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Published July 10, 2012
CAROLINA BOY: In Winston-Salem, Richard Craver profiled ESPN President JOHN SKIPPER, a Lexington, N.C. native who went to the Univ. of North Carolina and has a home in Winston-Salem which “allows him to be near his parents and in-laws.” Skipper said coming from a small town like Lexington "helped enrich my entrepreneurial skills and drawing on the common sense I was taught." Skipper: “I like to believe I am an example of what the UNC system is all about -- taking small-town kids with talent and giving them worldly exposure so that they can contribute in their communities and wherever opportunities lead them.” NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO ADAM SILVER calls Skipper "the least fussy, petty individual" he deals with in the industry. Silver: "It's never about himself or the pursuit of personal credit. He still carries his own bags, takes public transportation, doesn't have to have an entourage” (WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, 7/8).
OLYMPIC TALK: A pair of U.S. Gold Medalists appeared on NBC's "Today" this morning. Former gymnast SHAWN JOHNSON promoted her new book, “WINNING BALANCE,” and NBC’s Natalie Morales said, “This book is really beautifully written. There are a lot of life lessons throughout the book and inspirations.” Johnson said, “I feel like throughout my whole career people have kind of covered my story from their point-of-view, what they thought and what they saw. Through my whole journey, I’ve kept diaries and journals and I just wanted to take that vulnerable side and really connect to people and let them know what I was really thinking." Meanwhile, tennis player VENUS WILLIAMS talked about dealing with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that “affects my whole life.” Williams: “It’s been a huge transition for me. I’ve learned so much. I’m still learning so much. It’s about being positive. I’ve changed my whole lifestyle.” Williams will become the first tennis player to compete in four Olympic Games and she said the Olympics have “been beyond my dream.” Williams: “The whole experience of just being an Olympian, it’s not about winning per se. If you can do that, that’s like icing on the cake” (“Today,” NBC, 7/10).
ANNUAL GIVING: The AP's Genaro Armas noted Penn State Univ. "received more than $208 million in donations for the fiscal year that just ended, the second-highest total in university history despite the upheaval after the arrest of JERRY SANDUSKY on child sex abuse charges." The school said yesterday that there was a "slight uptick in the number of alumni who donated money or gifts in the fiscal year that ended June 30 to more than 75,500, reversing two years of slight declines." The number of donors overall "also rose slightly to more than 191,000" (AP, 7/9).
WHO'S ON FIRST? The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Woo & Scheck note former NBAer MARK MADSEN is "one of several former-top-tier athletes aiming to extend their careers by joining recreational and beer leagues." It is "hard to tell how many athletes of Mr. Madsen's caliber play in recreational leagues." Former MLBer ERIC BYRNES, who plays in a recreational softball league, said that he "loves the league for its camaraderie, but he grouses about a rule that penalizes a team for belting more than three home runs a game" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/10).
BUFFALO SOLDIER: In Buffalo, Tim O'Shei in a profile of NBA Senior VP/Events & Attractions GAIL HUNTER examines her "career path from Buffalo Public School 63 to Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart to SUNY Fredonia and then, after working in Buffalo for a short time, law school at the University of North Carolina" (BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST, 7/6 issue).
NAMES: Canucks G ROBERTO LUONGO Saturday played in the World Series of Poker's $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em World Championship in Las Vegas. Luongo's entry was funded by British Columbia Lottery Corp., which operates legal online poker games in the Canadian province (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 7/8)....Golfer RORY MCILROY "has been immortalized in the form of a mural" in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The two-story painting, by artist DANNY DEVENNY, was commissioned by Belfast-area private landlord DECLAN BOYLE (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 7/9)....Jaguars TE MARCEDES LEWIS has purchased a condo in L.A.'s Residences at W Hollywood for about $1.2M (L.A. TIMES, 7/10)....Lululemon Athletica has purchased the Newbury Street building that houses one of its Boston stores for $7.5M (BOSTON HERALD, 7/10).
IN MEMORY: Former Stanford Univ. basketball player PETER SAUER, the oldest son of former Blues and MLB Cardinals exec MARK SAUER, died Sunday night while playing in a recreational outdoor basketball game (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 7/10).
GAME CHANGERS: SportsBusiness Journal again this fall will shine the light on women who are making key contributions in sports business. If you know someone who should be considered for the second annual Game Changers: Women in Sports Business section, please send her name, company/title and -- in 300 words or less -- reason for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org.