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  • What's MLS Galaxy President Tom Payne Up To This Weekend?

    Tom Payne Enjoys Going To The
    Movies On Friday Nights
    Ever wonder how executives in sports business spend their weekends? THE DAILY this week continues our new feature, "What's Up For The Weekend?," which provides readers with an inside-look at people in our industry. Today, we catch up with MLS Galaxy President of Business Operations TOM PAYNE, who talked to Staff Writer Jessica Collins about his weekend routines.

    Q: Do you have a weekend routine and if so, what does it consist of?

    Payne: Many weekends I will go to a movie on Friday night. It seems to be the one place and avenue in which I can decompress from a long and stressful work week. I will generally get home from work, have a bite to eat and then head off to a movie. If we have a game on Saturday, I generally will get up mid-morning, and walk into town for breakfast. I then will run some simple errands and get a workout in before heading to the stadium in the early afternoon. Sunday is generally a day of rest and getting ready for the work week, so I will get some things done around the house, do some shopping maybe or catch up with friends. I definitely will catch up on my sports at some point and then will go out to dinner on Sunday evening before heading home and getting in some work to prepare myself for the week ahead. If it is football season, I will absolutely make sure to watch my N.Y. Giants play, as they make another Super Bowl run. You can find me watching New York sports quite often over the weekend. My teams are the Mets, Giants and Rangers in particular. A perfect weekend would find me at a concert at one of the many great music venues in Los Angeles.

    Q: What is a must-read on the weekend and why?

    Payne: I generally read several newspapers per day so I will do that. I have found a place near my house where I can buy the N.Y. papers and I will try and do that as well as the local papers here in L.A. Although I haven’t lived in the N.Y. area in over 20 years, I still am a true New Yorker and follow my teams closely and always like to be kept up to speed on what is going on there. I am a big music fan and when not buying CD’s I often am reading up on what is going on in the music world from the older rock and roll heroes of mine, to the younger bands. I also have several books going at a time and they have a wide range from the JAMES PATTERSON series to RODDY DOYLE. I am currently reading “Fever Pitch” by NICK HORNBY again. It’s a fantastic read.

    Q: My weekend exercise routine consists of ...

    Payne: I try and get a workout in on both weekend days and then at least a couple of times during the week. On Saturday I may use the stationary bike or elliptical in my house and then on Sunday I would go for a run through the town I live in and along the beach.

    Q: On the weekend I enjoy watching ...

    Payne: I have to admit that I watch sports a lot more than anything else. It is very rare that I will watch a movie in the house or anything like that. When I watch movies, it is almost always at the theater. Most weekends you can find me watching soccer of course (MLS and some of the international games), and really all sports.

    Q: What activities or sports do you participate in over the weekend?

    Payne: I will golf every once in a while if time permits but those weekends are few and far between. Most of my sports participation these days is based around trying to fit workouts in and the odd game of soccer with our staff here at the Galaxy.

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  • This Week's Newsmakers: IOC Gives VANOC Much Needed Support

    THE DAILY each Friday offers our take on the performances over the past week of people and entities in sports business. Here are this week’s newsmakers:

    IOC Pledges To Bail Out VANOC If It Fails
    To Balance Its Operating Budget For '10 Games
    WINVANOC -- With the Vancouver Games less than five months away, VANOC officials have been scrambling to tie up loose ends, especially eliminating the unexpected revenue shortfalls. But the IOC flies into B.C. and pledges to bail out VANOC if it fails to balance its operating budget, rescuing the Games, and the city, from financial turmoil. In addition, IOC execs proclaim Vancouver ready to host the Olympics, with Rene Fasel calling the facilities "spectacular" and the plans "very good."

    LOSEA-B INBEV -- The brewer is forced to end its college-themed promotion after dozens of schools complain that cans featuring team colors violate trademark law and promote binge drinking. While many point out that brewers have run comparable campaigns in the past, that doesn’t stop the FTC from getting involved and cautioning the company about running similar promotions in the future. As if that’s not enough, the Univ. of Wisconsin announces it is ending its long-term deal with the company as part of the school’s fight against binge drinking.

    DRAW: JERRY JONES -- The Cowboys Owner's dream stadium finally hosts its first NFL game, and visitors to the Arlington facility rave about the stunning infrastructure, calling it "dazzling," "spectacular" and "almost perfect." But Jerry's massive video board appears to be a little too big when a punt flies straight into it. Though the video board's height exceeds the NFL-mandated 85-foot maximum, the Colts' BILL POLIAN joins the chorus in saying it "needs to be corrected." However, the NFL's ruling that the board can stay in its current spot is another victory for Jerry's palace.

