USA Gymnastics Criticized In Senate Hearing Minding My Business: Dawn Rogers Executive Transactions Names In The News Register Now For Brand Engagement Summit Bryant Debuts Second Installment Of Video Project Executive Transactions Names In The News Sign Up Now For Sports Business Awards NFL Announces Changes To Executive Structure
SBD/May 10, 2012/People and Pop Culture
What I Like With SportsNet N.Y. President Steve Raab
Published May 10, 2012
In our continuing series, SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal asks top sports personalities for their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and likes. Today, SportsNet N.Y. President STEVE RAAB.What I Like…
An insight: Nothing’s more important than leverage and relationships.
Influential people in my career: STEVE LESNICK, who owned KemperSports, which was my first real job; [Mets Owner] FRED WILPON, who's been all about honesty, integrity and relationships; and SAUL KATZ, co-Founder and President of Sterling Equities.
An out-of-the-box idea: Harrah's hiring GARY LOVEMAN, a career academic, in 1998 to be its COO with oversight for 35,000-plus employees.
A timeless idea: Maintaining a focus on customer service.
A business deal: The Pac-12 Network.
A sports facility: AT&T Park is built in just a stunning setting, but Wrigley Field is still my favorite ballpark of all time. And it is the star, not the team.
A sports event: Any truly big-time college football game, probably SEC.
A strategy: IBM transforming itself from mainframe obscurity into a software and service company.
A hire: MARK LAZARUS by NBC.
A brand: Ironman Triathlon.
An ad campaign: I always thought "Where's the Beef" from Wendy's was brilliant.
A trend: Customization, which is just really hyper-segmentation.
An innovation: The yellow first-down line on televised football.
A pro league or team business initiative: Soccer United Marketing (SUM). Having a plan from the outset to branch beyond MLS and involve itself in soccer's most important properties across North America.
A sports announcer: MARV ALBERT ... but [SNY's] GARY COHEN/KEITH HERNANDEZ/RON DARLING for baseball on television and [WFAN-AM's] Gary Cohen/HOWIE ROSE for baseball on radio.
A story that bears watching: TV Everywhere.
An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: StubHub and the whole movement that has made the secondary ticketing market so efficient.
A previous job: GM of the CBA Sioux Falls Skyforce team. I was 23.
A fantasy job: U.S. ambassador to a neutral country with a great climate.
What I Like About...
My job: The ability to manage an entire business every day.
Sports: The passion that it generates.
Sports business: A lot of days, it doesn't really feel like a job.
Sports media: The fan base with an insatiable appetite.
Sports technology: The challenge to stay informed.
Competing: The chance to win.
What I Would Like To...
Change: Pricing, so that more consumers can participate.
See more of in sports: Sportsmanship.
See less of in sports business: The winning-is-everything attitude.
What I Don't Like...
About sports fans: A winning-is-everything attitude.
What I Like...
Heroes: My father. My dad is a pediatric ophthalmologist and so what he does is highly specialized and highly valued. That's got to be very fulfilling.
Athletes: THURMAN MUNSON, BERNARD KING, BILL BRADLEY
Teams: The championship Knicks teams.
Possession: Does my family count? They are more important to me than any one thing.
TV shows: "THE OFFICE" and "60 MINUTES."
Movies: "RAISING ARIZONA," "THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION,"BRIAN'S SONG."
Books: "BALL FOUR," by JIM BOUTON.
Magazines: SI, Fortune.
Websites: Deadspin, SNY.TV.
Drink: A cold beer.
Vacation spot: Jackson Hole, Wyo.