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  • Last Week To Participate In The 2013 SBJ/SBD Reader Survey

    It’s time to make your opinion known as the 9th annual SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Reader Survey is underway. The survey features more than 100 questions across leagues, teams, facilities, sponsorship, media, and more.

    *If MLB were a stock, would you buy, sell or hold?
    *Please select the sponsor that does the best job activating around NASCAR.
    *Which form of open wheel racing has the best growth potential in the U.S.?
    *The most significant sponsorship deal in NASCAR this year was?
    *How would you grade how NASCAR Chairman Brian France handled this year¹s race manipulation scandal?
    *Who is the most effective NBA team owner?
    *Who is the least effective NBA team owner?
    *In the last five years, which NBA team has shown the most innovation in its business practices?

    Those are some of the questions you'll find in this year’s survey. Cast your votes and then see highlights of the results the week of Dec. 2. We want to hear from you.

    Vote now!

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  • Pac-12 Conference Extends Commissioner Larry Scott's Contract Through '17-18

    Scott has started a football championship game, as well as cable and digital networks

    The Pac-12 yesterday announced that it has extended Commissioner LARRY SCOTT’s contract through the '17-18 academic year. As part of the extension, the CEO Group also named Scott Exec Chair of Pac-12 Enterprises (Pac-12).'s Chip Patterson noted Scott's tenure as commissioner has "included some of the most significant changes in the conference's history." The Pac-12 has "expanded, started an annual football championship game and launched both a cable and digital network since Scott took over" in July '09. His most recent expansions efforts "have not included adding universities but instead taking the Pac-12 experience overseas with the Pac-12 Globalization Initiative" (, 11/4).'s Ivan Maisel writes Scott's extension "comes as no surprise." Scott has "taken a perfectly respectable conference and turned it into a financial powerhouse." Maisel: "But I would be gobsmacked if Scott stayed for the next four-plus years. Scott strikes me as a climber always looking for another mountain. And I don’t mean that in a negative way" (, 11/5).

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  • Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper's New Book Looks At Rise of Pro Hockey

    Canada Prime Minister STEPHEN HARPER's first book, "A GREAT GAME: THE FORGOTTEN LEAFS & THE RISE OF PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY," hits shelves today and is "billed as a look at the early history of the sport" and "marketed as a tale for hockey obsessives," according to a review by Tony Keller of the GLOBE & MAIL. The book "reads a bit like a PhD thesis, which is to say that it is well researched, and sometimes heavy going." Harper seems "to be aiming to write the definitive take on these events, so minor details aren’t left out" and as a result, "the pacing of the narrative sometimes suffers." But the Harper "does a good job of taking you back to the country, and the time, that gave birth to the national game" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/5). In N.Y., Jeff Klein writes it is as if PRESIDENT OBAMA "published a densely researched study of early basketball in Chicago," and notes the book "took Harper nine years to research, write and publish." It could also be "seen as an illustration of hockey’s special place in the Canadian heart and mind" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/5). The NATIONAL POST's Chris Selley writes under the header, "Stephen Harper’s Long-Awaited Hockey History Is Exhaustive, Exhausting." There is "precious little analysis here of anything, and not much 'perspective' either, and so one pines for it." There is "evidence of 'passion,' certainly: Only a true love of the subject matter could sustain the creative force necessary to create such a savagely dull tome." Selley: "But that’s about it" (NATIONAL POST, 11/5). However, in Toronto, Rosie DiManno writes the book is a "surprisingly readable and entertaining historical exposition on the early organizational days of Canada’s most beloved sport" (TORONTO STAR, 11/5).

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  • Executive Transactions

    Fanatics named Oakley CMO RAPHAEL PECK President of Fanatics Apparel. He will report to CEO ALAN TRAGER. Peck also had a previous stint as Under Armour Senior VP/Footwear & Licensing (Fanatics)....IMG named both MATTHEW SGANGA and DAVID RANDELL VP/Business Development. Sganga most recently led Time Warner's media sales platform for SI. Randell was Rural Media Group Senior VP/Sales & Marketing (IMG)....The Cubs promoted Assistant Dir of Strategy & Development JASON SONDAG to Dir of Strategy & Development (THE DAILY)....Former K.C. Power & Light District exec JIM WATRY is now serving as GM & COO for the Cardinals' Ballpark Village (, 11/5)....MLB Giants Dir of Player Development FRED STANLEY "tendered his resignation" and the team is "expected to fill his role internally" (, 11/4)....Univ. of Florida football Dir of Player Personnel JON HASKINS "resigned 10 days ago," and the school "has no timetable" for hiring his replacement (, 11/5)....Boston-based law firm Murphy & King partner DAVID EVANS has been named to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (, 11/4).

