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  • What I Like.... With U.S. Olympic Fencer Tim Morehouse

    Morehouse Loves The
    Book "Never Eat Alone"
    In our continuing series, SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal asks top sports personalities for their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and likes. Today, U.S. Olympic fencer, educator and motivational speaker TIM MOREHOUSE.

    What I like in an insight: I love the book "Never Eat Alone" by KEITH FERRAZI. He is right on that relationships are the secret sauce to success.

    An influential person in my career: I've been blessed to have had so many amazing influences in my life. Over the past 10 years my coach, YURY GELMAN, has helped take me from a strong college fencer to one of the top fencers in the world. He is also currently battling cancer and the bravery for which he faces his challenges is truly inspiring. If he can face cancer with positivity and without fear, I know that I can face any obstacle without fear on the playing field. Also, JACKIE ROBINSON was a big influence. I did a book report about him when I was 10 and his perseverance in the face of unprecedented challenges to overcome the color barrier in baseball was very inspiring to me.

    An out-of-the-box idea: "Strong and Wrong" is a motto to use. Sometimes it's most important to take action confidently even if you're unsure what the "right" answer is. There is no perfect answer to any situation, but how you execute is key. It's often better to make a plan and just go for it using whatever information you have than to be unconfident in your action because you weren't 100% certain. You can succeed if you go all out even if your plan isn't perfect. Hence, "strong and wrong!" On the other end, if you are "right" but don't do it 100%, you might not succeed because you haven't fully committed yourself as necessary.

    A timeless idea: Hard work = results.

    Morehouse Says He Spent Many Days Of His
    Childhood Watching Games At Yankee Stadium
    A sports facility
    : I love baseball stadiums ...  the old Yankee Stadium where I spent many days during my childhood watching the Yankees.

    A sports event: The Olympics. Greatest sporting event on earth! People ask me what it's like to be at the Olympics and it's so hard to describe well, but the comparison I make is that it's like the "Chronicles of Narnia." You live an entire lifetime in this fantasy land where anything is possible.

    A strategy: Use data to determine where you are in relation to achieving your goals and to determine what actions are bringing you the most results and do those actions more often. (The 80/20 Principal: 80% of your results come from 20% of your actions.)

    A brand: Fencing is the sport of electronics! We're the only sport where the athletes actually wear machines and are wired up. I would love to be sponsored by Radio Shack or some other electronics brand. Brands I also use include The Isopure Protein shake. It's a daily part of my diet and training. Love the Hugo Boss clothing brand, especially the suits.

    A pro league or team business initiative: I'm the national spokesperson for Kid Fitness, a program dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, so what the NFL is doing to promote children participating in sports and eating healthy is really an initiative I appreciate and support.

    Morehouse Believes Fencing Will Help Lead
    Movement To Make Smaller Sports Mainstream
    A story that bears watching
    : USA Fencing! I believe we're going to help lead a movement to get more of the "smaller" sports in our country into the mainstream. Only so many kids can play baseball, basketball and football. We've got to diversify the options for children and get our country's youth back to exercising.

    A fantasy job: Already living it! Being an Olympian and being a motivational speaker and teacher.

    What I like about my job: As a motivational speaker for adults and children, I love that I can help others achieve their goals and dreams.

    Sports: That it breaks down barriers. Put people on a playing field and they forget all about race and other differences and they become partners in winning. The impact lasts far beyond the playing field.

    Sports business: The idea of transferring the lessons and hard work on the playing field to others as inspiration is a great part of the business behind sports.

    Sports technology: Fencing is now electronic ... back in the old days it was first blood that determined who won a fencing match, so I really appreciate the fact that my sport no longer involves getting stabbed and bleeding.

    Competing: The challenge of facing the pressure, the nerves and testing yourself each time you go out.

    Sports fans: Where would any of us be without our fans and supporters? I would never have made the Olympics without tons of support along the way. The fans are what it's all about.

    What I would like to change: More coverage of fencing and other emerging sports on television in the United States. There are only so many kids who can play basketball, baseball and football, and we have so many great athletes and sports to try in our country that greater exposure to these sports and their role models will only benefit our children.

