SBD/Issue 21/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

In Green Bay, Tony Walter profiled Packers President & CEO MARK MURPHY, who has made "significant moves" in his first 21 months with the franchise. They include his "prominent role" in NFL labor negotiations, his "restructuring of the upper management team at team headquarters, and his steering of a master development plan that could expand the financial impact of the Packers in neighborhoods" near Lambeau Field. Murphy has become "visible in the community, making more than 100 speeches to community groups since he joined the Packers and building relationships with area politicians," the latter of which is "vital as he leads the franchise through the development of a master plan that is aimed at increasing tourist interest in the area" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 10/11).

THAT'S THE TICKET: In Boston, Donna Goodison profiles Boston-based Charity Partners CEO JORD POSTER, recently honored as the "Charitable Partner of the Year" by the Red Sox. Poster has helped "raise more than $800,000 for the Red Sox Foundation" through his company's "Tickets-for-Charity," which "gives music and sports fans a philanthropic way to land seats at in-demand events." The company, which launched four years ago and spread nationally this June, "receives an allocation of tickets from the Red Sox -- usually under 50 per game for seats across Fenway -- for every home contest of the season, including the playoffs" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/12).

NBC Plans To Focus Olympics Coverage On
Vonn Much Like It Did With Michael Phelps In '08
READY FOR THE SPOTLIGHT: In Salt Lake City, Michael Lewis wrote U.S. skier LINDSEY VONN is "poised to finally become every bit as recognizable to mainstream American sports fans as she is to those who have watched her blossom into one of the world's greatest ski racers." She is "still relatively unknown to casual fans" in the U.S., a "pleasure that might last only until NBC finishes broadcasting" the Vancouver Games this February. Vonn has filmed promotional videos for NBC, and she said, "They're making me into PHELPS." Vonn spends "hours in the gym each day, and worked with U.S. Ski Team officials to limit her media obligations over the summer to one day a week" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 10/11).

NAMES: Univ. of Minnesota AD JOEL MATURI today is scheduled to have surgery to "repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon." He will "not work for two weeks and will miss each of the next two Gopher football games, the first he has missed since becoming AD in 2002" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/12)....Former NBAer CHRIS DUDLEY said that he is "thinking about joining the Republican primary race" for Oregon Gov. Dudley said that he intends to "make a decision before the end of the year" (Portland OREGONIAN, 10/12)....Grand-Am driver J.C. FRANCE, the grandson of NASCAR Founder BILL FRANCE and cousin of NASCAR Chair & CEO BRIAN FRANCE, was arrested last Thursday on drug charges and was “immediately suspended by NASCAR." France was “stopped for street racing" in Daytona Beach, and police “charged him with possession of narcotics and driving under the influence” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 10/10)….The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Barry Bonds Family Foundation Playroom was held Friday at the UCSF Medical Center. Former MLBer BARRY BONDS “paid for the renovation himself at a cost of nearly $250,000.” The new surroundings “include a flat-screen television and audio system, an arts and crafts table and several toys” (AP, 10/10)….IRL driver HELIO CASTRONEVES Saturday confirmed that he and his girlfriend, ADRIANA HENAO, are expecting a girl in January. Castroneves: “We thought about calling her ‘Indy,’ but we thought that might be a little too much” (, 10/10)….Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY, his wife, LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY, and Chair TOM WERNER attended a party in L.A. last week hosted by Mandalay Entertainment Chair & CEO PETER GUBER (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/10).

IN MEMORY: Former Bucks Owner MARVIN FISHMAN died Friday at the age of 84. Fishman “helped bring professional basketball back to Milwaukee in the late 1960s.” With the backing of WESLEY PAVALON, Fishman raised $2M and their group, Milwaukee Professional Sports & Services, was awarded an expansion franchise by the NBA in ’68 (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/11).

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