SBD/Issue 236/Sports Industrialists

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  • Executive Transactions

    SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Daniel Kaplan reports Players Inc. Senior VP CLAY WALKER has resigned. Neither a Players Inc. spokesperson nor Walker would reveal why he left, and Walker indicated that he “would reveal this week what his plans are” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/4 issue).

    OLYMPICS: co-Founder & Chair ALEX BALFOUR has joined London 2012 as Head of New Media. Balfour will be responsible for and will lead development of digital technologies (London 2012)....IOC VP CHIHARU IGAYA will Chair the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2014 Winter Olympics (IOC).

    FRANCHISES: NHL Panthers GM MIKE KEENAN has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Coach JACQUES MARTIN has assumed the GM duties (Panthers). Owner ALAN COHEN “is said to have tried to talk Keenan out of leaving” (MIAMI HERALD, 9/4).... WNBA Mercury GM SETH SULKA has stepped down (Mercury).... Celtics Dir of Community Relations WAYNE LEVY left the team after 19 years to become President of Boston-based non-profit organization Metro Lacrosse (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/3).

    EXECS: CSTV named BOB ROSE Exec VP/Distribution. Rose was Court TV Exec VP/Affiliate Relations until Turner Broadcasting acquired the net (CABLEFAX DAILY, 9/6)....Nets Sports & Entertainment President & CEO BRETT YORMARK has joined the AVP’s BOD (AVP)....Former Jets defensive coordinator TED COTTRELL is “working in the NFL office as the appeals officer on player fines” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/3)....Agent COLIN SMEETON is leaving Blue Equity to join PERRY ROGERS’ Las Vegas-based Agassi Enterprises, where he will help manage golfer ADAM SCOTT. The firm represents only one athlete per sport, but with ANDRE AGASSI’s retirement, it is not clear whether Rogers would take on an active tennis player (THE DAILY).

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  • Names In The News

    Prosecutors have agreed “not to seek imprisonment” of S.F. Chronicle reporters MARK FAINARU-WADA and LANCE WILLIAMS until the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “rules on their right to withhold confidential sources of grand jury testimony” in the BALCO case. The reporters “have agreed not to oppose prosecutors’ requests to hold them in contempt of court.” They said that they “were making the concession to move the case into the appeals court on an expedited basis.” The appeal could take about a year (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/6).

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    SPORTS & POLITICS: PRESIDENT BUSH hosted members of the MLB Cardinals on Tuesday in the Oval Office. Attendees included Chair BILL DEWITT JR. and manager TONY LA RUSSA, as well as other coaches and five players (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/6)....California Gov. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER attended the NASCAR Nextel Cup Sony HD 500 on Sunday. In S.F., Carla Marinucci noted a Zogby Int’l poll last month “showed a dramatic swing in NASCAR voter sentiments” from ’05. NASCAR voters are now “nearly evenly split in their preferences for Democratic and Republican congressional candidates in the fall” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/4).

    MARKET RESEARCH: adidas Brand President & CEO ERICH STAMMINGER and London 2012 Marketing Dir DAVID MAGLIANO were two of the three “CMO OF THE YEAR” award recipients at the GLOBAL MARKETING SUMMIT. Stamminger won for branding and Magliano for services. The awards were organized by AD AGE and German trade HORIZONT (AD AGE, 9/4 issue).

    IN MEMORY: MONTY STICKLES, a former broadcaster for the Raiders and Univ. of California, died Sunday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Oakland at the age of 68 after a brief illness (CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 9/6).

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