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McLoughlin Succeeding Tod
Leiweke At Seahawks
Blues Enterprises CEO Peter McLoughlin is "leaving the club" to become President of the Seahawks, according to sources cited by Rutherford & Miklasz of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. McLoughlin, who joined the Blues in '06, will succeed TOD LEIWEKE, who recently stepped down as CEO of the Seahawks to become CEO & part-Owner of the Lightning. A source indicated that McLoughlin's departure is "not related to the financial stability of the Blues, but rather an opportunity in Seattle that was too good to pass up." It is unclear "how the Blues plan to execute" his duties going forward. Rutherford & Miklasz note McLoughlin in his four years "orchestrated the multi-million-dollar deal with Scottrade for naming rights of the arena, and he was also involved in several successful ticket promotions" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/23).
SEATTLE'S BEST: In Seattle, Danny O'Neil notes the Seahawks are "not hiring McLoughlin to make football decisions, but rather for his sports-business acumen." Before joining the Blues, the 53-year-old "worked for 21 years at Anheuser-Busch," and prior to that had a stint with NBC Sports. Leiweke, who was "part of the process of hiring his successor," attended Seahawks practice yesterday. O'Neil notes McLoughlin's hiring "will complete a total facelift atop Seattle's NFL franchise over the past nine months" that also included the hiring of Pete Carroll as coach and John Schneider as GM (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/23). Pro Football HOFer and former Seahawks WR Steve Largent reportedly had been "on a short list for the position" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 9/23). It remains to be seen if McLoughlin will have "any involvement with the Portland Trail Blazers, whom Leiweke oversaw as part of his role as CEO of Paul Allen's entire Vulcan Sports enterprise" (SEATTLEPI.com, 9/22).
Longtime ESPN programming exec LEN DELUCA has left the company after 14 years. His last day was Tuesday. ESPN's Senior VP/Programming & Acquisitions, DeLuca said he decided to leave ESPN to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. "I couldn't pursue these opportunities and do my job at ESPN," DeLuca said. "It was the right time for me to make the jump and go." DeLuca said he had been thinking about leaving ESPN since the summer and had several conversations with his boss, Exec VP/Programming & Acquisitions JOHN WILDHACK about it since then. "I'm thirsty for new challenges," DeLuca said. DeLuca oversaw tennis on ESPN and ABC. He said it is the right time to leave ESPN, coming off a 10-year extension he signed to carry the Australian Open, plus a U.S. Open that saw ESPN2 carry the rain-delayed men's finals. DeLuca had been with ESPN since '96. He previously worked with CBS Sports from '80-96.
PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT CHANGES: ESPN has combined its production departments, organizing the group by sport rather than splitting it up by studio shows and live event productions. Senior VP & Exec Producer/Event Production JED DRAKE and Studio Production Senior VP and Managing Editor MARK GROSS will oversee the new group and report to Exec VP/Production NORBY WILLIAMSON. Nobody was laid off as a result of the changes. "Everyone always likes to figure out who the winners and losers are when something like this happens," said ESPN VP/Communications MIKE SOLTYS. "In this case, that's not really applicable." This marks the first time in ESPN's 31-year history that the group has seen this kind of change. Drake, who oversaw ESPN's FIFA World Cup productions from South Africa, will oversee "MNF," MLB, tennis, motorsports, soccer, golf, X-Games and 3D. Gross will oversee NFL studio shows, NBA, college sports and "SportsCenter." Before the World Cup, Drake handled all live event programming and Gross oversaw all studio shows. Senior VP/Event Production TIM SCANLAN, who had overseen soccer and baseball productions, will move to ESPN's talent office, where he will be involved in recruiting and developing announcers and handling those relationships. ESPN VP/Production MIKE MCQUADE will handle MLB productions -- both studio and remote. He also will oversee golf. Coordinating Producer AMY ROSENFELD will handle soccer. ESPN's int'l production also was reorganized, with ESPN Int'l and ESPN Deportes VP/Production RODOLFO MARTINEZ overseeing all int'l production, studio and remote. Martinez also reports to Williamson.
Vincent Lost A Bid To Avoid Questions
About Collusion Allegations
NFL VP/Player Development TROY VINCENT is expected to be deposed today in a civil lawsuit filed by a former NFLPA employee after Vincent lost a legal bid to avoid questions about allegations he colluded with the NFL when he was a leader of the union. Loudoun County (Va.) Circuit Court Judge JAMES CHAMBLIN denied Vincent's motion to limit the scope of depositions to be taken of him by attorneys for former NFLPA human resources head MARY MORAN as well as by lawyers for the players union, where Vincent was the player president from '04-08. Vincent is expected to be deposed by lawyers for Moran today and by lawyers for the NFLPA tomorrow, sources said. Attorneys for Vincent, Moran and the NFLPA all declined to comment for this story. Vincent's attorneys had filed a motion for a court order to prevent lawyers from asking him about allegations of collusion, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, allegations of misappropriation of player financial data and communication with members of Congress, according to court documents filed by Vincent's attorneys. Moran filed suit against the NFLPA last year, alleging she was constructively discharged because of gender discrimination and because she was a confidential witness in a continuing Department of Labor investigation about alleged collusion between the NFL and former player leaders, including Vincent, to undermine the NFLPA's position in collective-bargaining negotiations for a new CBA. Moran also claims she was subjected to threats after her father, U.S. Rep. JIM MORAN (D-VA), gave information to the NFLPA that Vincent prompted a letter from four congressmen to the union questioning its search process for an executive director. Vincent, who denied spurring the letter, lost a March '09 election to current NFLPA Exec Dir DEMAURICE SMITH. The NFLPA has denied Moran's allegations, although it has confirmed the existence of a federal investigation by the Labor Department. Vincent is not a named party in Moran's lawsuit.
