SBD/Issue 181/Sports Industrialists

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  • Former Nets, Islanders Owner Roy Boe Passes Away At 79

    Former Nets and Islanders Owner ROY BOE, whose ownership of the two franchises "put Long Island on the map of big-time professional sports," died Sunday at the age of 79, according to John Jeansonne of NEWSDAY. Boe's 1969 purchase of the ABA N.Y. Nets "perfectly positioned him to land" an NHL expansion club in '72, but his sale of Basketball HOFer Julius Erving "overshadowed his influence on the NBA-ABA merger and led to his loss of both teams." Erving's "star power and Boe's connections were primary elements in forcing an NBA-ABA merger" for the '76-77 season, but Boe's "expensive acquisition of flashy guard TINY ARCHIBALD and the need to pay millions in NBA entry and indemnity fees led to his trading Erving" to the 76ers for $3M in '76. Two years later, Boe sold the Islanders "just as the hockey team was on the verge of its championship run." Boe's death was not related to his "successful battle against cancer of the esophagus in the late 1990s" (NEWSDAY, 6/9). In N.Y., Fred Kerber notes after paying a $3.2M entry fee to move the Nets into the NBA, Boe also was charged $4.8M "owed [to] the Knicks for moving into their territory," which led to the Erving sale. Nets President ROD THORN said of the Erving deal, "It is a shame. But Roy had to do it to get into the NBA. It wasn't a trade. We got money and no players." Boe had "similar payments to the NHL and Rangers as Islanders owner" (N.Y. POST, 6/9). Boe moved the Nets to New Jersey in '77, and sold the team in '78 (N.Y. TIMES, 6/9). The AHL in '00 awarded Boe the expansion Bridgeport Sound Tigers, which began play in '01-02. Boe sold the club in '04 (CONNECTICUT POST, 6/9).

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  • Executive Transactions

    The D'Backs named Blue Jays Scout MIKE BERGER Dir of Player Development, replacing A.J. HINCH, who last month was named manager (D'Backs)....Former NFL Panthers Dir of Sponsor Sales & Services KYLE CADDELL has started his own firm, Synergy 5, which consults with MLB, NFL and NHL franchises. Caddell spent five years with the Panthers before leaving the franchise in January (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/5 issue)....The Angels have fired Int'l Scouting Supervisor CLAY DANIEL, "apparently for his ties to baseball's probe into skimming of signing bonuses from Latin American players." Daniel had been with the team for nine years (OCREGISTER.com, 6/5)....MARLA OSTROFF has returned to Ticketmaster in the newly created position of Exec VP/National Accounts, based in N.Y. (Ticketmaster)....Learfield Sports named the Univ. of Maine's Black Bear Sports Properties (BBSP) GM MIKE MCCOLLUM to the same position for Army Sports Properties. Former BBSP Account Exec JUSTIN BARNES has been named BBSP GM (Learfield).

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  • Names In The News

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    Giants QB ELI MANNING and his wife, ABBY, are bankrolling a new birthing center at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan. The hospital will run full-page ads, created by Della Femina Rothschild Jeary & Partners (DFRJ), N.Y., to announce the new hospital in the N.Y. Times, N.Y. Observer and Independent (DFRJ). Meanwhile, former NFLer ARCHIE MANNING appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" this morning to promote his involvement with Craftsman for Father's Day where "different fathers can write an essay and win $1000" worth of Craftsman items. During the interview, Eli Manning called to speak with Archie. Archie told Eli, "I thought you were supposed to be practicing today?" ("Fox & Friends," Fox News, 6/9).

    DALLAS NEWS: Cowboys Construction Manager & Stadium GM Jack Hill, the man "put in charge of operations for the $1.15[B] venue after overseeing its construction," was the "only suspected drunk driver arrested leaving Saturday's Cowboys Stadium opening." Hill was arrested around 3:30am CT Sunday "after he was involved in a minor traffic accident" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/9). Meanwhile, Cowboys scouting assistant RICH BEHM "returned to his home Friday after spending nearly a month at the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation." Behm "had been in the rehab center since May 8, less than a week after being paralyzed from the waist down when the team's indoor practice facility collapsed" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/9).

    XBOX OFFICE: In New Orleans, Mike Triplett reported a screenplay Saints coach SEAN PAYTON came up with as a "summer project" two years ago now is "being shopped around Hollywood by talent agency CAA." The movie, currently titled "The Xbox Kid," is "about a boy from a poor family in New Orleans who starts controlling the outcome of NFL games through a refurbished Xbox given to him by his grandfather after a devastating hurricane." Payton said that the idea for the film "came to him when his son, CONNOR, would play upcoming Saints games on his Xbox during the 2006 season" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 6/7).

    CHARITY STRIPE: Several Red Sox players yesterday, including C JASON VARITEK and P TIM WAKEFIELD, participated in a "high-stakes poker" event to raise money for the local Pitching in for Kids Foundation, which benefits hospitalized children and their families. Patriots coach BILL BELICHICK and Celtics F BRIAN SCALABRINE also were expected to attend the event (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/9)....Former NBAer ALONZO MOURNING appeared on ABC's "GMA" this morning, where he discussed his charitable efforts. Mourning said of his Alonzo Mourning Charities, "What we want to do is provide educational opportunities for kids, get them to value education, help them understand the importance of it and make sure that they're put in a position where they can be productive citizens" ("GMA," ABC, 6/9).

    NBA Draft Prospect G Tyreke Evans
    Signs With Arn Tellem For Representation
    NAMES: NBA Draft prospect G TYREKE EVANS "ended weeks of speculation by signing with" Wasserman Media Group agent ARN TELLEM this weekend in L.A. Evans is "projected to be a lottery pick, possibly among the top five selected" in the June 25 draft (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/9)....BROADCASTING & CABLE listed Turner Sports Exec VP/Ad Sales & Marketing JON DIAMENT among its '09 "Next Wave of Leaders." During the last 12 months, Diament has been "finding ways to help advertisers score sports sponsorships that don't just make the hard sell but entertain and involve viewers with the company's properties." Diament: "In sports, it's really important to have a true passion for what you do. Sponsorships need to be a naturally enhancing experience; that's why we can't partner with all requests" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 6/8 issue)....Titans coach JEFF FISHER, Ravens coach JOHN HARBAUGH, Giants coach TOM COUGHLIN and former NFL coaches JON GRUDEN and BILL COWHER will travel to Iraq later this month as part of the inaugural NFL-USO Coaches Tour. The coaches will "travel to the Persian Gulf region and spend several days meeting and speaking with servicemen" (N.Y. POST, 6/9).

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