SBD/Issue 222/Sports Industrialists

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  • WMG’s Arn Tellem Named Most Influential Sports Agent

    Tellem Tops List Of Most
    Influential Sports Agents
    WMG Management President ARN TELLEM tops SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s list of the 20 Most Influential Sports Agents. SPORTSBUSINSS JOURNAL’s Liz Mullen writes selecting the most influential agent is a “subjective task, but it was especially difficult this year, as the agent business has not seen such turmoil since the late 1990s.” Tellem is leading WMG’s effort “to build a larger, global athlete representation business, based on his track record of dominating the representation of NBA players and his strong MLB practice.” However, the agency that will emerge as the “new leader in representing sports talent” in the U.S. is “still unclear” (SBJ, 8/14 issue).

    1) WMG Management President Arn Tellem
    2) Octagon President of Athletes & Personalities Phil de Picciotto
    3) Scott Boras Corp. President Scott Boras
    4) CAA football agent Tom Condon
    5) IMG Golf Managing Dir Mark Steinberg
    6) Rosenhaus Sports President Drew Rosenhaus
    7) Priority Sports & Entertainment Founder & CEO Mark Bartelstein
    8) BDA Sports President Bill Duffy
    9) Newport Sports Management Founder & President Donald Meehan
    10) CAA football agent Ben Dogra
    11) Octagon Olympics & Action Sports Dir Peter Carlisle
    12) Sherman Silverstein Kohl Rose & Podolsky Partner Leon Rose
    13) ACES Inc Partner Seth Levinson
    14) Worldwide Football President Joel Segal
    15) Beverly Hills Sports Council Partner Danny Lozano
    16) SFX Baseball Exec VP Fernando Cuza
    17) CSMG Founder & CEO Alan Nero
    18) CAA hockey agent Pat Brisson
    19) CSMG Exec VP/Basketball Henry Thomas
    20) Gaylord Sports Management President, COO & Managing Partner Steve Loy

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  • Chip Off The Old Block: Cowboys Exec Stephen Jones Profiled

    Starring Role: Paper
    Profiles Stephen Jones

    Cowboys Exec VP & COO STEPHEN JONES is profiled by Todd Archer of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS, who noted Jones’ full title, which also includes Dir of Player Personnel and Texas Stadium President, “is a sign of just how much he does for the team.” Jones’ father, Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES, said, “Stephen has the ability to multitask. It’s one of his biggest skills. He can cover a lot of ground.” Archer noted since Jerry Jones bought the team in ’89, Stephen Jones “has played an important role, first in marketing and later in personnel. He oversees the operations of the Cowboys and Texas Stadium while managing the new stadium project” in Arlington. Stephen Jones said, “I wouldn’t say my role has changed, I’d say the projects have changed. This stadium project is huge, probably the biggest one we’ve ever done. We paid $150[M] for the stadium and the club, and now we’re involved in something that could reach $1[B].” Ravens President DICK CASS said Stephen “makes Jerry’s life a lot easier by having someone there with the critical decisions that he can trust, whether you’re talking the signing of DEION SANDERS or challenging the NFL’s business practices.” While Archer noted Stephen Jones one day “will be the face of the franchise,” Jones said, “I’m not in any hurry for that to happen because I enjoy working so much with Jerry” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/14).

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  • Executive Transactions

    IMG named SAMUEL ZUSSMAN VP/Business Operations for IMG Sports & Entertainment. Zussman, who will be based in N.Y. and report to IMG Sports & Entertainment President GEORGE PYNE, was most recently Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. (IMG).

    LONE STAR RANGER: Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC) named Lone Star Park President COREY JOHNSEN President of MEC Operations in the Southwest, where he will be responsible for Lone Star Park, Remington Park and all MEC governmental activities in Texas and Oklahoma. Johnsen also currently serves as Thoroughbred Racing Associations President (MEC).

    FRANCHISE: The Bruins named DAN ZIMMER VP/Business Operations. Most recently, Zimmer was VP & Treasurer of Bruins parent Delaware North Cos. (Bruins)....The Braves named PAUL SNYDER Dir of Baseball Operations and KURT KEMP Dir of Player Development. Kemp replaces J.J. PICOLLO, who had been serving as Acting Dir of Player Development (Braves)....The Royals named Picollo Dir of Player Development and RENE FRANCISCO Special Assistant to the GM for Int’l Operations (Royals)....In Washington, Barry Svrluga cited sources as saying that Nationals Assistant Dir of Player Development NICK MANNO’s contract will not be renewed (WASHINGTON POST, 8/13).

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  • Names In The News

    Samueli (r) Lands On Magazine’s List
    Of Most Powerful People In SoCal
    AEG Chair PHIL ANSCHUTZ and Ducks co-Owner HENRY SAMUELI rank Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, on the L.A. TIMES MAGAZINE’s list of the 100 most powerful people in Southern California. Other sports-related figures ranking outside the top ten are listed in alphabetical order: Penguins co-Owner RON BURKLE, Lakers Owner JERRY BUSS, Disney CEO ROBERT IGER, MAGIC JOHNSON, AEG President & CEO TIM LEIWEKE, CAA President RICHARD LOVETT, Angels Owner ARTE MORENO and USOC Chair PETER UEBERROTH (L.A. TIMES MAGAZINE, 8/13 issue).

    SEX APPEAL: The NCAA has denied the appeal of Univ. of Kansas football player ERIC BUTLER, who sought an extra year of eligibility after missing the ’01 season following the birth of his daughter. Butler has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging the NCAA is violating Title IX since it allows female student athletes time off for pregnancy. NCAA Dir of Public & Media Relations ERIK CHRISTIANSON said, “The pregnancy exception is clearly written for female students whose physical condition due to pregnancy prevents their participation ... and therefore is not applicable in this case” (USA TODAY, 8/15).

    BOOK ‘EM: The N.Y. TIMES BOOK REVIEW’s Charles McGrath reviews SETH MNOOKIN’s “FEEDING THE MONSTER,” an in-depth look at the Red Sox’ front office. McGrath: “The real news here — the triumph of analysis and statistical study over instinct and sentimentality in the running of a baseball team — may be a bit old now, and Mnookin, though an excellent reporter, is not as stylish a writer” as MICHAEL LEWIS, who penned “MONEYBALL.” There “is not nearly enough” details about the players’ lives “to satisfy the true addict” (N.Y. TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 8/13)....USA TODAY’s Bob Minzesheimer reviews “POUND FOR POUND” by the late F.X. TOOLE. Minzesheimer writes the book “is more sprawling and ultimately less tragic than ‘Million Dollar Baby’ but shares many of the same themes and attention to sweet and sweaty details.” It “deals with the corruption and duplicity of boxing promoters and handlers (no surprise there), but is saved by memorable characters, gritty authenticity and spare, energetic writing” (USA TODAY, 8/15)....LARRY TYE is writing a biography about late Baseball HOFer SATCHEL PAIGE that will be published by Random House (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/15).

    ON SCREEN: FOX ATOMIC has landed feature rights to “FISHING ON THE EDGE: THE MIKE IACONELLI STORY,” the autobiography of the bass fisherman (DAILY VARIETY, 8/15)....CARL LEWIS appeared on FSN’s “BDSSP” last night, where he said he is appearing in the upcoming film “MATERIAL GIRLS” and can currently be seen in “THE LAST ADAM.” Lewis noted in addition to acting, “I’m just staying busy because I still have a relationship with Nike and Swatch” (“BDSSP,” FSN, 8/14).

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