ATTORNEYS SAY COMPLAINT HAS FALSE ALLEGATIONS: Vincent's attorneys argued in their motion to limit the scope of the depositions that Moran's complaint "includes a plethora of utterly irrelevant, inaccurate and defamatory allegations about Mr. Vincent that have no bearing on the material elements of Plaintiff's (Moran's) claims. These allegations plainly are intended to embarrass and harass Mr. Vincent, who has a significant public profile." Moran's lawyers argued that the subjects are directly relevant to Moran's claims in the lawsuit. Even though Moran is suing the NFLPA, the union also asked the judge to deny Vincent's motion. "All four categories of information that Mr. Vincent seeks to exclude from his depositions (alleged collusion; the Department of Labor investigation; alleged misappropriation of financial data; and communications with members of Congress) are all matters set forth expressly in the complaint," the NFLPA said in papers filed with the court. "They are also subjects about which Mr. Vincent has personal knowledge. Mr. Vincent's attempt to categorically exclude these topics from his depositions before questions about these topics are even asked is premature." Attempts to reach Vincent for comment were unsuccessful.
Daniels Serves As Turner Sports Exec VP & COO
In our continuing series, SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal asks top sports personalities for their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and likes. Today, Turner Sports Exec VP & COO LENNY DANIELS.
What I like in an insight: It's almost always more feasible than you think.
An influential person in my career: DAVID LEVY (of course, but true).
An out-of-the-box idea: Touch screens.
A timeless idea: Cable (pay) TV. Ted was really smart.
A business deal: March Madness on TruTV.
A sports facility: The AELTC Grounds at Wimbledon.
A sports event: Any Summer Olympics.
A strategy: Hire by judging the personality first, the expertise second.
A hire: ERNIE JOHNSON, the best person, period.
A brand: Intel. I am intrigued by brands behind the brands. Ever bought a computer chip?
A trend: Digital and linear becoming one.
An innovation: Smart phones, they run our lives.
A pro league or team business initiative: NFL flexible scheduling. It's really smart to maximize reach.
A story that bears watching: Miami Heat.
Daniels Lists 1st And 10 Line Idea He
Wishes He Came Up With
An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: 1st and 10 line for football.
A fantasy job: Own or manage a small airport (FBO).
What I like about my job: My ability to affect change and create an environment that is challenging and fun.
Sports: During play, the story is always about performance (or luck).
Sports business: Built in, hard-core audiences.
Sports media: From the technicians, to the on-air talent, to the leagues, it's all about passion for the game first.
Sports technology: It's awesome that sports always leads in new technologies and drives the industry with innovative initiatives like HD and now 3-D.
Competing: When you win, you learn, and when you lose, you learn.
The future (or direction) of sports business: More top-tier sports programming migrating to cable.
Sports fans: Lifelong TV fans.
What I would like to change: The college football non-playoff system.
Change in what I do: Find a better balance between home and work.
See: More dedicated sports channels.
See more of in sports: More access to the competitors, teams and coaches.
See more of in sports business: More collaboration between media competitors.
See less of in sports: Carrying emotions off the field.
See less of in sports business: Selling things twice.
Daniels Would Like To See MMA
Become More Mainstream
See different: UFC made more mainstream.
Eliminate: Illegal drug use.
What I don't like in general: Traffic in Atlanta.
Pet peeve: The one word answer "sure."
In sports: Labor issues stemming from millionaires on both sides.
In business: Dishonesty.
About sports fans: Being oblivious to what is going on around them.
What I like in people: Getting the most out of people when they don't even know it.
That would surprise those who know me: I don't watch a lot of TV.
Above all else: Boating with my family.
About myself: I believe I'm a people person first.
Heroes: My father, the cabinet maker, who leads by example.
Players: MARINO, DUPER, CLAYTON.
Teams: The Dolphins.
Memento: My first director's "track."
Time of year (because): October. My wife and I go all out for Halloween.
Music: Satellite radio, love the '80s on eight.
Book: "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," by MITCH ALBOM.
Author: DALE CARNEGIE.
Web sites: Is there anything more important than Google? OK, CNN.com.
Gadgets: Whole home audio controls.
Chores: Feeding the dogs before work.
Hobbies: Flying my own plane, boating. (I am an instrument-rated pilot who loves just flying to get a good hamburger!)
Trips: Our best trips were to Hawaii, especially Thanksgiving in Hawaii.
Movie: "Silence of the Lambs."
