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RedBall Acquisition Corp (NYSE: RBAC) is a new blank-check company incorporated as a Cayman Islands exempted company and formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses.

While we may pursue an acquisition opportunity in any industry or sector, we intend to focus on businesses in the sports, media and data analytics sectors, with a focus on professional sports franchises, which complement our management team’s expertise and will benefit from our strategic and hands-on operational leadership. Our management team represents a unique combination of operating, investing, financial and transactional experience.

Leadership

(Co-Chairmen)

Gerry Cardinale

(Co-Chairmen)

Billy Beane

(CEO)

Alec Scheiner

(EVP)

Luke Bornn

(Co-Chairmen)

Gerry Cardinale

Gerry Cardinale is the Founder and Managing Partner of RedBird Capital Partners, a leader in the sports industry, with over 25 years of experience building a range of multi-billion-dollar platform companies.

Prior to founding RedBird, Mr. Cardinale spent 20 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner of the firm and a senior leader of the merchant banking division’s private equity investing business, managing over $100 billion of private capital across equity, debt, real estate and infrastructure investment strategies.

In 2011, Mr. Cardinale partnered with the New York Yankees and the Steinbrenner family to create the Yankees Entertainment & Sports (“YES”) Network. The YES Network soon became the number one regional sports network in the United States by viewership and profitability and was acquired by Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. in 2014. In 2007, Mr. Cardinale partnered with the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees to create Legends Hospitality, one of the preeminent businesses in the sports ecosystem across premium sales, concessions, hospitality and merchandising.

At RedBird, Mr. Cardinale has continued his track record for building sports businesses in partnership with word class rights holders and helping them leverage their intellectual property to create business platforms with substantial terminal value. In 2015, RedBird partnered with the NFL and its 32 owners to create On Location Experiences, a global experiential entertainment business which grew to over 150 rights holder partnerships, including the NFL and the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, Ryder Cup and PGA Championships, 50+ college bowl games, music festivals and hundreds of global music tours. On Location Experiences was acquired by Endeavor in 2020.

In August 2019, RedBird partnered with the New York Yankees, Amazon and Sinclair Broadcasting to reacquire the YES Network as part of the larger acquisition of 21st Century Fox by the Walt Disney Company. YES continues its market leading position as the #1 Regional Sports Network in the United States, broadcasting the games of the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets and New York City Football Club and garnering a total of 118 Emmy Awards for its sports and entertainment programming.

In December 2019, RedBird partnered with the NFL Players’ Association (“NFLPA”) and MLB Players’ Association (“MLBPA”) to create OneTeam Partners, a first of its kind platform company which helps athletes maximize the value of their name, image and likeness rights, anchored by the NFLPA and MLBPA’s video game and trading cards rights.

In 2020, RedBird announced an investment in Skydance Media, a diversified entertainment platform in partnership with Larry and David Ellison, Tencent and CJ Entertainment that produces original content across four main verticals: (i) Feature Film (Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Star Trek); (ii) Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) and Television (Jack Ryan, Jack Reacher Altered Carbon, Gracie & Frankie); (iii) Animation; and (iv) Interactive (Walking Dead VR game).

Mr. Cardinale currently sits on the boards of Yankee Global Enterprises (the corporate holding company of the New York Yankees), the YES Network, OneTeam Partners, Skydance Media and RedBird FC (Toulouse FC and Zelus Analytics), among others. Philanthropically, Mr. Cardinale is a Trustee of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City and leads one of the multi-state Selection Committees that awards Rhodes Scholarships each year. Mr. Cardinale received an Honors B.A. from Harvard University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and an M.Phil in Politics and Political Theory from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Based on Mr. Cardinale’s substantial experience in our target sectors, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and his track record at Goldman Sachs and RedBird and in advising and managing public and private companies, we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors.

