Mark Neifeld

Commissioner & Chief Executive Officer


Neifeld is a passionate entrepreneur and philanthropist, focusing much of his personal time on supporting local small businesses, coaching young entrepreneurs, working with SFC competitors on building their brands & businesses around their passion for angling events, and supporting startups using SFC's large media platform. Neifeld grew up an inshore angler in Sarasota, Florida, fishing the Sarasota Bay and surrounding areas.

Neifeld is the President, CEO and Commissioner of the Sport Fishing Championship. In 2021, he founded the world's largest saltwater fishing championship series with a goal to "bring people together through world-class competition." As a native of Sarasota, Florida, Neifeld was driven by his passion for saltwater angling and his professional experience working on some of the country's most notable championship events. 

Neifeld's career includes front office executive roles with the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Lightning, Georgia Dome and as a Vice President with the Texas Rangers. While CEO of Complex Sports & Entertainment, Neifeld created and launched multiple touring sports properties including Topgolf LIVE! and the Monster Energy Stadium Blitz with co-founder, Rob Gronkowski. 

Throughout his professional career, Neifeld has worked on championship events including the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, the Academy of Country Music Awards, Super Bowl, multiple WWE Wrestlemanias, CONCACAF Gold Cups, championship boxing bouts, college football bowl games and many more.

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