SBD/Issue 37/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

In New Jersey, Chuck Gormley profiled Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia Senior VP & GM Brian Monihan, who has "played a leading role in the coverage and presentation of Philadelphia sports." Monihan is "calling the shots for one of the nation's largest and most successful" RSNs. After being hired in March '09, he "helped integrate a new web platform, and last year saw the station win 13 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards" (CHERRY HILL COURIER-POST, 10/30).

Larry Scott Lists David Stern, Gary
Bettman, Mark Miles As His Mentors

MR. PAC-MAN: The S.F. BUSINESS TIMES features Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott as part of its weekly's "Executive Profile." Scott named NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN, NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN and former ATP Tour Chair & CEO MARK MILES as his mentors. Scott said, "I believe you can learn best practices from different people." When asked about his best business decision, Scott mentioned the hiring of KEVIN WEIBERG as Pac-10 Deputy Commissioner & COO (S.F. BUSINESS TIMES, 10/29 issue).

APPROPRIATE STANCE? In Orlando, Mike Thomas writes, "Does Rich DeVos have no shame?" The Magic owner contributed a "measly 12 percent" toward the building of the $480M Amway Center. And "now we see a commentary from DeVos in Sunday's paper trumpeting his free-market principles and decrying deficit government spending." Thomas: "Is he actually serious? ... I bet even [Magic President] Alex Martins cringed" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/2).

LET'S DANCE: Last night’s edition of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” saw former NBAer RICK FOX score 37 out of 40 for his Quickstep, placing him in a three-way tie for first place. Former NFLer KURT WARNER scored 34 for his Tango, placing him in fifth place out of the six remaining competitors. Warner took his dance partner, ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, to the Cardinals’ training facility, where they spoke with Cardinals WR LARRY FITZGERALD. Fitzgerald said of watching the show, "I wouldn't miss it" ("Dancing With The Stars," ABC, 11/1).

HISTORY LESSON: In Cleveland, Marc Bona wrote JANE LEAVY's biography of late Baseball HOFer MICKEY MANTLE titled "THE LAST BOY" is "tremendous." What starts as a "biographical portrait turns into a sobering look at a man profane, childish and selfish," but also "generous, fun-loving and tragic." Leavy "researches exhaustively, but never overwhelmingly so" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 10/31).

NAMES: Sunrise Sports & Entertainment has launched the Florida Panthers Sellout For Charity Program, in which philanthropic organizations will receive a percentage of every ticket sold for select games this season. The team has set a donation goal of $100,000 (SSE)....Lakers F RON ARTEST said that his appearance last week on CNN's "Larry King Live" to discuss raffling off his NBA championship ring for charity attracted "1.7 million page views" to his website and helped raise $120,000 (L.A. TIMES, 10/30)....ESPN WNBA announcer CAROLYN PECK discusses her travels as part of the N.Y. TIMES' "Frequent Flier" feature, noting, "It's not easy being a 6-foot-4 woman walking through an airport. I call myself the airport entertainment. ... Everyone gets a kick out of watching people watch me" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/2)....Bruins LW MILAN LUCIC recently posed for a photo shoot for NMTW Community Credit Union's new ad campaign (BOSTON HERALD, 11/1)....Bulls G DERRICK ROSE next year reportedly will "make a special appearance" on an episode of CBS' "THE GOOD WIFE" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/30).

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