Biographies

Key Members of the PRCG | Sports Team

Jim Rocco

Director, PRCG | Sports

 

Jim Rocco is a Senior Consultant and Director of PRCG | Sports. Jim has a broad background in sports marketing, branding and public relations across a range of sports industries. He has also been active in crisis communications in sports and entertainment matters and is an accomplished sales professional. 

Jim’s experience includes more than 15 years at HBO Sports, working on a myriad of sports-related issues, including boxing, football, golf and other programming. He worked with programs such as Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Inside the NFL, On The Record With Bob Costas, and Hard KnocksHe managed numerous outside agencies in all phases of sports marketing, branding and promotion, and liaised with talent, their representatives and HBO’s creative team on a range of issues, including appearances, negotiations and crisis and other sensitive issues. 

Jim also served as Director of Marketing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, one of the premier sports and entertainment destinations in the tri-state area. In that role, he devised innovative sports marketing campaigns for a variety of events, including boxing matches and college basketball tournaments such as the Men’s NCAA basketball tournament and the ACC championship. He has negotiated with boxing promoters and the Commissioners of athletic conferences, and coordinated public relations and paid media in print, television, digital and emerging technologies.

In the golf arena, Jim has been involved in numerous golf events, including tournaments, sponsorships, appearances and golf-related documentaries. 

Jim is a graduate of Long Island University, with a B.F.A., Cum Laude, in Communications. 

 

Jim Haggerty

President and CEO

James F. Haggerty, President and CEO of PRCG | Sports and its parent company, PRCG | Haggerty LLC, is a communications consultant and author with more than twenty-five years of experience counseling corporate, nonprofit and individual clients. With areas of expertise ranging from sports & media matters, to financial and professional services, to healthcare and the environment, Jim is frequently called upon as a trusted advisor in all manner of sensitive domestic and international reputation management issues.

In sports-related fields, for a decade Jim has been the chief strategic communications advisor and spokesman for the owner of some of the most prominent brands and media properties in golf.  He has also worked for individuals, team owners and brands in a range of sports-related matters, including on behalf of large retailers, apparel and footwear companies and others. As an author, Jim has written on sports issues  Forbes, Sports Business Journal and GOLF magazine, among others.

Jim began his career working for the Mayor of the City of Binghamton, NY, in their effort to bring a minor league baseball team to the city, earning him the nickname “Mr. Baseball” (which is ironic, since Jim is likely the worst outfielder you’ll ever meet). The Binghamton Mets (now the Rumble Ponies) did eventually relocate to Binghamton shortly after Jim had been called up to the staff of United States Senator Daniel P. Moynihan.

In the area of  high-profile crisis communications matters, Jim is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts. He has worked on NCAA investigations, crisis issues in the horse racing industry, as well as numerous legal disputes, including the some of the largest product liability, intellectual property, antitrust and employment cases in history. He has also worked on matters in the U.S. and globally involving government investigations, insider trading and financial fraud, sexual harassment, product recalls, accidents and workplace violence.

Chambers & Partners, the prestigious international directory, has named Jim one of the top communications professionals in the United States for four years running, calling him a “powerhouse” who “thinks on a different level than most PRs,” bringing a “double barrel of legal and PR experience” to his work. PR News also recently named Jim to its list of 50 Game Changers of PR for his work as a “trailblazer” in communications.

 

Jim’s latest book, Chief Crisis Officer: Structure and Leadership for Effective Communications Response (ABA Publishing), was released in an updated paperback edition in 2019. Chief Crisis Officer has been positively featured in the Harvard Business Review, Fortune and Entrepreneur magazine, among others. His first book, In The Court of Public Opinionis widely considered the most influential book in the litigation communications field. Now in its second edition, In The Court Of Public Opinion is a groundbreaking look at the use of communications and public opinion strategies during lawsuits. Financial Times called In The Court of Public Opinion “… the perfect handbook for this age…” The book was also positively featured in publications including The Boston Herald, The New York Law Journal, American Lawyer, Law Society Gazette, The Washington Post, The Holmes Report, PR Week and O’Dwyer’s PR Newsletter.

 

Jim studied at Marist College and holds a B.A. in Political Science and English Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. He studied Law at Fordham University in New York and Stetson University in St. Petersburg, Florida (J.D.). He is admitted to practice Law in New York and Florida, and is a member of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations. Jim’s articles and other writing have appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, Forbes, The National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, Law Practice Management, PR Week and numerous other publications.

 

Kailyn Myshrall

Account Coordinator

Kailyn Myshrall is an Account Coordinator at PRCG | Haggerty LLC and its sports brand, PRCG | Sports.

Kailyn has a diverse background touching on legal, communications and collegiate sports issues. Among other distinctions, while in college Kailyn was chosen by the America East Conference as Student Athlete Chair, acting as liaison for the Conference and the NCAA, along with serving on the Conference’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also served on the College Athlete NIL Drafting Committee with the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in Chicago. She has also written for Sports Business Journal on college sports issues.

Kailyn was previously an intern at a marketing and brand management agency with a specialty in sports public relations. Among other assignments, she was responsible for social media strategy and Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) business development for the firm, coordinating eight NCAA recruiting webinars.

Kailyn was a Division 1 Field Hockey athlete at the University of Vermont, where she graduated with a B.S. in Public Communication. She has received multiple awards at UVM, including her school’s Women’s Center Outstanding Athlete Award, and also started the She Roars Initiative for female empowerment. She served as the student-athlete representative appointed to the university’s Athletic Director’s Committee on Inclusive Excellence, which is dedicated to improving diversity efforts related to race, gender, and sexual orientation. While a student-athlete, Kailyn was chosen as the America East Conference Student-Athlete Chair, acting as liaison for the Conference with the NCAA. Kailyn served on several NCAA committees, including the D1 Modernization of Rules Committee, the Legislative Committee (on which she was the only student-athlete voice), and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

 

Cristopher Bruce

Account Coordinator

Cris Bruce is an Account Coordinator at PRCG | Haggerty LLC and its sports brand, PRCG | Sports. He is also a producer of the PRCG | Sports podcast, “Crisis Communications in Sports,” which features in-depth interviews with some of the top newsmakers in the sports industry.

Cris has a background in politics, fundraising and city government, beginning his career as an assistant to Mayor Kate Gallego of Phoenix, Arizona. He went on to become Finance Associate at Angerholzer Broz Consulting, where he developed and fostered relationships with corporations, unions, trade associations, and other organizations. Early in his career, he worked on the Philadelphia-area congressional campaign of Scott Wallace, and as a canvasser for PennEnvironment. An avid sports fan, he was also an intern at War Room Sports, where he created social media strategies and content for sports platforms.

Cris holds a B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University, with a minor in Communications.