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UPS & DOWNS: In Vancouver, Jason Botchford notes Zimmerman's objective when he was hired was to "find new revenue streams for the team," and on that front, he "had some success, but also had some initiatives that didn't work out as well as hoped." GM Place this offseason is undergoing an $8M (all figures Canadian) "overhaul, featuring the creation of the glossy Top Shelf Club," a project that will "add an estimated 188 seats, which will cost $210 a game." But a "couple initiatives that didn't work out as well as planned" include the hiring of Bombo Sports & Entertainment to "do a documentary-styled highlight film of the 2007-08 season from the perspective of both fans and players." The team also was "left with some egg on its face early last season when it unveiled the '7th man,' an in-house marketing gimmick that flopped." The "7th man" was "designed to get fans more involved at GM Place and featured a No. 7 banner which was to be unfurled before each game." Botchford notes the "7th man" was "greeted by indifference when it was first presented," and it "only lasted a couple of weeks before it was shelved" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 8/5).
Difficult To Gauge Impact Of Loss Of
"Business Guy" Like Zimmerman (l)
MSG has promoted PR Dir STACEY ESCUDERO to the newly-created position of MSG Sports VP/Business PR. Escudero will report to Senior VP/ Corporate Communications BARRY WATKINS and President SCOTT O'NEIL (MSG)….The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Foundation (USSA) has named Houlihan Lokey co-Head of Southwest investment banking JULIE SILCOCK to its Board of Trustees (USSA)….Gonzaga Univ. has hired Wake Forest Univ. Ticket Office Assistant JOSH COX as Ticket Manager/Travel Coordinator for the athletic department (Gonzaga).
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ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL: In L.A., Zahniser & Willon report AEG was "credited as one of the sponsors" of a fundraiser held yesterday for L.A. Mayor ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA's Summer Night Lights program, which helps "provide activities for youths." The sponsorship of the event, held at L.A. Live's Grammy Museum, has "sparked complaints" from public safety activist MONICA HARMON, who has "repeatedly called on the mayor and City Council to demand repayment from the company for the $1.4[M] cost of last month's MICHAEL JACKSON memorial." Villaraigosa has "regularly asked AEG for help with his political and policy initiatives, receiving six-figure contributions for his school takeover effort and, more recently, for a telephone tax ballot measure" (L.A. TIMES, 8/5).
KEEPING HIMSELF ENTERTAINED: In Buffalo, Jeff Simon wrote one has to "wonder sometimes if we all wouldn't have been better off" if Sabres Owner TOM GOLISANO had been elected New York Governor when he ran in '94, '98 and '02. Simon: "At least then the Sabres' owner wouldn't be meddling so weirdly in matters of state." Golisano's "solutions to the Billionaire's Problem (i.e. now that I've got all this, what in heaven's name do I do with it?) are sometimes wonderful (buying the Sabres) and sometimes -- well, not so much" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/4).
NAMES: Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona has "teamed up with a nonprofit organization called Malaria No More, and enlisted a roster of international corporations, nongovernmental organizations, [the] MLS Works charity and some of the world’s highest profile players" (NYTIMES.com, 8/3)....MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG and his family have "donated $200,000 to Milwaukee's film festival," which has said that it will "express its appreciation by naming its two film festival audience awards after the family." The awards are for "overall audience favorite film in the feature and short-film categories" (AP, 8/4).