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  • What I Like.... With Winstead PC Chair & CEO Denis Braham

    In our continuing series, SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal asks top sports personalities for their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and likes. Today, Winstead PC Chair & CEO DENIS BRAHAM, who leads the national sports practice for his law firm, working with clients that include the Cowboys, Texans and Chiefs. Winstead attorneys worked closely with the Cowboys as they pursued their new stadium, and the firm also represented bond insurers financing New Meadowlands Stadium. Braham also serves as general counsel for the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and was lead counsel for the Houston Super Bowl XXXVIII Host Committee.

    What I like in an insight: The key to any successful relationship, business or personal, is listening and making the effort to see the other person’s point of view.

    An influential person in my career: My grandfather, who taught me core values, work ethic and the value of education.

    A timeless idea: Work hard to succeed. It doesn’t come any other way.

    A business deal: Helping BOB MCNAIR win the 32nd NFL franchise to put the Houston Texans on the field.

    A sports facility: Cowboys Stadium and Reliant Stadium: two landmark projects.

    A sports event: Super Bowl XLV: It will be quite an extravaganza.

    A strategy: Build consensus to create a winning result.

    A brand: Jaguar. It’s hard to beat a British icon.

    A trend: Technology is making us think faster, respond more quickly and work harder. We need to be cautious that technology does not substitute for good due diligence.

    An innovation: E-ticketing.

    A pro league or team business initiative: Cowboys teaming with Yankees on Legends.

    A story that bears watching: The Super Bowl at New Meadowlands Stadium (brrrrrrrrr).

    An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Smartphones.

    A fantasy job: Astronaut: very cool and great people.

    What I like about my job: My clients and their multifaceted projects. Every day creates new challenges requiring innovative solutions.

    Sports: It’s universal ... look at the World Cup.

    Sports business: Innovation is rewarded.

    Sports media: We can’t live without them.

    Sports technology: The future will bring new technologies that we have yet to imagine.

    Competing: Very healthy; never be afraid of the competition and meet it head on.

    The future (or direction) of sports business: Focus on technology and enhancing the fan experience and fan value.

    Sports fans: Their commitment and passion.

    What I’d like to change in what I do: Read more and improve my golf game.

    See: The world from the space station.

    See more of in sports: Community spirit for their teams and their venues.

    See more of in sports business: My clients succeed.

    See less of in sports: The media focusing on negative and immature behavior or bad role models.

    See less of in sports business: Rules that hurt the business and anger the fans.

    See different: A longer NFL season.

    Eliminate: Bad referees and polarizing talk show hosts.

    What I don’t like in general: Negative attitudes; people who see the glass as half empty.

    Pet peeve: Long lines.

    In sports: Bad sportsmanship.

    In business: Not enough hours in the day.

    What I like that would surprise those who know me: Since my teens, I have spent a considerable amount of time working on human rights issues in the former Soviet bloc to help obtain freedom for minorities deprived of their rights.

    Heroes: WINSTON CHURCHILL, the crew of the Columbia STS-107 shuttle, DAVID BEN-GURION and ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

    Teams: I love all my clients.

    City: Jerusalem, but Florence is a close second.

    Time of year: Winter, because it’s nice to put on a sweater in Houston.

    Music: The Beatles, of course, and would you believe JIMMY BUFFETT?

    Authors: CHARLES DICKENS, H.G. WELLS and CLIVE CUSSLER.

    Magazines: SportsBusiness Journal, Sports Illustrated and The Economist.

    Gadgets: BlackBerry.

    Chores: I still take out the garbage and I’m working on improving my recycling program: Go green.

    Hobbies: History and golf.

    Trips: I would love to visit China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

    Movies: Anything 007.

    TV: Other than sports, I would have to say the series “24” and “Mad Men” -- people with passion who work hard to achieve results.

    Artist: MATISSE. I love French impressionists.

    Food: Jewish delicatessen.

    Dessert: I had to give it up, but strawberry shortcake is right up there at the top.

    Drink: A fine wine or single malt scotch.

    Scent: Fresh baked bread.

