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Fay's Legacy At USGA Includes
Helping Golf Get Back Into Olympics
USGA Exec Dir DAVID FAY Friday announced his decision to retire after 21 years in the position. USGA Deputy Exec Dir MIKE BUTZ has been named acting Exec Dir while the USGA undertakes a national search for Fay's replacement. Butz will assume the interim role on Jan. 1 (USGA). Fay: "I'm very happy and proud of what we've done at the USGA. It won't feel odd to leave at all. It's been a great run and it's time to call it a day." He added, "I wrestled with finding the right time. How do you walk out on a high note? Some people tend to stay on too long and I wanted to go out on a high note" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 12/25). In N.Y., Larry Dorman wrote Fay "has been characterized by an encyclopedic knowledge of the rules, a wry sense of humor and decidedly populist sensibilities." He "drove many initiatives aimed at bringing the 116-year-old USGA into the 21st century, including the successful staging of the United States Open at public golf courses and a 20-year effort to expand the sport's global appeal by returning it to the Olympic Games" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/25). GOLF WORLD's Ryan Herrington noted, "His legacy as the association's sixth executive director includes not only his involvement with getting golf back into the Olympics, but bringing the USGA's marquee event, the U.S. Open, to true public courses" (GOLFDIGEST.com, 12/24). SI's Gary Van Sickle wrote Fay "will be missed by the United States Golf Association, probably more than it realizes," as he "helped change the perception of the USGA -- as much as that's possible." Before Fay, the "stereotype of a USGA official was an old-school, hard-lined, gruff blue-jacketed rules aficionado." Fay was a "leader in the movement to make the game and its championships more open to all" (GOLF.com, 12/24).
Greenspan Made Films For
Every Olympics Since L.A.
Eight-time Emmy Award-winning Olympic documentary filmmaker BUD GREENSPAN passed away Saturday at the age of 84 of complications from Parkinson's disease, according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. Greenspan's filmmaking style was "consistently familiar; it was cinematic comfort food for those who believe in the Olympics as an inspiring, almost spiritual athletic gathering." He "unapologetically glorified athletes for overcoming injuries, failures and obstacles with a straightforward storytelling style intended to strike emotional chords." Greenspan "preferred to let others cover cheating and scandals" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/27). In L.A., Mike Kupper noted Greenspan was the recipient of an Olympic Order, the IOC's "highest award," and in '04 was inducted into the U.S. Olympic HOF as a special contributor (L.A. TIMES, 12/26). The AP's Jim Litke wrote Greenspan's documentaries "often soared as triumphantly as the Olympic athletes he chronicled," and he "remained uncompromising about his focus on the most inspirational stories." His "best-known work was 'The Olympiad,' the culmination of 10 years of research, more than 3 million feet of rare, archival film, hundreds of interviews and visits to more than 30 nations." Former USOC Chief Communications Officer MIKE MORAN said, "Greenspan's lifetime of work was to the Olympic Games and the athletes what JOHN FORD's cinema was to the American West" (AP, 12/26).
OFFICIAL FILM OF THE GAMES: AROUND THE RINGS' Ed Hula wrote Greenspan's "storytelling power as a writer and film director drove the popularity and acclaim for his works, which often were the official film of the Games." Starting with the '84 L.A. Games and "16 Days of Glory," there is a Greenspan film "for every Olympics since then." Moran: "He had no peer in his craft, and he was the artist that thousands of Olympic athletes dreamed of when they thought of how their stories might be told one day" (AROUNDTHERINGS.com, 12/26). USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand wrote Greenspan "brought so much originality to his documentaries that his storytelling and footage seem fresh years after they premiered" (USA TODAY, 12/27). In Boston, John Powers writes Greenspan was the "ultimate Olympic storyteller." His documentaries "showcased the Olympic spirit at its most inspiring" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/28).
In L.A., Bill Shaikin reports the Dodgers "have parted ways with three vice presidents, the latest in a series of front-office departures over the last two off-seasons." The team cut ties with VP/Security & Stadium Services RAY MAYTORENA, VP/Partnership Development STEVE SPARTIN and VP/Organizational Development & Fan Services JOE WALSH. In addition, the Dodgers' marketing department now has only "three employees listed" in the directory on the team website, "down from eight in last spring's media guide." A source said that the team "plans to retain an ad agency to handle some marketing responsibilities." Shaikin notes "at least 22 front-office employees have left the organization ... over the last 15 months" (L.A. TIMES, 12/28).