TV: "Boston Legal."
Concerts: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in Barcelona, on the Fourth of July, in a bullring.
Food: My wife's homemade spaghetti sauce.
Drink: Captain and Coke with a lime.
Scent: Fresh cut grass.
Vacation spots: Any beach.
Cars: 1987 refurbished Pontiac Fiero.
Singer: Always been a huge Boston fan.
Quote: "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." -- Dale Carnegie
PGA Tour Transitions Championship Tournament Dir GERALD GOODMAN has resigned. He will be replaced by former Lightning and St. Pete Times Forum President RON CAMPBELL on an interim basis. Goodman had been Tournament Dir for professional tournaments at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla., for 15 years (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 9/21)….Penn State appointed JOE BATTISTA Associate AD for Ice Arena Operations and Dir of the Ice Arena & Hockey Campaign for the university (Penn State)….Northwest Missouri State Univ. named MARK CLEMENTS interim AD (Northwest Missouri State)….Just Marketing Int'l named GREG NORDHOFF Controller (JMI)….The AHL Grand Rapids Griffins named KELLI BYTWORK Community Relations & Corporate Sales Assistant (Griffins).
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Orioles Owner PETER ANGELOS was "going to throw" Maryland Gov. MARTIN O'MALLEY a $1,000-a-head fundraiser in his Camden Yards suite during a Red Sox-Orioles game this month, but it "never happened." Several sources said that Angelos "called off the Camden Yards fundraiser because he was upset about the State Center redevelopment project in Baltimore." The sources said that before the fundraiser was to take place, Angelos "had a heated discussion with O'Malley about State Center and demanded that the governor undo the deal." Maryland state Senate President MIKE MILLER said that the event is "simply moving to O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Grill in Annapolis next month to accommodate the many people who'd like to attend." Miller said that Angelos "still will participate in the fundraiser when it takes place at the restaurant Oct. 5" (Baltimore SUN, 9/23).
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: A select audience yesterday "saw an advance screening of Disney's film 'SECRETARIAT' at the Cinemark Tinseltown theaters" in Louisville. The film "will have a red-carpet premier at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington" on Oct. 3, coinciding with the Hollywood premiere that same night. The movie opens nationwide Oct. 8 (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 9/23). In Ft. Worth, Gary West writes, "No film ever could capture the bravura and the majesty of Secretariat. Still, 'Secretariat' gets it right" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/23)....USA TODAY's Nate Ryan wrote "PETTY BLUE" is not a movie "strictly about celebrating the good times" for the Petty family, as the documentary "spends as much time highlighting Petty Enterprises' tragedies as its triumphs." There are "chapters on the toll racing took on" RICHARD PETTY's family, and "his distant relationship with his son, KYLE." The 90-minute film also covers the "heart-wrenching death of his promising grandson, ADAM, and the quiet demise of a once-proud organization after a long decline into mediocrity." The film "hits stores this week as a DVD," and will debut Oct. 8 on CMT (USA TODAY, 9/22)....Sources said that Comedy Central is "developing a weekly sports show headlined" by comedian NORM MACDONALD. Macdonald described the show as "a 'Daily Show' for sports." Sources said that MIKE GIBBONS is "close to signing on as a producer" (BROADCASTINGCABLE.com, 9/21).
MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW'S THE HAIR? Fox' JIMMY JOHNSON survived another week on CBS' "SURVIVOR" and advanced to next week, giving a pep talk along the way last night to another contestant. Johnson told her, "This is no different than a football player wanting to quit the team. We all go through some adverse times and our minds get weak. VINCE LOMBARDI says, 'Fatigue makes cowards of us all.' Well, that's what happens out here" ("Survivor," CBS, 9/22).
A FIGHTING CHANCE: MMA fighter GEORGES ST-PIERRE today is profiled on the front-page of the N.Y. TIMES' Thursday Style section. St-Pierre recently attended Fashion Week parties as part of a "weeklong promotional tour of New York to raise his profile." In N.Y., Alex Williams writes if MMA is "going to take the next step and graduate from being a profitable niche obsession to a franchise with broad cultural appeal ... it would help to come up with a few handsome, highly presentable ambassadors." And St-Pierre, who is "still in his athletic prime," said that he is "ready for the job." St-Pierre: "I'm trying to be the guy who brings the sport to the mainstream" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/23).
NAMES: Packers VP/Football Administration & Player Finance RUSS BALL Tuesday was the keynote speaker for the quarterly meeting of the Wisconsin chapter of Midwest Business Brokers & Intermediaries at Lambeau Field (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 9/22)....Cowboys Exec VP/Brand Management and President of Charities CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON Friday was voted Chair of the Salvation Army's National Advisory Board at a full board meeting in Portland (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/21)....The political fundraising group started this month by Florida state Rep. DANIEL DAVIS has received a $5,000 donation from Jaguars Owner WAYNE WEAVER (JACKSONVILLE.com, 9/22)....The Cleveland Clinic is "combining with helmet-maker Rawlings on independent research of concussions and other sports-related head and neck injuries that could include measuring the impact on the brain" (AP, 9/22).