SBJ/November 10 - 16, 2003/Faces Places

John Genzale: Inside Out

Mark McCormack's old Cleveland office became IMG's new meeting room last week in a dedication attended by some of the family of the late sports marketing pioneer. The suite contains memorabilia dating back to 1960, when McCormack founded the company. Bob Kain and Alastair Johnston, IMG's co-CEOs, presided. Family members Betsy Nagelson McCormack, Todd McCormack and Leslie McCormack Gathy attended, as well as Ray Cave, Ben Bidwell, Colin MacLaine, Michael Horowitz and 175 staffers. In a second ceremony, the IMG boardroom was named in honor of Arthur Lafave, an original IMG employee and current vice chairman.

IMG dedication: Johnston, Betsy Nagelson McCormack, Leslie McCormack Gathy, Todd McCormack, Kain

SI managing editor Terry McDonell hosted a party to celebrate the publication of a 556-page anthology, "Sports Illustrated: Fifty Years of Great Writing." Party guests included contributors Roger Kahn and Robert Creamer. But the buzz was about John Papanek, the editorial director at rival ESPN The Magazine. The former SI managing editor's 1981 story on Larry Bird, "Gifts That God Didn't Give," was included in the anthology. Papanek's 19 years at SI ended in acrimony. Since he showed up, some say the bitterness is buried.

Writer’s bloc at SI: McDonell, Creamer, Kahn, executive editor Rob Fleder

Laura Hillenbrand, author of "Seabiscuit," and swimmer Lynne Cox will be named among 12 Women of the Year in the December issue of Glamour Magazine and will be honored tonight at New York's Museum of Natural History. ... At last week's GQ Man of the Year Awards, Anna Kournikova sat at the same table with The Rock and comic import Ali G. ... The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association honored Sen. Jim Bunning, Orlando Cepeda, Al Kaline and Roger Maris with Lifetime Achievement Awards at a Marriott Marquis banquet. ... Mr. Heisman, Rudy Riska, will be inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame on Dec. 9. On Jan. 6, the 43-year veteran of the Downtown Athletic Club will be honored by the American Football Coaches Association.

Sal Galatioto separated his shoulder and cracked a couple of ribs in an ATV accident at an annual investors' conference in Las Vegas. The Lehman Bros. director of sports finance flipped his four-wheeler. Bandaged and beaten, he still gave the closing remarks. Shoulder surgery is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Just four months after Russian businessman Roman Abramovich bought the Chelsea football club for $233 million, another Russian billionaire wants to buy into the English Premiership. Industrialist Vladimir Potanin is rumored to have offered $200 million to help Arsenal build its new stadium in Ashburton Grove. The 60,000-seat stadium and neighborhood redevelopment is expected to cost $650 million.

New Yorker Wayne Katz, a partner at Proskauer Rose, celebrated the Florida Marlins' win over the Yankees in the World Series. Katz and Joel Mael were financial and legal advisers when Jeffrey Loria bought the team. Katz is an SBJ Forty Under 40 hall of famer. (SBJ's 2003 Forty Under 40 banquet is Friday night at the Waldorf.) With him in the Marlins' celebration was new Forty Under 40 honoree David Samson.

Fish are kings: Mael, Katz, Samson

Andy McGowan, Joe Bosack, Kimberly Yaffa and John Racz will launch Watkins Media Group this month. Simsbury, Conn.-based WMG will offer the sports and entertainment industry: strategic marketing communications; branding and graphic design; event management; and technology. McGowan, who will head the new company, was the communications chief for the Washington Capitals until 2001 when he left to teach at UMass, Amherst. Bosack is a specialist in sports brand-identity; Yaffa is a big-time events planner and Racz's background is in technology.

Contact John Genzale at jgenzale@nyc.rr.com.

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