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Tellem Tops List Of Most
Influential Sports Agents
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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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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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).