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Jones Discusses Cowboys' Struggles This
Season On Last Night's "60 Minutes"
Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES was profiled on CBS' "60 Minutes" last night, with CBS' Scott Pelley saying Jones is the "most innovative, controversial and bombastic owner in the NFL." Jones is the only owner "who is also a celebrity, and he's the only owner who carried the title General Manager." Pelley: "He picks the players, hires the coaches, runs the business." The Cowboys are 4-9 after entering the season with Super Bowl aspirations, but the team is "still riding high." A quarter of "all NFL memorabilia has Cowboys written all over it," while Forbes ranks the Cowboys just ahead of the Yankees as the "most valuable American sports franchise, worth more than $1.6 billion." Pelley: "That's why we were so surprised when Jones, sitting in his owner's suite, told us that even now he is haunted by hard times." Pelley said, "You're terrified of being broke." Jones: "Yes." Pelley: "You're worth $2 billion." Jones: "But Scott, unlike a professional, there's no doctor's degree to fall back on. There's no job to fall back on. What's out there is to keep your voice from breaking, grab a briefcase, jump in a car and go try to sell somebody. I don't want to go back that far and so yeah, I run scared." Pelley sat with Jones in the owner's suite at Cowboys Stadium for the Oct. 31 game against the Jaguars, which the Cowboys lost 35-17, and Jones "looked like a parent watching his child dart through traffic." Pelley: "It isn't a game, it isn't a business. It's his life." Jones said, "What you're seeing right now is agony." Pelley asked after the game, "It's got to be somebody's fault." Jones: "It's mine. It is mine. The way this thing is structured, it's mine." Pelley: "Is it time to step away from being manager of the team?" Jones: "Well, if it is then it was time to step away 22 years ago because it was the very same thing, the criticism of coming in and basically being the day-to-day manager of the team" ("60 Minutes," CBS, 12/12).
CALLING AN AUDIBLE: In Dallas, Barry Horn writes Pelley "did a nice job on a piece CBS planned to be a coronation for an owner on his way to hosting his own team in a Super Bowl in his personal palace." It instead was a "glimpse into Jones' personal 'agony,' otherwise known (as) the 2010 season" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/13).
Peddie Says He Made Mistakes With Previous
GM Hires For Maple Leafs, Raptors
MLSE President & CEO Richard Peddie will step down from the company he has led for 13 years next December, and his "run has been unlike almost any other CEO's stewardship," according to Mary Ormsby of the TORONTO STAR. Ormsby: "Hero or villain, there's little dissent that Peddie's charge through Toronto's sleepy, old-school sports scene was dramatic, dynamic and often emotionally charged." Peddie "regrets hiring general managers John Ferguson Jr. and Rob Babcock, twin disasters for the Leafs and Raptors," and he noted he wished he had hired current Maple Leafs President & GM Brian Burke and Raptors President & GM Bryan Colangelo "earlier." Peddie: "They represent experienced winners and I hired rookies at the GM level." Peddie also "believes the Raptors would have folded in Toronto had the NHL and NBA teams not agreed to share one building." Peddie said RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie "made a lot of mistakes in Hamilton" in his efforts to lure the Predators. Peddie: "He did not do it right -- he started selling tickets using the (Predators) name. That's not how you do it. It is a league of partners and we (at MLSE) didn't have to say anything. Others noticed it. Do you want to have that kind of behaviour in our league?" Peddie said that UFC bouts at Air Canada Centre "will happen, now that legal blocks to mixed martial arts contests in Ontario have been removed." Ormsby noted MLSE's "newest gold mine" is Real Sports Bar & Grill, and Peddie said that there are "plans to test Real Sports as a restaurant chain within the next year." Peddie also said that soccer "will be 'big' with a multi-million dollar indoor/outdoor training facility" for Toronto FC "in Vaughan or at Downsview." Meanwhile, Peddie said the phone "has been ringing off the hook" with job offers since he announced his plans to retire from MLSE. Peddie said he wants to "write a book." Peddie: "There will be anecdotes from here, it won't be a kiss-and-tell. I love it here." Peddie added there will be "no dirty laundry stories" of MLSE Chair Larry Tanenbaum or late Maple Leafs Owner and MLSE Chair Steve Stavro, as Toronto journalists DAVE FESCHUK, MICHAEL GRANGE and DAVID SHOALTS "wrote those books" (TORONTO STAR, 12/12).
Kathy Carter Promoted
To SUM President
SportsBusiness Journal's Fred Dreier reports MLS Commissioner DON GARBER has promoted SUM Exec VP KATHY CARTER to President. Carter succeeds DOUG QUINN, who left this summer to become President & CEO of FC Dallas. Garber said that Carter's promotion "would not change the fundamental business structure of SUM or MLS, or the branding for each entity," though he said that MLS "would hire a CMO" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 12/13 issue).
EXECS: Univision Communications Inc. named Petry Holding CEO SANDY BROWN President of Sports (Univision). Univision also named former Dodgers VP/Sales & Marketing SERGIO DEL PRADO Dir of Sports Sales. Del Prado will be based in Univision's L.A. office (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 12/13 issue)....Imperial Headwear named DOUG KELLY President & CEO (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 12/13 issue)....The Indians have promoted SARA LEHRKE to VP/Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer (Indians)....Savannah State Univ. named MARILYNN STACEY-SUGGS AD. Stacey-Suggs had served as interim AD since January (SSU)....Killerspin Table Tennis has hired ROGER PAYNE as Brand Marketing Dir (THE DAILY).