    Change in what I do: I'm always looking to learn lessons and step up my game in all aspects. You can always improve and there is no point of "making it" where you get to stop. Each day I'm looking to improve.

    See more of in sports: The hard work that goes behind what athletes do on the playing field.

    See less of in sports: The excessive celebrations or putting down of opponents. You can win with class and honor while respecting your opponent.

    What I don't like -- my pet peeve: People that make excuses and can't see that challenges are meant to be overcome and not unstoppable barriers. People that think small about what can be accomplished and spend their time tearing down others who are trying to achieve big goals. I've never understood people who spend their time attacking others versus trying to make something out of their own lives.

    In sports: Excuses.

    What I like in people: I love people who dream big and go for it. People who are nice and want to succeed and help others succeed. These are the people who will change the world for the better.

    That would surprise those who know me: I'm scared of flying, but I fly all the time.

    Above all else: Dream big and go for it. Also, work hard and be nice.

    Robinson Was Morehouse's First Hero
    : My first hero was Jackie Robinson who I wrote about in elementary school for a project. Reading and learning about his accomplishments and challenges in breaking down the color barrier in baseball inspired me that I can overcome any obstacle in my life. Also, WENDY KOPP, the founder of Teach For America. She turned her idea that we can close the educational achievement gap in our poorer neighborhoods by recruiting our country's best leaders into the classroom into a reality despite her professor giving her a C+ when it was her college thesis. Today, Teach For America is helping hundreds of thousands of kids across the country and helping to reform our educational system.

    Players: DON MATTINGLY, JOHN STARKS for his heart and my Olympic fencing teammate KEETH SMART.

    Teams: Yankees, Knicks, Giants and Team USA Fencing.

    City: New York City.

    Possession: Autographed Jackie Robinson baseball my father gave me.

    Memento: My college warmups from when I was just a good athlete at a small school ... to remind me of how far I have come to make the Olympics.

    Time of year (because): Spring ... it's warm, but not too hot and the baseball season is starting!

    Dave Matthews Band Among
    Morehouse's Favorite Bands
    : '80s music, Dixie Chicks, Bon Jovi, DAVE MATTHEWS and any kind of music that inspires and is fun.

    Books: "Awaken the Giant Within," "Tipping Point," "7 Habits of Highly Effective People," "Outliers," "Harry Potter."


    Magazines: Sports Illustrated, Men's Health.

    Web sites: I most frequent, and

    Gadgets: I can't go anywhere without my Crackberry ... I mean Blackberry!

    Chores: Laundry.

    Hobbies: Blogging, watching movies and playing basketball.

    Trips: As an Olympic fencer I have been to over 45 countries. Dubai, Madrid and Italy are some of my favorite places to go! Most unique: Iran and Senegal in Africa.

    Movies: "Old School," "Jerry Maguire," "Wedding Crashers."

     Morehouse Lists "South Park" As
    One Of His Favorite TV Shows
    : "Lost," "Heroes," "Smallville," "The Wire," "The Sopranos" and "South Park."

    Concerts: Aerosmith.

    Food: I'm a steak-eating kind of guy.

    Dessert: Chocolate chip cookies and chocolate ice cream.

    Drink: 20-calorie Vitaminwater.

    Vacation spots: I've never taken a vacation, but I would love to go to Costa Rica sometime.

    Cars: I'm a city guy, so I'm all about the subway, but I do like BMWs.

    Singer: TRACY CHAPMAN.

    Quote: "The long arc of the world tilts towards justice" -- MARTIN LUTHER KING.

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  • What's Up For The Weekend With MLB Network Host Greg Amsinger

    MLB Network's
    Greg Amsinger
    Ever wonder how executives in sports business spend their weekends? THE DAILY this week continues, "What's Up For The Weekend?," providing readers with an inside look at people in our industry. Today, we catch up with MLB Network host GREG AMSINGER, who talked with Staff Writer Jessica Collins about what he likes to do on the weekend.

    Q: What is your weekend routine?