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  • Executive Transactions

    UNLV promoted acting AD JERRY KOLOSKIE to Interim AD, which "puts him in place until a permanent successor" is found for MIKE HAMRICK, who became Marshall Univ. AD in July. Koloskie has been at UNLV for 26 years, serving the past 10 as Senior Associate AD. A search for a permanent athletic director is "expected to begin in early 2010 and end in the spring" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 8/28).

    EXECS: The LPGA BOD approved the nomination of former LPGA CMO BILL SUSETKA to the board. He fills the seat vacated by MARTY EVANS, who was named Acting Commissioner in July. Susetka retired from his position in May (Jon Show, SportsBusiness Journal)....Former Miller Brewing Exec VP/Worldwide Operations VIRGIS COLBERT "will not seek another term" on the Bradley Center BOD, on which he had served since '98 (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/28)....The Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) and its marketing partners Tridem Sports and Infront Sports & Media have established FIS Marketing AG, which will be based in Switzerland, headed by Tridem Sports CEO CHRISTIAN PIRZER. The new company will be structured as an independent and separately staffed entity tasked with the sales and handling of FIS controlled marketing rights. FIS will be the majority shareholder, with Tridem and Infront holding the remaining shares as equal partners (FIS)....Saints Staff Accountant LINDA BOURGEOIS is retiring Friday after 42 years with the organization. Saints coaches and players Thursday "paid tribute after practice" to Bourgeois, and Saints coach SEAN PAYTON noted she was the "first employee hired by the Saints" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 8/28)....BRET POLVOROSA has accepted the role of VP/Ticket Sales for the WHL Portland Winterhawks and will continue to be on the faculty at Sports Management Worldwide (THE DAILY)....GoVision named ALEX BETHKE LED Technician. Bethke will work out of the company's Keller, Texas, HQs (GoVision).

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  • Names In The News

    Evernham (l) And Crocker Marry In Front
    Of Immediate Family In Las Vegas Hotel
    Richard Petty Motorsports part-Owner and ESPN NASCAR analyst RAY EVERNHAM married driver ERIN CROCKER Wednesday night "in a Las Vegas hotel in front of immediate family." The couple began dating in '06 when Crocker was a development driver for Evernham Motorsports (, 8/27).

    ON THE BIG SCREEN: In N.Y., Manohla Dargis reviews "BIG FAN," a film directed by ROBERT SIEGEL about a 35-year-old man who "sleeps under a poster of his favorite football star while tucked under a coverlet imprinted with the names of NFL teams." Dargis writes "one of the pleasures of this agreeably low-key and modest film," which hit theaters Friday, is that Siegel "isn't selling a message or trying to wring a grand metaphor out of his humble material: he's created a somewhat simple story about a man who turns out to be rather less simple than he first appears" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/28).

    LEARNING THE ROPES: In Portland, Jason Vondersmith profiled Univ. of Oregon (UO) AD MIKE BELLOTTI, whose desk "has been filled" with UO business since he took the job on July 1. Bellotti and UO officials "have been tackling certain issues, including the lack of parking at Autzen Stadium with more construction" on a new baseball stadium. UO has been negotiating with the Single-A Northwest League Eugene Emeralds "on a tentative 20-year lease agreement, which would help the UO baseball venture be self-sufficient" (PORTLAND TRIBUNE, 8/27).

    NAMES: PRESIDENT OBAMA has been "squeezing in lots of weekend golf of late," Thursday played the "most difficult course" on Martha's Vineyard, the Vineyard Golf Club. Obama's playing partners have included White House Trip Dir MARVIN NICHOLSON, a former caddie at Augusta National Golf Club, Vice President JOE BIDEN and U.S. Trade Representative RON KIRK (USA TODAY, 8/28)....Nets Owner Bruce Ratner has sold his Montauk, New York, house for $10M to art dealer DAVID ZWIRNER (N.Y. POST, 8/28)....Former NFLer JAY RIEMERSMA, who is running for Michigan's 2nd Congressional District seat as a Republican, said that former Univ. of Michigan football coach LLOYD CARR, his college coach, "will campaign on his behalf" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/28)....The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ruled 6-1 against consumer activist COLMAN M. HERMAN, who sued the Admit One Ticket Agency after the company in '05 said that it would "cost him $500 to buy one seat in the loge section" at Fenway Park for a Yankees-Red Sox game while the face value was just $80. The court ruled that Herman is "out because he did not buy the ticket and was not legally injured," and that the ticket reselling business is "too complex for anyone to readily define what fees are justified under the antiscalping law" (, 8/27)….Former Patriots WR RANDY MOSS' agent LOUIS DANTE DITRAPANO "pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to providing a false statement to a financial institution" (, 8/27).

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