SBD/Issue 73/Sports Industrialists

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  • Executive Transactions

    Johnson Begins Tenure
    As USTA Chair & President

    The AP reports that Ohio State AD ANDY GEIGER “is retiring after two years of turmoil that included allegations of improper benefits by football star Maurice Clarett” (AP, 1/5)....The USTA officially announced FRANKLIN JOHNSON will begin his two-year term as Chair & President this week and will serve on the USTA’s 15-member BOD through ’06 (USTA)....Magna Global Entertainment, a division of The Interpublic Group of Companies, named SUNTA IZZICUPO Principal of Magna Global Programming. Izzicupo has been an independent consultant since leaving CBS in ’02 (Magna).

    FRANCHISE: The Jets named BOB JORDAN VP/Design & Construction. Jordan has experience in the design, construction and operations of sport and public facilities, most recently with American Airlines Center and Reunion Arena in Dallas (Jets)....The Astros named Warner Bros. Studios Facilities Group Dir of HR LARRY STOKES Dir of HR. In addition, the team promoted the following: BRAD BOURLAND to Dir of Procurement & Technology; YVETTE CASARES-WILLIS to Advertising & Sales Manager; JESSICA HORTON to Payroll & Benefits Manager; and JORDON KALINA to HR Coordinator (Astros)....The Triple-A PCL Sacramento River Cats named LOUELLA CHYO Group Sales Rep (Game Face).

    NEW VOICES: The Champ Car World Series named STEVE SHUNCK Dir of PR and TOM MCGOVERN PR Specialist. Shunck, who previously served as Champ Car Dir of Broadcast PR until ’02, was a PR exec at Michigan Int’l Speedway for the past two years. McGovern was on the communications staff of the IRL’s Andretti Green Racing (Champ Car).

    AUTHORITY FIGURES: Kentucky Gov. ERNIE FLETCHER named Kentucky Speedway Chair & co-Owner JERRY CARROLL to the new 15-member Kentucky Sports Authority (KSA), which will be led by Lieutenant Gov. STEVE PENCE. Other KSA members include Kentucky Commerce Cabinet Secretary JIM HOST, Environmental & Public Protection Cabinet Secretary LAJUANA WILCHER, WAYNE MARTIN, CHARLIE MARTIN, MYRA BLACKWELDER, DR. GEORGE GINTER, KATHY DEBOER, LOUIS STOUT, JOSEPH TERRY, LARRY BISIG, DONNA SMITH and WADE HOUSTON (Kentucky Speedway)....The Oregon Sports Authority elected to its BOD Trail Blazers CMO DECLAN BOLGER, JEFFREY FISHER of Freightliner LLC, SONJA HENNING of Tonkon Torp LLP, TOMMY KAIN of Nike and ADAM MCGINTY of Clear Channel Outdoor (Oregon Sports Authority).

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    Print | Tags: Baseball, CBS, Football, Horse Racing, Houston Astros, IndyCar, Motorsports, New York Jets, Nike, Portland Trail Blazers, People and Pop Culture, USTA, Viacom, Vulcan Ventures
  • Names In The News

    F1 driver MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has donated $10M to tsunami relief (Mult., 1/4)....Seven SFX Sports NBA clients, including Lakers G KOBE BRYANT, Rockets G TRACY MCGRADY and Pacers F JERMAINE O’NEAL, will donate $1,000 to UNICEF for tsunami relief efforts for every point they score in a designated NBA game this week (SFX Sports).

    CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: PRCA Commissioner TROY ELLERMAN said Tuesday the PRORODEO HOF & MUSEUM in Colorado Springs is “closed indefinitely because it lost ‘a substantial’ amount of money during the past three years.” Ellerman, who would not confirm a published report stating the HOF lost $325,000 in ’04, indicated that the facility “will reopen, but he did not give a date” (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 1/5).

    Hannigan Joining Cast
    Of “In The Game”

    CAUGHT IN THE ACT: DAILY VARIETY’s Josef Adalian reports actress ALYSON HANNIGAN has joined the cast of ABC’s “IN THE GAME,” an upcoming comedy featuring JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and ED O’NEILL and exec produced by GABE SACHS and JEFF JUDAH. O’Neill, Hewitt’s boss and father on the show, will play a “MNF” producer who “takes a job running his daughter’s cable sports net.” The comedy will “now take place at an upstart sports cabler called In the Game” instead of being set at ESPN (DAILY VARIETY, 1/5).

    TOTAL ECLIPSE: The NTRA announced NBC SPORTS won the ECLIPSE AWARD for National TV – Live Racing for its production of the ’04 Belmont Stakes. ESPN’s EOE won the Eclipse Award for National TV – Features for its documentary, “SMARTY JONES: AMERICA’S HORSE,” which aired October 31 on ESPN. Philadelphia Inquirer writer MIKE JENSEN won the Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Enterprise category for his series on Smarty Jones that ran between May 1-August 6. L.A. Times writer BILL CHRISTINE won the Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Commentary category for his article “KAYAK II” that appeared in the paper on December 24, 2003 (NTRA).

