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Golden Boy Promotions co-Founder & President OSCAR DE LA HOYA sat for a Q&A with Robert Morales of the Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM, discussing the recent resignation of CEO RICHARD SCHAEFER, among other topics. Excerpts of the Q&A are below.
Q: Word has it that you were surprised that Richard Schaefer left. But amid all the rumors, you could not have been completely surprised, could you?
De La Hoya: I was very surprised. ... The boxing world is a small world -- and so I started to hear some rumblings years ago. But you don't want to believe them. Call me naive, call me innocent or whatever you want to call me, but I just didn't want to believe them.
Q: Have you started looking for a replacement, and do you plan on bringing someone in to do what Schaefer was doing?
De La Hoya: I haven’t started, I haven’t looked for anybody. ... You have all these great people that are working at Golden Boy as a team, making fights, putting the fights together, putting events together, from marketing to PR to doing the everyday legwork, I mean, we’re a team. We haven’t lost a beat, we haven’t skipped a beat. We’re moving forward.
Q: So you don’t feel the necessity to bring in someone to fill Schaefer’s shoes?
De La Hoya: I’ve been at the office every single day since way before this happened. I’ve been there taking care of business. ... I went to rehab. ... I came back. I'm ready to go.
Q: Now that you and [Top Rank Chair] BOB ARUM have mended fences, are you now hopeful you two can co-promote some big cards together?
De La Hoya: It all depends on what we can work out. I’m really looking forward to working with any promoter. Obviously Arum, because he has fighters that we can fight and build these great cards together. ... We have a few issues we have to deal with. Obviously, TV and sponsors. ... Is it impossible? Nothing's impossible.
Q: Could you ever do business with Schaefer again if he starts his own company or joins another?
De La Hoya: If it’s going to mean making the best fights for the fans, then I’m open to anything (Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM, 6/24).
Fanatics named Orbitz President & COO CHRIS ORTON Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer. Orton will be based in S.F., start the new job July 7 and report to Fanatics CEO DOUG MACK. Orton will be responsible for Fanatics' marketing efforts across the company's own sites and its network of e-commerce stores (Terry Lefton, Editor-At-Large).
EXECS: The Rays named Florida-based PR firm Tucker/Hall Account Dir RAFAELA AMADOR Senior Dir of Corporate Communications. She will lead the organization's newly formed corporate communications division (Rays)....The Browns hired CHARLES BAILEY, BOBBY DEPAUL, MIKE HAGEN, RON HILL and JAMES KIRKLAND as Senior Personnel Associates, and SCOTT ALIGO as a Player Personnel Associate. The club also promoted SAM DELUCA and HARRISON RITCHER to Player Personnel Associates (CLEVELAND.com, 6/23)....The Univ. of Georgia football program named RONNIE LETSON Dir of Player Personnel (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 6/24).
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Federal authorities are "seeking information from Dean Foods as part of an investigation into well-timed trades" placed by PHIL MICKELSON and sports gambler BILLY WALTERS. The request came "shortly after published reports disclosed that the federal authorities were investigating" whether Walters and Mickelson "possessed inside information about Dean Foods’s plan to announce a spinoff of its WhiteWave Foods subsidiary" in August '12. Mickelson attorney GREGORY CRAIG yesterday in a statement said his client "has done absolutely nothing wrong. He has been cooperating with the investigation" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/24).
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COURT REPORT: U.S. women's national soccer team G HOPE SOLO "pleaded not guilty to the gross-misdemeanor charges during her arraignment" yesterday in Kirkland County (Wash.) Municipal Court. She was "released from custody on personal recognizance, and ordered to not consume alcohol and to stay away from the alleged victims as conditions of her release." Her next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 11 (SEATTLE TIMES, 6/24).
NAMES: Toronto Star motorsports editor NORRIS MCDONALD will be inducted into the Canadian Motorsports HOF Sept. 27. McDonald is the first journalist to be inducted (THESTAR.com, 6/23)....Former Dodgers Owner FRANK MCCOURT acquired a 50% stake in Global Champions Tour, a “premier international show jumping series that draws top riders and horses” (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 6/23)….Former N.Y. Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG yesterday “got golf tips” from NICK FALDO when Faldo “stopped by Bloomberg TV for a segment” (N.Y. POST, 6/24)….TNT NBA analyst SHAQUILLE O’NEAL yesterday was “front and center in the royal box” at Wimbledon as ANDY MURRAY “began the defense of his title” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 6/23)….Raiders QB MATT SCHAUB has listed his 11,000-square-foot Houston-area home for $4.29M (LATIMES.com, 6/23).