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Connelly Will Assume New
Role On July 13
HOF Pool Player, ESPN
Analyst Ewa Mataya Laurance
What I like in an insight: The tougher the climb, the more rewarding the view.
An influential person in my career: My daughter. She inspires me to work harder and is a constant reminder that I need to always be the role model.
An out-of-the-box idea: Women's pool on ESPN.
A timeless idea: Always try to do the right thing, whatever that means to you at that time.
A business deal: A handful of women pool players negotiating a contract with ESPN and securing more than half of the major companies in the billiard industry to create the WPBA Classic Tour. An improbable concept that is alive and well 14 years later.
A sports facility: Wrigley Field, Boston Billiard Club.
A sports promo: Bobbleheads.
An ad: American Express' "Don't leave home without it."
A business decision: A sneaker company making golf clubs (Nike).
Laurance Likes E*Trade Talking Baby Ads
A print ad campaign: PETA's "Be comfortable in your own skin."
A hire: The Bulls hiring VINNY DEL NEGRO as head coach.
A brand: Brunswick.
A trend: Going green.
A pro league or team business initiative: The players of the Women's Professional Billiard Association taking charge of our own destiny to create, promote and run the WPBA Classic Tour in spite of the numerous critics at the time.
A competitor's idea: Mac.
A story that bears watching: USA soccer.
An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Liquid resistant pool table cloth.
Laurance Would Like To Caddy
For Tiger Woods At The Masters
What I like about my job: Everything! I get to compete, entertain and travel around the world while meeting and inspiring people from all walks of life.
My sport: The fact that there's only me and the table, no excuses.
Sports: How it challenges and encourages you to improve and to reach higher.
Sports business: Opportunities to expand, grow and envision. The business of sports is limitless when it comes to creativity.
Sports media: The feel-good stories.
Sports technology: That it allows me to drive the ball 200 yards plus!
Pro sports: Being, watching, dreaming, striving to be the best of the best.
College sports: The hunger and pure passion of college athletes.
Competing: The rush.
The future (or direction) of sports business: Paying attention to the next generation.
Sports fans: Their loyalty.
What I would like to change in my sport: More prize money.
See less in my sport: Less preconceived notions about pool from people who don't even know the sport.
See more of in sports business: Responsibility and awareness of impact on kids.
See less of in sports: Cheating.
See less of in sports business: Purely money-driven decisions.
Reinvent: The wheel.
Reintroduce: Straight Pool.
Eliminate: Speed Pool.
What I don't like in general: Preconceived notions.
Laurance Wants People To Understand,
Appreciate Game Of Billiards
In sports: Money having such a big role in school sports.
In my sport: Hustling.
In business: Dishonesty.
In media: In-your-face television hosts.
In technology: When it compromises the game's integrity.
In sports marketing: Exploitation.
In sports facilities: Dirty restrooms.
In sports journalism: Being misquoted.
About sports fans: When they forget that in the end, it's just a game.
What I like in people: Who make me laugh.
That would surprise those who know me: I've become a Facebooker.
Above all else: My family!
About myself: I'm a hard worker.
Players: EFREN REYES, WILLIE MOSCONI, ANNIKA SORENSTAM, Tiger Woods.
Teams: Blue Devils, Yankees, Brynas (the hockey team from Gavle, Sweden).
City: Stockholm, Chicago and Charleston, S.C.
Laurance Lists Her Brunswick Montibello
Pool Table As A Favorite Possession
Memento: The gold medal from my first European Championship.
Time of year (because): Spring. The weather is perfect for golf during the day, and for playing pool at night.
Music: Pretty much anything.
Authors: JODI PICOULT, KHALED HOSSEINI.
Magazines: Self, Newsweek, People, Vanity Fair.
Web sites: StrikingViking.com, Brunswick.com, Poolmag.com, WPBA.com.
Blogs: Not into it.
Gadgets: My Blackberry.
Chores: Cleaning house, feeding the horses.
Hobbies: Golf, photography, gardening and playing with my animals.
Trips: Anywhere! Partial to going home to Sweden for family visits.
Movies: "Forrest Gump," "The Hustler," "Spartacus," "Slumdog Millionaire."
TV: "American Idol," "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report," golf tournaments.
Concerts: TOM PETTY & the Heartbreakers, Queen.
Artist: LEIF FORMGREN.
Food: Sesame-seared tuna.
Dessert: Pear ice cream.
Drink: Water, coffee and wine. Not necessarily always in that order.
Scent: Flora by Gucci.
Vacation spots: Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, South Africa. Pretty much anywhere I can bring my clubs.
Cars: Volvo (and maybe a Porsche for the weekend).
Aftershave: Not so much ... though I love Calvin Klein "Escape" on my husband.
Singer: Tom Petty, DUFFY, SADE.
Quote: "Don't give up. Don't ever give up" -- JIMMY VALVANO.
Thompson Retiring Today As
Fox Sports Networks President
EXECS: Gameday Management Group named JOHN GIANTONIO Dir of Business Development. Giantonio will operate the Gameday offices in Dallas (Gameday)....The Univ. of Memphis named Nuggets Dir of Media Relations ERIC SEBASTIAN as Dir of Basketball Operations. Sebastian will focus on day-to-day, off-court operations (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/1)....The Elon Univ. athletic department has promoted the following: Dir of the Phoenix Club BRIAN TRACY to Associate AD for External Affairs, Assistant Dir of the Phoenix Club SARAH THOMAS to Dir of Community Relations & Special Events, Assistant Dir of Marketing for Web site Operation MEGAN DONALD to Dir of Web Site Operations and Dir of Ticket Operations MICHAEL JACOBS to Dir of Marketing & Ticket Operations for Athletics (Elon).
Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to email@example.com.
Horry (l), Warren Eliminated From
ABC's "The Superstars"
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Producer MINDY AFFRIME and Director SUSAN STREITFELD have wrapped shooting at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon on "GOLF IN THE KINGDOM," a film adapted from author MICHAEL MURPHY's "mystical novel set in Scotland." The book "tells the tale of a young American named Michael who is transformed by a day of golf with a teacher named Shivas Irons at Burningbush Golf Club in Scotland" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/1)....The GMA network in the Philippines Monday confirmed that boxer MANNY PACQUIAO will be starring in a new feature film set to begin shooting in July. The film is tentatively titled, "WAPAKMAN," and will co-star WWE personality BATISTA and singer NICOLE SCHERZINGER (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 6/30).
Simmons To Be Grand Marshal
For Honda Indy Toronto Race