SBD/Issue 245/Sports Industrialists

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  • Boras Still Registered As A-Rod's Agent, But That Could Change

    Rodriguez Has Worked With Several Reps
    Aside From Boras, Including Guy Oseary

    The MLBPA Thursday confirmed that Scott Boras is "still listed" as Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez' agent in the union's database, though that "could change as soon as the union is notified of a new arrangement," according to Feinsand & Vinton of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Reports Thursday indicated that Rodriguez had fired Boras, but sources said that Rodriguez "hadn't made any official move to sever ties" with the agent. One source, however, said that the relationship between the two "hasn't been good in nearly three years." That source noted that Rodriguez "continues to rely on a variety of people in a number of capacities" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/3). In N.Y., Costello & Sherman write the fact that Boras is still registered as Rodriguez' agent "likely is a matter of filing paperwork," as Rodriguez reportedly "terminated Boras with a letter 45 days ago." Meanwhile, there was "some confusion" Thursday over whether attorneys JIM REISINGER and JIM SHARP were Rodriguez' new agents. But a source said, "Jay and Jim are his lawyers representing him on a variety of matters, but not baseball." Reisinger and Sharp "represent Rodriguez in his dealings with federal investigators looking into his relationship with Dr. ANTHONY GALEA, who is accused of providing human growth hormone to athletes." The "most well-known of Rodriguez's reps is GUY OSEARY, who manages MADONNA and was hired by Rodriguez in 2007 to work on his entertainment deals" (N.Y. POST, 9/3). Reisinger, a "certified agent" with the MLBPA, in an e-mail confirmed that he and Sharp are Rodriguez' "attorneys" (USA TODAY, 9/3). SI.com's Jon Heyman cited sources as indicating that Oseary "has been seen with Rodriguez in recent days ... but it isn't yet clear how he figures into the picture" (SI.com, 9/2).

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  • This Week's Newsmakers: A Tough Few Days For DC Sports Pundits

    THE DAILY each Friday offers our take on the performances over the past week of people and entities in sports business. Here are this week’s newsmakers:

    BYU's Cecil Samuelson Announcing School's
    Decision To Become An Independent In Football

    WIN: BYU -- Based on how the past week played out, don't be surprised if more schools follow the Cougars and declare independence in football. After a period of will-they-or-won't-they speculation, BYU finally announces its plans to leave the Mountain West and let its men of the gridiron roam free. Subsequent partnerships with ESPN, an eight-year contract, and Notre Dame, a six-year pact, quickly silence any questions surrounding the decision. 

    LOSE: DC SPORTS MEDIA -- It will be a while before fans in our nation's capital hear from two well-known sports personalities -- MIKE WISE and ROB DIBBLE. The slow news cycle in the dog days of summer tempts the Washington Post columnist to try out a "theory" about sports media by intentionally posting a false report about BEN ROETHLISBERGER. Despite his retraction, the Post comes down hard on Wise, who will spend the next month watching from the sidelines. Also this week, Dibble's bizarre disappearance from the MASN booth comes into focus when the Nationals pull the plug on his analyst career on the net, reportedly "furious" with the former pitcher's harsh -- and ill-advised -- comments about STEPHEN STRASBURG.

    DRAW: NIKE -- The company garners plenty of attention for the release of the latest iteration of its high-performance Pro Combat uniforms. The problem is that not all of the press is positive. Beyond complaints about the look of the unis -- one writer says they "have no reason to exist" -- Nike also comes into conflict with environmental activists angry about the company's depiction of a mountaintop removal mine in an ad for West Virginia's new duds. To Nike's credit, the company moves quickly to modify the ad, and the uniforms are certain to have people talking during the college football season.

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  • Executive Transactions

    Penn State Univ. President GRAHAM SPANIER was named Chair of the BCS' Presidential Oversight Committee, "which manages policy, revenue distributions and contracts." Spanier replaces Univ. of Nebraska Chancellor HARVEY PERLMAN (CENTRE DAILY TIMES, 9/1)....Live Nation named TIFFANY BROWN Dir of Sponsorship Sales (THE DAILY)....The Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds promoted VP/Sales & Marketing BRAD TAMMEN to GM (Sounds)....The Mavericks named ALAN RAKOWSKI Basketball Communications Coordinator (Mavericks)....The USHL Youngstown Phantoms named MATTHEW METZGER Media Relations Coordinator (THE DAILY).

    EXECS: The Colonial Athletic Association promoted SCOTT MEYER to Assistant Commissioner for CAA Football, NIKI DESANTIS to Assistant Commissioner for Creative Services/Communications and KELLY BOWMASTER to Assistant Commissioner for Creative Services/Video (CAA)....Mount St. Mary's Univ. named CHRIS MCFARLANE to the newly created position of Dir of Athletic Development and promoted SID MARK VANDERGRIFT to Assistant AD for Athletic Communication (MSMU)....Harvard Univ. promoted LUKE WALCZEWSKI to Assistant AD; JEREMY GIBSON to Senior Associate AD; TIM WHEATON to Associate AD; DUANE REEVES, BRANT BERKSTRESSER and KURT SVOBODA to Assistant ADs; and SHANNA KORNACHUK to Dir of Compliance & Student Services. Harvard also named GARY BROWN Assistant AD. Assistant Dir of Athletic Communications HEATHER PALMER added the title of Dir of Athletic Alumni Relations & Stewardship (Harvard)....Saint Paul's College named BIANCA WARREN Dir of Sports Information (CIAA).

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

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  • Names In The News

    TIGER WOODS has "taken out a $54.5 million mortgage on his Florida waterfront estate." Documents filed last month show that Woods "will make payments to an entity called JRD Florida Ventures, a Virginia company whose registered agent is an attorney with the firm that represented" Woods' ex-wife ELIN NORDEGREN in their divorce (USA TODAY, 9/3).

    Jordan, Bobcats Donated $250,000
    To Charlotte-Area Schools

    HONORS & AWARDS: The NHL will award the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S. to AHL President & CEO DAVE ANDREWS, among others (AHL)....The Davey O'Brien Foundation will award its '10 Davey O'Brien Legends Award to ESPN broadcaster BOB GRIESE. The award recognizes a former QB who has "made a significant contribution to the game of football, distinguished himself as an extraordinary leader and demonstrated exemplary conduct" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/3).

    BE LIKE MIKE: A CHARLOTTE OBSERVER editorial states the announcement that the Bobcats and team Owner MICHAEL JORDAN are donating $250,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools "was a welcome return to the community-mindedness we came to expect from the Hornets." The Bobcats are "setting an example for others to get involved in bigger ways to help with community needs" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/3).

    NAMES: San Antonio sports promoter MIKE LAVENDER has been charged with "one count of online harassment-spoofing" for using a "fake Twitter account to badger a television reporter." Lavender, who has worked as an announcer at Spurs games, was released from jail after posting $3,500 bail (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 9/3)....Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER, Celtics Managing Partner STEVE PAGLIUCA and Fenway Sports Group co-Managing Dir MARK LEV played in Thursday's Deutsche Bank Championship Pro-Am (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/3)....Tennis player JELENA JANKOVIC Thursday played pingpong with fashion mogul STUART WEITZMAN in his N.Y. showroom (N.Y. POST, 9/3).

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