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  • Luminaries Turn Out For Unveiling Of Selig Statue At Miller Park

    Selig's Statue Joins Ones Of Aaron,
    Yount Outside Miller Park

    The Brewers held an "unveiling ceremony Tuesday of a statue at Miller Park honoring" MLB Commissioner and former Brewers Owner Bud Selig, according to Tom Haudricourt of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Representatives from "some 20 major-league clubs were on hand, as well as luminaries such as" political columnist George Will; Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson; former Packers Chair & CEO Bob Harlan; NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Chair Dick Ebersol; Univ. of Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez; 19 former or current players; and “dozens of formers and current club employees and nearly every member of the commissioner’s office.” Speakers included Baseball HOFers Hank Aaron and Robin Yount, Bucks Owner Herb Kohl and Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio, who along with his wife, Debbie, “donated the statue.” The statue “portrays a younger Selig, clad in a suit, standing with his left hand in his pocket and cupping a baseball with his right hand” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/25). MLB Network's Matt Vasgersian noted he is "not sure that a Hall of Fame cast like that has ever come out, seemingly on their own will, to attend a ceremony like this for any previous commissioner" (MLB Network, 8/24).

    TOUCHING SCENE: MLB.com’s Mike Bauman wrote it was a “truly touching ceremony.” The idea of the statue honoring Selig “came from the current Brewers ownership.” Attanasio said that “he was always looking for ways to ‘celebrate the tradition of the Brewers,’ and that memorializing Selig’s contributions in the form of a statue seemed a highly logical way to proceed” (MLB.com, 8/24). YAHOO SPORTS’ Kevin Kaduk wrote the “statue is meant as a tribute for the role Selig played in saving Milwaukee baseball and not as much for his status as commissioner.” Selig “appeared very emotional as the ceremony wore on” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com., 8/24). Attanasio said, "Simply put, there would be no Major League Baseball in Milwaukee without Allen H. 'Bud' Selig." Yount: "I honestly believe that the first statue that should have gone in front of this stadium should have been Mr. Selig's. … I'm not so sure we'd have any of this without Bud Selig" (MLB Network, 8/24). ESPN's Karl Ravech noted Selig is "as revered as the O'MALLEYS were when they brought (the Dodgers) out to the West Coast, when other managers and owners have succeeded in their own cities -- that's what he's meant to Milwaukee" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 8/24). Author JOSH PAHIGIAN noted that Selig is the “sixth owner in baseball to be sculpted and set at a park.” The others are former White Sox Owner Charles Comiskey, late Royals Owners Ewing and Muriel Kauffman, former Angels Owner Gene Autry and late A's Owner Connie Mack. Tom Vandergriff, a politician who helped bring the Rangers to Arlington, Texas, also “was statue-worthy.” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/25).

    THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: In N.Y., Mark Feinsand notes a statue will be unveiled in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park to "immortalize" late Yankees Chair George Steinbrenner before the Sept. 20 game against the Rays. The team also announced that a “tribute to Steinbrenner’s life will take place before the team’s first exhibition game in Tampa next spring” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/25). 

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  • Executive Transactions

    Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium promoted VP/Marketing ADAM ASHTON to President and VP/Business Development DAN CIMORONI to Senior VP/Sales & Marketing. Ashton will report to CTV President of Sports & Exec VP/Programming PHIL KING (CTV)....TSN promoted VP/Programming STEWART JOHNSTON to President, reporting to King. Johnston will oversee the day-to-day operations of TSN and its various platforms. TSN also promoted VP/Production MARK MILLIERE to Senior VP/Production and VP/Marketing SHAWN REDMOND to VP/Programming. Milliere and Redmond will report to Johnston (TSN).

