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NHLPA Exec Dir DONALD FEHR tops the Globe and Mail’s Power 50 for '12 list "because of the significance accorded negotiations on a new" CBA with the NHL and because his reputation suggests NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN “might not want to assume any more that he is the brightest guy in the room,” according to Jeff Blair of the GLOBE & MAIL. Fehr, who led the MLBPA for 23 years, has “made the link between baseball’s labour peace and the absence of a salary cap, suggesting to many that he will push for an overhauled system of revenue sharing and a luxury tax in the NHL.” Blair noted that “will be a tough sell to owners.” But what “might be an easier sell … is the notion of a World Cup of hockey, modelled on the joint partnership that resulted in the World Baseball Classic.” Below is Globe & Mail’s Power 50 List, which “ranks players with the influence, and the desire, to affect sport in Canada" during '12 (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/7).
EXEC1 NHLPA Exec Dir Don Fehr2 NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman3 Concussion Experts4 Hockey HOFer Ken Dryden5 COC President Marcel Aubut6 WTA Chair & CEO Stacey Allaster7 NHL VP/Player Safety & Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan8 CTV President of Sports & Exec VP/Programming Phil King/
Bell Canada President & CEO George Cope9
Rogers Media President Keith Pelley/
Rogers Communications President & CEO Nadir Mohamed10
Quebecor Media President & CEO Pierre-Karl Péladeau11 Flames co-Owner Murray Edwards12 Penguins C Sidney Crosby13 Dir of Doping Control Laboratory Christiane Ayotte14 Canadiens Owner Geoff Molson15 Canucks Owner Francesco Aquilini16 CFL B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts Owner David Braley17 CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon18 Canadian athletic nonprofit organization B2ten19 Canadian Olympic Gold Medal-winning Speedskater Clara Hughes20 Golf Canada Exec Dir & CEO Scott Simmons21 Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs/NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly22 Tennis Canada CEO Michael Downey23 Blue Jays President & CEO Paul Beeston/Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos24 IIHF Ambassador and Mentor Program Coordinator Hayley Wickenheiser25 Oilers Owner Daryl Katz26 Own the Podium CEO Anne Merklinger27 '12 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Mark Tewksbury28 CBC Exec Dir of Sports Properties Jeff Orridge29 CBC hockey analyst Don Cherry30 RBC Chief Brand & Communications Officer Jim Little31 Flames RW Jarome Iginla32 Maple Leafs President & GM Brian Burke33 F1 Canadian Grand Prix Promoter and
Octane Motorsports Events President & CEO Francois Dumontier34
MLS Impact President Joey Saputo/MLS Whitecap's co-Owner Jeff Mallett35 NHL Jets co-Owner Mark Chipman36 Univ. of Ottawa Vice Dean & Professor Blaine Hoshizaki37 Woodbine Entertainment Group CEO Nick Eaves38 Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Brian Day/'10 Vancouver Olympic Games Chief Medical
Officer Dr. Jack Taunton/Raptors Dir of Sports Science Alex McKechnie39
CFL Montreal Alouettes QB Anthony Cavillo40 Hockey Canada President & CEO Bob Nicholson41 Ontario Hockey League Commissioner &
Canada Hockey League President David Branch42
Raptors President & GM Bryan Colangelo43 UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre44 Border Ladner Gervais attorney and former CFL Commissioner Doug Mitchell45 Canadian Olympic boxer Mary Spencer46 Canadian Senator (B.C.) and former Gold Medal-winning skier Nancy Greene-Raine47 Former Canadian men's national basketball team coach Ken Shields48 Suns G and MLS Whitecaps investor Steve Nash49 MLSE Chair Larry Tanenbaum50 Former NHLer Theo Fleury
ALAN ROTHENBERG, the '94 FIFA World Cup Chair, today was named Chair for Grand Prix Sports, an L.A.-based sports agency that owns the exclusive rights to Rugby Sevens in the U.S. Rothenberg’s agency, Premier Partnerships, which he founded with RANDY BERNSTEIN, will handle Grand Prix’s sponsorship sales for future rugby ventures. Grand Prix has an agreement with USA Rugby that makes it the exclusive sanctioning, licensing and broadcast rightsholder for Rugby Sevens in the U.S. The IOC will add Rugby Sevens to the Olympic Program in '16. Other members of Grand Prix’ advisory board are former CBS Sports President NEAL PILSON, Olympic attorney and senior partner of the int'l law firm of Sheppard & Mullin KELLY CRABB, former Caesars World Sports President RICH ROSE and former MGM Worldwide Television President GARY MARENZI.