    ON CALL: Former FX and FSN PR exec STEVE WEBSTER was sentenced yesterday to three years’ probation “for eavesdropping on more than 100 executive conference calls” at FX after being fired by the company in July ’01. Webster was also ordered to pay $22,607 in restitution to FX parent Fox Entertainment Group for legal costs (L.A. TIMES, 1/5).

    Print | Tags: ABC, Basketball, ESPN, Formula One, Horse Racing, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Motorsports, NBA, NBC, People and Pop Culture, Walt Disney
  • Tagliabue Ranks No. 1 On Sporting News’ “Power 100” List

    Tagliabue Tops Sporting
    News’ “Power 100” List

    NFL Commissioner PAUL TAGLIABUE has been named the most powerful person in sports by SPORTING NEWS in the magazine’s 15th annual “Power 100” rankings. SPORTING NEWS’ Stuart Miller writes the NFL’s $11.5B TV rights extensions “reminded everyone that the NFL is different from other sports, both in its appeal and in how brilliantly it is run. And that is why Tagliabue, 64, is our most powerful person in sports for 2004.” Tagliabue, on the TV deals: “The most difficult part was to make certain our assessment of the future out into 2011 is reliable. We’re assessing the health of broadcast television. We’re assessing the growth of subscriber-supported mediums, cable and satellite. We’re assessing the evolution of digital technologies, including wireless technologies, interactivity and consumer access to video-on-demand.”

    THE RANKINGS: SPORTING NEWS ranks its “Power 100” listing 1-40, with the remaining members divided into categories. The following presents the top 40 in ’04, along with their ’03 rank (SPORTING NEWS, 1/13 issue).

    1) Paul Tagliabue NFL Commissioner
    2) Brian France NASCAR Chair & CEO
    3) Bud Selig MLB Commissioner
    4) David Stern NBA Commissioner
    5) George Bodenheimer ESPN & ABC Sports President
    6) Ted Forstmann IMG Chair
    7) August Busch IV A-B President
    Tony Ponturo A-B VP/Global Media & Marketing
    8) David Hill Fox Sports TV Group Chair & CEO
    9) Dick Ebersol NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Chair
    10) Phil Knight Nike Chair
    11) Kobe Bryant Lakers G
    12) Roger Goodell NFL Exec VP & COO
    13) Paul Fireman Reebok Chair & CEO
    14) Curt Schilling Red Sox P
    15) George Steinbrenner Yankees Owner
    16) Scott Boras Agent
    17) Gene Upshaw NFLPA Exec Dir
    18) Mark Shapiro ESPN Exec VP/Programming & Production
    19) Jacques Rogge IOC President
    20) Bob Kain IMG co-CEO
    21) Bruce McMillan EA Exec VP/Worldwide Studios
    22) Ed Goren Fox Sports President
    23) Bill France Jr. NASCAR Vice Chair and ISC Chair
    24) Yao Ming Rockets C
    25) Steve Bornstein NFL Network President & CEO
    26) Mark Schweitzer Nextel Senior VP/Marketing
    Michael Robichaud Nextel Senior Dir of Sports & Event Marketing
    27) Robert Kraft Patriots Owner
    28) William Perez Nike President & CEO
    29) Bob DuPuy MLB President & COO
    30) Jerry Jones Cowboys Owner
    31) Sean McManus CBS Sports President
    32) John Galloway PepsiCo Dir of Sports Marketing
    Tom Fox Gatorade Senior VP/Sports Marketing
    33) Peter Ueberroth USOC Chair
    34) Russ Granik NBA Deputy Commissioner
    35) Tiger Woods Golfer
    36) Jim Delany Big Ten Conference Commissioner
    37) Tony Hawk Skateboarder/Entrepreneur
    38) Janet Jackson's right breast
    39) Bob Goodenow NHLPA Exec Dir
    40) Gary Bettman NHL Commissioner

    KEY: ^ = SCOTT BORAS ranked third in the Agents sub-category in ’03. ^^ = GENE UPSHAW ranked first in the Executives sub-category in ’03. ^^^ = STEVE BORNSTEIN ranked third in the Ones To Watch sub-category in ’03. ^^^^ = ROBERT KRAFT ranked fourth in the Owners sub-category in ‘03. ^^^^^ = BOB GOODENOW ranked second in the Executives sub-category in ’03.

    REAX: SPORTING NEWS Editorial Dir JOHN RAWLINGS indicated that the Red Sox’ World Series victory “played a big role in pushing” Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER to No. 15 in this year's ranking, down from No. 9 last year. Red Sox P CURT SCHILLING debuted ahead of Steinbrenner at No. 14. Rawlings: “There is no scientific equation that you can use to measure power. In Schilling, it was in large part what he accomplished on the field and as a leader on that team. Hey, the Red Sox beat the Yankees, so why not rank him ahead of Steinbrenner?” (BOSTON HERALD, 1/5).

    THE BEST OF THE REST: To View SPORTING NEWS’ remaining power categories, see below.

    Emperors Media Stars Media Executives
    Owners Coaches/Managers Jocks
    Agents Suits Front Office
    Negotiators Behind The Scenes No. 101
      Dozen To Watch  

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