SBD/Issue 238/Sports Industrialists

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  • Keeping It In The Family: Big 12 Names Dan Beebe Commissioner

    Big 12 Names Dan
    Beebe Commissioner
    The Big 12 named DAN BEEBE its new Commissioner, almost three months after he was named interim Commissioner when KEVIN WEIBERG resigned June 14 to join the Big Ten Network (Mult., 9/6). Nebraska Chancellor and Big 12 BOD Chair HARVEY PERLMAN said that Beebe will "probably get a five-year contract," although the financial parameters were not disclosed. When Weiberg resigned, he had three years remaining on a deal that paid him $515,000 in salary and $171,500 in benefits. Perlman said that the ten BOD members present unanimously approved Beebe.  Oklahoma State Univ. and Univ. of Colorado officials were not present. In Dallas, Brian Davis notes the other finalist, Indianapolis-based sports attorney JACK SWARBRICK was considered a "non-traditional candidate because he lacked experience in college athletics" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/6).

    SHARE THE WEALTH: In Oklahoma, John Helsley writes "revenue sharing is among the most sensitive topics among the Big 12 hierarchy," as the "other power conferences share revenue equally." For the conference's "long-standing football powers with the largest stadiums ... status quo is preferred," but for the rest of the schools, "a true split is sought." TV revenue is "at the heart of it" because the current percentage is "based partly upon the number of television appearances a school receives" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 9/6). Beebe said the conference's TV split "was set up with very specific negotiated points that allowed all members to come in comfortably. We have to pay attention to that" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/6).

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  • Former NYRA Boss Meyocks To Head Up Jockeys' Guild

    Former New York Racing Association CEO Terry Meyocks will be named the new National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild, Meyocks confirmed in a telephone interview Wednesday. Meyocks said his management and advisory company, Meyocks & O’Hara Enterprises, has a two-year agreement with the Guild, which represents more than 1,000 jockeys nationwide. Meyocks replaces sports agent and rare coin collector Dwight Manley who took over the reins of the Guild last year, but resigned earlier this week. Meyocks acknowledged that there were at least “four or five” major issues facing the Guild, which has struggled since firing Manley’s predecessor, Wayne Gertmenian. Gertmenian was fired after a Congressional investigation raised questions about his management of the organization, including his failure to properly inform jockeys that their on-track accident insurance coverage had expired. Meyocks said he wants “to work with the industry” to promote jockeys and to promote the sport.

    BACKGROUND: Meyocks may have worked on the management side of racing, but his family has worked for or been involved with jockeys for years. His father was and his son is a jockey’s agent, and his daughter is married to Javier Castellano, one of the country’s top jockeys.

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  • Executive Transactions

    LEE JENKINS has been hired on as a Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated, leaving the N.Y. Times after four years (SI)....EA named TRUDY MULLER Senior Dir of Casual Entertainment PR. Muller previously worked at EA as Corporate Communications Manager and later as a representative for S.F.-based PR and marketing agency Sutherland Gold Group (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal)....Arkansas attorney JOEY MCCUTCHEN has formally announced the launch of NextLevel Sports, which represents collegiate and professional coaches, collegiate ADs and pro front-office personal in contract and endorsement negotiations. The firm, in operation since April, has already signed a dozen clients, including Univ. of Nebraska men’s basketball coach DOC SADLER (NextLevel)....NBC Sports named ADAM FREIFELD Dir of Communications. For the past two years, Freifeld was Media Publicity Consultant with AMF Communications, which he founded in October ’06. From ’99-05, Freifeld was Senior Publicist for ABC Sports (NBC)....The Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau named TANGIER PRITCHETT Sports Marketing Manager (THE DAILY).

    BOARD MOVES: ISC named EDSEL FORD II to the BOD. Ford, who will be formally elected in November, will take over the seat of Chair Bill France. Ford has been VP of Ford Motor Co. since '93 (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 9/6)....AFL Chicago Rush co-Owner and Palisades Baseball Managing Partner PETER LEVIN has joined the BOD of Sulake Corp., a Finnish company behind Habbo, a virtual world aimed at teenagers (Fisher, SBJ)....Global Entertainment Corp. announced DONALD HEAD was elected to serve as Vice-Chair. Head has been a member of the BOD since ’00. The company also named Capital Title Group CFO & Corporate Controller JAMES YEAGER Senior VP & CFO and Cheifetz Iannitelli Marcolini P.C. Counsel JAMES DOMAZ VP & General Counsel (Global Entertainment)....RONDA ASHLEY was named VP in the Sports Insurance Division for Bollinger, Inc. Most recently, Ashley was with Summit America Insurance Services where she specialized in sports and recreation insurance programs (Bollinger).

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  • Names In The News

    The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Yuan & Grant examine the business of NeuLion, the tech company behind KyLinTV, "one of a new breed of companies trying to build businesses by sending movies, TV shows and videos available on the Internet directly to television sets."  NeuLion, which recently inked a deal with the NHL, "identifies owners of niche content, like ethnic TV or sports that have small but avid followings" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/6).

    Gilbert Co-Founds New Investment Group
    NAMES: Cavaliers Owner DAN GILBERT has co-founded RockBridge Equity Partners, which plans to invest $150-200M over the next three years to "acquire controlling interest in profitable, growing companies" (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 9/3 issue)....A survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations found that for the first time ever, more than three million girls participated in high school sports during the '06-07 school year (USA TODAY, 9/6)....The Maryland House of Representatives voted to rename a section of I-395 after Baseball HOFer CAL RIPKEN JR. (Baltimore SUN, 9/6).

    CHARITY STRIPE: The St. Vincent Children's Hospital will be renamed Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent in honor of Colts QB PEYTON MANNING.  Manning's relationship with St. Vincent allows the hospital to use his name in exchange for making contributions to his PeyBack Foundation (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/6)....The Twins will contribute $75,000 to disaster relief funds to people affected by the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis (Twins)....Univ. of Michigan professor KATHY BABIAK is leading the "first academic look at sports philanthropy" by conducting a study to "evaluate the quality of charity in sports." Early results have found charitable participation at 100% in baseball, 93% in the NHL, 84% in the NFL and 77% in the NBA (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/6).

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