishments include 10 post season bowl games, including 4 Northern California Championship Games, and two undefeated seasons at Fresno City College. The 2002 Fresno City College team he coached held a No. 1 national ranking for six weeks.
From 2004 to 2010, he served as Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Central Valley Coyotes of the Arena 2 Football League (AF2), where he led the Coyotes to the playoffs three years in a row from 2006 to 2008. In addition, he served as the General Manager of the Coyotes from 2006 to 2010, managing all business operations. He also served on the AF2 Board of Directors, Coaches Peer Review and Rules and Competition Sub-Committees.
He has taught at various colleges for over ten years, including his alma mater Cal State University, Fresno.
Mr. Biletnikoff received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Cal State University, Hayward. He received his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Cal State University, Fresno.
Jeff Diamond is a sports and business consultant and former associate with The Ingram Group. Jeff joined the Group in July, 2005 as Chairman and CEO after many successful years working in the National Football League with the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings.
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. The Titans sold out all tickets and suites and were one of the NFL’s top teams on the marketing and sponsorship fronts during his time with the team. Jeff also worked to create a strong community presence for the Titans.
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 organizational evaluation, management consulting, government relations work including regional and federal consulting and lobbying, sales, marketing, corporate partnership and public relations/community relations work and stadium/facility project work.
Jeff currently operates his own consulting firm and works with clients in sports and other businesses including work for The Institute for Athletes, an athlete representation firm in Minneapolis. He also is a senior consultant for ZeSa Fitness, Alliance Sport Marketing and RugbyLaw (founder of the National Rugby Football League). Other sports clients he has worked with include the NHL's Nashville Predators and the PCL's Nashville Sounds.
Jeff also does local and national media work (radio, TV and writing including experience doing a daily show and NFL gameday shows on SportsRadio 95.9 FM/560 AM WNSR in Nashville and writing for si.com (Sports Illustrated online); he does national radio work for Yahoo Sports Radio and he also has done work for ESPN Radio and Sporting News Radio and speaking engagements.
Robert Graff has over 21 years experience in advertising sales, event sponsorships and marketing initiatives where he has developed, maintains and values a well-seasoned active database of clients and media relationships.
Robert provides a 360 degree approach when it comes to sponsorships and his passion is creating grassroots to national alliances that allow brands and fans to engage.
He works with several non-profit organizations and currently holds a position on the Advisory Board for SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association).
His firm, Graffy, Inc, is a boutique media agency focused on unique, multi-platform media and event opportunities that provide brands and consumers with deeper connections through credible and authentic partnerships.
Prior to founding Graffy, Inc, Robert held a position with ESPN in media and event sales and previously, spent over a decade managing media sales and event sponsorships for Grind Media.
Clients describe him as a positive, enthusiastic and an accountable businessman.
Robert is a native of California, graduate of CSU Long Beach with a major in Speech Communications and a happily married father of two who believes in the principles of business, “living the lifestyle” and “going for it."
Jim Miller has spent four decades in the sports world as both a journalist and executive. He began his career in 1970 as a reporter at the Louisville Courier-Journal and then as a reporter and editor at the Baltimore Evening Sun. In 1981, Miller was hired by the National Football League as chief information officer in its labor relations office, the NFL Management Council, where he was the owners' spokesperson during the 1982 player's strike.
NFL Hall of Famer Jim Finks brought Miller to New Orleans in 1986 as the Saints’ Vice President of Administration where his primary duty was the negotiation of player contracts. After Finks’ death in 1994, Miller served as Executive Vice-President of the Saints until 1996. He moved to the Buffalo Bills in 1997 as Vice President of Administration and then to the Chicago Bears in 1999 as Director of Business Operations and player contracts negotiator.
During his NFL career, Miller lectured on contract negotiations and sports economics at several venues, including Tulane University, the University of Notre Dame, and the Lake Forest (IL) College Graduate School of Management.
He returned to New Orleans in 2002 as Business Development consultant for SMG, the company that manages the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena. In 2003, he moved to the college ranks and became the fifth athletic director in University of New Orleans history. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city on August 29, 2005, Miller guided the UNO program through the difficult aftermath, years that saw the Privateer Baseball team win the Sun Belt Conference championship and the men’s golf and volleyball teams challenge for conference honors. Miller retired from UNO in August, 2009 and wrote “Where the Water Kept Rising,” on his battle to keep UNO’s Division I athletics program alive after Hurricane Katrina.