In Ft. Lauderdale, Larry Barszewski notes the Dan Marino Foundation has plans to open a "downtown college for the developmentally disabled." The Dan Marino Foundation Florida Vocational College "would help those with developmental disabilities move into adulthood," and the school's goal is to "get students jobs or to prepare them to be successful in a traditional college program." The school would be for students "ages 18 to 28 who have been diagnosed with autism, Asperger's syndrome, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other disabilities." The goal is to "open campus in the fall of 2013," and officials said that the college "will probably start off with no more than 60 students" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 2/8).
ON THE CATWALK: ESPNW's Adena Andrews profiled stylist RACHEL JOHNSON, who is "using the corridors of NBA arenas as her catwalk and the league's biggest stars are her models." Johnson is the league's "fashion fairy godmother, improving the style of the league, one superstar at a time." Her choices for the NBA's "elite have been influenced by street styles, art trends and classic Hollywood style." Before dressing NBAers, Johnson had a "booming career styling music industry notables, such as PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KEYSHIA COLE and JAMIE FOXX." Her NBA "fashion reign" began in '05 when rapper JAY-Z introduced her to Heat F LEBRON JAMES' manager, MAVERICK CARTER (ESPNW.com, 2/7).
PARENT TRAP: Former tennis player ARANTXA SANCHEZ-VICARIO said that her parents "have drained her" of her $59.5M "wealth and left her struggling to pay off her debts." Sanchez-Vicario in her new memoir, "ARANTXA, VAMOS! MEMOIRS OF A STRUGGLE, A LIFE AND A WOMAN," wrote that her parents "made her 'suffer a lot.'" She wrote, "My parents left me with nothing and now I am indebted to the (tax authorities) and I will not be quiet." Her mother "slammed her daughter's claims" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 2/8).
SUPER BOWL AFTER GLOW: Each Giants team member was given “a custom engraved 750 milliliter bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue whiskey, a gift from” DE JUSTIN TUCK. Each bottle had the “player’s name and Super Bowl XLVI champions engraved on it.” The total tally for “80 bottles was $17,600” (N.Y. POST, 2/8).…Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT was seen “taking some post-Super Bowl comfort with two friends at the Met Bar in Chestnut Hill” (BOSTON HERALD, 2/8)….Giants WR HAKEEM NICKS and LBs MARK HERZLICH and SPENCER PAYSINGER “held court at Avenue on Monday night," while RB BRANDON JACOBS dined with DE DAVID TOLLEFSON at Abe & Arthur’s (N.Y. POST, 2/8).
NAMES: The Twins are auctioning off a baseball signed by KIM KARDASHIAN and Nets F KRIS HUMPHRIES. The former couple signed the ball before Humphries threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Twins' July 1 game against the Brewers at Target Field (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/8)....The Canadian Baseball HOF's class of '12 includes Brewers GM DOUG MELVIN (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/8)....Chinese artist and activist AI WEIWEI will partner with Swiss architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron, with whom he created Beijing's Bird Nest Stadium for the '08 Olympics, to design a pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens for the '12 Games (RAWSTORY.com, 2/8)....Toronto lawyer JAMES KLOTZ has been named to a panel set up to recommend fixes for FIFA. Klotz is one of several int'l experts brought onto FIFA's new independent governance committee (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/8)....The Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama announced that Broncos QB TIM TEBOW will be the featured speaker at an event in March (AL.com, 2/7)....An official, unsigned Patriots jersey worn by QB TOM BRADY during his team's victory over the Cowboys last year brought in $46,000 at auction (BOSTON HERALD, 2/5)....Broadway producers FRAN KIRMSER and TONY PONTURO, along with Dir THOMAS KAIL and actors TUG COKER and PETER SCOLARI "will be among the 'MAGIC/BIRD' group taking in the Celtic-Lakers tilt at TD Gardens tomorrow night." Ponturo said that the game is "research"(BOSTON HERALD, 2/8)....Magna Int'l Honorary Chair & Dir FRANK STRONACH in the last two years has increased his Marion County (Fla.) land holdings "nearly sixfold, making him the largest private property owner in the county with 29,000 acres" (OCALA.com, 2/4).