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Boxing adviser AL HAYMON is the "most powerful guy in boxing" as well as "its most mysterious," according to Kevin Iole of YAHOO SPORTS. Haymon rarely will be seen "in front of a television camera and you'll never catch him speaking to a reporter." Iole: "He's not a promoter. He's not a manager. But when Haymon says jump, plenty of people in boxing listen." It is "illegal in the U.S. to serve as a promoter and a manager, though Haymon does both." He is involved "with a slew of the sport's biggest stars, including the biggest, FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR." When Haymon "wants one of his fighters on television, he gets it." His fighters "compete when he says, where he says, on the network he wants and generally for what he asks purse-wise." Below is a complete list of Iole's 25 most powerful people in boxing (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/1).RANK
NAME TITLE1 Al Haymon Adviser2 Todd duBoef Top Rank President3 Richard Schaefer Golden Boy Promotions CEO4 Curtis Jackson ("50 Cent") Founder of TMT Promotions5 Bob Arum Founder of Top Rank6 Ken Hershman HBO Sports President7 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxer8 Manny Pacquiao Boxer9 Stephen Espinoza Showtime Sports Exec VP & GM10 Kathy Duva Main Events Promoter11 Leonard Ellerbe Mayweather Promotions CEO12 Fernando Beltran Mexico-based Promoter13 Oscar De La Hoya Golden Boy Promotions President14 Richard Plepler HBO co-President15 Keith Kizer Nevada State Athletic Commissioner16 Wladimir Klitschko Boxer17 Jim Lampley HBO Boxing Announcer18 Michael Koncz Pacquiao's Adviser19 Bruce Trampler Top Rank Matchmaker20 Bernd Boente Manager21 Eric Gomez Golden Boy Promotions Matchmaker22 Gordon Hall Showtime Sports VP/Production23 Cameron Dunkin Manager24 Mark Taffet HBO Senior VP/Sports Operations & PPV25 Kery Davis HBO Senior VP/Sports Programming
The NCAA named former U.S. Sen. GEORGE MITCHELL (D-Maine) an independent Athletics Integrity Monitor for Penn State Univ. Mitchell will evaluate PSU’s compliance with NCAA sanctions and the Athletics Integrity Agreement it will execute with the NCAA and the Big Ten conference. He will have access to the campus, personnel and records, and can make any recommendations he believes are necessary for PSU to comply (NCAA).
EXECS: St. Joseph’s Univ. promoted Associate VP & AD DON DIJULIA to VP/Athletics & AD (St. Joseph’s)….Newberry College named MATT FINLEY interim AD (Newberry)….Pace Univ. named Mercy College Dir of Alumni Relations DREW BROWN Dir of Athletic Development effective Aug. 13 (Pace).
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ESPN.com's Jon Robinson reports NBA free agent G BARON DAVIS is “teaming up with former EA Sports creative force SEAN O’BRIEN to form 5 Balloons Interactive, a new mobile gaming company producing titles for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch." The company’s first game is called “Getting Buckets” and features Davis, Lakers G STEVE NASH, Celtics G RAJON RONDO, Bucks G BRANDON JENNINGS, and WNBA Sparks C CANDACE PARKER. The game is a “fast-paced, twitch adventure that’s more ‘Temple Run’ than ‘NBA Ballers,’ as players sprint their way through a variety of environments collecting as many buckets as they can before time runs out” (ESPN.com, 8/1)….The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’s Sophie Schillaci noted rapper and Nets investor JAY-Z is “enlisting the help” of musical acts such as KANYE WEST, COLDPLAY, DAFT PUNK, MEEK MILL and U2 on 2K Sports’ upcoming "NBA 2K13" video game. Jay-Z on Monday announced that he will be “curating the entire soundtrack as well as lending a hand to its overall aesthetic and video content” (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 8/1).
NAMES: Patriots QB TOM BRADY and Giants WR VICTOR CRUZ were included on Vanity Fair’s Annual Int'l Best Dressed List (BOSTON HERALD, 8/1)....Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN "will guest star in an episode of USA's 'Necessary Roughness' next year" (EW.com, 8/1)....Bronx native and U.S. Supreme Court Justice SONIA SOTOMAYOR attended yesterday’s Orioles-Yankees game and “helped the Bleacher Creatures in their ritual of calling out Yankee player names in the first inning” (WSJ.com, 8/1)....Boxing HOFer EVANDER HOLYFIELD is “set to auction a slew of memorabilia” including the Bronze Medal he won at the ‘84 L.A. Games (AJC.com, 8/1)....Former MLBer JOSE CANSECO on Tuesday filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection (LASVEGASSUN.com, 7/31).
IN MEMORY: JIM FINKS JR., son of Pro Football HOFer and former Vikings GM and Bears GM & Exec VP JIM FINKS, died of kidney failure July 24, in Newport Beach, Calif. Finks Jr., 59, worked for several professional sports organizations, including the former NHL North Stars and MLS Timbers. He also worked for Upper Deck (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/2).