Debbie Spander joined Wasserman in 2012 and serves as Senior Vice President of Broadcasting and Coaching. In this role, Debbie focuses primarily on representing on-air talent, including former athletes, female sportscasters and multimedia journalists, as well as NBA coaches. She specializes in helping athletes transition to post-playing media and coaching careers and secures broadcast, coaching and marketing opportunities for clients, negotiates deals and provides overall career guidance.
Since joining Wasserman, Debbie has grown the Broadcasting and Coaching practice from five clients to 50 and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2016. Her broadcast and media clients include Frank Thomas, Aaron Boone, Ned Colletti, Brent Barry, Candace Parker, Brian Scalabrine, Antawn Jamison, Marc Spears, Ric Bucher, Jonathan Abrams, Stewart Mandel, Eric Wynalda, Alyssa Roenigk, Nicole Zaloumis, Shane O’Donoghue, Juli Inkster and David Fay. She also represents Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg and newly hired Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton in both their coaching contracts and marketing partnerships.
Debbie began her career at Fox Sports Net, where, as VP of Business and Legal Affairs, she structured, negotiated and administered telecast licenses for FSN, Fox Sports and FX. Debbie was also VP, Business Affairs at MTV Entertainment, the digital, sports and comedy division of Viacom.
Debbie currently serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the marketing and PR committee at the Sports Lawyers Association. She also sits on the Board of Directors at Westcoast Sports as well as the Marquette Sports Law Institute, is a frequent speaker at sports business and law conferences, and is a guest lecturer at UCLA and Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
She is a graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA School of Law and lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and daughter.