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It's safe to say Univ. of Louisville Associate AD/Development MARK JURICH feels a strong connection to the school. After all, he is a former UL baseball player, has worked in the athletic department for five years, and his father TOM JURICH has been the school's AD since '97. Following his days on the college diamond, Mark was drafted by the Braves and spent five seasons playing Minor League ball before returning to Louisville as an administrator. "The long bus trips, playing in the small towns, the downtime in the locker rooms, going to the hole-in-the-wall bars with your teammates, the camaraderie factor, those are the things I miss the most now," he said. Jurich spoke with THE DAILY about key issues in development, how success in basketball and football carry over into non-revenue sports, and who gets the nod as his favorite celebrity chef.
Hot topics in development...
Donor retention. When you've kind of plateaued, how do you take that next step, what are some new programs, new initiatives that can get people on board? Data mining is the other one, trying to find people in your donor base, how you can get them to go above and beyond where they currently are, and what they’re currently giving.
Deal with the negatives...
It can have an adverse effect when you have negativity around the program. The best way to do it is try to get ahead of it, being honest with the public, being honest with your boosters and your donors, saying, "Here’s what’s going on, and here’s what we’re going to do, and we’re going to need to continue to have your support."
Accentuate the positives...
With baseball, we just completed a $4M expansion that was privately funded. And softball, we got a $3.5M expansion that we’ve begun construction on that will be ready for next year, that is privately fully-funded. When things are going well, we’ve had people who come to us through football and basketball saying, "What is your greatest need?" They stepped up and made a philanthropic gift to one of those two projects. But certainly, we got to know them through football and basketball.
Best advice I've ever received...
Find your passion and follow it, from my dad. The one thing he’s said that’s really resonated with me is finding something you love to do. My ultimate goal was to be an athletic director. He said if you want to be an athletic director, something that will be vital to you is getting experience in development and in fundraising.
The sports industry needs more...
Strong leadership. Over the past few years, college athletics has been very fluid and unpredictable. This has left many universities with a feeling of uncertainty for their future.
An app I've got my eye on...
Ticketmaster is coming out with a new app that’s going to take their ticketing system mobile, which will be a great help for me from a development standpoint, being able to go to donors and add notes on the fly, checking out where people sit, seeing how much they donate, etc. Before that wasn't possible.
Best bites in the Derby City...
J. Alexander’s is the place where all the businessmen go to lunch, it’s traditional American food. To take my wife out or go to a nice place with donors, it’s an Italian restaurant called Volare.
Can't-miss TV shows...
My wife and I are big into the cooking shows. I’m a big GORDON RAMSAY fan. We like "MASTERCHEF," and we like "TOP CHEF." Also, a big fan of "THE VOICE."
SiriusXM President & Chief Content Officer SCOTT GREENSTEIN had his contract renewed through ’16 (TOM TAYLOR NOW, 7/24 issue). Greenstein’s employment contract "no longer provides for a so-called golden parachute excise tax gross up" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 7/23).
BROOKLYN BRIDGES: The Nets and Barclays Center promoted FRED MANGIONE to Chief Revenue Officer, adding to his duties as CMO. The entities also promoted MARIE CHINDAMO to Exec VP/HR, JOHN BAIER to Senior Dir of Premium Sales, ANDREW NEWMAN to Dir of Corporate Sponsorship Development, JUSTIN BAIER to Senior Graphic Designer, ILLIANA BLACKSHEAR to Account Exec/Partnership Marketing & Hospitality Manager and CHRISTOPHER HARRINGTON to Legal Analyst & Exec Assistant to the Chief Legal Officer. Within just the Nets organization, the following were promoted: KARI COHEN to Counsel for Legal & Business Affairs, TONY BRASILE to Dir of Operations, JARED KAYE to Senior Manager of Financial & Ticket Analysis, ERIN CAUTHEN to Senior Manager of Marketing and ANGELICA SHUHALA to Coordinator of Event Marketing. Within just the Barclays Center management, the following were promoted: SEAN SAADEH to Senior VP/Programming and EMILY RAND to Dir of Franchise Marketing (Nets/Barclays Center).
EXECS: USA Wrestling National Teams Dir MITCH HULL is leaving the organization after 21 years. The move comes less than two months before the IOC votes on “whether wrestling will be reinstated and take part in the 2020 Olympics.” Hull “insists his decision to step down after the world championships in late September had nothing to do with the tumultuous six months since his sport’s Olympics future became uncertain” (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 7/24)....SMG Canada named KEN NOAKES GM for the new St. Catharines Spectator Facility in St. Catharines, Ontario. Noakes was most recently GM at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario (SMG)....The AHL promoted NATHAN COSTA to VP/Team Business Services and MARIA LAURING to Dir of Team Business Analytics (AHL)....IMG College named luxury travel company Inspirato VP/Sales TIM SHANNEHAN VP/National Sales. Shannehan will be based in N.Y., reporting to IMG Senior VP/U.S. Business Development ANDREW JUDELSON (IMG College).
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Heat Owner MICKY ARISON grants an extensive interview to the WALL STREET JOURNAL and talks about how he stepped down as CEO of Carnival Cruise Line, but stayed on as Chair. Arison: "It is not going to be a simple or easy transition for me. Obviously in 34 years as CEO, I learned some things about the business" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/24).
SMEAR CAMPAIGN? As former NBA Senior VP/Security BERNARD TOLBERT "ramps up his Democratic primary election campaign" for Buffalo's mayoral race, there are a "few question marks hanging over his record." There is a "pair of lawsuits hinging on an accusation that the league ignored repeated warning that female employees were victims of sexual harassment and discrimination." Tolbert "emphasizes he has never been personally accused of any inappropriate behavior, and he denies all such accusations" (BUFFALO NEWS, 7/24).
PLAYING IT SMART: Ravens rookie S MATT ELAM by not hiring an agent and negotiating his own contract, "saved roughly $202,800 in commission fees" over the course of a $6.8M deal that includes a $3.3M signing bonus. Elam "got advice from his older brother," former NFLer ABRAM ELAM, the NFLPA and a "team of advisors, educating himself about the business of football" (Baltimore SUN, 7/24).
NAMES: The ninth annual Don't Give Up ESPYs V Foundation Auction raised $781,258 for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, surpassing last year's total (ESPN)....Rogers Communications yesterday unveiled a 12-foot bronze statue of late Blue Jays President & CEO TED ROGERS. The statue will remain permanently outside Rogers Centre (Rogers)....College Football Playoff COO MICHAEL KELLY was in Detroit yesterday "checking out Ford Field" (DETROITNEWS.com, 7/23)....WWE and E! Entertainment launched the first-ever Superstars for Hope fundraising initiative to support the Make-A-Wish foundation (WWE)....Comedian CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER listed the Golf Channel mobile app among his favorites, saying, "I like to keep up with what's going on" (USA TODAY, 7/24)....UFC fighter RONDA ROUSEY has “landed a role” in the upcoming movie, "EXPENDABLES 3." Actor SYLVESTER STALLONE announced the news yesterday on his Twitter account (MMAJUNKIE.com, 7/23)....Celtics F KRIS HUMPHRIES has “signed on to guest-star on an upcoming episode” of Fox' "THE MINDY PROJECT." He will “play himself” in the episode (TVGUIDE.com, 7/22)....Former MLBer BILL BUCKNER is selling his four-acre ranch in Boise for $1.7M (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/23).