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  • Peter Angelos' Legacy As Orioles Owner Examined As Time At Helm Hits 20 Years

    Fans' negative views of Angelos have waned a bit in the past two years

    Orioles Owner PETER ANGELOS bought the team exactly 20 years ago on Friday, and as the Orioles are "no longer the dregs" of the AL East, the "vitriol that seemed to follow Angelos in his adopted city seems to be slowly dissipating," according to Connolly & Walker of the Baltimore SUN. The team remains an "integral part of the city," but the Angelos family's "sparkling public reputation as saviors has been tarnished" over the years "by personnel conflicts, public discourse and, more than anything, a downward spiral of losing that lasted 14 desolate seasons." Orioles 2B BRIAN ROBERTS said, "I think everything changes when you win. ... I think the Angeloses took a lot of heat for what happened, what was going on and, any time you own a company and things aren't going right, I think that's part of the territory." Angelos has "donated millions to local, state and national non-profits and built one of the most formidable personal-injury law firms in the world." Yet his legacy is "tied firmly to the Orioles, their successes and failures." Orioles VP/Baseball Operations BRADY ANDERSON said, "It's sort of sad what it says about society where you can get judged critically based on a team's won-loss record. Personally, I think that's a shame. ... He is a great person." Connolly & Walker note Angelos "continues to maintain a low profile when it comes to his ballclub," as he "often attends several games a week, but watches from his suite, rarely interacting with fans or his players." Despite the "successes of the last two seasons, many fans and observers still view Angelos' legacy as mixed." They "cannot forget all the losing seasons, all the free agents left unsigned, all the smart baseball people who departed in frustration" (Baltimore SUN, 8/2).

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  • Weekend Plans With NFL Net's Lorey Zlotnick: Family Time, HOF Enshrinement On TV

    Zlotnick and her family will be tuned in to the HOF enshrinement

    Like any working mother, NFL Network Senior VP/Marketing LOREY ZLOTNICK spends the majority of her time juggling responsibilities. Zlotnick likes to get in as much quality time as possible with her two little boys, JONAH (5) and ASHER (7). Luckily for Zlotnick, her family’s home in Beverlywood, Calif., is a short three miles from the NFL Network’s HQs in Culver City, allowing her to start her weekends without having to waste an hour or more stuck in traffic.

    FULL HOUSE: The weekends for me are about preparing for the week and just spending quality time with my family and friends. My hours tend to be lengthy, so on Fridays it’s pizza day in our house. My kids get pizza, and then my husband and I will either go out or order something in or I’ll just barbecue. We barbecue a ton and eat home as a family a lot. But we also order in a lot because our schedules are so hectic. We often go to other people’s homes or have family over or friends over. Our house is a real full house, and always has an open door for whoever wants to come for dinner or a barbecue.

    MAMA’S BOYS: Me and the boys, we have a whole routine on Saturdays from swimming to car washes to running errands. And then they get to pick out one thing that they really look forward to doing all week. So last weekend we went to go see a couple movies and they wanted to go bowling. Whatever they want to do, it’s up to them, and that surrounds all of the other stuff we have to get done. This weekend we actually are starting karate classes. That’s big on the agenda. They’re five and seven so they try a lot of things and stop a lot of things very quickly. We’re trying karate this weekend, they’ve done soccer, and my little one loves basketball. But they've been in swimming every weekend from the time they were little bubs.

    HALL OF A TIME: This weekend is an exciting weekend for us here at NFL Net because we have the Hall of Fame enshrinement, so on Saturday we will all be glued to the television set to watch the coverage from “TOTAL ACCESS.” It’s a good lesson for the kids too, that if you work really hard and you’re good at what you do, then you get great honors and things that come with it. We watch a lot of NFL at my house of course, but my kids also love to watch “WIPE OUT,” or “AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS.” They get a big kick out of that. So I’m watching by default, not because it’s a destination for me but because they get a great laugh out of it.

