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  • The Cat's Out Of The Bag: Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan Profiled On "60 Minutes"

    Jaguars Owner SHAHID KHAN was profiled last night on CBS’ "60 Minutes," with CBS’ Byron Pitts noting that with his acquisition of the team, Khan became the “first ethnic minority to own a team in the NFL, and that may be the least interesting thing about him.” With his “engaging personality and unflagging optimism, Khan has taken the city of Jacksonville, Florida, by storm. He's become the town's leading cheerleader and has plans to turn the Jaguars into an international brand.” The Jaguars are “short on big-name players and that's put Shahid Khan in a unique position for a rookie owner.” Pitts: “He is the face of the franchise. … Less than a year into his tenure, Shahid Khan is a phenomenon. His rakish mustache has become a must-have accessory for any self-respecting Jags fan. He has an approval rating any politician would envy: 78%. He's his team's advertising spokesman.” Pitts noted while Khan “enjoys rock star status today, news that a Muslim from Pakistan had bought the Jaguars did not go over well with everyone in this conservative corner of Northeast Florida.” Khan said he reacted to seeing derogatory and racist comments posted online about him “the way I reacted most of my life, which is it's not really my problem, it's their problem.” Khan: “It was not Jacksonville's finest moment.” Pitts asked if it was true former Jaguars Owner WAYNE WEAVER "was so embarrassed” by the fan backlash “that he offered you a chance to get out of the deal.” Khan: “I wouldn't characterize it that way. I think he was surprised and he wanted to just make sure that it wasn't giving me pause.” Pitts: “It gave you none at all?” Khan: “None whatsoever. As a matter of fact, if it was possible for me to be more determined, it gave me more determination” (“60 Minutes,” CBS, 10/28).

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  • Executive Transactions

    The daughter of Baseball HOFer JACKIE ROBINSON on Saturday said that "she has agreed to join the Dodgers’ board of directors, strengthening the bond between the team and it most historically famous alumnus.” SHARON ROBINSON said that she would "represent her family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation on the Dodgers’ board.” In return, the club will “select a representative to serve on the board of the Jackie Robinson Foundation” (L.A. TIMES, 10/28).

    EXECS: The Grand-Am Road Racing Series named social market research firm MotiveQuest Dir of Sales & Marketing BRIAN BEIERWALTES Dir of Brand & Consumer Marketing (Grand-Am)….The Mariners named Cubs West Coast Crosschecker TIM KISSNER Dir of Int’l Operations (BASEBALLAMERICA.com, 10/27)….The Dodgers named former Mariners Latin American Coordinator PATRICK GUERRERO to the same position (BASEBALLAMERICA.com, 10/27)….WC Vision LLC, the marketing and licensing rights holder for racing’s Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series, named National Auto Sport Association VP/Marketing GREG GILL VP/Marketing & Communications (WC Vision)….EPL club Manchester City named former La Liga club FC Barcelona Technical Dir TXIKI BEGIRISTAIN Dir of Football. He will replace BRIAN MARWOOD, “who will become managing director of the new City Football Academy when it opens at the start of the 2013-14 season.” Begiristain will report to new Man City CEO FERRAN SORIANO, “with whom he worked during his last two years at Barcelona” (AFP, 10/28).

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  • Names In The News

    In Boston, Jenn Abelson conducted a Q&A with TD Garden President AMY LATIMER, discussing the challenges of her position. Latimer said from the last NHL lockout she learned “internally we need to be keeping our staff engaged.” Latimer: “The good news for us is that we have other events and things to direct their energy. We have so many concerts coming up we can divert sales teams and marketing teams to those. You don’t want [to] stay stagnant.” Latimer said of making her business more accessible to women, “Analytics is going to be the hot career in sports going forward, so I encourage women to look at that” (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/27). Also in Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont wrote of former TD Garden President JOHN WENTZELL, “The loss of Wentzell’s humor and all-around accommodating manner will be dearly missed in the old West End. At its core, the arena business is the hospitality business, and too many buildings in the US and Canada have lost nearly all sense of that” (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/28).

    SUPERHERO IN THE MAKING: In DC, Dave Sheinin wrote Redskins QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III could be an “athlete so brilliant, so likable, so rooted over time in the region’s culture, he would lift the entire community. A transcendent figure -- less a messiah than a soulmate for the populace -- who would be more than this city’s champion, but its face.” Redskins LB LONDON FLETCHER said, “He’s what this franchise and this community have been looking for, for over 20 years -- a superstar quarterback. But he’s more than that. He has the persona, the charisma, the talent” (WASHINGTON POST, 10/26).

    HONEY OF A TECHNOLOGY: America's Cup Technology Dir STAN HONEY was profiled in the Baltimore SUN. Honey helped create LiveLine technology used in pre-America’s Cup events. Honey said, "If something is just cool, it has a wow factor when it is first introduced. For something to have lasting value, it has to tell a story or has to communicate something that is hard to see. We made that mistake at Sportvision a number of times. The systems that are successful are used as a tool to tell a story" (Baltimore SUN, 10/28).

    NAMES: The Celtics held their annual Shamrock Gala benefiting the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, typically held at a downtown hotel, “at the TD Garden, transforming the arena into a groovy event space” (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 10/26)….Celtics investor BOB WHITE has “emerged as a singular force” with the MITT ROMNEY presidential campaign (N.Y. TIMES, 10/28)….In Boston, Nick Cafardo noted a book by Indians manager TERRY FRANCONA co-written with Boston Globe writer DAN SHAUGHNESSY “won’t paint Red Sox ownership in a positive light” (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/27)….The CFL announced singer JUSTIN BIEBER, singer-songwriter GORDON LIGHTFOOT, pop-rock group MARIANAS TRENCH and singer CARLY RAE JEPSEN will perform at halftime of the Grey Cup on Nov. 25 at Rogers Centre in Toronto (TORONTO STAR, 10/27)….Singer KENNY CHESNEY will perform at halftime of the Redskins-Cowboys game at Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving Day, “kicking off the 122nd year of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.” Chesney’s performance “will mark 16 years of the Cowboys’ partnership with the Salvation Army” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/29)....Patriots QB TOM BRADY and his wife GISELE BUNDCHEN are reportedly “planning to build a house in Chestnut Hill” close to the homes of team Owner ROBERT KRAFT and President JONATHAN KRAFT (BOSTON HERALD, 10/29)….NFL Giants Treasurer JONATHAN TISCH is an investor in “make-your-own crafts store Make Meaning.” The “idea behind the store is to house a range of different craft activities under the same roof.” Tisch “won’t say how much he paid or what stake he owns” in the business (N.Y. POST, 10/28)....Dodgers P CLAYTON KERSHAW was named the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, given to a player each year for sportsmanship and service to the community (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 10/28)….Tigers P OCTAVIO DOTEL collects designer shoes, buying “about 20 high-price pairs a year -- Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada.” Dotel said, “What can I say, I love shoes” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/27).

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