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The NBA named CHRIS BRIENZA as Dir of Media Services. ....Former Pistons Dir of Player Personnel BILLY MCKINNEY was named Sonics VP/Basketball Ops (SportsTicker)....Nike Golf GM DAVE DICKEY has left the Golf Division for the company's general administration....JEAN HUE will move to France to become Taylor Made's new VP/Research and Development. Hue is currently head of Research and Development for Taylor Made's parent company, Salomon. ....PHIL DUBE has been promoted to VP for Taylor Made's Industrial and Production Ops (GOLF WEEK, 7/29 issue).
Former Blue Jays President PAT GILLICK has reportedly been offered the CEO job for the Toronto Raptors (Peter Gammons, BOSTON GLOBE, 7/30)....Raptors President JOHN BITOVE, responding to negative images his organization received during recent stadium negotations: "We're not an arrogant organization. ... If people believe that, and sometimes perception is reality, then we have to work on that aspect of our image" (TORONTO SUN, 7/30)....USOC Exec Dir DICK SCHULTZ is profiled by William Rhoden in this morning's N.Y. TIMES. Rhoden writes that it was "suggested that perhaps the resignation from the NCAA, the only blemish on his career, was the motivation" for taking the USOC job (N.Y. TIMES, 8/1).... ANDRE AGASSI appeared on the "Tonight Show" and talked about, among other things, his Humvee (4-wheel drive vehicle) which he named Juanita (NBC, 7/31). TOP TEN LIST: Chili Davis's Top Ten Complaints About Fans: 10) When your hand is too tired from signing autographs to make a fist; 9) They get all huffy when you crack their skull with a Louisville Slugger; 8) Don't understand the pressure of making $18,000 per at bat; 7) When they give me their liver -- and I don't need a new liver; 6) When fans try to adjust your cup; 5) After you finish bloodying their nose, they almost never share their nachos with you; 4) They keep confusing him with Pittsburgh Pirates' "Hungarian Goulash" Davis; 3) Don't understand that it is hard to keep your temper under control when you are full of steroids; 2) Think only New York players can act like jerks; 1) Can't take a punch ("Late Show," CBS, 7/31).