DENVER, Colo. National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), a professional womens fastpitch softball league with seven teams located throughout the United States, is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Patrick J. Linden as its new president. Linden, a Denver-based attorney with the commercial law firm of Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert, LLP, succeeds Bill Conroy, owner of the Chicago Bandits.
Linden previously acted as general counsel for the NPF team owners group (NPF Owners) and negotiated the purchase of NPF from prior league management in December, 2004. Subsequent to the transition of league leadership to the NPF Owners, Linden was the principal architect in forming the present NPF structure and implementing new league bylaws (NPF Bylaws). The NPF Bylaws serve as the governing contract among the NPF Owners concerning league sponsors, merchandise and revenue sharing, broadcast and intellectual property rights, player contracts, etc.
Lindens professional training is grounded primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, venture capital finance and securities law. He also represents professional and amateur athletic organizations, and frequently negotiates National Football League (NFL) and endorsement contracts for professional football players and skiers, respectively.
Lindens role as president will include the negotiation of NPF contracts, formulation of league policies, decision making authority on league governance issues, oversight of rule compliance by NPF Owners, and related matters.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names Womens Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Womens Pro Softball League (WPSL).
Ms. Joey Arrietta