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Navratilova Forced To
Abandon Kilimanjaro Climb
Int'l Tennis HOFer MARTINA NAVRATILOVA's quest to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro "ended Friday, before the fifth day of a planned six-day journey, when she became ill and was taken off the mountain." She had "high altitude pulmonary edema." Navratilova's journey was "made to raise awareness and money for philanthropic projects supported by the Laureus World Sports Academy, an association of 46 former sports stars" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/11). Navratilova: "This was supposed to be fun, but nobody had fun. It was just survival. It is not an experience one would enjoy" (L.A. TIMES, 12/13).
COURT REPORT: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Don Clark reports Seahawks and Trail Blazers Owner PAUL ALLEN's "patent lawsuit against some of the biggest names in high technology ran into a stumbling block as a federal judge in Seattle dismissed the complaint for not describing its allegations specifically enough." U.S. District Judge MARSHA PECHMAN Friday "set a Dec. 28 deadline for the plaintiff, a company controlled by Mr. Allen called Interval Licensing LLC, to file an amended complaint." A spokesperson for Allen said that the company "plans to do so soon" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/13).
TIME TO MOVE ON: The 49ers are "losing the public face for their ongoing bid to build a new $937 million stadium in Santa Clara" with VP/Communications & Government Relations LISA LANG planning to leave her job at the end of January. Lang: "I'm going back to a more normal world." The parting "appears quite amicable," and Lang is "even doing the interviewing for candidates to succeed her." She "anticipates that the stadium plan won't need much marketing for awhile, as it's tied up in the messy business of financing and procedural hurdles" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 12/12).
PRICELESS PURCHASE: Austin-based Dimensional Fund Advisors co-CEO DAVID BOOTH Friday "agreed to pay $4.3 million at a Sotheby's auction for the two yellowed, typewritten pages on which" JAMES NAISMITH "memorialized the 13 rules of basketball." Booth paid the "most ever for an article of sports memorabilia," and the proceeds will go to the Naismith Int'l Basketball Foundation. He said that he "would keep the papers in a vault and challenge the University of Kansas," where Naismith coached, "to raise funds for a facility in which the document would be the centerpiece." Booth noted that Kansas-born filmmaker JOSH SWADE "lobbied him to buy the papers" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/11).
Writer Says SMI President Marcus Smith
Emerging As Passionate Leader In NASCAR
BEHIND THE SCENES: In Charlotte, Ron Stodghill profiled SMI President & COO MARCUS SMITH. Stodghill: "Say what you want about Marcus Smith, the guy seems to have a surprisingly firm grip on the wheel -- and is slowly finding his lane." Smith is "proving his mettle." And as the economy "continues to pummel" NASCAR's demographic, Smith is "emerging as a passionate leader" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/12)....The GLOBE & MAIL's Gordon & Waldie profiled UFC Chair & CEO LORENZO FERTITTA and his brother, UFC co-Owner FRANK FERTITTA. The Fertittas are the "quiet impetus behind one of the fastest-growing sports businesses on the planet," and "in many ways, their corporate strategy mirrors UFC's inside-the-octagon ethos: aggressive, brash, relentless, few holds barred" (GLOBE & MAIL, 12/11).
NAMES: Former MLBer GARY SHEFFIELD "has partnered with New York lawyer XAVIER JAMES in the player representation business" to form The James Group LLC. The company "has submitted the paperwork to be certified by" the MLBPA and signed P JASON GRILLE as its first client. James: "Gary is the CEO who will work with clients and advise them" (N.Y. POST, 12/12)....The 414-acre Hidden Hollow Ranch, an Indiana property owned by NASCAR driver and team owner TONY STEWART, “will be used to study habitats and deer-related issues through a partnership” between Stewart and Mississippi State Univ. (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 12/13)....Red Sox 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ took out a full-page ad in yesterday's San Diego Union-Tribune to thank Padres fans for their support over the past five MLB seasons (BOSTON.com, 12/12). Gonzalez and his wife, BETSY, "bought an 11,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, 10-bath home" in San Diego for $7.2M "just before" the Padres traded him (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/12)....Giants P TIM LINCECUM "bought a condo last month on the 28th floor of the luxury Esacala tower" in downtown Seattle. Lincecum paid $1.575M "for the 2,400-square-foot unit with a 500-square-foot deck on the building's north side" (SEATTLE TIMES, 12/12)....Boxing promoter DON KING last night "was stopped by security at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport for having ammunition in his carry-on luggage." Airport spokesperson JACQUELINE MAYO said that the ammunition was "taken and that King was released to continue his trip" (AP, 12/13)....MLB Giants President & COO LARRY BAER sat in the "front row next to" Warriors co-Owner JOE LACOB during Friday night's Heat-Warriors game at Oracle Arena (NBA.com, 12/11).
We are now accepting entries for the 4TH ANNUAL SPORTS BUSINESS AWARDS. Do you know of a company, team, league, event or executive that was the best of the best in 2010? Submit your entry for this year’s awards. The deadline for all entries is Friday, January 7.
We’re honoring the best in 15 categories:
- Professional Sports Team
- Professional Sports League
- Sports Event
- Sports Executive
- Athletic Director
- Sports Media
- Sports Television
- Digital Sports Media
- Talent Representation and Management
- Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services
- Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services
- Sports Event and Experiential Marketing
- Sports Sponsor
- Sports Facility
- Sports Technology
To submit an entry, go to www.sports-business-awards.com.