(Co-Chairmen)

Billy Beane

Billy Beane is considered one of the most progressive and iconic executives in professional sports and has been a leader in bringing analytics to the forefront of professional sports. He was promoted to his current position of Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Oakland A’s in 2015 after 18 seasons as General Manager.

Few executives have replicated Mr. Beane’s return on investment in terms of spending relative to wins, which we believe has the most direct impact on creating enterprise value in sports. Despite having a payroll that has consistently ranked in the bottom quartile of Major League Baseball (“MLB”), the A’s have compiled the seventh most wins in the MLB under Mr. Beane’s tenure, and their eight postseason appearances since the 2000 season are tied for fifth among all MLB teams. Since Mr. Beane was promoted to General Manager following the 1997 season, the value of the Oakland A’s has increased from $118 million in 1998 to $1.1 billion today. Mr. Beane’s analytics-based approach has been adopted by many other major professional sports teams and leagues and has spawned a new industry around sports data analytics. Mr. Beane has also been actively involved in European football and is a consultant to the Dutch football club AZ Alkmaar. Since Mr. Beane’s involvement, AZ Alkmaar has improved from 6th in the 2016-2017 season to 2nd in the 2019-2020 season of the Dutch Eredivisie league, has more than doubled its roster value and has increased its annual net transfer proceeds. Mr. Beane is also a minority owner of England’s Barnsley Football Club, which was promoted from English 3rd division to the 2nd division since Mr. Beane’s involvement.

Mr. Beane’s leadership and the A’s innovative approach to measuring, acquiring, and managing talent were the subject of Michael Lewis’ best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The book has since been made into a full-length motion picture featuring Brad Pitt in the starring role, which premiered in 2011. Mr. Beane has worked with Fortune 500 companies, global sports leagues, and high-performing organizations to apply this methodology of identifying and using undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive edge. In 2017, Mr. Beane was named one of the top hundred living business minds by Forbes magazine. He has served on the board of directors of several companies, including ProTrade and NetSuite, Inc. Based on Mr. Beane’s substantial experience in our target sectors and his leadership in advising and managing public and private companies and sports organizations, we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors.

(CEO)

Alec Scheiner

Alec Scheiner is a well-respected operator and investor within the sports and media industry. He was one of the top executives with the Dallas Cowboys when the club designed and built the $1.2 billion AT&T Stadium.

While at the Dallas Cowboys, Mr. Scheiner helped transform the club’s sales and administrative organization, built its own merchandising company, formed Legends Hospitality (where he sat on the board and executive committee), and created in-house football analytics functions. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Scheiner served as President of the Cleveland Browns and oversaw an unprecedented business turnaround, including $150 million of facility renovations in two years and the creation of one of the largest football and business analytics departments in the NFL. Since joining RedBird in 2016, Mr. Scheiner has helped oversee investment opportunities and advisory efforts for RedBird Sports Group, a subsidiary of RedBird’s management company. Consistent with RedBird’s investment mandate and philosophy, RedBird Sports Group brings together in-house operating capabilities, company building expertise and flexible long-term capital to enable more

professionalized ownership of sports assets in partnership with rights holders. At RedBird, Mr. Scheiner helped create OneTeam Partners and is a lead director on its Board of Directors. Mr. Scheiner is also a director on the Board of Directors of Toulouse FC and Zelus Analytics. Mr. Scheiner attended Georgetown University, where he earned his degree in Economics and Latin American studies with honors and received his J.D. with honors from Georgetown Law School.

(EVP)

Luke Bornn

Dr. Luke Bornn is recognized as a world leader in sports analytics, having published dozens of peer reviewed academic articles across multiple sports. His work has received numerous accolades, including six straight MIT Sloan research award finalist selections from 2014 through 2019. Dr. Bornn has led the analytics groups for the Sacramento Kings (where he served as Vice President, Strategy and Analytics from 2017 to July 2020) and AS Roma (where he served as Head of Analytics from 2016 to 2017, when the market value of the players signed during his tenure increased significantly). In both roles he worked closely with managers, coaches and sports scientists to measure and evaluate athletes and performance.