The native of Clark Station, Kentucky, graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1970 with a journalism degree and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1981. Throughout his career, Miller has continued to write, and his work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, the SABR Baseball Research Journal and the New Orleans Times-Picayune op-ed page.
A.J. (Jack) Mills holds both a bachelor's degree in accounting and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. After serving two years in the U.S. Army performing intelligence operations, Jack was hired as an assistant athletic director by the University of Colorado.
After a year at C.U., he entered the private practice of law and has specialized in sports law for more than 40 years. His practice primarily emphasizes football, but he has also represented clients in hockey, basketball, baseball, golf, skiing, and wrestling. He has represented hundreds of NFL players, including 45 former first round draft choices. He is a member of the American, California, and Colorado Bar associations. He is a Director and past President of the Sports Lawyers Association.
In addition to Jack's legal practice, he teaches a course in Sports Law at the University of Colorado School of Law and is on the Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Colorado. In 1993, the National Sports Law Institute presented Jack with the Joseph E. O'Neill award, in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of sports law, ethics, and integrity.
Executive Vice President, Administration & Legal
Bill Miltner is the Managing Partner of Miltner and Menck, a San Diego-based law firm.
For more than 20 years, Miltner has represented clients in complex real property, general business, construction, title insurance and lender litigation and transactional matters. His firm has represented many publicly traded and private companies including residential developers, construction contractors, title insurance companies and banking and lending institutions.
He has litigated cases in state and federal courts and in the Bankruptcy Courts, involving bona fide purchaser issues, mechanic’s lien and stop notice claims, easements, fraudulent conveyances, forged signatures in leases and assignments, appointment of receivers, as well as complex employment law disputes and multi-million dollar construction contract disputes such as design defects and delay and acceleration claims.
In the area of intellectual property, Mr. Miltner has enjoyed tremendous success litigating and settling high-profile copyright infringement cases on behalf of local digital graphics design artists. His experience and knowledge has been an extraordinary asset in assisting clients relative to copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and other aspects of intellectual property law.
Mr. Miltner’s results-oriented philosophy has led to the successful negotiation of multi-million dollar settlements in favor of his clients. Mr. Miltner also has a well-earned reputation for obtaining positive results with his vigorous representation and defense of his clients when litigation becomes unavoidable.
Miltner played college football at Bowling Green State University, where he starred as a wide receiver. Despite an invitation to try out for the New Jersey Generals of the original USFL, he chose to pursue a legal career.
Jay Moyer joined the National Football League in 1972 as Counsel to the Commissioner (the League's first in-house attorney). In 1984 Commissioner Pete Rozelle appointed him Executive Vice President and League Counsel, then the NFL's number two executive position, with involvement across all aspects of league management. Since retiring from full-time employment he has served as Special Counsel to the NFL, as Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, and as a director of several non-profit organizations. Jay received the Sports Lawyers Association’s Award of Excellence in 1994.
Prior to joining the NFL Jay practiced litigation and labor law with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated with high honors from Dartmouth College and Duke University Law School, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif. He has been profiled in multiple editions of Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders, and Who's Who in the World.
C.J. Olivares is a visionary executive with over 20 years of diverse media experience, who has been credited with creating an entertainment genre around extreme sports. He is a highly respected leader with a proven ability to successfully build and launch networks, compelling programming, and brands.
As an executive media consultant, Olivares provides a range of brands, properties and media companies with strategic and operational guidance in the development, production and distribution of long- and short-form programming on linear and on-demand platforms.
Previously, Olivares served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of FUEL TV, a FOX-owned sports and entertainment network inspired by action sports and the associated lifestyle. After conceptualizing the design and structure of the network, he assumed ever-increasing responsibilities culminating in the role of EVP/GM. His focus for his last 4 years there was to develop strategic growth opportunities for the network (distributed to more than 32 million Households in the US and 20 million Households internationally). He accelerated FUEL TV’s growth and drove increased profits through strategic advertising/sponsorship partnerships, international and new media revenue growth.
Before joining FUEL TV in December 2002, Olivares served as CEO of Bluetorch, a multi-media endeavor producing more than 200 hours of programming, and also advised Extreme Group Ltd on expansion in the United States. Prior to that, he joined Fox as director of development and acquisition for Fox Sports Net in 1997, where he developed the action sports franchise “Rush Hour”.
