SBD/Issue 48/Sports Industrialists

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  • Bud Adams Mentioned On Late-Night Shows For Flipping The Bird

    Titans Owner BUD ADAMS continues to make headlines for his middle-finger salute during last Sunday's game against the Bills, this time on the late-night circuit. Last night's Top Ten list on CBS' "Late Show" was "Top Ten Signs Your NFL Team Owner Is Nuts." CBS' DAVID LETTERMAN: "The guy who owns the Tennessee Titans football team, 86-year-old Bud Adams, was fined $250,000 by the NFL for making an obscene gesture at Buffalo Bills fans during Sunday's game in Nashville. ... And that's what he does when his team wins" ("Late Show," CBS, 11/17).

    10) "Married to a tackling dummy."
    9) "Team plays in North Carolina, builds new stadium in North Dakota."
    8) "Only reason he hired head coach was because he had his own whistle."
    7) "Encourages vendors to sell beer to players during game."
    6) "Asked owner of Detroit Lions for tips on building a winner."
    5) "He just tested positive for steroids -- can you believe that?"
    4) "Pregame pep talk -- asks team to lose by more than seven-and-a-half."
    3) "Thinks 'Things More Fun Than Reading the SARAH PALIN Memoir' isn’t funny."
    2) "His motto: 'If we want to win as a team, we need to shower as a team.'"
    1) "Gives players the weekend off."

    SOMETHING DOESN'T MAKE SENSE: Last night's edition of NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" featured a segment called "Getting Our Priorities Straight." NBC's JAY LENO said "texting while driving is a $20 fine" as video was shown of someone texting. The video of Adams giving the middle finger to Bills fans was shown, with Leno saying, "Fine for giving somebody the finger at a football game: $250,000. Does that seem fair!? Driving in on the freeway today I would owe $12(M)! That's ridiculous!" ("The Jay Leno Show," NBC, 11/17).

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  • Executive Transactions

    LPGA Elects Ponturo (seen here with golfer Cristie
    Kerr And Commissioner Marty Evans) To Its BOD
    The LPGA BOD has elected Ponturo Management Group CEO TONY PONTURO to a three-year term. The remaining independent BOD members for '10 are Chair DAWN HUDSON, Commissioner MICHAEL WHAN, Perennial Capital Advisors founder LESLIE GREIS, former LPGA CMO BILL SUSETKA and LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals President DANA RADER. Two other independent directors will be added at a later date. Player members include President MICHELLE ELLIS, VP SHERRI STEINHAUER, KATIE FUTCHER, KIM HALL, HELEN ALFREDSSON, PAT HURST and STACY PRAMMANASUDH (Jon Show, SportsBusiness Journal)....The LPGA State Farm Classic named AUDRA BURKS Dir of Sales & Marketing for the tournament to develop new sales and sponsorship opportunities, effective in January. Burks plans to retire from full-time play on the LPGA tour at the end of this season (State Farm Classic).

    MEDIA: The Chicago Sun-Times named MLB writer CHRIS DE LUCA its new sports editor, effective immediately. De Luca joined the paper in '96 and has been its national MLB writer since '04. He replaces STU COURTNEY, who left earlier this month to oversee the Chicago Tribune's sports Web site (Sun-Times)....Golf Digest Publications named TOM BAIR VP & Publishing Dir, effective immediately. Bair will be responsible for both Golf Digest and Golf World and oversee all sales and marketing activities for both brands. Bair was named Golf Digest VP & Publisher in June '04 (Golf Digest Publications)....GARY GINSBERG, a "long-time RUPERT MURDOCH confidante," will leave his position as News Corp. Exec VP/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications "at the end of the year." Ginsberg joined the company in January '99 (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 11/16)

    EXECS: The Red Sox have promoted KATIE HAAS to Dir of Florida Operations, and she will be moving to Fort Myers at the end of the month. Her last day at Fenway Park will be Friday. Haas had been Special Assistant to Senior VP/Business Affairs (THE DAILY)....Strategic named CHAD MANCINI Account Dir. Most recently, Mancini was at GMR Marketing where he handled the MillerCoors account (Strategic)….Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course named STEPHEN TIMMS Promotions & Marketing Coordinator, STEVE BECKMAN Accounting Manager and JONI MCLAUGHLIN Controller (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course)....The Class-A Midwest League Wisconsin Timber Rattlers named CAMERON WENGRZYN Production Manager & Marketing Assistant and RYAN CUNNIFF Corporate Sales Manager (Rattlers)....Learfield Sports appointed MOLLY ARBOGAST National Accounts Manager for the Northeast Region, working in the company's Penn State Properties office in Philadelphia. Previously, Arbogast served as WNBA VP/Business Development (Learfield).

