SBJ/20101129/What I Like

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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