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  • Weekend Plans With Under Armour's Susie McCabe: Soccer, Open Houses

    McCabe commutes from UA's Baltimore office to N.J. on weekends to visit her family

    After spending over 16 years with Ralph Lauren Corp. in N.Y., SUSIE MCCABE joined Under Armour as Senior VP/Global Retail in October. While the transition has been pretty smooth from a work perspective, it has been more challenging on the personal side. McCabe’s family is still living in New Jersey, where her 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter are finishing out the school year. She spends three or four days at the office in Baltimore, then makes the three-and-a half-hour drive back to her family for the remainder of the weekend. With the house in New Jersey scheduled to be sold at the end of June, McCabe spends the vast majority of her free time touring homes around Maryland, looking for the perfect place for her family to begin its next chapter. Despite more house hunting this weekend, McCabe tells THE DAILY she will find time for fun with the family.

    GET YOUR GAME FACE ON: My son plays soccer very competitively and my daughter plays soccer and lacrosse. So the weekends are generally very focused on the two of them and getting them to-and-from activities, trying to confirm who can drive where and whether the games overlap or are even in the same state. This weekend we’re taking advantage of the fact that my son has a soccer game against a team in Bethesda (Md.) on Saturday, and are all coming down and going to look around (at houses) and do a big tour.

    LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR: The areas that we’re looking to live in Baltimore feel very similar to where we are now. There’s a lot about Baltimore that feels like New Jersey. There’s a lot of character and there’s a lot of diversity, which is kind of what we’ve looked for in the area that we live at home. We’ve always liked to live someplace where we can meet people that we might not meet on the sidelines of our kids’ games -- people who have different interests but are still very good friends. That’s what we’re looking for in our neighborhood here, and we think we’re going to be able to find it -- hopefully soon.

    DINNER IS SERVED: I think we’re all pretty exhausted, so there’s generally no cooking by either parent on Friday nights. It’s all about take-out or pizza and really just trying to reconnect with the family. We don’t go out much. It’s more about spending time at home, grabbing dinner together and watching a movie or a sports event. We like this place Arturo’s, in Maplewood. It’s got great brick oven pizza and really, really wonderful meatballs. My daughter loves the Thai food restaurant Wild Ginger, and she orders the same thing every week -- the chicken satay -- and then we all try to explore other things. One of the places that we will go is a little bit of an institution in Jersey, which is called Star Tavern. They have their own system for how people line up to get the pizza and if you haven’t been there before, it’s obvious.

    CALM BEFORE THE STORM: I prefer not to have to set my alarm on Saturday mornings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I sleep late. I like getting up and being the only one up in the morning, so I can sit and have coffee by myself and just have some quiet time and plot out what I’m going to do for the day. I usually have things that I have to get done that fit around the kids’ games. I like being able to prepare myself for the day, but not schedule as much of my life as is scheduled during the work week.

    A POLISHED LOOK: I don’t do it every weekend, but my daughter and I do like getting manicures and pedicures together. It’s something that I can take her to go do and it’s just the two of us. I wish we did it every weekend but we try to go two times a month. It’s a little scary because I think I was 25 when I had my first manicure and she’s a lot younger, but it’s something that we do together. Then we usually go and stroll the downtown and the surrounding area. It’s a couple hours just the two of us and it’s a little bit of a decadent treat.

    FAMILY MATTERS: On Sundays, we like to go to church as a family whenever we can -- when there’s not a sporting event that’s conflicting with it -- and then we like to grab a family brunch. There’s a great bagel shop that we love that we go to. But one of the things that we’ve done as a family is we will use Sunday nights for a family meeting, where we try and go through all of the activities for the kids for the coming week. We talk about things I might have from a travel perspective, whether my husband is teaching, and we try to get organized around who needs to be where and when. We read it all these years ago in Real Simple magazine. It said if you run your household like you run your business you would go through all of this at the beginning of the week.

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  • Executive Transactions

    Arizona State Univ. named Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment Dir of New Sales for the Vikings’ new venue DAVID COHEN Senior Associate AD. Cohen “will work with ASU Olympic sports as well as help with marketing, branding, advertising, promotions and ticket sales.” He also spent 10 years with the Falcons, a period that overlapped with current ASU VP/Athletics RAY ANDERSON’s time with the NFL club (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/6).

