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SBJ/20101129/What I Like
Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner, NHL
Published November 29, 2010
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.
Websites: NHL.com, TSN.ca, YouTube.com, CBSSports.com.
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.
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.
Scent: “Fierce” from Abercrombie & Fitch.
Vacation spots: Walt Disney World.
Cars: Aston Martin DBS.
Aftershave: Old Spice.
Quote: “Those who don’t learn from their past mistakes are bound to repeat them.”