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Published January 4, 2011
|•||Chicagoland Speedway Expected To Name Paddock President|
|•||Special Master Set To Hear NFLPA's TV Contract Complaint|
|•||U.S. Sen. Udall Wants Examination Of Football Helmet Sellers|
|•||Galeski, Peter Jacobsen Sports Part Ways; No Reason Given|
|Paddock Is Expected To Be Named
Chicagoland Speedway President
By Tripp Mickle, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
Chicagoland Speedway today is expected to name former Gatorade Dir of Sports Marketing Scott Paddock the track's new president. Paddock replaces Craig Rust, who ran the track from June '09 to Sept. '10. Paddock spent 12 years at Gatorade before leaving last June to join the Podium Group, a European agency that specializes in athlete wealth management and sports marketing.
During Paddock's time at Gatorade, he helped negotiate the deal with ISC that gave the isotonic beverage company title sponsorship of "
With two months left before the NFL CBA expires, there are no bargaining sessions scheduled between the league and the NFLPA. “There are no bargaining sessions scheduled,” NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail yesterday. “Perhaps someone is confusing bargaining sessions with Special Master sessions.” A Special Master hearing begins today and is expected to last all week. The NFLPA brought the case against the NFL last year, seeking to stop the league from receiving $4.5B in television rights money that the league will get even if there are no games played (
Chiefs LB and NFLPA Exec Committee member Mike Vrabel said, “You can say there’s a little bit of progress, a lot of progress or no progress. But is there or is there not a deal? Right now there’s not. How far are we from that? Nobody knows” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/4). But Giants Chair & Exec VP Steve Tisch said of the CBA issue, "It's on everybody's minds, and I do think there will be a deal" (N.Y. POST, 1/4).
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in a letter dated today is asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate "misleading safety claims and deceptive practices" in the selling of new football helmets and reconditioning of used ones. Udall writes he is "troubled by misleading marketing claims by Riddell, the leading helmet maker." He adds there is "very little scientific evidence to support" some of the safety figures cited on Riddell's website (AP, 1/3).
PETER JACOBSEN SPORTS, EXEC VP & MANAGING
By Michael Smith, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
Mike Galeski and Peter Jacobsen Sports have parted ways after more than five years. Galeski had served as the marketing and event agency’s Exec VP & Managing Dir since November '05. A spokeswoman at PJS confirmed the parting, but there was no explanation for why Galeski is no longer with the company. Before joining PJS, Galeski spent 13 years at Callaway Golf, where he was Senior VP/Sports Marketing.
MASSAGE THERAPISTS NAME JETS, FAVRE IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT
The Jets yesterday were hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit by two women who "claim they were fired after one of them complained" about text messages from former QB Brett Favre. The suit claims that the team fired massage therapists Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole after Scavo and her husband "blew the whistle on Favre." The suit "seeks unspecified money damages from Favre and the Jets" (N.Y. POST, 1/4).
The suit alleges that the Jets "knew full well that the locker room and training camp were a 'hot bed of sexual harassment,' but did nothing about it" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/4).
ESPN'S RON FRANKLIN APOLOGIZES FOR COMMENTS TO JEANNINE EDWARDS
ESPN college football announcer Ron Franklin "apologized Monday for comments to colleague Jeannine Edwards that got him pulled from Saturday's radio broadcast" of the Oklahoma-Connecticut Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
|ASB Classic Sells Out Of All The
Day Sessions During The Tournament
ASB Classic organizers confirmed that they have “sold out all of the day sessions" for the full WTA tournament in
A sellout crowd of 18,690 attended last night's Canada-U.S. IIHF World Junior Championship semifinal at HSBC Arena in
A crowd of 65,453 attended last night’s Discover Orange Bowl. Stanford defeated Virginia Tech 40-12 (FANHOUSE.com, 1/4).
The Packers have named Van Lanen Inc. the team's preferred print partner. Van Lanen is a commercial lithographic printer based in
ESPN is running an ad in today’s Wall Street Journal touting coverage of tonight’s Arkansas-Ohio State Allstate Sugar Bowl, which begins at 8:00pm ET (THE DAILY).
