The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has appointed Joi Garner (pictured) as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective October 15. Garner succeeds Joe Lambert, who will be retiring.
In her new position, Garner will be returning to NYRA, where she served as associate general counsel from 2016-2018 and was responsible for commercial and technical contracts, commercial litigation, sweepstakes and contests, and acted as production counsel for NYRA’s television shows, including oversight of the landmark media rights agreement with FOX Sports.
Garner previously served as executive vice president and general counsel at Think450, the marketing and licensing subsidiary of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) responsible for group product licensing, developing brand collaborations and commercializing the likeness rights of the collective group of current NBA players.
Prior to her tenure at Think450 and NYRA, Garner was a member of the Sports and Entertainment group of Garvey Schubert Barer, advising media, companies, athletes and entertainers on corporate and entertainment matters. She also served at Morrison & Foerster as an attorney; at the National Basketball Association as an international PR associate; and at MediaLink Worldwide, a broadcast public relations firm.