SBD/December 22, 2011/2011 Year in Review

People We'll Miss: Significant Deaths In Sports Business This Year

Here is a list of sports luminaries who died this year:

ATP co-Founder Jim McManus (January 18)

Bears VP Tim McCaskey (January 30)

Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcer Tom Carnegie (February 11)

NFL player agent Paul Lawrence (February 16)

MLB Cardinals co-Owner Andrew Baur (February 20)

NFL player agent Gary Wichard (March 11)

Former Sonics Owner Barry Ackerley (March 21)

Former Red Sox GM Lou Gorman (April 1)

Arsenal investor Danny Fiszman (April13)

Dolphins announcer Jim Mandich (April 26)

Former CFL Commissioner J. Donald Crump (May 5)

Pro golfer Seve Ballesteros (May 7)

N.Y. Daily News sports cartoonist and columnist Bill Gallo (May 10)

Royals broadcaster Paul Splittorff (May 25)

Former Tampa Tribune sports editor Tom McEwen (June 5)

Former MLSPU President John Kerr Sr. (June 19)

Former Flames investor Harley Hotchkiss (June 22)

Former USA Today reporter Rod Beaton (June 22)

Sportscaster Nick Charles (June 24)

Former Twins President Howard Fox (June 28)

Former NFLPA President John Mackey (July 6)

Under Armour exec Bill Hampton (July 13)

Former Rockets President & GM Ray Patterson (August 3)

MASN announcer and former Orioles Exec VP Mike Flanagan (August 24)

MLive.com Lions reporter Tom Kowalski (August 29)

MLS FC Dallas announcer Bobby Rhine (September 5)

Big East Conference Founder Dave Gavitt (September 16)

TV sports director Joe Aceti (October 5)

Raiders Owner Al Davis (October 8)

IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon (October 16)

Former Reds Owner Carl Lindner Jr. (October 17)

Tennis agent Ken Meyerson (October 19)

Former Capital Cities/ABC exec Daniel Burke (October 25)

Franklin Sports co-Founder Irving Franklin (November 10)

IMG CEO Ted Forstmann (November 20)

Univ. of Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson (November 20)
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