Former front office executive Dawn Aponte hired by league office

Longtime NFL executive Dawn Aponte, who last year was transferred out of the Dolphins’ operations to work for another Stephen Ross-owned business, is now back in the NFL.

Aponte has been hired as chief administrator of football operations in the league office, according to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal.

Last year the Dolphins made the surprising announcement that Aponte was leaving the team to work for the Drone Racing League, which Dolphins owner Stephen Ross co-owns. That appeared to end a 25-year football career that also saw her work for the Browns and Jets.

Now she’s in the league office, in a newly created position that reports to Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent.

10 responses to “Former front office executive Dawn Aponte hired by league office

  1. Should we be surprised to see yet another former Jets exec joining the throng of jealous former Jets execs in the NFL offices?

  2. How many Vice Presidents does the NFL have now , 52? The only organization with more useless dead weight is the US government.

  3. “The NFL seems to bend over backwards in its pursuit of diversity.”

    I wish, but would anyone really be complaining if they’d appointed a dude with 25 years of operations experience to an NFL executive position?

    She was a chief contract negotiator for an NFL team, and ran their business side. She was both the Dolphins’ budget operator and salary cap manager. She was also their liaison to the league office, which is probably one of the biggest qualifications here.

    That we dismiss that and shout, “Evil diversity!” instead of, “Eminently qualified!” is kind of why women don’t get a fair shake as executives in a lot of industries.

  4. Aponte is an extremely smart senior executive with top degrees in law, finance and business. She is also a member of the NY Bar. She will be by far the smartest person employed by the NFL.
    She did a good job in Miami in negotiating on behalf of the team. A very tough negotiator with high attention to detail who protected the owner’s interests. However, from her Dolphins experience she was found to be very political. She has probably been recruited to represent the owners in future negotiations with the NFLPA.
    It is interesting to note that the Dolphins improved on the field after she left.

  5. DinoScapelli says:
    Jun 11, 2017 6:36 PM

    Should we be surprised to see yet another former Jets exec joining the throng of jealous former Jets execs in the NFL offices?
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    She actually made most of her name signing outlandish contracts in Miami, but okay, hating the Jets is your excuse for hating the fact that a woman is moving up in the world.

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