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Chargers Hire Jim Steeg
As New Exec VP & COO
NFL Senior VP/Special Events JIM STEEG yesterday was introduced as the new Exec VP & COO of the Chargers, effective December 1. Steeg, who will continue his NFL duties through the completion of Super Bowl XXXIX, will take over all business operations of the team, including attempts to develop a new stadium in San Diego (Chargers). Chargers President DEAN SPANOS, on Steeg: “He made the Super Bowl event one of the major sporting events in the world today. A lot of the credit, if not most of the credit, goes to Jim.” Steeg: “The great thing, to me, in coming here was all about a commitment to stay here. That was the first conversation that I had with Dean, that he was committed to stay here” (SAN DIEGO-UNION TRIBUNE, 11/16).
IF YOU BUILD IT: In San Diego, Jim Trotter writes Steeg’s “position with the league makes him as knowledgeable about stadium issues as anyone. He was the point man for potential Super Bowl cities when it came to making sure stadiums met the league’s requirements for holding the game.” Steeg, on a new stadium for San Diego: “It seems like a viable option that’s good for the city.” Spanos said that Steeg’s arrival does not me he is “backing away from the day-to-day running of the team.” Spanos: “I really see most of my time being spent on the stadium issue in the next year and a half.” Spanos added that Special Counsel MARK FABIANI, who has been leading the team’s stadium efforts, “will remain as an ‘outside consultant’ to the team, as well as Spanos’ personal attorney” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/16). Fabiani, on Steeg: “We have a huge task in front of us. It’s a coup to be able to attract him to the Chargers.” More Steeg: “I always wanted to be involved with a team and I always was jealous of everybody when they opened a new stadium” (AP, 11/16).
REAX: Also in San Diego, Nick Canepa writes under the header, “In a stunner, Bolts hire right guy at right time.” Canepa: “It was a shock to what I thought was a fairly shockproof system. Maybe because it was so inspired, and one doesn’t always expect the inspired out of the Chargers” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/16).
The Indians named VIC GREGOVITS Senior VP/Sales & Marketing. From ’90-95, Gregovits was Dir of Ticket Sales for the Indians. After leaving the team to become Eagles VP/Sales, Gregovits was hired in ’97 as Pirates VP/Marketing & Broadcasting. Most recently, Gregovits was CEO of the Island Sports Center at Robert Morris Univ. in Pittsburgh (Indians).
DRIBBLE DRIVE: The NBA announced the following promotions: VP/Security BERNARD TOLBERT to Senior VP/Security; VP/Information Technology MICHAEL GLIEDMAN to Senior VP & CIO; Dir of Retail Development for National Accounts CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN to Global Merchandising Group VP/Marketing & Retail Development; and Deputy General Counsel DANIEL RUBE to VP & Deputy General Counsel (NBA).
ESPN MAKING MOVES: Disney and ESPN Networks Affiliate Sales & Marketing announced the following promotions: Dir of Business Strategy JUSTIN CONNOLLY to VP/Business Strategy; Dir of National Accounts LORI CONKLING to VP/National Accounts; Dir of National Accounts for the Eastern Division JOHN PORIO to VP/National Accounts; and Exec Dir of Affiliate Sales for the Eastern Region ROBYN REMICK to VP/Integrated Marketing (ESPN).
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In San Diego, Brent Schrotenboer reports the BCS is “close to finalizing a deal with NOTRE DAME that could alter the school’s revenue-sharing plan with the BCS, starting with the new BCS format in 2006.” Possibilities include “increasing the school’s share when [Notre Dame does not] earn a BCS berth and decreasing their share when they do.” Currently, if Notre Dame reaches one of the four BCS bowls it receives around $17M. When it does not, Notre Dame gets nothing. Big 12 Commissioner and BCS Coordinator KEVIN WEIBERG said, “Clearly Notre Dame brings great value to the package. They’ve been a good partner to our discussions” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/16).
WORKING WITH LES: Last night’s edition of CBS’ “Late Show” featured a regular segment called “More With Les” where CBS’s David Letterman phones Viacom co-President & co-COO LES MOONVES. Letterman: “I saw last week where the FCC fined CBS a half a million dollars for the JANET JACKSON thing (during halftime of the Super Bowl). Now does CBS have to pay that or do the affiliated stations have to pay that?” Moonves: “We have to pay it and we’re going to fight that because we think it’s wrong. ... We fight the FCC and we say we were not responsible. We’re sorry it happened. It was a bad thing that happened but it wasn’t our fault.” Letterman: “But between you and me you enjoyed it, right?” Moonves: “Every second of it.” Letterman: “Why don’t you sue Janet Jackson?” Moonves: “If we have to pay the money that could happen. Who knows? ... I think that family is having a little trouble this year” (“Late Show,” CBS, 11/15).
DROP KICK: Real Madrid MF DAVID BECKHAM has “rejected a chance to star alongside STEVE MARTIN and BEYONCE KNOWLES in the new PINK PANTHER film due to be released next summer,” but Beckham “has not ruled out a move into the movie business after his football career.” Beckham: “There was Bend it Like Beckham. Then there’s a new movie called Goal that I’m involved in as it’s to do with [his sponsor] Adidas” (ANANOVA.com, 11/16).
Book To Hit N.Y. Times
Best-Seller List At No. 33
NAMES: New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) Chair RON STEVENS placed boxer EVANDER HOLYFIELD “on an indefinite medical suspension based on his poor performance” in a loss Saturday at MSG to LARRY DONALD. Holyfield will have to be cleared by NYSAC physician DR. BARRY JORDAN before he “can get in the ring anywhere else in the U.S.” as all other state commissions “will honor New York’s suspension” (Tim Smith, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/16)....Packers QB BRETT FAVRE’s new book, “FAVRE,” co-published by the NFL and Rugged Land LLC, will appear at No. 33 on the November 21 N.Y. Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Seller list (Packers)....Flyers C JEREMY ROENICK was a guest host on FSN’s “BDSSP” last night and wore a T-shirt that read, “Worst Damn Hockey Moment Period: Get A Deal Done” (“BDSSP,” FSN, 11/15).