SBD/Issue 56/Sports Industrialists

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  • Branching Out: NFL Players Getting Involved Politically

    Redskins DE DORIAN BOOSE said that he is starting a political action committee (PAC) and "hopes to recruit a number of his teammates to the cause," according to Maske & Eilperin of the WASHINGTON POST. Boose is holding a fundraiser today to benefit the Senate campaign of TX-based attorney ED CUNNINGHAM, who serves as Boose's agent. Cunningham hopes to succeed retiring Sen. PHIL GRAMM (R-TX). Boose's venture "may be part of a broader trend," as Eagles OL JOHN WELBOURN, another Cunningham client, has started a PAC with the Eagles. Cunningham said that he "expects players from 'five or six' NFL teams to have PACs within the next few months." Cunningham: "I think within the next two years, you'll see every team have one. I always tell players it's so crucial for them to get involved. With most NFL players, by the time they realize what they have, their careers are over. I ask them whether they're just a part of the world or actively participating in the world. I hardly ever talk to a player who doesn't say he'd like to be more involved but doesn't know how to go about it." Cunningham and Boose both said that the formation of the PAC "is as much about meeting business leaders to make contacts for future endeavors as it is about wielding political influence." Boose: "It's a chance for me to broaden my horizons, get in the mix and meet some people." Welbourn: "The NFL tends to be kind of politically silent. You always hear about Hollywood actors supporting candidates and taking part in the political process, but you never hear about NFL players doing that" (WASH. POST, 12/1).

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  • Canseco Switches Agents W/ Hope Of Building Outside Business

    MLB free agent OF/DH JOSE CANSECO has changed agents, switching from the BEVERLY HILLS SPORTS COUNCIL to Chicago-based agent ALAN NERO in October, according to Jerry Crasnick of BLOOMBERG NEWS. Canseco said that his decision "was based largely upon a desire to market his company's services to Nero's players." Canseco: "This will give us the opportunity to represent more clients and build more assets." Crasnick noted that Canseco runs a Miami-based investment firm called CANSECO FINANCIAL GROUP. The firm, which was started last year, manages about $750M for corporations and individuals. However, Canseco "declined to disclose the names of any clients." Nero said that the group was on his firm's list of "recommended investment managers before Canseco decided to become one of his clients." Crasnick added that Nero's players have the option of investing with 11 other companies, including firms such as SALOMON SMITH BARNEY INC., MERRILL LYNCH & CO., MORGAN STANLEY DEAN WITTER & CO. and UBS PAINE WEBBER GROUP INC. Nero said that his clients can "make their own decisions on where to invest their money." Nero: "We did our due diligence on Jose's company and were impressed with what they could offer" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 12/2).

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  • Executive Transactions

    TV MOVES: Former CNN/SI anchor FRED HICKMAN will become studio anchor for the YES Network. Longtime Yankees announcer SUZYN WALDMAN will do play-by-play for 35 Yankees games, and will do pre- and post-game reporting on 115 additional games (YES Network)....WNYW-Fox sportscaster CURT MENEFEE is leaving the station at the end of the year. Menefee will remain with Fox as an NFL play-by-play analyst and will concentrate on live-game work (N.Y. POST, 12/2).

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    MORE EXECS: The NHL Panthers have dismissed President & GM BILL TORREY, who will be replaced as GM on an interim basis by Assistant GM CHUCK FLETCHER (THE DAILY)....In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, Terry Lefton reports Octagon Marketing named PAUL KAYAIAN as VP/Sales. Kayaian, an "ex-NBA, NFL, Starter and XFL marketer, will be based in a new Manhattan Octagon office and report to fellow recent hire," Senior VP/Sales PAUL SLAGLE. Meanwhile, AND 1 named ERRIN SMITH as Dir of PR. Smith left AND 1 several years ago as Dir of Marketing (SBJ, 12/3 issue)....The SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Andy Bernstein reports Classic Sports Network Founder STEVE GREENBERG is joining investment bank Allen & Co. as Managing Partner, beginning Jan. 2. Greenberg will remain Fusient Media Ventures Chair. Greenberg said his role at Allen & Co. will be to "put buyers and sellers together" (SBJ, 12/3 issue).

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  • Live From New York, It's Derek Jeter: Yankees SS In Drag

    Jeter, As Candy Soriano

    This past weekend's "Saturday Night Live" was hosted by Yankees SS DEREK JETER, who said during his monologue, "What's the one thing a baseball fan wants more than anything? It's to be sitting in the stands and to catch a foul ball." Jeter starting hitting baseballs into the audience, which grotesquely injured audience members. In one skit, Jeter, dressed in drag, played CANDY SORIANO, wife of Yankees 2B ALFONSO SORIANO, and sat in the stands with the other Yankees wives. Jeter: "I was at Senor Frogs in Jamaica, and Alfonso was judging a bikini contest that I was in, and I went up to him, and I was like, 'You are the most beautiful man I have ever seen.' And he was like, 'You're just saying that because I play for the Yankees.' And I was like, 'You're right, I am,' and we fell in love." Jeter said to another wife, "I know I shouldn't say this, but I think (Yankees 1B) TINO MARTINEZ is super foxy, girl." Former Yankees Ps DAVID CONE and DAVID WELLS appeared in the skit, also in drag. Wells: "Hello ladies, your husbands are looking very sexy tonight. I think I'm going to sleep with them all." To view the skit, please click here. Another skit had Jeter dressed as a mariachi guitar player and he talked about "Derek Jeter's Taco Hole." A third skit had Jeter giving baseball tips to cast member Chris Kattan, who was playing a young boy. Jeter told Kattan's father, "Hey man, your kid sucks. Trust me, I can't help him. I've never seen anyone worse, and I work with blind kids. Has he ever seen a baseball before? Was he brought up in Europe or something?" ("SNL," NBC, 12/1).

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  • Names In The News

    In Detroit, Joanne Gerstner wrote that Pistons G JERRY STACKHOUSE "has quietly made himself into one of the most charitably active athletes" in MI in his four seasons with the franchise. Pistons Exec VP DAN HAUSER: "Jerry represents what's good about sport in that players care about the community in a sincere way" (DETROIT NEWS, 12/2). ...OSCAR DE LA HOYA and promoter BOB ARUM have "agreed in principle to a multifight deal." Arum said that the contract "awaits final approval by lawyers for both sides" (L.A. TIMES, 11/30)....Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN purchased RYSHER ENTERTAINMENT, which includes HBO's “SEX AND THE CITY,” “OZ” and “ARLI$$,” as well as half of “HOGAN'S HEROES,” “NASH BRIDGES” and various movies (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/2)....TED TURNER has "filed plans to build" a $3M penthouse atop Atlanta's Bona Allen Building (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/2). Turner and LongHorn Steakhouse Founder GEORGE MCKERROW JR. have developed a restaurant chain called TED'S MONTANA GRILL. The two "plan to open their first restaurant in mid-January" in Columbus (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 11/30).

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