SBD/Issue 57/Sports Industrialists

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  • David Katz Departs Yahoo, Unclear Who Replacement Will Be

    David Katz Leaves Yahoo
    Yahoo Sports & Entertainment and Studios Head DAVID KATZ, who led the company’s “first consistent effort at original programming, [departed] late last week, at the same time that the company abruptly lost what had been billed as a major video partnership with Current TV,” according to Fritz & Fleming of DAILY VARIETY. Katz, who formerly led CBS’ Internet efforts, joined Santa Monica-based Yahoo Media Group (YMG), headed by LLOYD BRAUN, in ’05. Last spring, “as part of a realignment at YMG, Katz was put in charge of Yahoo Studios, a new unit that oversees original content development and production, while keeping his sports duties.” His departure is “believed to have resulted from conflict with Braun,” who took over Yahoo’s media operations in ’04. It is “not yet clear what impact Katz’s departure may have on the Yahoo Studios strategy or who may replace him atop sports” (DAILY VARIETY, 12/4).

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  • Executive Transactions

    Former CSTV execs DAN CHECKETTS, JOHN MELVILLE and BRYAN SEELEY have formed the independent consultancy Impact Sports & promoted Senior Dir & Exec Editor KEVIN JACKSON to VP & Exec Editor (THE DAILY)....The A’s named Sony Peripherals & Enhancements Group GM JIM LEAHEY VP/Sales & Marketing (A’s)....The Indians named former Rangers manager BUCK SHOWALTER Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations (Indians)....The Flyers promoted CHRIS PRYOR to Dir of Hockey Operations and named DON LUCE Dir of Player Development. DAVE BROWN remains Dir of Player Personnel. In Philadelphia, Tim Panaccio writes the move puts new GM PAUL HOLMGREN’s “stamp on a reorganization that began under Comcast-Spectacor President PETER LUUKKO as far back as last summer” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/4)....MLS FC Dallas named STEVE LANGE and SETH HAMMOND Corporate Sponsorships Managers and CHAD MEINTS Sponsorship Services Manager (THE DAILY).

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    Print | Tags: Cleveland Indians, Comcast-Spectacor, CBSSN, FC Dallas, MLS, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Flyers, Sony, People and Pop Culture
  • Names In The News

    TIGER WOODS will develop his first golf course in Dubai, called Tiger Woods Dubai, that will feature a 7,700-yard, par-72 golf course, a 60,000-square-foot clubhouse, a golf academy, 320 villas and an 80-suite boutique hotel. The joint venture between Woods and Tatweer, a member of the government-affiliated Dubai Holding, is scheduled to be finished in late ’09 (AP, 12/3).

    BRIEF CASE: The S.F. CHRONICLE, challenging a judge’s contempt-of-court order to imprison reporters MARK FAINARU-WADA and LANCE WILLIAMS for refusing to reveal who leaked grand jury testimony in the BALCO case, “told a federal appeals court Friday that the public interest and evolving legal doctrines require recognition of a journalist’s right to protect confidential sources.” The brief argued if the order was upheld, it would be “an unprecedented extension of subpoena power against the press.” It also noted that the “only comparable cases in the past have involved national security” (Bob Egelko, S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/2).

    Seeing Stars: Ford Becomes
    Engaged To Mike Modano
    LAND GRAB? As part of a breach-of-contract lawsuit against VENUS, SERENA and RICHARD WILLIAMS, promoter CAROL CLARKE testified that Williams “had a list of demands if he and his daughters were going to participate in a Battle of the Sexes” tournament in ‘01. Clarke testified that she and her partner “were to buy Williams a home, a car, some land and a duplex in addition to giving him 80[%] of the profit — with his take estimated at $37[M] — from the proposed match” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 12/2).

    NAMES: The Magic will pay for the funeral of 14-year-old DAVID RYAN GALLANT, who was hit by an SUV while riding his bicycle last week. The family “didn’t have life insurance for David and couldn’t afford the funeral and burial costs” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 12/3)....Univ. of Oregon AD BILL MOOS “acknowledged that Nike representatives were involved in research and planning” for an athletic academic center “that will cost at least” $4M. Moos said that the money “has yet to be raised and that the athletic department’s largest donor, Nike founder PHIL KNIGHT, had not contributed to the project” (OREGONIAN, 12/2)....Stars C MIKE MODANO and singer WILLA FORD are engaged (, 12/1).

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