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Packers Treasurer Says Murphy Has
Worked Out Better Than Anticipated
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: Murphy "soon will play a crucial role as an advocate for the team and the NFL in the upcoming negotiations for a new" CBA. Murphy: "The CBA is the biggest issue the league is facing -- and the Packers. I feel fortunate that I am involved in that process as I am." Tagliabue, "who has been a mentor to Murphy dating to Murphy's days as a former players union lawyer, agrees Murphy is well-suited to help current Commissioner ROGER GOODELL" with the CBA. Tagliabue: "Mark has lots of experience and attributes that will serve him well on the negotiating team, including his understanding of the competing and conflicting points of view on the two sides of the table, and his ability to reach across the divide and talk with people who also understand both perspectives that can eventually lead to sensible compromises and consensus." Nickel & Walker noted Goodell "appointed Murphy to the 10-member Management Council Executive Committee, the bargaining team that represents the owners in the league's negotiations for a new" CBA. Murphy: "I can see things from both sides. I think it's been helpful in some of the sessions. I can certainly relate to what the players' concerns are. But I also have seen it from an owner's perspective as well, or a management perspective" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/3).
Knight Puts Nearly One-Quarter Of
His Stake In Nike Into Three Trusts
KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR: In Portland, John Canzano wrote of Knight, "Love him or loathe him, you can't ignore that [UO] could not sustain what they've done over the past decade in conference play without Knight. His influence is valuable, and significant and Oregon certainly wouldn't be in position to strike again in a BCS game in the near future without his continued support." Knight has "contributed the biggest share of the money" for the school's $90M Autzen Stadium expansion, his name is on the campus library, and his late son Matthew's name "will go on the Ducks basketball arena, which was made possible by a $100[M] pledge from Knight." Nike has been "out front with uniform design and marketing, giving Oregon a unique competitive edge" (Portland OREGONIAN, 1/1).
PAT CONNORS, who in October '08 opened a West Coast hub for Fenway Sports Group (FSG) in San Diego, has acquired that office and will relaunch it soon as Gravitate Sports Marketing, with Connors assuming the title of Gravitate President & CEO. Connors, whose background is primarily in the beer industry, will continue to represent FSG on an arm's-length basis, and expand beyond beverage-based work to team, property and collegiate representation as well (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).
EXECS: Fox Cable Networks Senior VP/Integration & Emerging Media ADAM HOLZER left the company last week (THE DAILY)....NBC Sports Senior Dir of Communications BRIAN WALKER recently left the company after five years to open his own communications consulting business (THE DAILY)....Former Chicago Tribune columnist BOB VERDI is joining the Blackhawks as team historian (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 12/31)....East Valley Tribune columnist Scott Bordow is leaving the paper after 26 years (EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE, 12/30)....The AHL has hired NATHAN COSTA as Manager of Team Business Services and MELISSA CARUSO as Coordinator of Team Business Services (AHL)....The ECHL has hired JEFF ZAVATSKY as Manager of Hockey Operations. Zavatsky spent the past three seasons with the ECHL Stockton Thunder, most recently as Manager of PR & Team Operations (ECHL)....Learfield Sports made several hirings for its college sports properties: TODD HOWELL joins the Univ. of New Mexico account as Associate GM; TERESA GRIM joins the Univ. of Minnesota account as an Account Exec; SPENCER CHRISTIANSEN joins the Montana State Univ. account as GM; and NICK GARNER joins the Univ. of Montana account as GM and SAM BARKLEY as Account Exec (Learfield Sports).
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Clippers Owner Sterling An "Easy Target"
For Criticism Despite Charitable Efforts
REACH FOR THE GOLD: Suns Chair and USA Basketball BOD Chair JERRY COLANGELO has written a new book entitled "RETURN OF THE GOLD: THE JOURNEY OF JERRY COLANGELO AND THE REDEEM TEAM." Colangelo said the book is "about that journey" in terms of the U.S. men's basketball team winning the Gold Medal at the '08 Beijing Games, "but it's somewhat of a life story regarding my own journey." Colangelo: "It's meant to serve as an encouragement for people trying to make it, and I share personal experiences about reaching for the stars and not being afraid to fail. Second, it's a strong look at leadership and building a company" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/3).
A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME....: CNBC's Darren Rovell listed the most influential sports figures in '09 in regard to their use of Twitter. Cavaliers C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL topped the list of influential athletes, as he has used the social networking site "to interact with his fans better than any other athlete." Golfer STEWART CINK, cyclist LANCE ARMSTRONG, Bengals WR CHAD OCHOCINCO and Magic C DWIGHT HOWARD were also noted among players. Other sports figures making the list include ESPN.com columnist and author BILL SIMMONS, ESPN's ADAM SCHEFTER, N.Y. Times reporter PETE THAMEL and player agent EVAN MORGENSTEIN (CNBC.com, 12/30).
Shawne Merriman Has Signed
With EAG Sports Management
IN MEMORY: Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist BILL GLEASON, 87, died Sunday of complications related to Parkinson's disease. Gleason, a "proud South Sider, worked for more than 60 years in Chicago journalism and helped launch the genre of talk sports broadcasting" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/4).