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Ndidi Massay, Interim Chair

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Ndidi Massay, Interim Chair

Ndidi Massay was nominated for a position on the New York State Athletic Commission by Governor Cuomo and confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 17, 2016. Ndidi brings to the Commission more than 20 years of strategic leadership, management and legal experience in the sports, entertainment and media industries, including work in the private and non-for-profit sectors. She is a world class leader having worked with major companies and organizations, including the NFL, NCAA, ABC, ESPN, WWE and USATF on a variety of complex legal and business matters.

As the Executive Director of RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality), Ndidi Massay leads the newly formed non-profit organization charged with promoting understanding, respect and equality in sports and beyond. Ndidi is guided by her extraordinary passion for addressing the issues of race in sports--in real terms with real solutions. Her unique background in sports, media and law has shaped her body of work as an advocate of diversity and inclusion, and safety for athletes.

Before joining RISE, Ndidi served as a Director of Business Affairs for ABC, where she negotiated, structured and oversaw talent, programming, production, license and content deals for ABC News' shows such as Nightline, 20/20, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, all things digital and Lincoln Square Productions, an ABC subsidiary production company.

Prior to working with ABC, Ndidi provided consulting services to the NFL, NCAA, and WWE for a year following her 6-year stint at ESPN. While at ESPN, Ndidi served as a Director of Business Operations for ESPN High School and a consultant for the ESPN Publishing Group. In her positions with ESPN, Ndidi developed and oversaw business operations, internal and external relationships, legal and compliance issues, events, marketing and content integration. She also served as a coordinating producer for weekly high school highlight show on ESPNEWS.

Pre-ESPN, Ndidi, brokered and negotiated deals for her own sports and entertainment law practice. Her practice included clients such as professional sports organizations, websites, athletes, coaches, on-air talent, independent record labels, authors, illustrators and book publishers. She has held various positions in the sports industry with the University of San Francisco, ABC Sports, Atlanta Olympic Committee and the NCAA.

Ndidi currently serves on the board of Inspire Nyack, a non-profit organization geared to help develop, implement and maintain educational excellence in the Nyack Public School District. Additionally, she has served as a board member for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Sports Section, and the Northwestern Alumni, Medill Club of New York. Ndidi is an active member of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) and Women in Sports and Events (WISE).

Ndidi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and California.

Commissioner Edwin Torres

Commissioner Edwin Torres was nominated to sit on the New York State Athletic Commission by Governor David A. Paterson on June 4, 2008 and confirmed on August 8, 2008 by the New York State Senate.  He is a lifelong boxing enthusiast and was chosen for his legal acumen and his ability to apply his judicial skills in disputed matters that come before the Commission.

Commissioner Torres is also the author of three crime novels and two screenplays including Carlito’s Way. In 1959, after graduating from CUNY’s City College and receiving his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, Commissioner Torres became the first Puerto Rican prosecutor in the homicide division for Manhattan District Attorney Frank S. Hogan.

In 1977, Commissioner Torres was named a judge in the City’s Criminal Court; and in 1979, he was elected to the State Supreme Court. After being reelected in 1993, he was honored by City College with a Townsend Harris Medal.

Commissioner Torres’s most notable work includes the screenplay for Carlito’s Way, which was released in 1993 starring Al Pacino. He recently completed two screenplays entitled, Deadlock and Pleasant Avenue. This screenplay is also in the process of being produced into a movie.

Commissioner John Signorile

A lifelong boxing enthusiast and participant, John Signorile was nominated to sit on the New York State Athletic Commission by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on June 14, 2013 and confirmed on June 20, 2013 by the New York State Senate.

He started boxing in 1980 in the amateur ranks through his retirement in 1995. He boxed overseas in Europe and throughout the United States in world amateur events, including the Police Fire World Games and the New York City Golden Gloves. 

Signorile had a distinguished career as an amateur and professional boxing judge. He judged in local, state, national, international and world championships. In recognition for his work, he received the Ring-8 Boxing Judge of the Year Award in 2012.

Additionally, he has also worked in the sport as a cut man, inspector and timekeeper here in New York State.
He served with distinction in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and was decorated for bravery on many occasions. He also served as Captain of the FDNY Boxing team from 1993-1995.