    Amsinger: I'm on the air with our nightly studio show "MLB Tonight" for 15-20 hours Monday through Friday so, with such little time for my family during the work week, my weekend routine revolves around my wife ERICA and our six-year-old daughter VANESSA. I'll take them out for breakfast at a diner near where we live in New Jersey. Shopping and errands usually follows and when we get home I like to get outside around the house if I can, so I'll try to tackle some yard work. Since I miss so many dinners during the week, we get fancy and dine out on weekends. 

    Q: What is your weekend exercise routine?

    Amsinger: I run three miles each and every day. I wake up very early to exercise on weekends so my family is still sleeping when I leave. It's the same three-mile route through my neighborhood. There's nothing exciting about it, but I love the daily struggle of a run. It's more mental than physical and it helps me focus. After accomplishing the three miles, anything that follows during my day feels like a piece of cake. 

    Q: What is a weekend must-read?

    Amsinger: Box scores and recaps from the weekend baseball games. I can be on air hosting "MLB Tonight" for four hours a night, so I need to know everything that took place in all 15 games played over the weekend, especially with the pennant races, so I'm up-to-speed on Monday when I host the show. Also, children's books are must-reads during the weekend.

    Q: On the weekends, what do you try to make extra time for?

    Amsinger: Conversations with my wife. She does such an amazing job keeping our lives in order during the week, I feel it's necessary to make sure we have a good chunk of time to just look at each other and talk. Priorities are huge in life and while the career, house and activities are great, without her happiness I'm really miserable. So I devote time to her, and I couldn't think of anything more enjoyable than that.

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  • This Week's Newsmakers: Chicago Comes Up Short In Olympics Bid

    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:

    WIN: VIKINGS -- The team is off to a strong 3-0 start and is cashing in on both the Favre-effect and the fact that they will have the Metrodome all to themselves. On the business front, a deal with Mall of America to title sponsor the Metrodome field shows creativity, while new agreements with Caribou Coffee and the Minnesota Army National Guard for gate signage at the facility help the bottom line. All this comes while the team braces for a mega-national spotlight on “MNF” and tries again to get legislative support for public funding to help secure its long-term future in the state.

    LOSECHICAGO/USOC: Friday’s surprising first-round ouster in bidding for the '16 Summer Games is a shot to the gut for the Windy City and the U.S. Olympic movement, and officials must now examine closely what happened to what many consider to be the best bid ever put forward by a U.S. city. A successful bid looked to be a huge boost to the U.S. sports business industry, and the defeat raises new questions for everything from the future of IOC TV rights to the future of the USOC.

    DRAW: Nike -- On Tuesday, its quarterly report shows a company that is managing expenses well and is well-positioned for future growth. As Virtus Investment Partners Chief Alternatives Strategist Joe Terranova puts it, "This is a good story going forward for the market." But on Wednesday, Nike finds itself scrambling from a claim that Michael Vick had reached a deal with the Swoosh, putting the company in rare denial mode, especially when it comes to defending the athletes that it traditionally does so much to support.

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  • Executive Transactions

    The Red Sox Thursday promoted Exec VP/Chief Sales & Marketing Officer SAM KENNEDY to Exec VP/COO and Senior VP/Business Affairs JONATHAN GILULA to Exec VP/Business Affairs. Kennedy was also named Fenway Sports Group President. The moves formalize a restructuring of the Red Sox' executive leadership following the departure of former Red Sox COO MIKE DEE, who left in May to become Dolphins CEO (Red Sox).

    Bosgang Named Senior VP
    At MSG Networks
    NEW HIRES: MSG Networks named JEREMIAH BOSGANG Senior VP/Programming & Acquisitions, reporting to MSG Networks Exec VP & GM DAN RONAYNE. Most recently, Bosgang was Exec VP/Television for Sony BMG Music Entertainment (MSG)….SCP Worldwide named JOHN URBAN Exec VP/Events & New Business. He will be responsible for booking the company's three facilities: Scottrade Center and Kiel Opera House in St. Louis and Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Urban, who will be based in St. Louis, spent the past two years working on the development of the Sports Museum of America (SCP)….The Royal Canadian Golf Association named McDonald's Corp. Senior VP/Global Brand Development PETER BERESFORD COO (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/2).

