2 Minutes With … Brian Michael Cooper, President and COO of the American Flag Football League

On how sports galvanizes communities

Brian is president and chief operating officer of the American Flag Football League, responsible for the startup's strategic planning and business operations.

He has over 25 years of experience as a sports attorney, agent, executive and advisor. Prior to joining the AFFL, Brian was a partner at Frost Brown Todd. He has also held the position of president for the XFL's Houston Roughnecks and the NBA G-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers. 

We spent two minutes with Brian to learn more about his background, his creative inspirations and recent work he's admired.

Brian, tell us …

Where you grew up, and where you live now. 

Evansville, Ind., and Houston.

Your earliest sports memory.  

Traveling to St. Louis to watch the Chicago Bears play the then-St. Louis Cardinals

Your favorite sports team(s).  

Chicago Bears, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Tigers, Notre Dame FB, Indiana U. BB, RGV Vipers, Houston Roughnecks

Your favorite athlete(s).  

Walter Payton, Reggie Miller, Reggie Jackson, Joe Montana, Doug Williams

Your favorite sports show or podcast. 

Sports Center with Scott Van Pelt

Your favorite sports movie and/or video game.  


A recent project you're proud of.  

Helping build the infrastructure to launch a new professional sports league.

Someone else's project that you admired recently. 

The inclusion of flag football in the 2028 L.A. OlympicsNWSL securing a quarter-billion-dollar media deal.

Something coming up for your organization that you are excited about.  

The inaugural season launch on April 27

What sports can do that nothing else can.  

Sports can unite people and galvanize communities. 

What you'd be doing if you weren't in the sports world. 

Helping people and companies achieve their economic goals as a venture capital attorney.

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