SBJ/Dec. 20-26, 2010/Holiday Gifts

Industry executives love their gadgets, and a good book

Elizabeth Lindsey
Senior Vice President, Consulting
Wasserman Media Group

I’m a BlackBerry addict: I would kill for the Torch, but I need it to come to Verizon service. Please, RIM, please. In the meantime, I am debating giving in to the Apple empire and asking for an iPad to keep me occupied during long LaGuardia airport delays.

Charlie Besser
President & CEO

I will be giving the book “Madison and Jefferson,” by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg. A great story of the power of a culture of co-leadership.

I hope to receive: “Def Jam Rapstar” video game.

Michael Belot
Tournament Director
2012 Ryder Cup

I hope to receive the book “Decision Points,” by George W. Bush. Regardless of what you think of his presidency, I think it would be fascinating to know the thought process behind the important decisions that he had to make. As for a gadget, I saw this toaster that imprints the logo of your favorite football team (Packers) on the bread. Why not?

Chip Tuttle
Conover Tuttle Pace

“Lord of Misrule,” a National Book Award fiction winner by Jaimy Gordon, is on my list. It’s about down-and-out characters at a 1970s horse track, and the reviews have been phenomenal. I’ve also got my eye on a Garmin Forerunner 405 or 410 training watch to help get me ready for my first marathon this spring. Judging from the lists of my kids (Libby, 16; Annie, 14; and Will, 12), I’ll be doing some shopping at the Apple store soon.

Matt Farrell
Chief Marketing Officer
USA Swimming

Hope to receive: E-mail is the new nicotine. A gift certificate for a 12-step program on managing e-mail.

Buying as gifts: Anything to convert my family to country music. (Is the Zac Brown Band too forced?)

Kathy Carter
Soccer United Marketing

This holiday season, I’m all about beverages. On my list I’ve got the SodaStream Pure Sparkling Water Maker, so that I can make my own concoctions. I’d also love a new espresso/latte machine. I’ve used mine up remaining fully caffeinated. And because I love to read I keep adding to my Kindle queue — next to add is “Cutting for Stone,” by Abraham Verghese; “When Everything Changed,” by Gail Collins; “Water for Elephants,” by Sara Gruen; and “Half the Sky,” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Hill Carrow
Sports & Properties Inc.

Receive: I would love to receive my own iPad. I bought one for our family and I never get to use it anymore since my wife and daughter took it over. I would also love a new battery for my iPhone since I believe I have worn it out.

As for books, I am hoping someone gives me “The Expo Book,” a new book about World’s Fairs by Gordon Linden. I love mega-events and the World’s Fair definitely qualifies as one of the biggest.

Giving: We do not yet have a nice, large, flat-screen TV at our house. When I visit friends, hang out in a sports bar or stay in a hotel, I don’t know how we are living without one. I am planning to give our family one — after all, that will be one gift that will keep on giving!

Alex Baldwin
Senior Vice President
Fenway Sports Group

Receive: I’d like the BlackBerry Powermat or Ina Garten’s “Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?”

Giving: I will be giving family and friends Allen Brothers steaks as they are always a great gift.

Ryan O’Hara
President & CEO
Topps Inc.

I am fascinated with how good the tablets are for consuming content. I already have an iPad, and am looking forward to trying out Google’s competitor, the Android.

Bob Horowitz
Juma Entertainment

I’ve been buying up Bill Carter’s “The War for Late Night” to give as book gifts to my media friends. In the DVD area, I plan to help friends play catch-up with the first four seasons of “Mad Men.” Slingboxes, iPad and NFL Ticket “Red Zone” are the three top must-have gadgets/subscriptions. I definitely plan to gift a few iPads this holiday season.

I’m hoping to receive the “True Blood” DVD set so I can do a little catch-up.

Mimi Griffin
MSG Promotions

What I’d like to receive:

Book: “Outliers: The Story of Success,” by Malcolm Gladwell. Loved “The Tipping Point” and “Blink” but haven’t had a chance to read “Outliers.”

CD: Anything by Joni Mitchell, an incomparable singer/songwriter who refuses to fit into anyone else’s mold.

DVD: 25th anniversary edition of “The Color Purple,” a timeless story of love, redemption and triumph.

What I’ll be giving:

Book: “Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation,” by Sheila Weller.

CD: Carole King’s “Tapestry,” a classic.

DVD: “Awakenings,” a movie that can make you feel both devastated and hopeful. It helps you understand the value of living every moment you can fully conscious and not on autopilot.

John Rowady
President & CEO

My biggest hope for the holidays is to receive more free time that I can spend with my family. My favorite gadgets to receive for the holidays would be a copy of EA Sports’ “FIFA Soccer 11” and/or the new Polaris RZR ATV. I also look forward to being able to give more jobs to talented people in the sports marketing industry.

David Abrutyn
Managing Director, Senior Vice President
IMG Global Consulting

Gifts I hope to get: Slingbox. I’m finally ready to watch my TV from wherever my travels take me. And 3-D TV — sports TV at its best.

Buying: Xbox Kinect games. My kids have one. The future of more than gaming has arrived.

Giving: “Alex Ovechkin the Gr8” DVD — the perfect gift for any hockey fan.

Tom Richardson
Convergence Sports & Media LLC

Stuff I’d like to get:

CD: Bob Dylan — “The Witmark Demos.” Dylan alone with his voice, guitar and harmonica in a tiny studio before he got big (1962-64).

Book: “Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup.” Read the sample on iBooks and it looks like it’s chock full of great, sensible advice.

DVD: “Who is J.O.B.?” My son’s band has a song in this surf film about Jamie O’Brien.

Gift I’m giving: Flip Video camera and Irish whiskey (that I bought on a recent trip to Ireland).

Ed Kiernan
Senior Vice President, Sports
GMR Marketing

Two books that I would like to receive are “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron,” by Howard Bryant, and “Sh*t My Dad Says,” by Justin Halpern. The former, because he represents the values that we seek — honor, integrity and accountability — and the latter because we can all use a little practical life advice from someone else’s foul-mouthed, but hilarious, father.

For my immediate family and friends, I’m buying everyone iPads because the iPad I bought for myself has been taken over by my 7-year-old’s games — “Angry Birds,” “NFL 2011 HD” — and various cooking and shopping apps.

Ardy Arani
CEO & Managing Director
Championship Group Inc.

Hope to receive: The new Pirelli calendar shot by Karl Lagerfeld. Also, I recently saw an ad for a company that takes an old manual typewriter and converts it to function as a USB keyboard, keeping the appearance and keys intact. A Canon 85mm 1.2L lens is always handy (are you listening, Santa?). And other than that, a Daily Zen calendar should cover all bases.

Will be buying: Everything from Japanese rice art to a Big Green Egg grill.

Bill Colvin
Colvin Sports Network

My family is visiting our oldest daughter, who is going to school in Zurich, so we gave ourselves airline tickets, hotels and Eurorail passes for Christmas.

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