SBD/Issue 25/Sports Industrialists

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  • Russ Granik Joins Galatioto Sports Partners As Vice Chair

    By John Lombardo, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal

    Former longtime NBA Deputy Commissioner RUSS GRANIK has joined Galatioto Sports Partners as Vice Chair. In his new role, Granik will draw upon his deep experience in dealing with NBA owners to help broker team sales across all sports. He will be based in N.Y., effective immediately. Galatioto is currently working on behalf of Comcast-Spectacor on the sale of the 76ers.

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  • NFLPA Committee Votes To Suspend David Dunn For Two Years

    By Liz Mullen, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal

    The NFLPA’s Committee on Agent Regulation & Discipline (CARD) has voted to suspend agent DAVID DUNN, who represents about 60 NFL players, including a number of starting quarterbacks, for two years, NFLPA General Counsel RICHARD BERTHELSEN confirmed Monday. Dunn has the right to appeal the suspension to NFLPA arbitrator ROGER KAPLAN. If Dunn appeals, as expected, the suspension would not go into effect until after the appeal and if the discipline is upheld. Kaplan has the authority to strike down, uphold or reduce the discipline. Berthelsen would not comment on the case, but said he hopes an appeal can be heard sometime in November. Attempts to reach Dunn for comment were unsuccessful.

    BACKGROUND: The suspension is based, at least in part, on testimony in the LEIGH STEINBERG versus Dunn trial in ’02, in which a federal jury in L.A. found Dunn competed unfairly against his former partner and mentor Steinberg, and awarded a $44M verdict. That verdict, however, was overturned by an appeals court, based on errors made by the trial court judge. The NFLPA’s CARD originally voted to suspend Dunn for two years in ’03, but the discipline and the appeal were put on hold when Dunn filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, which automatically stays administrative actions against the debtor. Dunn’s bankruptcy proceeding was dismissed earlier this year.

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  • USA Today Profiles Entertainment Magnate Robert Sillerman

    USA Today Examines
    Sillerman's Business
    CKX, the company owned by ROBERT F.X. SILLERMAN that has bought the rights to a number of entertainers and athletes, is profiled by David Lieberman in a USA TODAY Money section Cover Story. CKX owns 80% of the entity that controls the rights to MUHAMMAD ALI, as well as 100% of 19 Entertainment, which produces and licenses Fox’ “American Idol.” This year, 19 Entertainment is adding deals with Kellogg’s, Dreyer’s Ice Cream and McDonald’s “to run ads with ‘Idol’ tie-ins that could drive viewers to the show.” Sillerman: “It’s like the Bud Bowl. Budweiser advertised outside the Super Bowl, and that created interest to watch the Super Bowl. That has never happened in (non-sports) television. But because we treated ‘Idol’ as a sports property, that’s just what happened this year.” Sillerman in the late ’90s bought up local live entertainment promoters and venues to create SFX Entertainment, which he sold to Clear Channel for $4.4B in ’00. NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN, a friend of Sillerman’s, said, “He can get just as excited as a kid by a fun idea” (USA TODAY, 10/17).

    Print | Tags: Anheuser Busch, McDonalds, NBA, People and Pop Culture
  • Women’s Sports Foundation Honors Troxel, May-Treanor, Walsh

    Women’s Sports Foundation Names
    Troxel Sportswoman Of The Year

    The WOMEN’S SPORTS FOUNDATION (WSF) during its annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner last night presented the Sportswoman of the Year award to NHRA driver MELANIE TROXEL in the individual category and AVP players MISTY MAY-TREANOR and KERRI WALSH for team sports. Wheelchair racer JEAN DRISCOLL received the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award and the late DOROTHY GULBENKIAN BLANEY was honored with the Billie Jean King Contribution Award. Also planning to be in attendance were LPGA Commissioner CAROLYN BIVENS, WNBA President DONNA ORENDER, Gatorade CMO CINDY ALSTEN and Pepsi CMO DAWN HUDSON BEECH. Meanwhile the Int’l Women’s Sports HOF announced the following inductees: former Australian Olympian SHANE GOULD, IOC member and former Moroccan Olympian NAWAL EL MOUTAWAKEL, former U.S. Olympian DIANA NYAD and Rutgers Univ. women’s basketball coach C. VIVIAN STRINGER (THE DAILY).

    MORE TROXEL: Troxel appeared on CBS’ “The Early Show” this morning, where she said the NHRA “has always been ahead of the curve as far as women involved. So, it’s nice to have grown up around that: seeing women competing and winning drag racing. And I really think that’s what the Women’s Sports Foundation wants to do is give all young girls that opportunity to see women competing” (“The Early Show,” CBS, 10/17). Troxel is also profiled in USA Today (THE DAILY).

