SBD/Issue 84/Sports Industrialists

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  • Golf Swing Coach Hank Haney, Octagon End Exclusive Deal

    HANK HANEY and Octagon have decided to end their exclusive representation agreement and are working to redefine the relationship under a set of new contractual guidelines. Octagon is expected to continue handling marketing and production deals it procured for the golf swing coach but will no longer exclusively represent Haney. The agency signed Haney in '07 and did corporate deals with Charles Schwab, FedEx, BMW and Gatorade, as well as development deals for his best-selling instructional DVD and Golf Channel show with CHARLES BARKLEY. It is unknown if Haney, more widely known as TIGER WOODS' swing coach, will seek new representation.

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  • Executive Transactions

    Gatorade named ANDREA FAIRCHILD VP/Brand Marketing, where she will help implement the brand’s overall strategy, beginning with the spring launch of the G Series. Previously, Fairchild served as Global Business Development Dir for Nike's Women’s Training line. She replaces John Galloway, who was named VP & CMO of Hard Rock Int'l earlier this week (THE DAILY).

    Eagles Name McDermott
    Senior VP & CMO
    FRANCHISES: The Eagles named Capitals Senior VP & CMO TIM MCDERMOTT to the same position (Eagles)....EPL club Arsenal promoted Head of Marketing ANGUS KINNEAR to Marketing Dir (, 1/13)….The Royals named former MLB manager NED YOST Special Advisor to Baseball Operations (Royals)….The Padres named Magic Group Sales Manager AMY SAXON Dir of Group Ticket Sales (Padres)….The Suns named TODD MERRILL Marketing Partnership Account Exec, ANDREA LECHNER-BECKER Database Marketing Coordinator and ALBERT WATSON Data Analyst (Suns).

    EXECS: COLIN CURRIE was promoted to the newly created position of adidas China Senior VP/Sales & Marketing, effective January 1. Currie will be based in adidas' Shanghai office (, 1/13)….The PGA Championship named JASON MENGEL Championship Operations Manager and MORGAN CODY Championship Administration Manager (PGA)….In Stadium Promotions named LOU ROSENBERG Dir of Business Development (In Stadium)….Minor League Baseball (MiLB) named LOUIS BROWN III Manager of Baseball Operations & Legal Affairs and ANDY SHULTZ Baseball Operations Department Assistant. Since March '07, Shultz served as Field Evaluator/Instructor for the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. (MiLB)….Sunice named CAROLINE GOWAN Strategic Accounts Manager where she will manage the company's relationships with the PGA, Champions, LPGA and Nationwide Tours (Sunice)….Lincoln Financial Media appointed NATE LUNDY Program Dir of Sports for Denver's KKFN-FM, replacing TIM SPENCE, who was named Program Dir of ESPN Radio 1600 (, 1/13).

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  • Names In The News

    In New Orleans, John DeShazier reports Hornets Owner GEORGE SHINN yesterday underwent "successful surgery in the morning to remove his prostate after being diagnosed with cancer in November." Shinn, whose cancer was "diagnosed early, is set for a complete recovery after his operation" at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/14).

    PAY YOUR DUES: In San Diego, Lori Weisberg reports Chargers Owner ALEX SPANOS' development company -- A.G. Spanos Cos. -- will spend more than $12M to "retrofit thousands of apartment units found to be out of compliance with fair housing laws." The settlement, reportedly the "largest disabled-access settlement in the housing industry," stemmed from a lawsuit by the National Fair Housing Alliance against A.G. Spanos (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/14).

    RSL Officials Unable To Contact 
    Alexandre Since Earthquake In Haiti
    TRAGEDY IN HAITI: MLS Real Salt Lake officials "have not been able to contact" MF JEAN ALEXANDRE since Tuesday's earthquake in his native Haiti. But RSL GM GARTH LAGERWAY said he did not want to "raise any alarm bells" with that news (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/14). Meanwhile, the Yankees are donating $500,000 for relief efforts in Haiti (Yankees).

    AIMING HIGH: Domino's Pizza Chair & CEO DAVID BRANDON said being named Univ. of Michigan AD "is a labor of love for me and something I'm passionate about,” but noted he is going to continue as the “non-executive Chairman of the board of Domino's and stay connected in that way." Brandon: "Every business I've ever been associated with has been No. 1 in its category, so you know what I'm trying to accomplish at the University at Michigan" ("Countdown to the Closing Bell," Fox Business, 1/13).

    WELCOME TO THE HALL: Rangers President NOLAN RYAN today will be inducted into the Texas Cowboy HOF. Ryan has been "raising Beefmaster cattle since 1972," and started a foundation with his wife RUTH to "benefit students in ranch management programs" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/14)....NASCAR driver and team owner MICHAEL WALTRIP has been selected for the Kentucky Athletic HOF, to be inducted April 28 in Louisville (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 1/14).

    NAMES: Former Ilitch Holdings Inc. President DENISE ILITCH reportedly is considering running for Governor of Michigan, though she "hasn't decided whether to jump in the race" (DETROIT NEWS, 1/14)....Former AFL Columbus Destroyers Owner JIM RENACCI has reached the second tier of the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" recruitment program (, 1/12)....Patriots Owner BOB KRAFT Tuesday attended the Kentucky-Florida men's college basketball game to "visit with his old friend," UK coach JOHN CALIPARI. Kraft met with the Kentucky team after the game (BOSTON HERALD, 1/14)....HIROSHI YAMAUCHI, leader of the Mariners' ownership group, ranks 7th on Forbes' list of Japan's richest people with an estimated net worth of $3.8B (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1/13)....Sonoma-Cutrer Wines on January 26 will host a wine tasting at the NYY Steak restaurant at Yankee Stadium. The event, which includes a cocktail hour and a five-course dinner, will be winemaker TERRY ADAMS' final tasting before retirement (, 1/13)....FDA agents yesterday arrested Denver resident JASON ERIC KAY, who is "accused of relabeling Gatorade bottles" with an image of Tiger woods and his wife ELIN, alongside the word "Unfaithful." The FDA charged Kay with product tampering, and the charges together carry a maximum five-year prison term and $450,000 in fines (DENVER POST, 1/14).

    IN MEMORY: Former WABC-AM sports talk show host ART RUST JR. died Tuesday at the age of 82. Rust -- remembered as a "pioneer not just for black broadcasters, but for all of sports talk radio" -- reached his "greatest mainstream prominence" when he started his "Sportstalk" show on WABC in the '80s (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/14).

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