A graduate of UCLA in political science, Olivares served in various editorial positions before becoming editorial director of Triathlete Magazine and then director of development for Inclyne Sports, a pioneer in packaging and producing television sports events. Additionally, He supervised the creation and execution of 75 annual events and 150 hours of programming Prime Sports.
Olivares is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for environmental non-profits Grades of Green and the Surfrider Foundation.
Paul Warfield’s career in professional football spans over three and a half decades. He was an active player, then assistant director of personnel, director of player relations, assistant to the president, NFL licensing partner, personnel consultant, and senior scout and advisor.
Warfield entered the NFL in 1964 as a first round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns. The 1964 draft produced eleven Pro Football Hall of Fame members, more than any other draft class in NFL history. After 13 seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins he retired, but not before helping both teams win championships. In 1964 he helped the Browns win an NFL title, and then earned two Super Bowl rings with the Dolphins winning Super Bowls VII and VIII.
Paul rejoined the Browns in 1980 as a member of their personnel department. He served as assistant director of pro personnel. His area of concentration was evaluation of players on rosters of other NFL clubs for purpose of acquisition. Additionally, he aided the collegiate scouting staff prepare for the draft. He then transitioned from player personnel to assistant to club owner, Arthur Modell. There he teamed with Jim Bailey regarding player personnel practices in accordance with the NFL Bylaws and Constitution. Additionally, he participated in club meetings the NFL’s Management Council to update the Browns on labor relations with the Players Union. In 1983, the year following a 57-day players strike, the Browns became proactive in establishing better player relations. The club enacted a player relations department and Paul was appointed director. He instituted programs in support of Browns players and families. Significant strides were made integrating players into the community and local charitable organizations.
Additionally an annual “Meet the Players” luncheon was established for members of the Cleveland business community to meet Browns players desiring to explore the possibilities of a second career in the same city in which they played.
In 1986 Paul launched The Paul Warfield Company, a temporary services and contract worker firm that provided entities such as General Motors and General Electric with engineers and highly skilled technicians for their manufacturing divisions. The company also provided long-term temporary employees to the State of Ohio and other local businesses.
Early in the 1990’s Paul re-established his relationship with the NFL in a different capacity. He and his business partner Dynasty Apparel were granted a license from NFL Properties to manufacture and sell apparel including: tee-shirts, sweat shirts, golf shirts, and other assorted tops and bottoms featuring NFL team logos to retail outlets nationally. During its 10 year relationship with NFLP the Warfield/Dynasty partnership earned several awards from the NFLP for top sales as a licensee in regular and “hot” markets as well as accolades for product innovation.
Between 2000 and 2004 Paul was a consultant with the Dallas Cowboys. He conferred with team owner Jerry Jones and his scouting staff regarding players in the collegiate ranks; as well as NFL players via trade and free agency.
In 2005 Paul rejoined the Cleveland Browns collegiate scouting staff where he served as senior scout and advisor to general manager, Phil Savage. He left the organization in 2010.
Senior Financing Officer
Upon completion of formal education at DePaul University in Chicago, majoring in business administration, Bill Miller attended The New York Institute of Finance in New York City.
From 1974-1980 he was a Registered Representative with Hornblower, Weeks, Hemphill Noyes. During tenure he was elected to the firm’s Presidents Club (made up of 1% of the firm’s top producers), gave lectures on advanced trading techniques to other brokers at company sponsored seminars, and was considered one of the nation’s most knowledgeable individuals in stock and index options. Areas of expertise included sophisticated hedging and arbitrage techniques, financial engineering, and advanced options trading. Also during this period Bill taught Securities and Investments, Advanced Donation Strategies, Portfolio Management, and Corporate Finance at Prairie State College, Governors State University, and Triton College. He also served as Chairman of Board of Directors for the prestigious Tolentine Seminary and Retreat.
From 1982-2003, Bill was President and CEO of William Miller Associates. The company’s primary focus was to assist companies with the development of reorganization plans, capitalization strategies, marketing programs, and financial plans. In addition, the company also assisted organizations with new project development and the preparation of disclosure documents. In 1998 he was asked to be one of ten keynote speakers at the Annual Stadium Development Conference held in San Francisco. Attended by representatives of the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and various government and financial institutions, financial concepts were presented that enable professional sports stadiums to be built debt-free without the need for taxes or municipal financing used by most major cities.
