SBD/Issue 179/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Fall Recently Opened The NBA's
First Office In Johannesburg, Africa

In N.Y., William Rhoden notes NBA VP/Development for Africa Amadou Gallo Fall recently "officially opened the NBA's first office in Africa," located in Johannesburg. The hoopla surrounding this summer's World Cup in South Africa is "precisely why Fall and the NBA chose this moment to open shop." Fall: "The eyes of the world will be here." Rhoden notes the NBA "needs exposure in Africa," and Fall "certainly faces one of the most daunting challenges: planting the NBA flag here and using the league's enormous global brand to develop basketball on a continent where the game of choice is soccer." Fall's challenge is "not creating interest in the game," but rather "facilitating access: building indoor courts, providing coaches and conducting clinics." Fall: "The professional leagues don't exist, and leagues, as we know them, do not exist. But there is a passion for the game. That's why we're here" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/28).

STAYING BUSY: Falcons TE TONY GONZALEZ this offseason is "doing the publicity and marketing work on All-Pro Science, a line of all-natural nutritional supplements and products." Gonzalez: "It's pretty much my job now." Gonzalez' products are available online, and he "promotes them through" his Twitter account, which has more than 9,000 followers. Gonzalez said the plan for the line is to "go into all of the stores like Whole Foods," and added he would "like to be in Costco" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/28).

SWIMMING NORTH: Golfer GREG NORMAN "has shut his only Australian office as he chases the Asian golfing dollar through China." The closing of the Sydney Greg Norman Golf Course Design office "signals that Norman's company no longer sees Australia as its key Asia-Pacific hub." The company opened a "new sales and marketing office in Beijing." Norman's "main golf course architects will now be based only" at the company's West Palm Beach HQs (Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH, 5/26).

NAMES: WMG Chair & CEO Casey Wasserman Thursday visited the White House with the U.S. World Cup team. The team met with PRESIDENT OBAMA and former President Bill Clinton. Clinton and Wasserman are both on the board for the U.S. Bid for the '18 or '22 World Cup. Clinton is the honorary chairman (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal)....Baseball HOFer SANDY KOUFAX on Thursday attended the first-ever Jewish American Heritage Month reception at the White House (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/28)….Former NHL Oilers Owner PETER POCKLINGTON, who has been charged with two counts of bankruptcy fraud, on Thursday made a "perjury plea." He is “expected to yield six months’ house arrest, with an undetermined period of probation to follow.” His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 9 (NATIONAL POST, 5/28)….The Univ. of Georgia’s athletic department will donate $2M to “help the university through hard financial times.” The contribution “will be in addition to the $6 million over three years pledged by the UGA Athletic Association to the university’s academic programs last year” (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/28)….Actors BRADLEY COOPER, JESSICA BIEL, FORREST WHITAKER, rapper SNOOP DOGG and MIKE TYSON are expected to attend Saturday’s UFC 114 in Las Vegas (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 5/28).

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