SBD/Issue 72/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

IMG Signs Former Broncos Coach Mike
Shanahan For Representation
IMG has signed former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan for all areas of representation, including coaching contract representation. Shanahan is one of the most sought after available head coaching prospects in the NFL. Sandy Montag, IMG Senior Corporate VP & Managing Dir of the client business, is personally representing Shanahan in all areas (Liz Mullen, SportsBusiness Journal).

SALARY DROP: Documents filed with the SEC indicated that Disney President & CEO ROBERT IGER received a $2M salary and a $9.3M bonus for FY '09, down 28% from the previous year. Meanwhile, Disney Wednesday nominated Facebook COO SHERYL SANDBERG to its BOD (N.Y. TIMES, 12/24).

MAKING NEWS IN '09: The CHARLOTTE OBSERVER listed NFL Panthers Owner JERRY RICHARDSON and Univ. of North Carolina Charlotte AD JUDY ROSE among its "The Carolinas' Big Names In 2009: Most Interesting Sports Figures of the Year." In Charlotte, Ken Tysiac wrote, "As chaotic as 2009 has been for Richardson, 2010 could bring additional upheaval with the future of the franchise at stake." Meanwhile, Rose this year oversaw the "birth of the Charlotte 49ers' football program" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/27).

SHOWING THEIR HAND: In N.Y., Matt Villano reports technology that is part of a new system from Cantor Gaming, a subsidiary of financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, allows sports betting "through hand-held devices no larger than a smartphone." The devices, called eDecks, allow bettors to place bets on sporting events "from anywhere in the casino and play other games like blackjack and baccarat." Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas Race & Sports Dir MARK GOLDMAN said that his sports books were "licensing 200 eDecks." Goldman added that older gamblers "have been slow to adopt them," while younger bettors "have shown interest." The books' overall betting "has increased since October" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/28).

NAMES: SHEP HARMON is working on a film that will bring former NHLer DEREK SANDERSON's "life story to the silver screen." Harmon said that the film explores Sanderson's recovery from his "well-chronicled addiction to alcohol and drugs, 'as well as some real black adventures that bordered on the criminal'" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/27)....WJFK-FM host LaVar Arrington's restaurant and sports bar in Largo, Maryland, "closed abruptly Wednesday." The restaurant owed "millions of dollars to numerous creditors" and was faced with "possible eviction" (WASHINGTON POST, 12/25)....Tennis player NOVAK DJOKOVIC will portray ALEKSANDAR KARADJORDJEVIC, the first king of Yugoslavia, "in a television series to be shot next year." The 10-part series, which is set to air in '11, "will retrace the life and reign" of Karadjordjevic (AFP, 12/24)....Canwest News Service named Penguins C SIDNEY CROSBY its male athlete of the year (CANWEST NEWS SERVICE, 12/26).

IN MEMORY: Richard Childress Racing pit crew member DONALD RICHARDSON died Friday of H1N1 complications. Richardson, who had previously worked for Andy Petree Racing, Penske Racing, Hendrick Motorsports and Braun Racing, "spent last season as a tire changer on KEVIN HARVICK's crew (AP, 12/26)....Former Astros scout STAN BENJAMIN, who served in the role with the team "for nearly 40 years," died Thursday at the age of 95 (AP, 12/24).

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