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  • Names In The News

    Richardson Establishes Scholarship Fund
    At Winthrop University In Honor Of Wife
    NFL Panthers Owner JERRY RICHARDSON has created a scholarship fund at Winthrop Univ. that “will allow one senior a year to attend the school for free.” Richardson established a $500,000 endowment to “permanently fund” the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Senior Scholarship in honor of his wife, who attended the school in the '50s. Winthrop spokesperson AMANDA STEWART said that the award of roughly $20,000 will “cover all expenses for a student’s senior year, including tuition, expenses and room and board” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/18). Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL on Monday said that Richardson is “actively involved in the NFL’s negotiations” for a new CBA. Goodell: “He’s played a very valuable role for us and continues to talk to all 32 teams on a regular basis” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/17).

    WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME: In Denver, Aldo Svaldi in a front-page piece reports Colorado-based Speed of Wealth LLC, which federal authorities have accused of helping raise $30M in a “Ponzi-like scheme,” hired Pro Football HOFer John Elway to “attract investors to its seminars.” Elway’s agent JEFF SPERBECK said Elway “did not promote specific investments, endorse the company or invest personally” in Speed of Wealth (DENVER POST, 11/18).

    COURT REPORT: The Charlotte Observer yesterday asked that the “secret court records” in the case of NASCAR Chair & CEO BRIAN FRANCE and his ex-wife, MEGAN, be unsealed. The newspaper also has “asked that court hearings in the case be kept open to the public.” The case “apparently involves domestic issues and a contract dispute.” In a motion filed yesterday, attorneys for the Observer and news partner WCNC-NBC “argued that the public has a constitutional right of access to the judicial proceedings and to the records” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/18).

    STEEL RESOLVE: In Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel profiles Pittsburgh sports attorney CHUCK GREENBERG, who is teaming with MLB Rangers President NOLAN RYAN to bid for ownership of the team. Greenberg's "laid-back, open style" has become "his trademark." And in the "span of a decade," he "went from being someone who helped other people buy sports teams -- in 1999, he brokered [MARIO] LEMIEUX's deal to acquire the Penguins -- to the owner of three" minor league baseball franchises (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 11/18).

    Crystal Joins Cowboys Players In Helping Serve
    Over 200 People At Salvation Army In Dallas
    NAMES: Converse has asked a federal judge in Boston for a “protective order so it won’t have to respond to a subpoena” from L.H. Equity Investments, a Florida firm that is suing Heat G DWYANE WADE over a failed restaurant venture. Wade endorsed Converse before switching to its parent company, Nike, in July (BOSTON HERALD, 11/18)…. The Colts last night at their practice facility hosted 130 women for their Women's 201 Clinic, in which the women "put on their sweats and passed, caught, kicked and learned defensive drills" with former Colts players. The class is an "advanced level of the Women's 101 beginners' class, which began four years ago." The $70 course also included "dinner and Colts memorabilia to take home" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 11/18)....CBC Sports' SCOTT MOORE has confirmed that the “Battle of the Blades” reality TV show will return for a second season in ’10 (TRUTHANDRUMOURS.net, 11/17)….Comedian BILLY CRYSTAL yesterday joined Cowboys players to help serve "more than 200 people" at The Salvation Army's Carr P. Collins Social Services Center in Dallas (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/18).

    IN MEMORY: Former Penn State Univ. AD ED CZEKAJ passed away Monday at the age of 87. Czekaj "became an employee of the athletic department in 1953 and held several positions before becoming" AD in '69. He held that job until '80, when football coach JOE PATERNO took over. Czekaj retired in '82 (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 11/18).

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