Chief Executive Officer, Hardball CapitalManaging Owner, 3 MiLB Teams
Jason Freier is the Chairman and CEO of Hardball Capital, a sports-related investment company whose assets include affiliated Minor League Baseball franchises. Under Mr. Freier's leadership Hardball has built the Fort Wayne TinCaps into one of the premier teams in Minor League Baseball and drastically improved the operations and fan experience with the Chattanooga Lookouts, Savannah Sand Gnats and the Salem Avalanche. Hardball has built new ballparks that have catalyzed hundreds of millions in development in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Columbia, South Carolina.
Hardball has set all-time attendance records with every team it has owned and operated. Mr. Freier has consulted with other owners, potential owners and municipalities on matters including franchise valuation and purchase, stadium location, design and financing and team branding and operations.
Mr. Freier is an attorney by training. Prior to founding Hardball, he specialized in complex business matters and sports law (representing owners and potential owners of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL teams). Following law school, Mr. Freier worked with former United States Solicitor General and Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried and practiced with Williams & Connolly in Washington D.C. and Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore in Atlanta.
Mr. Freier's work has been the subject of articles in national publications and has been quoted in legislation before the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Mr. Freier is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and Leadership Atlanta (class of 2007). Mr. Freier serves on the Board of Directors of the South Atlantic League, where he is a member of the League's Executive Committee, the Southern League and the Midwest League. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Palmer & Cay and has previously served on the Advisory Boards for Thuzio and Sarvint. Mr. Freier has also served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina League. Mr. Freier is an appointed member of the Stadium Advisory Board of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission and the City of Columbia (SC) Venue Advisory Board. He is also an officer of the Harvard Club of Georgia. Jason is a graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, where he was elected to the Yale Law Journal.