“If it happens next year, it’s worth looking at, in terms of the competition committee” – NFL Giants Chair & Exec VP Steve Tisch, whose team missed the playoffs despite a 10-6 record, on the 7-9 Seahawks making the playoffs for winning the NFC West (N.Y. TIMES, 1/4)
“He’s a very positive guy, and what the fans enjoy most is that he doesn’t sugarcoat anything. We’ve had a very, very tough season, and really one of the only bright spots has been Bill Walton” – NBA Kings co-Owner Joe Maloof, on Walton working as a TV and radio analyst for the team
(SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/4).
“That regime, they were the worst; they were bad” – Dodgers Special Assistant Tommy Lasorda, on former Dodgers Managing Partner Bob Daly’s running of the team when it was owned by Fox
(L.A. TIMES, 1/4).
“Dave Niehaus can never be replaced. We could bring in Vin Scully in his prime and our fans wouldn’t like him. It would be like trying to replace John Wooden at UCLA. It’s an impossible job” – Mariners President Chuck Armstrong, on replacing the team’s broadcaster, who died in November (SPORTSPRESSNORTHWEST.com, 1/3).
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CBS Sports’ Steve Elling: “Called main PGA Tour number at headquarters in Ponte Vedra and got an answering machine. That's a first. Doesn't season begin Thurs?”
Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski: “God, the NHL is really giving this silly Guardian Project a push, aren't they? Stan Lee interview on VERSUS.”
The Big Lead’s Tyler Duffy: “Harbaugh just verbally stiff-armed Michelle Tafoya.”
Newsday’s Neil Best: “Harbaugh being annoyed w/reporters for asking about his future would be like reporters being annoyed w/Harbaugh for calling plays. Silly.”
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The Muscular Dystrophy Association will host its 14th Annual Muscle Team Gala & Benefit Auction at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers in
THE BACK PAGES….
The Morning Buzz offers today’s back page sports covers from some of the nation’s major metropolitan tabloids:
N.Y. Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News
Last night's "Final Jeopardy!" category "Pop Stars."
"He was backed by
Last night's edition of "Jeopardy" featured the category "21st Century Athletes."
For $200: "One of the two NBA stars who make up
For $400: "Seen here, this Belgian tennis star has won two straight U.S. Opens after a two-year retirement."
For $600: "OV-1 and Alexander the Great are two of this Washington Capitals hockey star's nicknames."
For $800: "Seen here, he excelled on 'Dancing With The Stars' and also plays a little football."
For $1000: "He hit 58 homers for the Phillies in 2006 and has the same name as the temp-turned-boss-turned-temp on 'The Office.'"
CBS' David Letterman: "Holidays are over. Earlier today I put my relatives out by the curb. Here in
NBC's Jay Leno: "What a way to start the year, nothing but disasters in the news. Oh my God, floods in
LATE NIGHT LAUGHS:
Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert: "The worst failure of leadership of all was in
Last night's Top Ten list was "Top Ten Signs Your 2011 Is Off To A Bad Start" ("Late Show," CBS, 1/3).
|10) "You've already gained 40 pounds."|
|9) "New Year's Eve kiss was with cellmate, Chuck."|
|8) "Just named you the new stunt guy in Spider-Man the musical."|
|7) "Your car is stuck under two feet of snow and three feet of garbage."|
|6) "You play for the New York Giants."|
|5) "It's year eleven of being locked in your Y2K bunker."|
|4) "Already spent more time in a Mexican prison that you did in all of 2010."|
|3) "2011 is the year and your cholesterol."|
|2) "Your job title is 'Mayor of New York City.'"|
|1) "You're watching this."|
"Who is Sting?"
The correct responses of the "21st Century Athletes" were:
For $200: "Who are Dwyane Wade and/or Chris Bosh?"
For $400: "Who is Kim Clijsters?"
For $600: "Who is Alexander Ovechkin?"
For $800: "Who is Jason Taylor?"
For $1000: "Who is Ryan Howard?"
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