SBD/Issue 124/Sports Industrialists
What I Like.... With AHL President & CEO Dave Andrews
Published March 11, 2010
|Andrews Says Pride In Performance Is
Most Important Attribute In Employees
In our continuing series, SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal asks top sports personalities for their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and likes. Today, American Hockey League President & CEO DAVE ANDREWS.
What I like in an insight: Pride in performance is the most important attribute in any employee.
An influential person in my career: ABIGAIL HOFFMAN, former Director General of Sport Canada and a legendary Canadian Olympian, and GLEN SATHER, the President and GM of the New York Rangers (formerly of the Edmonton Oilers).
An out-of-the-box idea: The NHL Winter Classic is without question the most successful out of the box idea in sports marketing in recent years.
A timeless idea: Lead by example.
A business deal: The AHL expansion to absorb the International Hockey League in 2001 was perhaps the most significant business deal in the 74-year history of our league. It was a major change in the professional hockey landscape and has proven to be a significant benefit to our league, our players, our NHL partners, and all other stakeholders.
A sports facility: Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and the Bell Centre in Montreal.
A sports event: Despite being a Canadian who knows virtually nothing about basketball, I find the NCAA tournament compelling.
A strategy: Play to your strengths, and above all build trust in your brand.
A hire: JOHN MCDONOUGH as President of the Chicago Blackhawks.
A brand: The Olympic Games.
A trend: The continuing need to find innovative approaches to market spectator sport to the next generation of fans in a cluttered and fragmented technological lanscape.
A pro league or team business initiative: TEAMBO at the NBA has been a template for all of us in championing data collection and best practice sharing.
A story that bears watching: Concussions in contact sport and how leagues, teams, and athletes respond to the issue.
An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: The BlackBerry.
A fantasy job: I was thinking about quarterback of the Patriots, but at 5'8" and my advanced age I guess that would be unrealistic.
What I like about my job: I have had the unbelievable good fortune to work in the sport that has been my passion as a player, a coach, a general manager, and for the past 16 years as the President of the AHL. Every day brings a new challenge and as a group we take joy in our victories and always find a way to smile about the setbacks.
Sports: The one-on-one battles that define the outcome of every team competition.
Sports business: The business is full of people who are achievers.
Sports media: MIKE EMRICK, the voice of the NHL on NBC.
Sports technology: Real-time scoring and HD television.
Competing: Competition is what tests our skills, our will, and drives performance. Life would be pretty bland without it.
The future (or direction) of sports business: The future is in greater interactivity for our fan bases, bringing them ever closer to the competition.
Sports fans: Loyalty.
What I would like to change: Reduce the focus on short-term gain in business and politics at the expense of building long-term value.
Change in what I do: Remember to make the most of every day both personally and professionally. Take less of the good things in life for granted.
|Andrews Says He Would
Like To See Wimbledon
See more of in sports: Respect for opponents and the game.
See more of in sports business: Vision and a commitment to providing value for stakeholders.
See less of in sports: Less focus on "me" in team sports.
See less of in sports business: Media spin.
Eliminate: Unrealistic adult expectations and pressure on kids in youth sport.
What I don't like in general: Today's air travel.
Pet peeve: Bad drivers and bad pedestrians (perhaps I need to be more
In sports: I dislike people who take joy in lopsided victories over inferior competition.
In business: People in power who are condescending to others.
About sports fans: Fans who ruin the experience for kids and families at games.
What I like in people: I like to be around people with a zest for life and a great sense of humor.
That would surprise those who know me: That I have run two half marathons recently.
Above all else: Make time for family and friends and keep active in sports.
About myself: Whatever influence I have had in raising three great kids to adulthood.
Heroes: TERRY FOX.
Players: WES WELKER.
Teams: Team Canada Hockey.
Possession: Our vacation home in Nova Scotia.
Memento: Stanley Cup and Calder Cup rings.
Time of year (because): Summer in Nova Scotia and the chance to sail, golf, and spend time with family and friends.
Music: Blues, Country, Rock, Alternative.
Books: "The Tipping Point," "Gods and Generals," "The Home Game," "Wind, Whales, and Whiskey."
Authors: MALCOLM GLADWELL, MICHAEL SHAARA, JEFF SHAARA, ROY MACGREGOR, MITCH ALBOM, SILVER DONALD CAMERON.
Magazines: Macleans (Canada), SportsBusiness Journal, The Hockey News, SAIL.
Web sites: TSN.ca, NHL.com, ESPN.com, TheAHL.com, NYTimes.com.
Gadgets: Garmin marine GPS.
Chores: That's what kids are for.
Hobbies: Sailing, Running, Racketball.
Movies: "Anchorman," "The Departed," "In Bruges."
TV: "The Office."
Concerts: JAMES TAYLOR, VIENNA TENG.
Artist: CHRISTOPHER GOREY.
Food: Fresh caught fish grilled onboard.
Dessert: Anything chocolate.
Drink: Propellor Pale Ale -- Nova Scotia's finest.
Scent: The salt air of Atlantic Canada.
Aftershave: Not something I use.
Singer: DAVE MATTHEWS, JACK JOHNSON.
Quote: "Last season we couldn't win at home and we were losing on the road.
My failure was that I couldn't think of any place else to play" -- former NHL coach HARRY NEALE.