SBD/Issue 204/Sports Industrialists

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  • Tom Fox Reportedly Accepts Position With EPL Club Arsenal

    Fox To Join
    Club In August
    Sports marketer TOM FOX has "accepted a job offer" from EPL club Arsenal, where he "will be the No. 2 executive to CEO IVAN GAZIDIS," according to sources cited by Terry Lefton in this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Fox' title is "still to be determined, but it likely will be chief commercial officer, a position in which he will have responsibility for all revenue." Sources said that he "will start the new job in August." Fox would not comment. Lefton notes while some EPL clubs have "marketed themselves aggressively outside the U.K., Arsenal has not, so there is some opportunity to build the Arsenal brand." Unlike some of its "big-name rivals, Arsenal has stayed away from international tours." The club "will be the second sports property on Fox's resume," which includes former positions with the NBA, Nike and Gatorade. Fox left Gatorade in '07 for a consulting position at Wasserman Media Group, which he left in November. Exec-search firm Spencer Stuart "handled the search" for Arsenal (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 7/13 issue).

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  • Shark Bait: Norman, Great White Shark Enterprises Sign With CAA

    Norman Is CAA Sports' First 
    Golf Player Signing
    CAA Sports has signed global golf icon GREG NORMAN and his company, Great White Shark Enterprises, for representation across a variety of platforms, including television, broadcasting, marketing and endorsements, licensing, speaking and digital media. "CAA is clearly the preeminent entertainment and sports agency and I am pleased that I will have the opportunity to work with them to continue to build the equity in my brand and further develop my various business interests,” said Norman in a statement. The signing of Norman marks CAA’s entry into the representation of golf players. ANDY PIERCE, who joined CAA from IMG in late April, will head a team of CAA agents who will represent Norman and Great White Shark Enterprises, a multi-national corporation which encompasses a number of Greg Norman-branded businesses, including golf course design, apparel, wine and event management. Norman has not been represented by an agency since he left IMG around '92 after being with IMG for about a decade. Pierce, who was most recently IMG Senior Corporate VP & Managing Dir of Consulting, formerly worked in IMG’s golf division and knew Norman.

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  • Hayward Files Suit Against Relay Worldwide Over Severance Pay

    Hayward Files Lawsuit In Hopes Of Obtaining
    Severance Payments From Relay
    Chicago-based sports and events marketing company Relay Worldwide faces a lawsuit brought by former Chair & CEO WALLY HAYWARD "over his severance pay," according to Ameet Sachdev of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Hayward in a complaint filed Wednesday in Cook County (IL) circuit court said that Relay and its parent Starcom MediaVest Group, part of the Publicis Groupe, "owe him more than $650,000 in severance and bonus payments and employee benefits." Hayward, who left the company in March, "claims that Relay and Starcom breached his employment agreement and also violated Illinois wage laws." An '05 employee agreement indicated that Hayward "earned a $400,000 salary, bonus and other perks." The suit said that Hayward in September "gave the company six months notice of his intention to leave, after he could not work out an agreement with Publicis Groupe to buying all or part of Relay." Publicis in September appointed TIM MAUER as Relay's new CEO. The suit said that Publicis management "told Hayward not to come to work but he would be paid until March." Hayward contends that by "removing him as CEO before he was supposed to leave, he was 'constructively discharged,' which entitled him to severance pay according to employment pact." Publicis and Relay claim that he was "not constructively discharged and thus no severance obligations had been triggered" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/11).

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  • ProServ Founder Donald Dell Inducted Into Int'l Tennis HOF

    The Int'l Tennis HOF Saturday inducted ProServ founder Donald Dell, the sport's first player agent who has been a "mover and shaker in the game for the last 40 years," according to Mike Szostak of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. Dell in '72 co-founded the ATP, which has since "evolved into the current ATP World Tour," and also founded the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in DC. Dell currently is Vice Chair of the HOF and serves on USTA PR and Davis Cup committees (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 7/12). Dell's clients as an agent included ARTHUR ASHE, STAN SMITH, BOB LUTZ and CHARLIE PASARELL. Dell also was a "commentator for PBS" when the net launched regular coverage of tennis (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/11).

