SBD/Issue 202/Sports Industrialists

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  • Executive Transactions

    Auburn Univ. named SCOTT CARR Senior Associate AD for External Affairs. For the past eight years, Carr served as Univ. of Southern Mississippi Deputy AD for External Affairs, overseeing external affairs of the athletics department and serving as the sport administrator for baseball (, 7/7)….The Southern Conference promoted JASON YAMAN to Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations and BRANDON NEFF to Assistant Commissioner for Championships. In addition, the conference named The Citadel Streaming Video & Graphics Coordinator JAMIE SEVERNS Dir of Multimedia Services, CAROLINE SANKER Championships/Operations Assistant and JOANNE CANNELL Media Relations Assistant (Southern Conference)….The Big East named PAMELA FLENKE and MICHAEL GAMBARDELLA Communications Assistants. For the past two years, Flenke was a graduate assistant in the media relations and marketing office at Providence College. Gambardella was a graduate assistant in the athletic communications office at St. John's Univ. since '07 (Big East).

    EXECS: The Scottish Premier League appointed NEIL DONCASTER CEO. Doncaster had served as English Football League One club Norwich City CEO up until May of this year (, 7/7)....O'Brien Marketing named BRIAN REISNER Exec VP. Most recently, Reisner was part of a management team for ESPN overseeing their restaurant franchise, ESPN Zone (O'Brien Marketing).

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  • Names In The News

    In N.Y., Danny Hakim reports New York Gov. David Paterson’s naming of former MLB chief labor negotiator Richard Ravitch as the state’s lieutenant governor "was plunged into legal turmoil on Thursday after Senate Republicans received a temporary restraining order that sought to prevent" Ravitch from taking office (, 7/9). Also in N.Y., Jeremy Peters notes Ravitch was "one of the most integral -- and divisive -- figures in baseball" during his three-year stint with MLB. As part of Ravitch's revenue-sharing plan, he "suggested a cap on players' salaries, a move that ultimately helped precipitate the 1994-95 strike that crippled baseball." Ravitch was "ultimately unsuccessful in brokering a deal." His contract with MLB was not renewed, and he left "at the end of 1994 at the height of the strike" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/9).

    Lesnar (r) Continues To Turn Down Hollywood
    Producers Despite Dozens Of Offers
    SHYING FROM THE SPOTLIGHT: In Minneapolis, Myron Medcalf wrote with a victory in the main event of Saturday's UFC 100, UFC fighter BROCK LESNAR "arguably will become the sport's biggest name." However, while Hollywood producers have "called Lesnar's camp with dozens of offers," he has "turned them all down." Fellow UFC fighters "take advantage of UFC's booming business," as RANDY COUTURE, "one of the company's biggest names, just wrapped up production on 'The Expendables.'" Fighter CHUCK LIDDELL has "appeared on HBO's popular show 'Entourage,'" and Gatorade has a "two-page ad featuring GEORGES ST. PIERRE in the latest issue of Rolling Stone" (, 7/8).

    TOPPING THE LIST: ACC Commissioner JOHN SWOFFORD tops the ORLANDO SENTINEL's list of "The Most Powerful People In College Sports" for the ACC. The conference is "full of powerful administrators and legendary coaches," but none has "shaped the ACC into what it is today more than Swofford." Since Swofford began in the role in '97, the ACC has "transformed from a nine-team conference dominated by basketball to a 12-team league with a clear emphasis on football" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/9). Others making the list included Raycom President & CEO Ken Haines at No. 4 and ESPN's DICK VITALE at No. 10 (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/9).

    NAMES: Nike Chair PHIL KNIGHT attended Allen & Co.'s annual media conference in Sun Valley this week, while Cavaliers F LEBRON JAMES, a first-time attendee, was "turning heads" after arriving yesterday afternoon. CNBC's Julia Boorstin: "The basketball star telling me he'd be open to a pick-up game with any of the media moguls here" ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 7/9)....NASCAR driver DAVID RAGAN visited a Boys & Girls Club in Chicago "as a part of UPS Road Code, a safe-driving program" that is "funded by a $1.5[M] grant from UPS" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/9)....TNT NBA analyst CHARLES BARKLEY donated $100,000 a year ago to the Community Disaster Resource Center (CDRC) in South Lake Tahoe, California. CDRC Chair DICK SCHWARTE said that the center "received another check for $90,000 last week on the eve of" next week's American Century Celebrity Golf Championship (AP, 7/8)....Former MLBer LENNY DYKSTRA "filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday in a California court." Dykstra "claims to have no more than $50,000 in assets, with liabilities between" $10-50M (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/9)....Author and Washington Post columnist JOHN FEINSTEIN is "recovering well from June 29 heart-bypass surgery to clear up multiple blockages" (GOLF WORLD, 7/13 issue)

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