February 08, 2006
A product of Tulane Law School's Sports Law Program has been named General Manager of the New York Jets.
Mike Tannenbaum, L'95, is entering his ninth season with the Jets, and since 1997, has served in a variety of administrative football management positions. Prior to his promotion, Tannenbaum most recently served as the team’s senior vice president, football operations/assistant general manager. Tannenbaum was previously assistant general manager/director of pro personnel from 2001-03, and the team’s director of pro player development/contract negotiations during the 2000 season.
He graduated Cum Laude from Tulane Law School where he earned his certificate in sports law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as their Sports and Entertainment division, and is also a member of the Sports Lawyers Association.
In his previous position of senior vice president, football operations/assistant general manager, Tannenbaum oversaw the team’s pro personnel department, professional scouting, and was the lead negotiator for player contracts, as well as being responsible for the management and strategic planning of the Jets’ salary cap. He also handled financial forecasting and predicting trends of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) as well as the collection and analysis of extensive research on player movement, and contract developments in order to ascertain market value and trends.
In 2000, Tannenbaum signed all of the Jets’ unprecedented four first round draft selections, re-signed Pro Bowl LB Mo Lewis, and restructured the contracts of CB Ray Mickens and SS Victor Green.
In 1998, Tannenbaum signed restricted free agent RB Curtis Martin to a long-term contract, which was widely considered to be one of the most innovative contracts structured under the CBA.
Tannenbaum was hired by the Jets on Feb. 2, 1997, after having served with both the New Orleans Saints in 1994 and 1996 and the Cleveland Browns in 1995 as a player personnel assistant. He worked as an intern with the Pittsfield (NY) Mets of the New York-Penn League (Class A) in 1991.
A native of Boston and a high school football player himself, Tannenbaum told the Tulane Lawyer alumni magazine in 2004 that he came to Tulane for its sports law program. Tannebaum called it an “excellent foundation on the intricacies of the industry.”