    Vacation spots: Being home is pretty nice, but Pebble Beach would be a close second.

    Cars: I am stuck on Jags (it’s the British in me).

    Singer: JOAN BAEZ. She helped create my generation.

    Quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” -- President JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY. Very powerful.

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  • Russian Revolution: NBA Names Borisov To Run New Moscow Office

    The NBA is opening its new Moscow office by naming EGOR BORISOV as NBA VP/Development for Russia and Eastern Europe, the latest move in the league’s global expansion effort. The Moscow office is the NBA’s first in Russia and follows Russian billionaire MIKHAIL PROKHOROV’s purchase of the Nets. The opening of the office was announced by NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO ADAM SILVER today in Moscow. “This is a great time for the NBA to expand its presence in Russia, especially given Mikhail Prokhorov’s commitment to further grow the sport in the country,” Silver said in a statement. “We are excited to open our first office and we welcome Egor Borisov, whose wealth of experience and tremendous enthusiasm for the game will help spur the continued growth of basketball in the region.” Prior to joining the NBA, Borisov was Managing Dir of NBC Universal in Russia. He has also worked in executive positions at Sun Interbrew Russia and Unilever Russia. He reports to NBA Europe Senior VP SOPHIE GOLDSCHMIDT. “We are very focused on improving our television distribution and online opportunities and from a grassroots effort we want to make the sport more accessible,” Goldschmidt said. The new Moscow office joins other NBA international league offices in London, Paris, Milan, Istanbul, Johannesburg and Madrid.

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  • What I Like.... With Winstead PC Chair & CEO Denis Braham

    Braham Has Worked With Clients Including Texans, Cowboys

    In our continuing series, SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal asks top sports personalities for their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and likes. Today, Winstead PC Chair & CEO DENIS BRAHAM, who leads the national sports practice for his law firm, working with clients that include the Cowboys, Texans and Chiefs. Winstead attorneys worked closely with the Cowboys as they pursued their new stadium, and the firm also represented bond insurers financing New Meadowlands Stadium. Braham also serves as general counsel for the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and was lead counsel for the Houston Super Bowl XXXVIII Host Committee.

    What I like as an insight: The key to any successful relationship, business or personal, is listening and making the effort to see the other person’s point of view.

    An influential person in my career: My grandfather, who taught me core values, work ethic and the value of education.

    A timeless idea: Work hard to succeed. It doesn’t come any other way.

    A business deal: Helping BOB MCNAIR win the 32nd NFL franchise to put the Houston Texans on the field.

    A sports facility: Cowboys Stadium and Reliant Stadium: two landmark projects.

    A sports event: Super Bowl XLV: It will be quite an extravaganza.

    A strategy: Build consensus to create a winning result.

    A brand: Jaguar. It’s hard to beat a British icon.

    A trend: Technology is making us think faster, respond more quickly and work harder. We need to be cautious that technology does not substitute for good due diligence.

    An innovation: E-ticketing.

    A pro league or team business initiative: Cowboys teaming with Yankees on Legends.

    A story that bears watching: The Super Bowl at New Meadowlands Stadium (brrrrrrrrr).

    An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Smartphones.

    A fantasy job: Astronaut: very cool and great people.

    What I like about my job: My clients and their multifaceted projects. Every day creates new challenges requiring innovative solutions.

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  • Executive Transactions

    The AFL hired STUART LAYNE as Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer. Before joining the AFL, Layne ran his own sports marketing agency called Seven 2 Sports Marketing. He previously has held marketing jobs with the Mariners and the Celtics. Layne joins the AFL as its first full-time, in-house marketing exec hire since the league relaunched earlier this year (John Lombardo, SportsBusiness Journal).

    NETWORK NEWS: ESPN named Sony Pictures Television Exec VP/Europe Networks ROSS HAIR Managing Dir for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, replacing LYNNE FRANK. Hair will take over from Frank "later this year." It is "believed that" RUSSELL WOLFF, "who oversees ESPN's business outside the U.S.," will oversee the strategy of the U.K. channel until Hair joins ESPN. Frank, "who oversaw the launch of ESPN's UK channel after its opportunistic move to pick up the Premier League rights of the collapsed Setanta, announced earlier this year that she was to return to her native America for family reasons" (GUARDIAN, 9/8).

