Today we’d like to introduce you to Prescott Mack.
Prescott, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been a licensed sports agent since the age of 21. I represent basketball players who play overseas. During this journey, I’ve traveled all over the world connecting with professional basketball teams and helping my American clients gets signed on to international basketball teams when the NBA wasn’t an option for them. For three years I’ve worked closely with The Basketball League, helping the league grow and find franchises all over the United States. Then this year I decided I wanted to step in and own my own franchise. Now at 28, I am the owner of the Dallas Skyline Basketball Club a professional basketball team in the TBL.
All year I’ve been working to build the market for the organization, searching for sponsors, community outreach for our players to be a pillar in the community, building a great staff, and of course, trying to sign the best team possible and within budget. Our team will compete against teams all over the US, like Raleigh, Tampa Bay, Albany, Jamestown, Salem, Yakima, Kansas City, Dayton, Columbus, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Las Vegas/Mesquite just to name a few. I am the youngest owner in the league and I want to win! Our team will play in 7,500 seat area the Alfred Loos Fieldhouse in Addison, Texas. We are working diligently to build our fan base and pack the house every home game. Season starts in February and will continue through May. We will have three pre-season games on January 12th, 19th, and 26th!
I was born in Greenville, Tx, I grew up in Garland, Tx and went to High School at McKinney High School in McKinney, Tx. I went on to college first at Lamar University and then Lubbock Christian University where I briefly played basketball. I have been an entrepreneur all my life and always strive to create my own financial freedom. I am still currently representing players overseas as well as training and developing youth basketball players all over the metroplex.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This hasn’t been easy, because I am so young I often don’t get the respect I deserve for the knowledge and skill set I have in the business of basketball. More often than not, a level of validation is required before I am taken serious and becoming the owner of the Skyline is no exception.
As an agent, I’ve had multiple older agent try to sabotage my growth and success and in a cut-throat business like that sometimes it’s tough to bounce back. One thing that I hope you guys are sure to highlight in this story is that I have TREMENDOUS favor on my life. God is really and truly so good to me and way better than I deserve. Old folks use to always say “favor just isn’t fair”. Even Drake says “I want to thank God for working way harder than satan, he’s playing favorites, it feels amazing.” That’s exactly how I feel. Everything that was ever meant for my turmoil was turned around for my triumph.
Now, embarking on this new endeavor the biggest challenge wasn’t the people that didn’t/don’t think I can do it. The biggest challenge has been the money it takes for this to succeed. My franchise cost me $200,000 and that’s just to be in the league. That doesn’t cover my player and staff salaries, travel, arena, gear, and all other miscellaneous expenses that have arisen. And going out looking for sponsors has been one of my biggest challenges yet. Again, validation is always needed. So it’s a catch 22. For sponsors to take us serious we have to show proof of concept, but in order to have a successful season, sponsors are a huge part of that. Even the Dallas Mavericks and the NBA rely on marketing and sponsorship dollars.
We’d love to hear more about your organization.
We are a professional basketball organization. But what we are most proud of is our vision to be much more than that in our Dallas community. We want to visit schools, be apart of pep rallies, feed the needed, raise money for resources for the less fortunate. Join non-profits in their causes, help youth sports teams raise money in at-risk communities raise money for their equipment. Have our guys be role models and mentors to kids that need it the most. Educate young athletes that dribbling the ball is not your identity that you can have a dream of playing on the professional team but God may want you to own the team. What sets us apart is that we truly believe this is bigger than basketball and we don’t want to just say that, we want to show it.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My very first commission check from my client was the moment I knew that I am truly an entrepreneur and that I could build something from scratch and actually get paid for what I’ve built. I made up in my mind that moment that I’d never let anyone tell me how much an hour of my life was worth again.
- Season tickets 12 home games $150
- General Admission: Adult $15, Student $10, Child $8, Seniors $8
- VIP/Court Side: $20-$35
- Website: www.dallasskylinebc.com
- Phone: 970-805-0990
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @dallasskylinebc
- Facebook: @dallasskylinebc
- Twitter: @dallasskylinebc
Photo with blue jean jacket was taken by Forward Solutions Marlon Bush