SBD/Issue 102/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Dave Johnson Back On His Feet After
Controversy During Salt Lake Olympics
In Utah, Doug Robinson notes former Salt Lake Organizing Committee Senior VP DAVE JOHNSON, the "pariah of the Salt Lake" Olympics in '02, is "living a happy ending." Robinson was "unemployed and unemployable" after the SLOC faulted him when the IOC's "dirty little secret was brought to light: that cash and gifts to delegates were the way to win an Olympic bid." But he now serves as VP of a "thriving company that has grown from about 35 people to more than 5,000." The company, Sorenson Communications, has "revolutionized communication between deaf people by allowing them to communicate face to face over the Internet" (DESERET NEWS, 2/9).

SHOOTING STAR: In Dallas, Brad Townsend profiles Mavericks President & CEO TERDEMA USSERY, noting this weekend's NBA All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium has "in large part been his baby, dating to mid-2007." Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN said, "A lot of the concepts were mine, but 100 percent of the execution was Terdema's. So he deserves all the credit." Ussery recalls first proposing the game be played at Cowboys Stadium to NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN, saying, "Very chilly. That's probably the most diplomatic way to describe David's response initially" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/9).

HOT WHEELS: Spitfire Documentary Films is teaming with Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs to produce a "feature documentary about Formula One motor racing." PAUL CROWDER and MARK MONROE will write the script about the "golden age of grand prix racing from the late '60s through the 1970s" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 2/9).

NAMES: Bundesliga CEO CHRISTIAN SEIFERT attended Sunday's Super Bowl at Sun Life Stadium, where he met NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and "watched from a private box behind an end zone" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 2/8)....The Flames, WHL Calgary Hitmen and the Flames Foundation for Life have raised over $100,000 for Haiti relief efforts (Flames)....Golfer PADRAIG HARRINGTON today will lead a discussion for IT execs and technology media members titled, "Winning with Unified Communications," in partnership with Clearway Network Management Solutions (CNMS), Microsoft and Polycom, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California (CNMS)....Titans Owner BUD ADAMS last night was inducted into the Texas Sports HOF (AP, 2/9)....The K.C. STAR's Alan Goforth profiles AthletixNation as part of the paper's "Startup" feature. The company, which is owned by DAVYEON ROSS and was "founded in late 2007, delivers college sports video and sports applications to Web sites" (K.C. STAR, 2/9).

IN MEMORY: Former Baltimore Sun sportswriter BILL FREE died Friday of a "perforated bowel" at the age of 66. Free began a 39-year career at the newspaper in '69, and he was "nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his work on the 1986 LEN BIAS overdose story" (Baltimore SUN, 2/9).

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