NYC’s commercial firms duke it out on baseball diamond

"Nobody looks forward to playing Massey," says NGKF exec
August 12, 2013 02:00PM

The real estate industry is on pins and needles wondering which commercial brokerage will take the crown in its men’s softball league, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Cushman & Wakefield, which beat out CBRE Group to win the title last year, boasted a perfect 2013 regular season and is in the playoffs once again.

“We have a very, very strong pitcher,” Robert Gastel, co-captain of the Cushman team, told the Journal.

The firm is slated to go up against Robert K. Futterman Associates in the semi-final game this week, and more tough competition versus Massey Knakal Realty Services, which beat out Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in the quarterfinals last week.

“Nobody looks forward to playing Massey,” James Saunders, the broker at Newmark who has been the league’s commissioner for more than five years, told the Journal.

The 30-year-old league, participants say, give brokers a chance to blow off steam and build ties that come in handy both on and off the pitch.

“When you compete with someone athletically you develop a respect that’s different from the respect you develop in business competition,” Saunders told the Journal. [WSJ]Julie Strickland