A veteran of 25 years in sports management, Ecksl has a wide range of experience and has performed in every facet of sports and event management.
A resident of Florida from 1990 to 1994, Ecksl held executive management roles with the following:
•Miami Freedom Soccer Club as Executive Vice President & General Manager;
•Florida Hockey Corporation as Vice President of Sales and Marketing while trying to establish a major professional hockey franchise in South Florida before the NHL expanded into the territory; and
•Miami Tribe Football Club as Assistant General Manager in the Professional Spring Football League.
He served as Vice President of Marketing with the West Palm Beach Blaze of the Sunshine Hockey League. The inaugural season (1992-93) of the five-team league was led on the business side by Blaze management and operations through his direction with the culmination of a Standing Room Only crowd (the first of three) that packed the West Palm Beach Auditorium just halfway through the home schedule. The Blaze was just one of the clients of Total Sports Promotions, Inc., a sports and event management company based in Boca Raton, Florida. As an owner and partner in the firm, he was heavily involved in event management for all company projects, in addition to creation of new events for various business clients.
He served as Assistant General Manager of the National Baseball Congress in Wichita, Kansas in 1986 and 1987, the top summer collegiate tournament held in the United States, serving in scouting, marketing, operations and broadcasting capacities.
Before his most recent association with baseball, he was President & General Manager of the New York Slapshots (a minor league franchise) for one season and served as Assistant Director of Media Relations for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League and the St. Louis Arena for two years.
Before joining the Blues, he spent five years honing his skills in minor league baseball. In 1983 he served as Director of Operations and Communications for the inaugural Triple-A World Series in Louisville, Kentucky (the first professional baseball event ever televised on ESPN).
In 1982, he assumed the post of Assistant to the President of the American Association in Wichita after a stint with the Wichita Aeros, the Texas Rangers’ AAA farm club, in 1981.
He was General Manager of the Macon Peaches, a first year franchise in the Class “A” South Atlantic League and served in front office roles with the Florida Baseball Company, owner of the Miami Amigos of the Triple-A Inter-American League and the Miami Orioles of the Florida State League (A-level).
Hotel management is no stranger to him either, as he held the position of Director of Public Relations for the Columbus Hotel and Mall in downtown Miami and coordinated events surrounding the Orange Bowl Festival and Parade.
He started his baseball career in charge of public relations and promotions for the inaugural season of the Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League, the triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s.
Prior to working in baseball, he served the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League, the Washington Capitals of the NHL and the New York Nets of the former American Basketball Association in media relations capacities.
In 1994-95 Ecksl served with the Great Falls Americans of the American Frontier Hockey League as Vice President of Marketing. He developed the marketing program and helped carry out all operational facets of the Junior “A” team. He also lent his expertise to League sales, marketing and promotions for the Rocky Mountain based League. He also served as host for a weekly hockey show on KTGF-TV Channel 16, an NBC and FOX affiliate in Great Falls, Montana, in addition to leading the production team as Executive Producer.
An experienced broadcaster, he has done play-by-play and color analysis on radio in baseball, hockey, football, basketball and soccer. He has appeared in numerous television commercials that aired throughout the northwest for a varied clientele. He also served as Executive Producer of radio broadcasts in baseball, hockey and soccer and went in front of the camera on basketball and soccer broadcasts in the seventies.
A skilled writer, reporter and journalist, he wrote for many national sports publications on a free lance basis. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications from the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1975. He served as a sports stringer with the Associated Press and United Press International for over seven years.
From 1995-2001 Ecksl was heavily involved in the growth of independent baseball as part of the founding group for the Big South League in 1996 and the All American Association in 2001. He served as President of the A.A.A. for two years.
A native of New York City, he has co-authored three books on a wide range of sports topics. For the past ten years, Ecksl has operated a sports consultant firm that is now based in a suburb of Las Vegas.