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  • Executive Transactions

    Nike named WILLEM HAITINK VP & GM for Nike China; JIM GODBOUT VP & GM for Nike Japan; DAVIDE GRASSO VP for Asia Pacific Marketing; JOHN SLUSHER VP/Sports Marketing for both Asia Pacific and the Americas; and DEEDEE WILSON VP/Finance & CFO for the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region (Nike)....IMG named Interpublic Media CFO TERRI SANTISI Exec VP, CFO and Administrative Officer, reporting to Chair & CEO TED FORSTMANN (IMG)....The Bonham Group announced its expansion into Europe and named former O2 UK Head of Sponsorship PAUL SAMUELS CEO of The Bonham Group Europe (The Bonham Group)....The Athlete’s Foot named Hibbett Sporting Goods VP/Divisional Merchandise Manager MARK DOBBINS VP/GM (BRANDWEEK, 10/16 issue).

    MEDIA: TBS promoted SAL PETRUZZI to Senior VP/PR for its Turner Ad Sales & Marketing unit, where his responsibilities will include PR and publicity efforts supporting Turner Sports (TBS)....Fox Sports Enterprises named JACK TROMPETER Dir of Sponsorship Sales for Pac-10 Properties (Fox Sports).

    VENUE: Global Spectrum named TIM MURPHY VP & GM of the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum. Previously, Murphy was a Global Spectrum Regional VP (Global Spectrum)....Central Illinois Arena Management, which oversees operation of U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois, named BRYAN BLOODWORTH Dir of Media & PR (U.S. Cellular Coliseum).

    OLYMPIC: The USOC named TIM WOOD Dir of Security Operations. Wood served as a Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service for over 21 years (USOC)....CHEN GANG, the former Dir of Beijing’s Urban Planning Commission, “will apparently take over from” Beijing Vice Mayor LIU ZHIHUA, who “headed the construction team” for the ’08 Olympics. Zhihua was “sacked for alleged corruption in June, but BOCOG officials insisted that Olympic projects were not affected by the scandal” (AROUND THE RINGS, 10/13 issue).

    FRANCHISE: MLB Giants head athletic trainer STAN CONTE, whose subpoena in April “represented the first time a Giants employee other than a player had been dragged into the BALCO saga,” has stepped down after 15 years with the team. In S.F., Henry Schulman notes Conte “had disagreements with management, largely revolving around BARRY BONDS.” Conte in ’00 “wanted [Greg] Anderson and the rest of Bonds’ group banned from the clubhouse, but team executives would not do it.” However, Conte said that “none of that played into his decision to leave” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/17)....The Yankees let go VP/Int’l Scouting LIN GARRETT, Coordinator of Pacific Rim Scouting JOHN COX, advance scouts CHUCK COTTIER and WADE TAYLOR and strength & conditioning coach JEFF MANGOLD (N.Y. POST, 10/17).

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  • Names In The News

    Sony Ericsson WTA Tour President STACEY ALLASTER was honored as Sports Media Canada’s ’06 Exec of the Year, becoming the first woman ever to receive the award (Sony Ericsson WTA Tour).

    BOCOG Changes Names Of
    Mascots For ’08 Beijing Olympics

    FRIENDLY SUGGESTION: The mascots for the ’08 BEIJING OLYMPICS were renamed “in an attempt to keep consistent with the Chinese version.” The five doll mascots were initially called “FRIENDLIES,” but were renamed “FUWA,” a literal Chinese pinyin translation. A BOCOG official said that the change “would help popularize the mascots among the Chinese people.” He said, “Fuwa reads more smoothly. And we hope it helps the Chinese people to understand the mascots better.” Fuwa translates into English as “lucky kids” (XINHUA, 10/16).

    NORTON ANTI-VIRUS: Former NFLer YANCEY THIGPEN and former NBAer TRAVIS KNIGHT are among 49 people “who are scrambling to recover millions they entrusted” to California-based financial adviser ROLLO “RICK” NORTON. Estimated losses are approaching $35M, “potentially making this one of the country’s biggest financial frauds in the past decade” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/14).

    NAMES: California-based AMERICAN PRODUCT EXCHANGE filed a lawsuit against NIKE in U.S. District Court in Arkansas alleging it was “falsely led to believe it would be the middleman in [Nike’s] product sales to WAL-MART” (ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE, 10/14)....The N.Y. POST’s Page Six reports Daily Variety researcher DANIEL EDELSON, “a Queens native decked out in Mets gear, was punched and pummeled by rowdy locals in a Dodger Stadium bathroom” during an NLDS game. Dodgers Special Advisor to the Chair TOMMY LASORDA “called Edelson to personally apologize and invite him to a game next season” (N.Y. POST, 10/17)....The ’06 Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest honored the Philadelphia Inquirer’s BOB FORD and MIKE JENSEN, the Philadelphia Daily News’ DICK JERARDI and the K.C. Star’s WRIGHT THOMPSON (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/17).

    Print | Tags: AVP, IOC, Los Angeles Dodgers, LPGA, New York Mets, NHRA, Nike, PepsiCo, Sony, People and Pop Culture, Wal Mart, WNBA
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