Dave Hollander: An Abbreviated Biography

For years, Dave Hollander has been an author and columnist writing on sports and social issues in national online and print publications including The Huffington Post (its first sports writer), AOL Sports (rebranded as, (the Sports Illustrated website), Penthouse and Interview as well as his cult following in alternative-weeklies all over the country, most notably during his years as a weekly contributor to the dear and departed New York Press.

Hollander is perhaps best known for his hundreds of interviews with notable sports and show business personalities ranging from LeBron James, Terrell Owens, John Wooden, Anna Kournikova, Steve Nash, Mariano Rivera, George Plimpton, Danica Patrick, Charles Barkley, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to Elmore Leonard,  Ken Burns, Cheech and Chong, Steve Buscemi and Tyler Perry. The breadth of Hollander’s interview list is only exceeded by the refreshing level of candor his original style produces.

As Sports Illustrated columnist Selena Roberts remarked:

“Dave Hollander doesn’t just interview sports figures. He has conversations with them that are so natural, you feel as if you are sitting around a kitchen table, talking sports and life with some of the most intriguing people. With his smart, and sometimes irreverent approach, Dave offers the thinking athlete room to think.”

Hollander writes books. He authored the critically 52 WEEKS: Interviews with Champions! (The Lyons Press 2005), and co-authored Reluctant Hero: A 9/11 Survivor Speaks Out About that Unthinkable Day, What He’s Learned, How He’s Struggled and What No One Should Ever Forget (Skyhorse Publishing August 2011). An attorney by trade, Hollander also co–authored a bestselling guide to law schools in America, The Princeton Review’s The Best Law Schools (Random House 1998).  He is currently researching Miracle at the Cow Palace: The Team That Turned the NBA Upside-down (Sterling 2013).

Making his mark in television, Hollander was Executive Producer, Creator and writer for Gate D, a hip, fast-paced variety show for young fans of the New Jersey Nets on Fox Sports New York , 1998–1999 and was Co-Creator of Album Covers on MTV2, featuring Dashboard Confessional, Michael Stipe, Guster and The Violent Femmes, 2004.

An accomplished live event impresario, Hollander co-founded and directed The Arlene’s Grocery Picture Show 2001-2005, the largest annual independent film festival in New York City, created 3 Farms (2002–2004) , a free not-for-profit concert series in Manhattan’s East River Park Amphitheater. In 2004, Hollander received the annual NYPD 7th Precinct “Award for Community Service”. In December 2009 he produced and emceed the first-ever New York City-wide youth sports awards show: The PINKY Awards with WPIX-11, earning a special citation from Mayor Bloomberg’s office. In 2010 Hollander was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Ultimate Block Party; an international movement of educators, scientists, authors and CEO’s committed to redefining and restoring the idea of “play” in children’s lives.

Uniquely, Hollander straddles the sports and hospitality worlds, having helped run the popular New York nightspot, Arlene’s Grocery for six years and is currently a partner in a new Manhattan restaurant and nightlife venture; Le Chéile.

Ultimately, Hollander preaches what he practices, serving as Visiting Clinical Associate Professor for the New York University Preston Robert Tisch Center for Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Management where he has taught graduate and undergraduate programs since 2008; rated highly amongst students and faculty peers for his expertise in the marketing of sports and events and the influence sports have over the behavior of fans and consumers.  Hollander continues to be a popular guest speaker with universities, conferences, corporate and community groups and has made numerous broadcast media appearances including CNN, FOX, WFAN radio and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Dave Hollander Trivia:

  • Made a brilliant “street shout out” cameo appearance on Discovery Channel’s Emmy-award winning Cash Cab.
  • Sings national anthem at major sporting events.
  • Holds his high school’s record for technical fouls in a season and a career.
  • Lives in NYC, with his wife and daughter.

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