FORMER MLB PROPERTIES HEAD ADDRESSES HIS DEPARTURE
Published December 5, 1994
RICK WHITE, who had headed MLB Properties since 1988 until leaving last January, spoke with BRANDWEEK features editor Terry Lefton and sports marketer Brandon Steiner on his departure. White now runs Strategic Merchandising Associates, a New York consulting firm. ON WHEN MLB WILL NAME A SUCCESSOR: "They're waiting until after the strike, which frankly is wholly shortsighted. It will hurt the business, especially right now. The owners have never paid a great deal of attention to (MLBP) and this is evidence of that." ON THE EFFECT OF LABOR UNREST: "If you are a licensee that sources offshore, you are in a great deal of pain. Starter is a good example. They don't know when baseball is going to return. And when it does, they'll have a lot of problems getting goods back in the marketplace." ON WHY HE LEFT MLB: "I'm bound by my settlement agreement not to get into specifics, but it was between myself and [acting Commissioner Bud] Selig. I challenged him on some things." ON ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT: "There were also allegations of fraud and of me not getting along with colleagues. None have any substance" (BRANDWEEK, 12/5).