    EXECS: The WNBA Mystics named NISL Philadelphia Kixx VP/Internal Operations DAVID DEAL Senior Dir of Business Development (Mystics)....The Mariners named Meadowlands Sports Complex Operations Manager SYLVESTER SERVANCE Dir of Security for Safeco Field (Mariners)....Little League Int'l named Velocity Sports & Entertainment Sponsorship Consulting Dir LIZ DILULLO BROWN Senior Dir of Marketing Partnerships (Little League)....Global Spectrum named TROY FLYNN GM of the Mullins Center, the 10,500-seat on-campus arena at the Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst (Global Spectrum)....TERRY COLLIER, a former Olympic torch runner and Marathon Dir, has joined as Community Management Advisor (THE DAILY)....The Horizon League named MIKE LANINGA Assistant Dir of Communications and KRISTY MURPHY communications intern (Horizon League)....The Int'l Tennis HOF named BILL PHILLIPS a Life Trustee. The HOF also named the following to its BOD: JEANNE MOUTOUSSAMY-ASHE, ROBERT BUNNEN, JUAN CARLOS CAPPELLO, CARLOS FLEMING, DIANNE HAYES, KEVIN KANE, E. RAMONE SEGREE, LEE SESSIONS, VINAYAK SINGH and LADY MARION WEATHERSTONE (Int'l Tennis HOF).

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  • Names In The News

    Teaser Of Chris Bosh's Documentary "First Ink"
    Will Be Shown At Canadian Sport Film Festival
    In Toronto, Chris Young reports a "three-minute teaser" of Raptors F CHRIS BOSH's 40-minute documentary "FIRST INK" will be shown at this weekend's Canadian Sport Film Festival. The documentary is "two weeks away from completion and is scheduled for full DVD release later on next month." Bosh's first tattoo -- "from inception to first sitting -- is the jumping-off point for a look at the player." Bosh said the documentary has "that same skit feeling to it" as some of his YouTube videos. Bosh: "We've got some funny ones. There's good stuff in there. Hopefully it'll be entertaining to people, and really interesting and artistic" (TORONTO STAR, 10/2).

    LOST IN TRANSLATION: In L.A., Kurt Streeter profiles Dodgers interpreter KENJI NIMURA, and writes, "Few outside the team are aware of Nimura." Even "ardent fans know next to nothing" about him. Dodgers GM NED COLLETTI: "His job requires blending in. He's maybe the best at what he does, but not too many people really know what he does. How he cares" (L.A. TIMES, 10/2).

    NAMES: Scenes from Disney's upcoming film, "SECRETARIAT," will be filmed at Churchill Downs starting Monday. Officials said that filming at the track is "expected to last five days" (, 10/1)....Nets G DEVIN HARRIS, C BROOK LOPEZ, F YI JIANLIAN, F EDUARDO NAJERA, G KEYON DOOLING, G RAFER ALSTON, C JOSH BOONE, F TRENTON HASSELL and F TONY BATTIE will purchase a total of 600 full Nets season tickets for the '09-10 season, which will be distributed to underprivileged youth groups and non-profit organizations in the metropolitan area (Nets)....Disney President & CEO Robert Iger Thursday accepted an invitation to join the BOD of the USA Bid Committee in its efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup to the U.S. in '18 or '22 (Walt Disney Co.)....The ESPN Zone restaurant in Atlanta has closed in part due to the “current economy.” The restaurant opened in January ’00 (, 10/1)....Officials said that ANDRE AGASSI's September 26 benefit concert "raised nearly" $8M to support his public charter school in Las Vegas. Officials added that Agassi's foundation "received a pledge" of $7.5M over five years from the Engelstad Family Foundation (AP, 9/30)....Tijuana Mayor JORGE RAMOS was "expected to throw out the first pitch" at Tuesday's Dodgers-Padres game at Petco Park in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. But Ramos "ran late and instead was presented with a Padres jersey by team officials" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 9/30).

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  • Time To Participate In The 2009 SBJ/SBD Reader Survey

    The 2009 SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Reader Survey is now available.

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    Cast your votes, then look for the results during the week of November 30 in both SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.

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