EXECS: Mission Media Group LLC, which distributes content under the Sporting News Radio name, announced that CRAIG LARSON will become Program Dir for the network. Mission Media Group also announced two additions to the network lineup. KGOW-AM host TRAVIS RODGERS will host "Travis Rodgers Now" on the network, and Sporting News Radio also will launch "Gamecast," hosted by BOB BERGER and CRAIG SHEMON (Mission)....ANC Sports Enterprises has promoted MARK STROSS to Chief Technology Officer. ANC also named BILL ANDREOZZI Senior VP/Software Development. Andreozzi will oversee a team of software developers including ScorePAD Founder DOUG HINES (ANC)....The Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has hired Rutgers Univ. Deputy AD RICK COSTELLO as AD, replacing GEORGE KOONCE (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/28)....MLS has hired U.S. Soccer Federation Dir of Referee Development PAUL TAMBERINO as a Dir in the league's Competition Department. Tamberino will serve as the primary liaison to all USSF and Canadian Soccer Association officiating committees and assist in planning and implementation of strategies to enhance quality of play (MLS).
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Roger Staubach Will Hand
Lombardi Trophy To Goodell
North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee Chair and Pro Football HOFer ROGER STAUBACH "will help present the Lombardi Trophy" to the winner of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. Staubach "will carry the trophy to a stage at midfield and hand it to NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL who presents it to the Super Bowl champions" (DALLASNEWS.com, 12/27).
A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT: SI.com's Peter King reported PRESIDENT OBAMA recently called Eagles Owner JEFFREY LURIE to discuss the "redemption of MICHAEL VICK and the alternative-energy plans Lurie unveiled this fall for Lincoln Financial Field." Lurie: "He was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall" (SI.com, 12/27).
AWARDS & HONORS: Jazz G DERON WILLIAMS yesterday received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the first month of the season, a recognition that "highlights his community charity efforts and philanthropic work accomplished through his Point of Hope Foundation." Williams and his wife, AMY, "hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner at EnergySolutions Arena the day before the holiday for 3,300 people in Salt Lake City" (DESERET NEWS, 12/28)....The Minneapolis Star Tribune named Populous Senior Principal EARL SANTEE as its '10 Sportsperson of the Year for his work on Target Field. Santee's "skills turned what he calls his most challenging project into his most rewarding professional triumph, a locus of limestone, glass, steel and grass that gleams in the sun and glows under lights." In one season, Target Field "became to downtown Minneapolis what the North Star is to the night sky" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/27)....The GLOBE & MAIL named VANOC CEO JOHN FURLONG as its "nation builder" for '10 for "making Canadians feel joyful, patriotic and confident that they can not only hold their own but kick butt on the international stage, by bringing the country an outstanding Olympics" (GLOBE & MAIL, 12/24).
BANNER DAY: In N.Y., Judy Battista notes yesterday "marked the re-establishment of the New York chapter of the NFL Alumni Association, which was dormant for three years." NFLAA Exec Dir GEORGE MARTIN "has changed the mission of the group to supporting former players on qualify-of-life issues like pensions and medical benefits as well as being a charity for children's causes," which has "put him at odds with" the NFLPA. Martin said of the union, "We know they have multiple issues. At the same time we don't want to be viewed as second-class citizens. I have nothing but the highest respect for the NFLPA office. That's an organization I helped build. That doesn't necessarily carry over to its current leadership. I would say it's a cold war" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/28).
Roman Abramovich Having Black Eyed Peas
Perform At Private New Year's Eve Party
NAMES: EPL club Chelsea Owner ROMAN ABRAMOVICH is "flying the Black Eyed Peas out to perform at his lavish New Year's Eve party at his private St. Barts estate" (N.Y. POST, 12/28)....Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN "has purchased and combined the two top-floor penthouses at The Trust, a luxury uptown condominium building" in Charlotte near Time Warner Cable Arena. He closed on the $3.15M property Thursday. Jordan also has "installed a private elevator from the lobby to his condo" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/25)....Buccaneers and Manchester United co-Chair BRYAN GLAZER spent $8.6M "on a 53rd-floor condo" in The Elysian Hotel in Chicago, the "priciest condo sale in Chicago for 2010" (CURBED.com, 12/23).
BEST WISHES: Former SI NFL writer PAUL ZIMMERMAN, who "had a series of three strokes 25 months ago," is "now scheduled to undergo a back operation to improve the feeling in his right leg." It is hoped that if Zimmerman "gets that procedure done, he'll have a better shot to be more aggressive in his physical rehab" (SI.com, 12/27).
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