    EXECS: NBA Digital named SCOTT DOYNE VP/Business Operations and ERIC JACKSON Exec Dir of Content Operations. The company also promoted ALBERT VERTINO to VP/Content (Turner Sports)….GMR Marketing promoted Senior VP & Group Account Dir GREG BUSCH to Exec VP/Client Management - North America (GMR)….The ECHL Reading Royals named MARK WALLACE GM & Alternate Governor (Reading Royals)….The Univ. of Maine appointed STEVE ABBOTT interim AD, effective Sept. 6 (Univ. of Maine)….Hartwick College named Salem College AD DR. KIMBERLY FIERKE AD (Hartwick College)....Florida State Univ. named former Octagon Associate General Counsel RYAN RODENBERG assistant professor for the school's Sport Management Department (Florida State)….Performance Bicycle named JAMES HILYARD VP/Visual Merchandising (Performance Bicycle)....The Predators named GRANT HALL Inside Sales Rep (THE DAILY).

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  • Names In The News

    Glazers Said To Own Nine U.S. Malls That
    Have Been Deemed Insolvent Or Delinquent

    In London, Mark Ogden reports Buccaneers and Manchester United Owner the GLAZERS are "struggling to cover mortgage payments in their American shopping mall empire." Four of the family's malls, owned by their First Allied Corp., reportedly have "recently fallen into default on their mortgages and been classified as 'delinquent.'" That would bring the "total of insolvent malls owned by the Glazers" across the U.S. to nine (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 8/25). Two of the four malls are in Ohio, while the other two are in Houston and Denver. The GUARDIAN's David Conn reports in addition to the nine delinquent malls, a "further 29 centres," or 43% of the Glazer family's malls, "have so many units empty the rental income does not cover the mortgage payments" (GUARDIAN, 8/25).

    A GOOD WALK SPOILED: Last night's edition of ABC's "SHAQ VS." featured Celtics C SHAQUILLE O’NEAL challenging TNT's CHARLES BARKLEY to five holes of golf at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in California. O'Neal said, “He's the worst golf player on the Internet. His swing is terrible, his form is terrible, but he thinks he can play golf. I know I can get this guy." Barkley said he's seen O'Neal's show but "you haven't won anything. It's called 'Shaq Vs' but you lose all the time. It should be called 'Shaq Loses.'" The wager was if Barkley won he could use O'Neal's jet to fly anywhere he wanted for the weekend and he would kiss TNT's KENNY SMITH "in the corner of the mouth on-air.” If O'Neal won, Barkley had to run a stretch of beach in a pink bikini. Golfer BUBBA WATSON teamed with Barkley while golfer ANTHONY KIM teamed with O'Neal in an alternate shot format, with O'Neal and Kim winning the challenge after a one-hole sudden death playoff. Barkley said of the pink bikini bottom, "Man, I'm not wearing this," and threw it into the water. The episode also saw O'Neal challenge competitive eater JOEY CHESTNUT to a hot dog eating contest in Las Vegas ("Shaq Vs.," ABC, 8/24).

    YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS: Shanghai Film Group (SFG) and the NBA today announced a partnership to produce the first NBA-themed movie outside of North America. The film, titled "AMAZING," is scheduled to premiere in summer '11. It features NBA players such as Nuggets F CARMELO ANTHONY and Magic C DWIGHT HOWARD alongside actors from throughout Asia and a Chinese director. The multiyear partnership makes SFG the first official movie partner of the NBA in China (THE DAILY).

    NAMESNICK SABAN did not appear at last night's premiere of "NICK SABAN: GAMECHANGER," a feature-length documentary about the Univ. of Alabama football coach. Alabama AD MAL MOORE and Saban's wife, TERRY, were in attendance (TUSCALOOSA NEWS, 8/25)....A "long-running court battle pitting" First Mariner Bank Chair & CEO and MISL Baltimore Blast Owner EDWIN HALE against Orioles Owner PETER ANGELOS "over the legality of billboards on the exterior of the First Mariner Arena, ended Monday" when the Maryland Court of Appeals declined to hear the case. The decision "essentially ends the lawsuit, as Angelos and the other plaintiffs cannot appeal the case to the federal courts" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 8/24)....The UFL "for the second straight year" donated $20,000 "so Las Vegas-area schools could play in an extra regular-season" football game this week (LAS VEGAS SUN, 8/25).

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