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Names In The News

In Nashville, Jim Wyatt reports approximately 750 guests yesterday "attended a memorial service" in Houston for late Titans Owner BUD ADAMS. Friends and associates "honored Adams as a pioneer, football lover and someone who got everything possible out of life, even if he didn't always please everyone." Adams on the cover of the memorial program "was pictured with the AFC Championship trophy his Titans won in 1999 on the way to the franchise's only Super Bowl appearance." NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and Nashville Mayor KARL DEAN were both in attendance (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 10/29).

Mozeliak says his personnel strategy is about
trusting scouts and the minor-league coaches
CARD SHARK
: In Denver, Troy Renck writes MLB Cardinals Senior VP & GM JOHN MOZELIAK's six-year run in St. Louis "has been an overwhelming success, featuring four playoff appearances and a 2011 World Series title." Cardinals Chair & CEO BILL DEWITT JR. "wanted a business model that could produce perpetual success without emptying the vault for high-priced free agents." That strategy "requires waves of talent arriving from the minor leagues," and Mozeliak's scouting and player development departments "have become the industry blueprint." Mozeliak: "We won't do something that will compromise our future. You trust the scouts and the minor-league coaches" (DENVER POST, 10/29).

IT'S ALL RELATIVE: ASM Sports Founder & President ANDY MILLER "is accusing" Relativity Sports CEO and Relativity Media co-COO HAPPY WALTERS of “stealing” Bucks C LARRY SANDERS away from ASM. Miller wants Relativity, whose other clients include retired Yankees P MARIANO RIVERA and Knicks F AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE, to “fork over the commission he would’ve received” from Sanders’ $41M contract (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/29).

NAMES: ADWEEK listed 50 execs who "make the wheels turn," including ESPN President of Global Customer Marketing & Sales ED ERHARDT, Turner Broadcasting System President DAVID LEVY, Red Bull Media House Chief Commercial Officer ALEXANDER KOPPEL, Fox Sports Media Group Exec VP/Sales NEIL MULCAHY, NBC Sports Group Exec VP/Sales & Marketing SETH WINTER and Wieden + Kennedy Creative Dir GARY VAN DZURA (ADWEEK.com, 10/28)....Former VANOC CEO JOHN FURLONG said that he is "dropping his defamation suit against the Georgia Straight newspaper but vows to 'escalate' action against" freelance journalist LAURA ROBINSON, who "wrote the article containing allegations Furlong abused former students" (VANCOUVER PROVINCE, 10/29)....The PGA Tour's BMW Championship last month in Lake Forest, Ill., raised $2.5M in donations for the Evans Scholars Foundation (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 10/28)….The Warriors tomorrow night will celebrate FRED KAST’s 50th anniversary as the team’s official scorer (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/29)….IndyCar driver JR HILDEBRAND yesterday “stopped a man’s attempted hold-up after questioning the authenticity of the gun in use” (INDYSTAR.com, 10/28).
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