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NEIL GLAT is leaving the NFL league office to be Jets President, sources said. The development, first reported in the N.Y. Post this morning, is expected to be formally announced later today by the team. Glat currently is NFL Senior VP/Corporate Development, where he handles special projects, including the venture capital fund. At the Jets, he assumes the roles held by MATT HIGGINS and THAD SHEELY, who left the team earlier this year. It is unclear how the NFL will replace Glat, who has been with the league since '97. Prior to that, he was with McKinsey & Co.
CAA Hockey co-Head PAT BRISSON said last night that while he is flattered to have been publicly mentioned as a potential candidate for the vacant Canadiens GM post, he is staying with the agency. "First of all, to hear my name mentioned is flattering," Brisson said in his first public interview since his name surfaced as a replacement for PIERRE GAUTHIER, who was fired last month. Brisson: "I am from Montreal. I grew up in Montreal." But Brisson said that he is staying at CAA, where he and hockey division co-Head J.P. BARRY represent 65 players, including Penguins Cs SIDNEY CROSBY and EVGENI MALKIN, Kings LW ANZE KOPITAR and Blackhawks Cs PATRICK KANE and JONATHAN TOEWS. "We not only have some of the best players in the world, but I feel confident in saying we have some of the best people on and off the ice," Brisson said. He would not discuss what discussions he may have had with the club. "They are contacting a lot of really good candidates and they want to keep everything confidential," Brisson said.
IMG Chair & CEO MICHAEL DOLAN is in charge of maintaining the agency’s “core business of managing top models and athletes,” as well as sporting events, and “expanding its efforts to create sports leagues, events and venues in China, Brazil and India,” according to Matthew Futterman of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. In the U.S., IMG is “working to consolidate its dominance in college-sports licensing.” In a Q&A, Dolan discussed the late TED FORSTMANN's “long shadow and IMG’s bets on emerging markets like India and Brazil.” The following is an excerpt from that Q&A.
Q: Will IMG continue to exist as an independent company?
Dolan: It very much will. The people at Forstmann Little, which owns the company, see the progress we have made and they like what they have seen so far.
Q: Do you take calls from people interested in buying the company?
Dolan: I pick up the phone, but it's a very brief conversation because we're not for sale, and we mean it.
Q: You had little experience in the sports business when you came to IMG. How did you end up there?
Dolan: Ted and I met two years ago. I was basically retired, but the more we talked about IMG and I shared my experiences at Y&R, the more it seemed like I could be helpful.
Q: College sports licensing and international investments, not athlete representation, seem poised to drive much of the company's growth.
Dolan: Ted saw IMG as coming in and filling a void as a company that takes an ownership interest in the leagues and the rights associated with them. Rather than earning a commission or a fee, (IMG) shares in the success of the value of the product and the venues we create. The model would be India Premier League cricket, (which IMG got a fee for setting up and running.) It is probably one of the most successful launches in the sports industry of the past 50 years. But we never had an equity interest there.
Q: Where do you see growth in the short term?
Dolan: You'd have to look at our college business, where we made a number of acquisitions for media rights that Ted pursued that I'd say were brilliant, because it created a one-stop place for advertisers to reach the market. I'd compare the college sports-rights business to where the cable industry was 20 years ago.
Q: How long will it take to see profits in the developing countries?
Dolan: Some of our joint ventures will begin to show profits in 1 ½ to two years (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/11).
PGA of America CEO JOE STERANKA “will leave the position at the end of the year.” Steranka has held the position for the past six-and-a-half years and “informed his staff of his decision Tuesday.” He started at the PGA of America in ’88 as Dir of Communications and became CEO in Nov. ’05. Steranka said he has “no plans” after he leaves the position (PALM BEACH POST, 4/11).
GRASS IS GREENER: The All England Lawn Tennis Club named Rugby Football League Chair RICHARD LEWIS Chief Exec for Wimbledon. Lewis fills the position “vacated when IAN RITCHIE joined the Rugby Football Union" in December. Lewis will also retain his position as Sport England Chair (LONDON TIMES, 4/11). He will “leave his post with the Rugby Football League at the end of this month” (AP, 4/10). Lewis’ RFL “has been widely respected by sport’s movers and shakers.” Lewis “turned the finances around to such an extent that the organisation is now comfortably in the black.” While he has never been a natural frontman, “there is a suspicion that may suit” AELTC Chair PHILIP BROOK (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 4/10).
EXECS: ANNA PETITTI is leaving NFL Network's affiliate relations/marketing group to join Pac-12 Network, where she will be VP/Affiliate Sales & Marketing. Petitti will work out of N.Y. and report to ART MARQUEZ, who used to be her boss at NFL Network, where she was Dir of Affiliate Sales. Petitti starts April 26 (John Ourand, THE DAILY)....MSG Sports named KEVIN CHRISTIE to the new position of Senior VP/Business Development. Christie will report to MSG Sports President SCOTT O’NEIL. For the last nine years, Christie has been Bank of America Merril Lynch Dir, serving in the Media & Telecom Group within the Investment Banking division (MSG)….Athletic training facility Michael Johnson Performance named ROBERT JENKINS Dir of Sales & Marketing (MJP).
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In Austin, Vicky Garza reported John Paul Mitchell Systems co-Founder JOHN PAUL DEJORIA has "signed on as the newest investor in Circuit of the Americas." The amount he is investing "was not disclosed." DeJoria is also a "key investor in The Patron Spirits Company, maker of high-end tequila, which is the title sponsor for the American Le Mans racing series" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/10).
COACH'S CORNER: In Hartford, Kenneth Gosselin reported Univ. of Connecticut women's basketball coach GENO AURIEMMA will "open a restaurant in the first phase" of the Storrs Center development, which is "expected to be completed in late summer." The 3,000-square-foot restaurant is "expected to seat over" 100 patrons inside and another 50-70 on an outside terrace. Auriemma and his partners are "tentatively calling the Storrs Center restaurant 'Geno's Grille'" (COURANTBLOGS.com, 4/10).
FIRST LINE: Hockey Canada's selection committee yesterday picked JEAN BELIVEAU, CASSIE CAMPBELL-PASCALL, GORDIE HOWE, WAYNE GRETZKY and GORDON RENWICK as its inaugural class for the Order of Hockey in Canada. The five will be "formally inducted with a ring, a specially-designed award and lapel insignia" on June 25 at the Hockey Canada Foundation gala in Toronto (GLOBE & MAIL, 4/11).
NAMES: Bulls F KYLE KORVER placed his 16-room home in Glencoe, Ill., on the market last month for $1.499M (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/11)....Angels 1B ALBERT PUJOLS currently has “no plans for selling his Wildwood residence while intending to continue the Pujols Family Foundation’s work in the St. Louis area.” The family had recently listed the property, but the listing “does not include the family residence” (STLTODAY.com, 4/10)….Cowboys QB TONY ROMO and wife CANDICE CRAWFORD had their first son, HAWKINS CRAWFORD ROMO on Monday (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/10)....TNT basketball analyst SHAQUILLE O’NEAL will co-star in the sequel to ADAM SANDLER’s film, “GROWN UPS” (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/11)….The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs named U.S. Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater EVAN LYSACEK as a Sports Envoy (U.S. Figure Skating)….Boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. was aboard the LaContessa yacht at Lake Las Vegas Monday with HBO Sports personnel (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 4/11).