SBD/Issue 90/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Seattle-based footwear manufacturer MONTRAIL has been purchased by COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR for $15M and “some debt assumption.” Former Montrail President SCOTT TUCKER will become GM of the brand for Columbia and former CEO MENNO VAN WYK WILL be a consultant. Tucker said that the strategic focus of the shoe lines “is still trail running, hiking, climbing and some casual wear.” The company and its 25 employees will move to Portland within the year (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/27).

Street Offers Insight
Into Bode Miller
PLAYING GAMES: Former U.S. Olympic skier PICABO STREET, who will serve as an NBC analyst at the Turin Games, on U.S. Olympic skier BODE MILLER: “He’s creating ownership of his own program right now. He might be doing it in what some people think may be a little bit of a dysfunctional way. ... I think he’s just struggling for his space.” Street added, “Now he knows where the bad boy line is, what’s going to get him into trouble to say and what isn’t, and now he’ll work from here” (ESPNews, 1/26)....The BRITISH OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION is seeking a US$1.8M loan “so that more competitors can start preparing properly for the 2012 Games in London” (LONDON TIMES, 1/27).

NAMES: USA Network golf analyst JENNIFER MILLS will play a TV golf reporter in the movie “FINE IRISH WHISKEY,” which will be filmed this fall in Ireland (GOLFWEEK, 1/28 issue)....White Sox manager OZZIE GUILLEN is interviewed in an upcoming issue of PLAYBOY (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/27).

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