SBD/Issue 34/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Late NCAA President MYLES BRAND was remembered last night at Conseco Fieldhouse with "two hours of song, poetry and messages from many of those who loved him most." CBS announcer Jim Nantz hosted the memorial, and among the individuals who spoke were NBA Commissioner David Stern, "politicians, college presidents," musician John Mellencamp and "several basketball coaches." Many of the stories "were of Brand's love of sushi, of the outdoors, of hiking, of living." Indiana Univ. (IU) President Michael McRobbie "announced the endowment of a chair at the IU School of Medicine for cancer research, specifically pancreatic cancer, which claimed Brand's life" on September 16. McRobbie said that 145 donors have "contributed a total of more than $1.1[M], and IU will contribute" $1M (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/29).

DeVos Receives Praise For 
His Handling Of Magic
INSIDE LOOK: In Orlando, George Diaz profiles Magic Owner RICH DEVOS, who at 83 "still stands strong." There is an "unspoken sense of purpose for the Magic as they begin another chase for the championship," as "they want to win one for the patriarch of this organization." DeVos invited the team, coaches and execs "to dinner Monday night at his Palm Beach mansion." The dinner is a "yearly tradition, where everybody can sit down casually, relax, and not say a word about basketball." Magic GM OTIS SMITH said DeVos as an owner has done "everything he's supposed to do, including opening up his pocketbook." Smith: "Year after year after year he's done what you want your owner to do: Give you the resources to your business and then step out of the way and allow you to do it" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/29).

POWER BROKER: YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Iole profiled ED SOARES, who is "not only the interpreter for mixed martial arts superstars like" ANDERSON SILVA, LYOTO MACHIDA and ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA but also "one of the industry's most influential managers with a deep and talent-laden roster and an uncanny ability to make deals." Soares, 37, "got his start in business as a ski instructor, nightclub promoter, hip-hop band manager and apparel salesman" (, 10/28).

NAMES: SEC documents indicated that Nike Chair PHIL KNIGHT on Monday and Tuesday "sold nearly $37[M] of Nike stock." Knight has sold $332M, or 5.1 million shares, of Nike stock in the past two weeks (, 10/27)....Golfer TIGER WOODS ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE's "40 Under 40" list of "Business's hottest rising stars." Under Armour Founder & CEO Kevin Plank ranked No. 15 and WMG Chair & CEO Casey Wasserman ranked No. 39 (, 10/23)....Maple Leafs President & GM Brian Burke before Monday's Maple Leafs-Ducks game "received a congressional citation for his charitable works while working in Anaheim." Burke was honored by U.S. Rep. JOHN CAMPBELL (R-CA) "especially for his support of U.S. troops" (TORONTO STAR, 10/29)....Boxer MANNY PACQUIAO "plans to run for a congressional seat" in the Philippines, his native country. Pacquiao's business manager MICHAEL KONCZ said that Pacquiao will "decide which seat he'll pursue" for the May election "by the end of November" (, 10/28)....The Reds Community Fund yesterday dedicated a "baseball field at Anderson Place in Cincinnati's Madisonville neighborhood" (, 10/28)....Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY and wife, LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY, attended last night's Bobcats-Celtics game at TD Garden along with Red Sox President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO, his wife STACEY and Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER (BOSTON HERALD, 10/29)....Are you or someone you know in the sports business industry running in Sunday’s ING N.Y. Marathon? If so, please contact Brian Helfrich at and let him know. Then on Monday, send him your time and a quick note about the experience to share with our readers (THE DAILY).

IN MEMORY: TERRY MILLER, the wife of former MLBPA Exec Dir MARVIN MILLER, passed away Tuesday at the age of 90 (MLBPA).

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