In addition to his work with European football and North American basketball teams, the British Columbia native has held tenure-track professorships in Statistics at both Harvard University and Simon Fraser University where he currently serves as Associate Professor of Statistics. Dr. Bornn is Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Zelus Analytics, a sports analytics company providing a world-leading sports intelligence platform for professional sports teams in their exclusive partner network.

Board & Management

Volkert Doeksen is the Co-Founder of AlpInvest Partners, a private equity group launched in 2000. While at AlpInvest, Mr. Doeksen served as Chairman of the Board, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, where he scaled their business to become a world-class global private equity firm with over €45 billion of assets under management and over 155 employees across three continents. During his tenure, AlpInvest became a prominent Fund of Fund co-investment, secondaries and mezzanine investment firm. Prior to founding AlpInvest, Mr. Doeksen was a Director and Investment Partner at Kleinwort Benson Limited, where he was involved with the U.S. fund’s private equity and mezzanine transactions as well as with launching Dresdner Kleinwort Benson’s new private equity fund initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe and Mexico, where he was a member of the investment committee and partner in each of those funds. From 2015 until 2019 Mr. Doeksen served as a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group. He is currently a Member of the Board at Nouryon B.V., a specialty chemical producer in Amsterdam; a Member of the International Advisory Board at Van Lanschot Kempen, the oldest wealth management firm in the Netherlands; and a Member of the Board at Athora Holdings, Bermuda. He holds a Law degree from Leyden University, the Netherlands.

Based on Mr. Doeksen’s substantial experience in financial services, capital markets, private equity and asset management, we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors.

Deborah A. Farrington is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of StarVest Partners LP, a New York City based venture capital firm investing in technology-enabled business services with a focus on software-as-a-service, data & analytics and internet marketing. It was founded in 1998 and is one of the largest women majority-owned venture capital firms in the US. She also serves as President of StarVest Management LLC, the firm’s management company. StarVest was an early investor in Software-as-Service (“SaaS”) investing in NetSuite, the first SaaS ERP company, in 2000; Ms. Farrington served as Lead Director and Chair of NetSuite’s Compensation Committee from its 2007 IPO to its sale to Oracle for $9.2 billion in 2016. Ms. Farrington is an experienced public company director of technology, business services and Fortune 500 companies and has chaired or served on all major board committees over the past 20 years across multiple facets of technology and financial services. Currently, Ms. Farrington is a Director, Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee of Ceridian HCM Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CDAY); a Director, Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Risk Committee of NCR, Inc. (NYSE: NCR); and a Director, Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT). Prior to founding StarVest, Ms. Farrington was President & CEO of New York-based private equity firm Victory Ventures LLC; Managing Director of Asian Oceanic; and an investment banker and Division Director of Merrill Lynch International in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. She is a graduate and Trustee of Smith College where she serves as Chair of the Smith College Investment Committee with responsibility for overseeing Smith’s $2 billion endowment. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she has endowed a Fellowship for Women Entrepreneurs and served on the Visiting Committee and as Vice President of the Alumni Board. Based on Ms. Farrington’s substantial experience as a public company director and committee member and experience in asset management and venture capital, and capital markets, private equity and asset management, we believe she is qualified to serve on our board of directors.

David Grochow is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of RedBird Capital Partners, which he joined in November 2018. From March 2010 to November 2018, Mr. Grochow served in various financial positions at Irving Place Capital, an investment firm, most recently as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Irving Place Capital, David worked for six years in the Private Equity Group at The Blackstone Group. David Also spent time with Geller & Co. and Arthur Andersen. David received a B.B.A. degree from the Goizueta Business School and is a Certified Public Accountant.

