SBJ/November 21-27, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Andrew Kline, founder and managing director, Park Lane
Kline, a former St. Louis Rams offensive lineman, went from playing in the pros to helping people buy and finance teams and sports businesses through his sports investment bank, Park Lane
Published November 21, 2011, Page 50
|Photo by: ANTHONY MONGIELLO
■ An insight: Just do it.
■ An influential person in my career: Chuck Kloes, Damon Baldwin, Eric Johnson, Barry Siegel and Wayne Bos. The first two gave me the confidence and tools to play football, and the last three did the same for business.
■ An out-of-the-box idea: The leagues and players associations handing out very strict punishments to the agents who lure players to break NCAA and school rules. The schools currently take the brunt of the punishment, which isn’t fair.
■ A timeless idea: The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.
■ A business deal: The UFC deal with Fox TV. Kudos to both for making this happen.
■ A sports facility: France (for the Tour de France).
■ A sports event: Any Dodgers game with my son Charlie, brother Matt and nephew Wyatt.
■ A brand: The U.S. Navy SEALs.
■ A trend: Netpulse bringing on-demand, diversified media to gym-goers’ fingertips.
■ A pro league or team business initiative: IMG’s college sports strategy.
■ A fantasy job: I don’t know if this is a job, but being Anthony Bourdain or Laird Hamilton.
What I Like About …
■ My job: I love my clients’ intensity, fervor and dedication, and I learn more from my clients than they could ever imagine.
■ Sports: Their purity and the fact that they can bring enjoyment to so many different groups of people (players, fans, coaches, owners, etc).
■ Sports business: I love that so many industries intersect with sports: technology, real estate, media, apparel, nutrition, licensing, consulting, finance, etc., and that Park Lane gets to interact with all of them.
■ Sports media: They sure are getting good at delivering me what I want, when I want it, and on any device.
■ Sports fans: I respect to no end the group of guys who paint themselves (although I could never do that).
What I’d Like To …
■ Eliminate: Al-Qaeda.
■ Change: Polarizing political media that distorts reality, pits Americans against each other, and inhibits progress.
■ Change in what I do: They call them bankers’ hours for good reason. I could use a few more hours of sleep.
■ See: My children enjoy life and achieve whatever their hearts desire.
■ See more of in sports: Teams in the major sports leagues turning a profit. And a return to some of the tough traditionalism we’re losing in sports.
■ See more of in sports business: Early stage investment in technology.
■ See less of in sports: People trying to make a name for themselves by bringing down its legends. Do we really need to read about Jenn Sterger or spend millions pursuing cases against Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Lance Armstrong?
■ See different: Increased media coverage of all the athletes doing great things in the community, and less focus on the negative
What I Don’t Like …
■ In general: Missing a workout, or when I’m late for a meeting.
■ In sports: Having to retire from playing a sport that I love much earlier than expected.
■ In business: Lack of integrity, teamwork or loyalty.
What I Like …
■ That would surprise those who know me: Thanks to Damon Baldwin and Deepak Chopra, I have meditated nearly every day for the past 15 years.
■ Heroes: Sir Richard Branson, and all the entrepreneurs out there trying to build new businesses.
■ Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, BMC Racing, St. Louis Rams, SDSU and Stanford football.
■ Possession: Either Robert Indiana’s LOVE painting or my Bianchi Pista fixie.
■ Time of year (because): Fall: good surf, great cycling, crush in Napa, and the start of the NFL season.
■ Music: Air, Sia, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Zero 7 and St. Vincent.
■ Trips: Tahiti, Australia, Bali.
■ TV: Universal Sports, “The Ultimate Fighter,” “Modern Family,” “Top Chef,” “60 Minutes,” any NFL game.
■ Movies: “Braveheart,” “The Castle,” “Casino,” “Wall Street,” “Casablanca,” “Riding Giants.”
■ Artists: David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Indiana, Sam Francis, Roy Lichtenstein.
■ Drinks: Blame Laird espresso, O2 Cool water, and JKL Syrah … usually in that order.
■ Cars: 1976 Ford Bronco, Ferrari, Range Rover
■ An idea I wish I thought of: I try not to worry too much about thinking of them — I just love being able to fund them.