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Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations, Major League Baseball
Published September 27, 2010
What I Like …
An insight: There is no substitute for hard work. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” — Vince Lombardi.
An influential person in my career: My wife, who encouraged me to take chances and supported me when I did.
An out-of-the-box idea: A lime in a beer.
A sports facility: Wrigley Field. The new stadiums are great, but Wrigley is a special place.
A sports event: Game 7 of the World Series. I’ve been fortunate to attend numerous sporting events, but nothing compares to the drama of Game 7.
A hire: John Calipari at the University of Kentucky.
A brand: Apple.
A trend: Social media in sports.
An innovation: DVRs — changing the way viewers consume programming.
A story that bears watching: IMG’s expanding presence in college sports.
An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Silly Bandz.
A fantasy job: Athletic director, University of Kentucky.
What I Like About …
My job: Building relationships around the world. Cultures are very different, but people are not.
Sports business: At the end of the day, it’s the entertainment business, not life or death. It should be fun.
Sports fans: Fans who truly appreciate the moment. I will always remember Paul O’Neill’s last game at Yankee Stadium because of the way the fans embraced the moment.
Sports media: It’s taking fans places they have never been in sports: in the huddle, locker room and on the field.
Sports technology: Helping expand the limits of athletic performances.
Competing: The best way to measure your ability.
The future (or direction) of sports business: Global. International markets increase business opportunities and talent pool.
What I’d Like To …
Change in what I do: Be less attached to my BlackBerry.
Eliminate: The “one and done” athlete in college basketball. Let players turn pro out of high school if they don’t want to go to college.
See: College athletes receive a stipend.
See less of in sports business: Self-promoters. Accomplishments speak louder than words.
See more of in sports: Players staying longer with one team.
See less of in sports: Excessive and choreographed celebrations for less-than-extraordinary performances.
See different: The BCS football championship system.
What I Don’t Like …
In general: Useless e-mails.
Pet peeve: People who take forever to go through X-ray machines at airports.
In sports: Youth coaches who are concerned more about winning than the kids they are coaching.
In business: People who don’t do what they say.
What I Like …
That would surprise those who know me: I was 21 when I first flew in an airplane. I also used to have a mullet.
About myself: My jumpshot. I can’t play defense anymore but I still like to shoot.
Heroes: My parents. As a proud parent of three kids myself, I am continuously reminded of how supportive and encouraging my parents were for me growing up.
Players: My kids: Jake (baseball), Megan (field hockey) and Peter (football).
Teams: University of Kentucky basketball and the Big Red Machine.
City: A tie: Rome (it’s a living museum) and Sydney (no place I would rather be than Bondi Beach in the summer).
Possession: My grandmother’s homemade quilts and artwork.
Memento: Photo of me with Pete Rose sitting on the back of a pick-up truck in my hometown of Greenup, Ky., (pop. 1,100) when I was 8 years old (sporting the same haircut as Pete, too).
Books: “All Over But the Shoutin’,” by Rick Bragg.
Authors: Carl Hiaasen — great sense of humor.
Websites: MLB.com and Kentucky
Movies: “Bull Durham” and “The Dark Knight”
TV: MLB Network, “SportsCenter,” HBO (“Entourage” and “Hard Knocks”).
Concerts: My first concert was KISS in 1978; nothing else compares.
Scent: Pine tar.
Vacation spots: Chatham, Cape Cod; and Lake Cumberland, Ky.
Singers: Eric Clapton, Bob Seger and Rascal Flatts.
Quote: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are and your reputation is merely what others think you are.” — John Wooden.