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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.

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10 Responses to “Former front office executive Dawn Aponte hired by league office”
  1. thrifty says: Jun 11, 2017 5:43 PM

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

  2. 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?

  3. finsphan says: Jun 11, 2017 6:43 PM

    She is a smart woman and is excellent at what she does. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s the NFL commissioner one day.

  4. grogansheroes says: Jun 11, 2017 6:54 PM

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

  5. basilmarinerchase says: Jun 11, 2017 6:56 PM

    “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.

  6. mackcarrington says: Jun 11, 2017 9:21 PM

    There aren’t many people who smile nicely when taking a mug shot.

  7. uglydingo says: Jun 11, 2017 11:11 PM

    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.

  8. thingamajig says: Jun 12, 2017 12:01 AM

    Just one more layer in NFL Management.

  9. ibillwt says: Jun 12, 2017 1:07 AM

    Is everyone in the league office from the Jets and Clots?

    Not a bad looking gal though.

  10. irkjames says: Jun 12, 2017 3:18 PM

    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?
    ___________________________

    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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