From 1999 until the start of 2019, Richard Scudamore was the Chief Executive and then Executive Chairman of the Premier League, the most watched football league in the world. During this period, Mr. Scudamore was accountable to the club owners for all elements of the league’s operations including regulatory, legal and political matters, and the sale of broadcasting and central commercial rights across 225 international markets. Under his leadership, the organization used the strong platform provided by its 20 Member Clubs to successfully increase interest in the competition to become the most watched in the world, grow revenues significantly and invest in and support football development at all levels of the sport. During his time at the Premier League, Mr. Scudamore became Chairman of the World League’s Forum and co-chaired the UK Government’s Sports Business Council. Mr. Scudamore was a Founding Trustee of the Football Foundation – a charity funded by the Premier League and the UK Government which has installed or improved over 3,000 community sports facilities across the UK since 2000. Before joining the Premier League, he was Chief Executive of the Football League. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice-President of the Thomson Corporation, responsible for their US newspaper publishing division. Mr. Scudamore currently sits on the advisory board of The Ryder Cup and provides strategic advice to Major League Baseball and Australian Professional Football. Based on Mr. Scudamore’s substantial industry knowledge and significant management experience, we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors.

Richard H. Thaler is a Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences and is the Charles R Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, and Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he has served since 1996. Prof. Thaler is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Thaler’s research lies in the gap between psychology and economics. Prof. Thaler is considered a pioneer in the fields of behavioral economics and finance and is the author of numerous academic articles and the books including, The Winner’s Curse, Nudge (with Cass Sunstein) and Misbehaving. Prof. Thaler is a regular contributor to the New York Times “Economic View” column. In 2015, Prof. Thaler served as President of the American Economic Association. Prof. Thaler is a distinguished fellow of the American Finance Association, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science. Prof. Thaler also serves as a principal of Fuller $ Thaler Asset Management in San Mateo, CA, an asset management firm co-founded by Prof. Thaler in 1999, which manages approximately $9 billion.

Prof. Thaler has also served as a Senior Advisor to PIMCO since January 2019. We believe Prof. Thaler’s knowledge of economics and finance and his leadership experience in asset management will provide unique insight to our board and qualifies Prof. Thaler to serve on our board of directors.

Lewis N. Wolff has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wolff Urban Management, Inc., a real estate acquisition, investment, development and management firm, since 1994. Mr. Wolff acquired co-ownership of Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics in April 2005 and also ownership of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes in July 2007. Previously, he was an investor in the St. Louis Blues National Hockey League Team and the Golden State Warriors National Basketball Association team. Mr. Wolff is also Co-Founder and, since 1994, has served as Co-Chairman of Maritz, Wolff & Co., a privately held hotel investment group that manages top-tier luxury hotels. Mr. Wolff and his partner, Flip Maritz, most recently closed the sale of the Rosewood Hotel & Resort Management Company and Maritz, Wolff & Co. assets included The Carlyle Hotel, Little Dix Bay Resort, The Mansion at Turtle Creek and the Inn of the Anasazi – Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Wolff has served on the Board of Directors of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (NYSE: SHO), the Board of Directors of First Century Bank, Vice Chairman of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and co-Chairman of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a hotel management company formed by Fairmont Hotel Management Company and Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts, Inc. from 1999 through summer 2004. Mr. Wolff currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bobrick Washroom Equipment and Santa Clara University Board of Regents. Mr. Wolff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Based on Mr. Wolff’s substantial experience in acquiring and owning sports franchises and in managing public and private companies, we believe he is qualified to serve on our board of directors.

Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC (“RHGM”), co-founded by Condoleezza Rice, Stephen J. Hadley, Robert M. Gates, and Anja Manuel, has been retained as an adviser to the company. RHGM LLC is an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC that works with companies to develop and implement their strategic plans and to expand in major international markets. As part of this engagement, Condoleezza Rice and the other three RHGM Principals will serve as Special Advisors to the company. Condoleezza Rice previously served as the 66th Secretary of State from 2005-2009, Stephen Hadley as National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, Robert Gates as the 22nd Secretary of Defense for both Presidents Bush and Barack Obama, and Anja Manuel as a senior State Department official.

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