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  • Sports Business Execs Gather For Annual Forty Under 40 Event

    Robbie Weiss Receives
    Forty Under 40 Award
    Black ties and evening gowns filled Miami's Mandarin Oriental on Friday night to celebrate 40 of sports business' brightest young executives at the Forty Under 40 Awards presented by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. The awards ceremony was attended by 38 of this year's 40 inductees, who were joined by family and colleagues. Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager and NBA TV's Melanie Collins emceed the event, and Sager kicked things off by reading through a litany of the '09 inductees' "pet peeves." The awards ceremony also marked the 10th anniversary of the event and commemorated a decade of 261 inductees with an opening video highlighting past recipients. Afterward, the '09 Forty Under 40 class was welcomed to the stage. The evening culminated with special recognition of NASCAR VP/Broadcasting & Int'l Managing Dir Robbie Weiss, who had a brain aneurysm on the same day in late January that he learned he'd been selected for the '09 Forty Under 40 class. NASCAR Media Group President Paul Brooks told the story of the aneurysm and Weiss' remarkable recovery, which was followed by a video tribute by Weiss’ friend, Lynn Swann. Weiss then walked on stage to a standing ovation, bringing to an end a special evening for all of those involved. Hall of Fame inductees, who received their third Forty Under 40 award, included the NFL’s Brian Rolapp, Turner Sports' Jennifer Storms, AEG's Dan Beckerman and ESPN's David Berson and David Preschlack.

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  • David Brown Leaving Ohio State Univ. For IMG College

    David Brown, formerly Ohio State Associate AD for External Relations,  is leaving the school to become Regional VP for IMG College, the agency that just acquired the Buckeyes' rights. Brown will help Ohio State's property as it transitions over to IMG College until a GM is selected. Brown's responsibilities will include the Big Ten and Big East conference schools with partnerships at IMG, including Michigan, Cincinnati and Connecticut. Brown will continue to be based out of Columbus, Ohio, and will report to IMG College Senior VP & Managing Dir TOM STULTZ.

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  • Executive Transactions

    D'Backs Exec VP & COO
    Tom Garfinkel Resigns's Steve Gilbert reported D'Backs Exec VP & COO TOM GARFINKEL resigned on Saturday. Garfinkel "oversaw the business side of things for the D'Backs, including marketing, ticket sales, corporate partnerships and sales." Garfinkel's plans were "not immediately known," though his departure was "not unexpected since he was brought" to the team by former D'Backs General Partner & CEO and new Padres Vice Chair & CEO JEFF MOORAD. Once Moorad resigned from the D'Backs in January, speculation "immediately surfaced that Garfinkel would join him in some capacity" (, 4/5). D'Backs President & CEO DERRICK HALL, prior to the announcement of Garfinkel's departure, said there "may be one or two executives" Moorad would consider bringing to the Padres from the D'Backs. Hall added, "Our employees here, our executives here are so happy and content that it would have to be something extremely overwhelming to make them want to leave here" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/5).

    EXECS: Altitude Sports & Entertainment promoted Senior VP/Programming & Creative Services SHELLY HARPER to Senior VP/Programming & Production (Altitude)....Drexel Univ.'s Steinbright Career Development Center named Turnkey Sports & Entertainment Senior Exec Recruiter MARK GRESS JR. Co-Op Coordinator for Business Administration & Sport Management (THE DAILY).

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  • Names In The News

    Dave Bing Running For Mayor Of Detroit In
    Special Election On May 5
    Basketball HOFer DAVE BING is running as a Democrat candidate for mayor of Detroit in a special election on May 5 against incumbent Mayor KENNETH COCKREL. Bing said, "Our city is in a crisis. We lack leadership. We're fighting against each other. You have the city versus the suburbs. Black against white. We’re a mess right now. I feel with my people skills, with the contacts that I’ve made over the 42 years both in the city and outside, I think I bring a knowledge base and connectivity to try and right our ship here" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/5).

    TEAM TACKLE: In S.F., Andrew Ross reported Switzerland-based Capital Dynamics has agreed to acquire HRJ Capital from Pro Football HOFer RONNIE LOTT and former NFLer HARRIS BARTON, and "pay off at least part" of HRJ's $68.9M debt owed to a Silicon Valley Bank. Lott and Barton "reportedly will work with their new masters," who have an office in S.F. (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/3).

    A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: The N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE's Michael Sokolove profiles WPS L.A. Sol and Brazil national team F MARTA under the subhead, "Can Brazil's Marta, The Best Female Soccer Player In The World, Get The New Women's Soccer League Off The Ground?" Marta's agent, FABIANO FARAH, wanted Marta on the Sol, owned in part by AEG, so Marta could play in a "big consumer market." While Marta's compensation has not been confirmed, she reportedly signed a three-year, $1.5M deal (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 4/5 issue).

    HONORS & AWARDS: Pittsburgh-based Dapper Dan Charities awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Steelers defensive coordinator DICK LEBEAU and its Sportsman of the Year award to Steelers coach MIKE TOMLIN (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 4/3)....The U.S. Basketball Writers Association Friday gave its Good Guy Award to Michigan State Univ. men's basketball coach TOM IZZO. The award recognizes Izzo's "work with the news media to promote college basketball," and ESPN's ANDY KATZ specifically cited Izzo's "honesty and willingness to return reporters' phone calls" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 4/4).

    NAMES: A's Owner LEW WOLFF has developed a $30M Hyatt Place hotel in Mesa, Arizona, set to open April 14 (EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE, 4/4)....Former NBAer PAUL DAVIS was featured Thursday night on Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker," where he was paired with a "bubbly blonde former cheerleader" (, 4/3)....Sharks President & CEO Greg Jamison Thursday night was inducted into the Business HOF for Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay, and during his acceptance speech, Jamison told the audience that the Sharks were beating the Oilers 2-1. Sharks GM DOUG WILSON also attended (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/4)....Knicks President of Basketball Operations DONNIE WALSH for most home games at MSG this season has sat courtside with his brother, JIMMY, a retired stockbroker (N.Y. POST, 4/5)....NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN was spotted "enjoying a tuna on whole wheat toast at Evergreen Diner on 47th Street across from the NHL offices" (N.Y. POST, 4/5)....Former Bruins President & GM HARRY SINDEN has partnered with Sports Management Worldwide, to teach an eight-week online "Hockey GM and Scouting" course at (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/5)....Vice President JOE BIDEN will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to today's Yankees-Orioles game at Camden Yards (Orioles).

    BEST WISHES: Former Jets radio announcer MERLE HARMON is in a Texas hospital with pneumonia (N.Y. POST, 4/6).

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