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  • Executive Transactions

    Golfweek magazine has named Turnstile Publishing Co. President CLAYTON MORRIS Publisher. Morris will retain his position with Turnstile, the parent company of the magazine (Golfweek)....Houston's KILT-AM has hired CBS Radio Dallas VP/Talk Programming GAVIN SPITTLE as Program Dir, replacing BILL VAN RYSDAM, who "lost his job with the station earlier this year" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/11)....The Flyers have named AHL Philadelphia Phantoms coach JOHN PADDOCK Assistant GM (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/11)....EPL club Chelsea has promoted Chief Scout FRANK ARNESEN to Sporting Dir (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 7/12)....Aflac has hired former Richard Petty Driving Experience Marketing, Media Relations & Promotions Dir CHRIS MCKEE as Motorsports Business Manager (Aflac).

    Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to editorial@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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  • Names In The News

    In St. Petersburg, Bill Varian reported Lansing (MI) Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority President & CEO ERIC HART is the "top pick of a search committee vetting candidates" for the Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) Exec Dir post. Hart is the "only candidate of five semifinalists" for the post "whom the committee is inviting in for face-to-face interviews." The committee "made the decision after conducting video interviews on Thursday." Other candidates included former Lightning Exec VP & COO SEAN HENRY and former Three Rivers Stadium GM and Pontiac Silverdome Deputy Dir RICHARD BJORKLUND. The post's responsibilities include running Raymond James Stadium (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 7/10).

    Orlando Sentinel Dubs Bodenheimer
    Most Powerful Person In College Sports
    TOP OF THE LIST: The ORLANDO SENTINEL concluded its week-long ranking of the most powerful people in college sports, naming ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer as the "most powerful person in college sports." Bodenheimer "gave the ultimate go-ahead over the last 10 months to two major deals that will have wide-ranging implications for college sports" -- the net's 15-year deal with the SEC and its four-year, $500M deal to show the BCS beginning in '11. Bodenheimer said that the "one thing ESPN won't do is act as a catalyst for a playoff system in college football" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/11). NCAA President MYLES BRAND is No. 2 on the list, while CBS News and Sports President SEAN MCMANUS ranks third, SEC Commissioner MIKE SLIVE fourth, and IMG College Senior Corporate VP PAT BATTLE fifth (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/11).

    TRANSITION YEAR: LSU AD JOE ALLEVA on July 1 marked his first anniversary at the school after spending 32 years in athletic administration at Duke, including 10 years as AD. LSU Senior Associate AD HERB VINCENT said Alleva in his first year has "really grasped the traditions of LSU and has worked hard to get to know people." Vincent: "He's a great listener, and because of that he's been able to become a part of the LSU community a lot faster." Alleva said of his first year, "I've been very fortunate to have a very good staff and a very experienced staff. It's really made the transition very easy for me" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 7/12).

    NAMES: Nuggets VP/Basketball Operations MARK WARKENTIEN last month "enrolled in a prestigious five-day workshop at the Harvard Negotiation Institute" on the campus of Harvard Law School. Enrolled with Warkentien were "judges and attorneys from around the world who had come to Harvard to sharpen their oratorical knives" (SI.com, 7/10)....Pistons G RICHARD HAMILTON had "250 close friends and family at his wedding Saturday" at the Boca Resort in Florida, including Univ. of Connecticut men's basketball coach JIM CALHOUN. Meanwhile, Broncos S BRIAN DAWKINS and his wife, CONNIE, "renewed their vows before a plethora of NFL stars" at The Breakers in Palm Beach (PALM BEACH POST, 7/13)....Bobcats Managing Member of Basketball Operations MICHAEL JORDAN has joined the field for next Monday's Mike Weir Charity Classic. Other participants include actors KEVIN COSTNER and THOMAS GIBSON, comedian GEORGE LOPEZ and singer TOM COCHRANE (RBC)....Vice President JOE BIDEN and his wife, JILL, attended Saturday's Pirates-Phillies game (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 7/12). 

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