SBJ/January 24 - 30, 2005/Faces Places

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    Steve Steinour, CEO of Citizens, the bank whose name hangs on the Phillies’ new ballpark, used the company jet to fly his family to the opening of Pat Croce’s pirate museum in Key West. Croce’s mother, Dolores Croce, and aunt Corinne Ritchie hitched a ride. Mark Benevento, president of Sports Development Inc. and a Croce golf-club partner, attended the opening celebration along with Ray Pennacchia, SVP of NovaCare; its former president, Ed Miersch; and Croce’s business manager, Steve Mountain, who is Jameer Nelson’s agent.

    Ahoy! It's Capt. Croce and his CEO daughter.
    Croce’s daughter, Kelly Croce Sorg, is the museum’s CEO.

    Stanley Kules, who runs the e-commerce division of the Bank of New York and describes himself as a “professional fan,” was the top bidder in an auction to spend a day behind the scenes at CBS’ “NFL Today” show. CBS staged the auction to raise funds for Jimmy Valdes, an archives-department employee who was stricken with muscular dystrophy. Kules, whose first love is rock and whose prize possession is a picture with Robert Plant, paid about 3 large to hang around and take pictures with Boomer Esiason, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe and Greg Gumbel. … A guy with a most enviable job is Bruce Schein, who is paid to watch football for CBS. He runs a crew of two dozen guys who feed up-to-the-second info to Gumbel.

    Licenses? We don’t need no stinkin’ licenses, said Tim Baynham of T-Shirt Humor.com, a 2-year-old company selling shirts with sports humor such as “Monday Nude Football” (with an imaginary FCC logo) and “Ask Me About My NBA Suspension, (go ahead, I dare you).” “This is parody, my good friend, a constitutionally guaranteed right,” said Baynham, who runs the company with cartoonist brother John. “And we are equal opportunity offenders.” … U.S. Beer Drinking Team apparel will be marketed by H3 Sportsgear, according to Joe Gardenghi of Leisure Technician. The line includes Beer Radio, Beer Television, University of Beer and Beer Hall of Fame. Cincinnati was selected from 60 competing cities as the site of the beer HoF.

    Wedding planner Heather Snively called the wedding of shaggy-haired Johnny Damon to the Vera Wang-clad Michelle Mangan “very ethereal and serene, almost mystical.” AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson and celebrity chef Todd English showed up with a bunch of Red Sox, including Keith Foulke, whose wife, Mary, was a bridesmaid. … VH-1 has its eyes on Anna Benson, wife of Mets pitcher Kris Benson, to do a reality series. Her agent, Jon Orlando, son of Tony, said, “She almost sees herself as Howard Stern with Oprah’s heart.”


    Around the horn: The last time we heard from Charlie Brotman, he was bouncing some intruder off the stage at a D.C. baseball news conference. The biz guys know him as the “legendary” sports and entertainment PR man. But around the capital he’s also known as “The President’s Announcer.” Last week he did the public addressing for his 13th consecutive inaugural parade (started with Eisenhower in ’57). … Ice Cube, in New York earlier this month promoting his new film, said there is an ongoing bit in “Are We There Yet?” with a talking Satchel Paige (played by Tracy Morgan) bobblehead. … John Rodenburg will take over as VP/publisher of AmEx Publishing’s Travel + Leisure Golf at the end of the month. … Eddie DeBartolo signed his share of the 49ers to sister Denise York in 2000, but his NID Corp. is appealing an IRS order for $177,788 in back taxes stemming from deductions the Tampa company took for training, travel and meals when it owned the team, now operated by Denise’s husband, John York.

    The last Inside Out said that MLB would contribute a substantial amount to tsunami relief. Along with the MLBPA, baseball pledged a million bucks to the efforts of former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. … There’s enough notable charity from sports people to fill a score of columns. Among those who notified this column: Arn Tellem said he was extremely proud of the basketball players who contributed to SFX’s $300,000 fund-raising efforts. Jermaine O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Bobby Sura, Jalen Rose, Pau Gasol and Mike Miller all donated $1,000 for each point they scored in an early January game. Tellem matched O’Neal’s $55,000 contribution. He said, “Those guys inspired other SFX contributions” from Kwame Brown, Mike Dunleavy, Joe Johnson, Dahntay Jones, Nenad Krstic, Corey Maggette, Vladimir Radmanovich, Quentin Richardson, Ha Seung-Jin, Etan Thomas and Earl Watson. … Tellem said his baseball player, Hideki Matsui, donated a whopping $481,000 of personal funds. … The Indiana Pacers matched team members’ donations of $28,700 and asked fans and sponsors to contribute. … The NHL offered cash and Web site space to the Bangkok Flying Farangs of the Thai-World Hockey League. The club staged a charity game in which players from United States, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Japan and Thailand skated against players from Canada.
    Contact John Genzale at jgenzale@nyc.rr.com.

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  • Photos from industry events

    Magic’s DeVos speaks to Phoenix fans

    Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos talks to an audience at America West Arena as part of the Phoenix Suns Speakers Series. DeVos, who was a co-founder of multilevel marketer Amway Corp., spoke before the Suns-Miami Heat game Jan. 11.

    Here’s to 20 years of Air

    Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Nike Air Jordan with a sneak peek at the Air Jordan XX were (from left) Rick Mina, CEO and president of Foot Locker; Jordan brand President Larry Miller; and Michael Jordan. The get-together kicked off activities at the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational golf tournament earlier this month at the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas.

    HuckJamming in Glendale

    Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom HuckJam wheeled into the Glendale Arena near Phoenix on Jan. 14. Some of the action will be show during the Super Bowl pregame show Feb. 6 on Fox. From left: David Sternberg of Fox action-sports channel Fuel; Phil Weintraut, Cox Communications; Gaby Schoepflin, Fox Cable Networks; Kimiko Warden, Fuel; skater Bam Margera; Casey Schick, Fox Cable Networks; David Safran, Fox Cable Sports; and Peter Vesey, Fuel.

    Please submit photos for review of industry conferences, parties, product launches and openings showcasing the people and personalities at the event. Include the event date, location, names/titles of those featured along with credit information. The photo specifications are as follows: 300dpi, tiff, jpeg or eps color images. Submit digital photos for review at: photo@sportsbusinessjournal.com or send color prints to: Faces & Places, c/o Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal, 120 W. Morehead St., Suite 310, Charlotte, NC 28202.

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