Mike Millay, one of the original architects of ESPN Wide World of Sports, left the Walt Disney Company in 2014 to launch his own sports consulting company. Clancy’s Sports Properties, LLC, is based in Orlando and specializes in strategic planning, facility development, sports event programming, and partnerships, as well as the development of event properties that drive economic value to communities.
Millay started with Disney in 1994 and helped design the successful business strategy behind Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in the early 1990’s, including facility design, client negotiations, event programming, event management framework, as well as overseeing the complex sponsorship and marketing efforts. During his 19-plus years with Disney, Millay led the business development side of the complex focused on future facility growth, new events and partnership activations. He was a key player in the original relocation of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training home from West Palm Beach, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) headquarters from Indianapolis, and played an important role in helping facilitate the USSSA’s headquarter relocation from Virginia to Osceola County. Additionally, Millay oversaw the company’s runDisney initiative for the first 15 years of the program, building Disney’s reputation in the running space by adding the half marathon components to the series and taking the race business out west with the launch of the Disneyland Half Marathon.
Prior to joining Disney, Millay served as a pioneer in the now well-established sports tourism industry, having helped create the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the National Association of Sports Commissions. He currently is active with several local and national sport organization boards of directors such as the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, the DeVos Sports Business Management Program and the National Council of Youth Sports.