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  • Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner, NHL

    Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner


    What I Like …

    An insight: True success comes only at the risk of failure.

    An influential person in my career: Sports trial lawyer Shep Goldfein: teacher, mentor and friend.

    An out-of-the-box idea: Professional hockey played outdoors.

    A timeless idea: Manage to your strengths.

    A business deal: My next one. The business is too dynamic and fluid ever to fixate on a single business deal.

    A sports facility: Leaving NHL arenas aside, I love the look and feel of Camden Yards in Baltimore. It was really the first of a new generation of baseball stadiums.

    A sports event: Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.

    A strategy: Honoring your past.

    A hire: My executive assistant, Angela Civello. She helps bring order to my incredibly busy existence.

    A brand: Disney.

    A trend: Communicating directly with your customers (fans).

    An innovation: The iPad.

    A pro league or team business initiative: All sports: “super-serving” your season-ticket holders, the lifeblood of the business.

    A story that bears watching: Collective bargaining in the NFL and NBA.

    An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Fantasy sports games.

    A fantasy job: Fighter pilot.

    What I Like About …

    My job: Making decisions and helping to shape policy in the best interests (hopefully) of a sport I love.

    Sports: The competition.

    Sports business: The competition.

    Sports media: Their commitment.

    Sports technology: Constantly improving.

    The future (or direction) of sports business: Creating new and better quality content and developing new and better ways to deliver it.

    Sports fans: Their passion.

    What I’d Like To …

    Change: The “value system” in youth athletics. It should be about learning, playing hard and having fun, not about winning at all costs.

    Change in what I do: Nothing.

    See: More frozen lakes and ponds — like when I was a kid.

    See more of in sports: Teamwork/unselfishness.

    See more of in sports business: Honesty.

    See less of in sports: Serious injuries.

    See less of in sports business: “Empty suits.”

    See different: Hirings in the sports industry based primarily on “merit” and not “relationships” or “who you know.”

    Eliminate: Flight delays.

    What I Don’t Like …

    In general: Indifference.

    Pet peeve: People who are smart and talented but too lazy to reach their full potential.

    In sports: Cheating.

    In business: Cheating.


    What I Like …

    People: My wife, Gloria; my daughter, Taylor; and my sons, Brendan and Liam.

    Heroes: My mother, father and sister.

    Players: Wayne Gretzky, Dan Marino, David Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr.

    Teams: Miami Dolphins.

    City: Las Vegas.

    Memento: My college football jerseys (Dartmouth green and white, No. 31).

    Books: “Manhunt,” by James Swanson; “John Adams,” by David McCullough; and “Commander in Chief,” by Eric Larrabee.

    Magazines: The Hockey News.


    Gadgets: My iPad.

    iPad appS: NHL GameCenter 2010, Harbor Master.

    Trips: My honeymoon — to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and the Atlantis in the Bahamas.

    Movies: “Goodfellas.”

    TV: “Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel.”

    Concerts: Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel.

    Artist: Philippe Boudoy.

    Food: Pepperoni pizza.

    Dessert: My mom’s chocolate chip mint ice cream pie.

    Drink: Beer.

    Scent: “Fierce” from Abercrombie & Fitch.

    Vacation spots: Walt Disney World.

    Cars: Aston Martin DBS.

    Aftershave: Old Spice.

    Singer: Rihanna.

    Quote: “Those who don’t learn from their past mistakes are bound to repeat them.”

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