    FRANCHISES: The Blackhawks promoted STAN BOWMAN to VP/GM, JAY BLUNK to Exec VP, KEVIN CHEVELDAYOFF to Assistant GM/Senior Dir of Hockey Operations, AL MACISAAC to VP/Assistant to the President and CHRIS WERNER to VP/Ticket Operations & Customer Service (Blackhawks). The moves bring the hockey and business operations "closer together as one entity" (CHICAGOBREAKINGSPORTS.com, 9/7)….The Magic named former C ADONAL FOYLE Dir of Player Development (Magic)….The Single-A Midwest League Lansing Lugnuts named MIA TRIMBOLI Sponsorship Service Rep (THE DAILY).

    EXECS: Saucony appointed Converse VP/Global Marketing CHRIS LINDNER Senior VP/CMO (Saucony)….Keeneland VP HARVIE WILKINSON announced he will retire from the company at the end of January. The position will not be filled when Wilkinson leaves, and his duties will be transferred to CFO BILL THOMASON (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 9/8). Wilkinson said that he is leaving to "pursue other interests, such as teaching and consulting" (BLOODHORSE.com, 9/7)….Phoenix Int'l Raceway promoted JONATHAN STONE to Senior Manager of Corporate Sales and named RYAN NARRAMORE Manager of Communications (PIR).

    Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to editorial@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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  • Names In The News

    Cubs Co-Owner Reportedly To Appear On "Undercover Boss"

    In Chicago, Paul Sullivan reports Cubs co-Owner TODD RICKETTS will appear on CBS' reality show "UNDERCOVER BOSS." The Cubs "closed Wrigley Field to the media Wednesday to film the final segment where Ricketts, the brother of Cubs Chairman TOM RICKETTS who actually owns a bicycle shop in Highland Park, reveals himself during a pizza party." The team "even placed a blue tarp over the knothole in the right-field corner so people passing by couldn't watch the filming." Ricketts "grew facial hair and donned glasses during the nine-game homestand, where he was followed by film crews while working on the grounds crew, as a vendor, in the Captain Morgan Club and even emptying trash outside the ballpark" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/9).

    TIME CAPSULE: Daytona Int'l Speedway President JOIE CHITWOOD III yesterday "helped stuff mementoes and information about this era into a silver canister and buried it at the start-finish line" at the track. The time capsule "will remain buried at least 20 years," but Chitwood said that the container is "designed to withstand the elements for 100 years." The contents "range from a modern-day cell phone to a McDonald's menu to several copies of The [Daytona Beach] News-Journal to a piece of material used to fill the infamous Daytona 500 pothole" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 9/9).

    BET ON IT: The state of Delaware for the '09 NFL season earned net proceeds, before expenses, of over $3.1M from its parlay betting operations. The money was divided among the state (50%), tracks (40.2%) and horse racing purses (9.2%). The second year of NFL parlay betting is "under way -- with a new bet that the Delaware Lottery, which administers the parlay betting, hopes will increase overall handle." In the "Ultimate Pro Football Challenge," for a one-time entry fee of $250, players "pick six NFL games per week against the spread," and whichever player "picks the most winners at the end of the regular season, gets a $50,000 first prize." There also will be four-week "stage" prizes of $5,000 (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 9/8).

    FIGHTING CHANCE: Former New York State Athletic Commission Chair RON SCOTT STEVENS has "landed a position with the Bronx-based promoter JOE DEGUARDIA, who is looking to start a monthly series of local boxing shows at the outset of 2011." DeGuardia's new series "will compete directly with Golden Boy Promotions' three-year deal to do boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012 and with LOU DIBELLA's Broadway Boxing series." DeGuardia is "in the process of finalizing a venue for the series." He said that he is "looking at several sites in and around Manhattan and that Madison Square Garden is a possibility" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/9).

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