    PICK & ROLL: BYU AD TOM HOLMOE has added NCAA D-I Men's Basketball Selection Committee member "to his current responsibilities." He replaces outgoing West Coast Conference Commissioner JAMIE ZANINOVICH, "who is transitioning to a job in the Pac-12 next month." Holmoe "will serve out the final two years of Zaninovich's five-year term" (DESERET NEWS, 6/6).

    EXECS: Women's undergarment brand Spanx named Nike Corporate VP/Global Apparel JAN SINGER CEO, reporting to Spanx Founder & Owner SARA BLAKELY. Singer will begin in early July (Spanx)....Prudential Center and the Devils named MSG Networks Dir of PR BRIAN FISHER to the same position (THE DAILY)....Jacksonville Univ. named U.S. Naval Academy professor DR. DONNIE HORNER Chief Athletics Officer. Horner served as the Faculty Rep to the Naval Academy Athletic Association (JU)....Univ. of Nebraska Associate AD for the Huskers Athletic Fund PAUL MEYERS “resigned Wednesday after a 20-year career” with the school (OMAHA.com, 6/4)....Phoenix-based attorney ANDY WESTERN has joined the Fiesta Bowl Committee (AZCENTRAL.com, 6/5).

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

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  • Names In The News

    Best filed a lawsuit after suffering multiple concussions in the NFL and college

    Former NFLer JAHVID BEST's civil lawsuit against the league, Riddell and Easton-Bell Sports "has been dismissed." Wayne County (Mich.) Circuit Court documents show that Best's case was dismissed on May 6 "due to a nonservice dismissal without prejudice." This "likely means that Best, the plaintiff, did not serve the defendants in a defined period of time." Best "can refile the suit, but it is unclear if he will do so" (ESPN.com, 6/5).

    AWARDS & HONORS: The Hockey HOF on Thursday announced USA Today’s KEVIN ALLEN as the winner of the ’14 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in journalism. Blackhawks play-by-play announcer PAT FOLEY was honored with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting. Allen and Foley were “voted in by their respective associations and will receive their awards” in Toronto on Nov. 17 (NHL.com, 6/5)....The National Radio HOF on Thursday selected its seven '14 inductees, including former ESPN baseball commentator JON MILLER, who also has called Giants games on KNBR-AM since '97. The ceremony will take place Nov. 9 in L.A. (NRHOF)....The National Basketball Coaches Association on Thursday announced Cavaliers assistant coach BERNIE BICKERSTAFF is the recipient of the '14 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (NBCA)....The Business of Sports School held its annual fundraising reception Thursday night at the N.Y. Athletic Club HOF. Former ESPN GM & Editorial Dir of Publishing GARY HOENIG, who helped found the school, and Raptors G LANDRY FIELDS, who sits on the school's board, were honored (THE DAILY).

    SIGN & DRIVE: Yee & Dubin Sports has signed '10 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Champion and former Univ. of Arkansas golfer EMILY TUBERT for representation. She will be represented by BRENT BROCKERMEYER. Meanwhile, Wasserman Media Group has signed former Univ. of Georgia golfer JOEY GARBER for comprehensive representation. He will represented by BUTLER MELNYK (Liz Mullen, Staff Writer).

    MILLION DOLLAR LISTINGS: Former NFLer JUSTIN FARGAS sold his 4,892-square-foot Sherman Oaks, Calif., home for $2.575M after purchasing it for $2.295M in ’08 (LATIMES.com, 6/5)….Former NHLer CRISTOBAL HUET listed his Chicago condo for $2.495M (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 6/5)….Current Cal men’s basketball coach and former Tennessee coach CUONZO MARTIN listed his nearly 5,000-square-foot Knoxville home for $874,900 (LATIMES.com, 6/5).

    NAMES: Film director JOHN LEE HANCOCK recently signed on to direct the as-yet-untitled biopic of former MLBer LENNY DYKSTRA alongside producer GILL NETTER (PHILLY.com, 6/5)....The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown "makes a return" to N.Y. on June 25, but the player himself "won't be holding" the L.A. version of his charity soccer match (LATIMES.com, 6/5)....Hockey HOFer LANNY MCDONALD will "lead a shareholder battle on behalf of himself and hundreds of other investors who together lost millions in a company called Birch Mountain Resources” (GLOBE & MAIL, 6/5).

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