    START YOUR ENGINES: My kids don’t really know the difference between a Wednesday and a Sunday, so their little body clocks are up no matter what, and I think if I sleep in until 7:00am that’s a good thing. On Sunday, I’m always thinking about what has to be done during the week and how I can compartmentalize my time in order to strike that good balance between family and work. I’ll start packing the bags for (the kids’ day) camp or I’ll pay all of the household bills and make sure that we’re all set for the week. ... All the planning though, my kids are right there with me. We make fun out of everything that we do. If we’re going to the grocery store, they’re with me. It’s about learning colors and counting and let’s put a bunch of stuff on the scale and see what happens. So we try to take the mundane errands and make them either learning experiences or make them kind of fun. We’ve been known to race grocery carts down aisle six.

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  • Executive Transactions

    Penn State Associate AD/Marketing & Communications GREG MYFORD is leaving the school to join IMG College as the company's Southeast Region Associate VP. He will be responsible for managing properties in Florida and parts of Alabama. Included in this portfolio are Florida, Florida State, UCF, USF, South Alabama and Troy. Myford also will be the IMG College liaison to Miami, in a shared multimedia rights venture with Learfield Sports. Myford, whose first day will be Aug. 19, had been at PSU since '04. He will report to IMG Southeast Regional VP TRACY WHITE (IMG College).

    IN A NEW YORK MINUTE
    : The Knicks "elected not to renew the contract" of longtime scout SCOTT MCGUIRE, after 25 years with the organization. Scott is the son of late Basketball HOFer DICK MCGUIRE, and the family's association with the Knicks "dates back to the late 1940s." Scott's contract was set to expire this past Wednesday, but a source said that he was "informed in January that his pact would not be renewed" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/2).

    EXECS: The Blues promoted MATT GARDNER to Senior Dir of Promotions & Digital Strategy, MEGAN LITTLE to Senior Dir of Advertising & Event Marketing, and BRENDA WILBUR to Dir of Brand & Creative (THE DAILY)....Towson Univ. named SMU Senior Associate AD/External Affairs TIM LEONARD AD (Baltimore SUN, 8/2)....The Univ. of California-Riverside named Coaching Charities VP/Development KATY YOUNG Assistant AD/Marketing & Promotions (UC-Riverside)....The Houston Sports Authority appointed former Astros President of Business Operations PAM GARDNER to its BOD (HSA)....Craft Sportswear North America named KATIE GOULD SWENSON Sales & Marketing Manager for its Base Layers & Nordic Skiing divisions (Craft).

    Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to: editorial@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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  • Names In The News

    Thomas' debut as an NFL game official would likely be the '14 season

    SARAH THOMAS is "in position to become the first female official in the NFL." Thomas said, "I didn't set out to be the first or a pioneer, but I will embrace it, if that does happen." Thomas worked Saints practice Thursday and Friday and will participate in the team's Saturday scrimmage "as part of the NFL's Officiating Development Program." She is a finalist to "get one of the next full-time openings on an NFL crew -- likely in the 2014 season" (FOXSPORTSSOUTHWEST.com, 8/1).

    NEED FOR SPEED: U.S. speedskater ALYSON DUDEK is "building an online team to rally behind her as she makes a push" for the '14 Sochi Games. Dudek "started a campaign on the crowd-funding website RallyMe.com to offset training expenses." Other Olympians have "created profiles on sites such as GoFundMe and Indiegogo, seeking online donations." Dudek launched her page last week, and her "goal is to raise $15,000 in 60 days" (JSONLINE.com, 8/1).

    NAMES: Wizards G JOHN WALL will donate $1M of his recent five-year, $80M contract to DC-area charities. Wall "hasn't identified the charities yet" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 8/2)....SMG Exec VP MAUREEN GINTY was named a '13 Woman of Influence by Venues Today (SMG)....An Arizona condominium development in which former NFLer DAVID TREADWELL "invested and later defaulted has ended" in a $6.4M court judgement against him (DENVERPOST.com, 8/1)....Fox NFL analyst MICHAEL STRAHAN has sold his Bel-Air home for $11M "in a one-week all-cash deal" (LATIMES.com, 7/30)....Former MLBer JOHN WETTELAND is selling his Bartonville, Texas home. The 7,000-square-foot residence is listed for $1.49M (REALTOR.com, 7/31).

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