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  • Names In The News

    O'Hara called running in the ING N.Y. Marathon an amazing experience

    Many sports execs competed in the ING N.Y. Marathon on Sunday and shared their experiences with THE DAILY. Also finishing the race were espnW VP LAURA GENTILE and NBC Sports Ventures Senior VP ROB SIMMELKJAER, who had a finishing time of 3:28. Eagles Corporate Partnerships Account Exec SEAN O'HARA finished with a time of 3:39:44 and called the run an "amazing experience achieved by terrific organization, execution and support from NYC." O’Hara added, "Fly Eagles Fly was my mantra as I crossed the finish line" (Andrew Westney, Staff Writer).

    AFFAIRS OF STATE: PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday greeted the '13 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks at the White House, "welcoming his hometown team with a mixture of admiration, humor and knowledge of the journey" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/5). Obama "beamed and joked and jabbed his way through a snappy seven-minute ceremony" honoring the Blackhawks for "a second time in his presidency." Blackhawks RW PATRICK KANE said, "It was pretty special to have it with him here, being from Chicago." Obama: "To the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, White Sox, I am term-limited, so you guys have to get moving. I need to see you here soon. Championships belong in Chicago" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/5). The Blackhawks also "visited wounded warriors" at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 11/5). Obama yesterday also made a "congratulatory phone call" to Red Sox manager JOHN FARRELL (BOSTON HERALD, 11/5).

    SAFETY FIRST: The Canadian federal government yesterday "announced funding for new research on concussions with a focus on improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the injuries in children and youth." Former NHLer JAMIE MACOUN said that he "wishes there had been a greater awareness of the effects of concussions and injuries in the NHL." Flames President of Hockey Operations BRIAN BURKE said of the NHL's player-safety efforts, "I think we’ve been a leader and the other sports have followed us." The C$4.3M in federal funding "will go to 19 separate research projects across" Canada (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/5).

    WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE: EPL club Manchester City's new foreign signings such as JESUS NAVAS and ALVARO NEGREDO are being "urged to watch children’s television programmes to help them learn English." Usually players watch "THE SOPRANOS" or "BREAKING BAD," but at the Etihad Stadium it is "TELETUBBIES," "BALAMORY" and "IN THE NIGHT GARDEN" (London INDEPENDENT, 11/4).

    SETTLEMENT REACHED: A wrongful death lawsuit filed by STEVE DAVIS against Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT’s business empire "for the '08 drunken-driving death of his daughter" yesterday was settled out of court. 20-year-old DEBRA DAVIS and 19-year-old ALEXA LATTEO were killed on Route 1 outside Gillette Stadium in Foxboro as Latteo drove away from a day "allegedly spent drinking in a parking lot during the annual New England Country Music Festival" (BOSTON HERALD, 11/5).

    NAMES: Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY paid $38.4M for the Boston Globe’s HQs as part of the $70M deal last month to acquire the New England Media Group from the N.Y. Times. Henry also paid $7.8M for the “property containing the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s printing press in Millbury and $277,000 for the Clinton office of Coulter Press” (BOSTON HERALD, 11/2)….ESPN Exec Chair GEORGE BODENHEIMER is “working on a business leadership memoir.” He has a “deal with the Business Plus imprint of Hachette Book Group for a book tentatively scheduled” for the spring of ’15 (AP, 11/4)….Hurricanes Owner PETER KARMANOS and his wife, DANIALLE, donated $5M to create the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. (, 11/4)....MLB Exec VP/Baseball Operations JOE TORRE makes his debut on the Baseball HOF ballot this year, joining holdovers in late Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER and late MLBPA Exec Dir MARVIN MILLER, among others (, 11/4)….Heat F CHRIS BOSH and his wife, ADRIENNE, “welcomed their third child” yesterday in DYLAN SKYE BOSH (, 11/4).

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