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November 15, 2020

Adweek Honors Dany Garcia in ‘Most Powerful Women in Sports’ Issue; “Pay equity needs to happen at every level,” says Garcia

As Dwayne Johnson’s longtime business partner and manager, Garcia has long advocated for equality: As an executive producer on NBC’s The Titan Games competition series, hosted by Johnson, she ensures the female contestants compete on the same courses as the men. Garcia, who also competes as an IFBB professional bodybuilder, announced that the bodybuilding competition at the inaugural Athleticon event she co-founded with Johnson, debuting next year, will award equal prize money for male and female competitors, which is unheard of in the bodybuilding industry. But she made her biggest splash last August, when she and Johnson, along with RedBird Capital Partners, won their bid in a bankruptcy court auction for the assets of the XFL’s parent company, making Garcia the first woman to own an equal or majority ownership stake in a U.S. major professional sports league. “My career has been characterized by my relentless nature. I am obsessed with the things that I am passionate about—which manifests itself in the continuation of our success,” Garcia says. “And we remain diligently committed to uplifting, amplifying and advocating for marginalized voices in and beyond the entertainment space.” —Jason Lynch

On pay equity for women in sports: “Pay equity needs to happen at every level. I have been vocal because we cannot be successful in a quiet manner. We must be successful as loudly as possible so that everyone else can see, and they can learn, and they can be inspired and they can say, ‘I can do that.’ We aren’t doing our job if we are just quietly being successful. We have a bigger responsibility.”

 

To view and read about all of Adweek‘s ‘Most Powerful Women in Sports,’ click here.

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