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What I Like: Ryan O'Hara
President and CEO, The Topps. Co.
Published October 18, 2010, Page 38
What I Like …
An insight: Quantity as well as quality are important in family time.
An influential person in my career: Michael O’Hara — volleyball Olympian, sports league executive and my father.
An out-of-the-box idea: The International Track Association.
A timeless idea: Major League Baseball.
A business deal: Negotiating a TVG horse racing deal with NYRA at Aqueduct in the rain.
A sports facility: Staples Center.
A sports event: The Super Bowl.
A strategy: Create the best products and serve consumers.
A hire: Chris Harrison.
A brand: Topps: Loved it as a kid, and now it’s my profession.
A trend: Mobile upgrade everywhere.
An innovation: The Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A pro league or team business initiative: MLB Network.
A story that bears watching: The Olympic bidding will reshape the landscape.
An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Electronic Program Guide patents.
A fantasy job: Creating baseball and football cards for kids to learn from.
My job: Interacting with the best leagues in sports.
Sports: The mix of fun and work.
Sports business: The cultural and business power.
Sports media: John Ourand.
Sports technology: The accessibility of it in real time.
Competing: The fun of it.
The future (or direction) of sports business: It’s at the core of the content and distribution paradigm.
Sports fans: The honesty to be clear about what they like.
What I'd Like To …
Change: Add air conditioning while waiting for a subway train.
Change in what I do: Less caffeine.
See: WWE launch a network.
See more of in sports: NFL playoff games.
See more of in sports business: Partners growing together.
See less of in sports: Player vs. management battles.
See less of in sports business: Underrating how critical it is to engage kids.
See different: Association of Volleyball Professionals back in a new form.
Eliminate: Zero-sum-game thinking.
What I Don't Like …
Pet peeve: Paper credit card receipts. Can you imagine the waste at businesses?
In sports: Watching age break the body down.
In business: Continual tardiness to meetings.
About sports fans: Not much.
What I Like …
That would surprise those who know me: I draw worse than a 4-year-old.
About myself: Temperament.
Heroes: Karch Kiraly.
Players: Magic Johnson.
Teams: The Lakers.
City: NYC: The sports capital of the world.
Memento: Topps Rookie Roberto Clemente 1955.
Time of year (because): Autumn … winter is cold in New York City.
Music: ’80s and radio.
Books: “Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed,” by Michael Eisner.
Magazines: Bloomberg Businessweek.
Web sites: wsj.com, paidcontent.org, deadlinehollywood.com.
Hobbies: Anything with my kids.
Movies: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
TV: “The Office.”
Concerts: Pearl Jam.
Food: Alaskan king crab legs.
Dessert: Mixed berries in yogurt.
Drink: Belgian beer.
Scent: Neutrogena Sunblock.
Vacation spots: Three Arch Bay, Laguna Beach.
Aftershave: Gillette Sensitive Skin.
Quote: Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster. — Theodore Roosevelt