Since 2006 Bill has worked as a project advisor and financial engineer for financiers involved in developing private projects centered on sports, entertainment, real estate, finance, and charitable gift giving.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Kate Jeffery brings to the USFL team a keen ability to create, frame and communicate clear messages to targeted audiences. Her skills have been built during a successful career working in, and with local and national media, as well as operating her own public relations firm.
Ms. Jeffery began her television news career working as a producer in Washington D.C. for Spanish language television. Following time in Buenos Aires where she worked for NBC News Radio, Ms. Jeffery worked on the assignment desk for NBC News in New York where she researched and developed stories for NBC News programs and coordinated news coverage for breaking stories. From that she was then invited to join the NBC Sports team at the Olympics in Barcelona.
After the Olympics, she returned to her home town, San Diego, where she joined the local NBC Affiliate, KNSD, as Assistant Director of Editorials and Community Relations. She won an Emmy for her work, and was nominated for two more.
Ms. Jeffery joined Governor Pete Wilson's successful re-election campaign to serve as his Northern California Broadcast Media Director. As a part of her work, Kate initiated a Spanish language media outreach campaign.
At the conclusion of the campaign, Kate returned to San Diego to serve as Press Secretary for Scott Harvey, a member of the San Diego City Council. Her work resulted in stories featuring Harvey’s initiatives which extended beyond San Diego to such national media as NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. She also served as liaison to various communities within Harvey's district.
After Harvey's term on the Council, Kate was named Director of Media Relations for the San Diego Host Committee to the Republican National Convention. She was responsible for managing communications with the local, national and international press while engaging the greater San Diego community in the effort. With the participation of San Diego individuals, businesses, non-profits and government entities, she created the San Diego Media Resource Guide- 'Everything Under the Sun' and the Sail to San Diego community outreach campaign.
Following the convention, Ms. Jeffery and a business partner formed CynKat Communications, a firm specializing in "Image Architecture"- creating authentic images to move agendas ahead. CynKat initiated many effective and successful media, branding and community relations campaigns for a wide variety of clients which included Sea World, Kelwood Development, Dick Murphy for Mayor, Manchester Resorts, the Rescue Mission and St. Madeleine Sophie's Center for developmentally disabled adults.
Ms. Jeffery received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Her college education included two years at U.C. Santa Barbara, a year of study at the University of Madrid, and a semester in Washington D.C.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Hylton Lonstein is a member of the executive teams of the United States Football League and several related entities engaged in financing, launching and managing sports, real estate and entertainment ventures.
He is also a Partner in Lonsco Management Group, a private business management organization that has been engaged in real estate development, energy, sciences, and consumer goods. For the past few years he has been primarily focused in residential and commercial real estate development including land acquisition, entitlement, investment, equity & debt sourcing, and deal and joint venture structuring.
Previously, he served as Vice President of McComic Consolidated / Trans West Housing, a land development and homebuilding company where he secured entitlements and managed residential subdivision projects in several CA markets; and managed land acquisitions across the state.
Prior to McComic, he served on six-person Executive Committee that managed all business operations for Manchester Resorts. He was a member of the team that secured entitlements and $230M in private financing for what is now a 1,625-key Hyatt hotel. He also worked on several other large scale hotel projects, as well as the management of the company's hotel and office assets.
Before joining Manchester, he worked at the Flannery Group, a public affairs, marketing and lobbying firm. There he helped clients such as the San Diego Padres, SAIC, Douglas E. Barnhart Inc, San Diego Unified School District, the cities of San Diego and Los Angeles, BIA, and Orange County Transportation Authority with local and state government affairs, public relations and communications.
Hylton began his career working for two consecutive members of the San Diego City Council. He represented them in communities throughout the district; and advised on land use, economic development, public safety and other policy issues.
He earned a degree in Political Science from San Diego State University, and Postgraduate Certification in Real Estate Investments, Finance & Development from University of San Diego.
He has served on a number of charitable and professional boards and committees.
Chief Financial Officer
With over 20 years of experience running Finance and Information Technology departments, Byrne has developed a specialization in turnaround and transformation with such companies as Proxima, Topaz, Cipher Data Products, Spectral Dynamics and Manpower Temporary Services. He is a veteran in raising capital in both the public and private environment and has managed multiple buyouts, dissident shareholder issues and is known to bring financial organization to all companies with which he works.