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SBJ/September 17-23, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Greg Bibb: Washington Wizards, Mystics
Published September 17, 2012, Page 30
What I Like …
■ An influential person in my career: Steve Ryan, former president of NHL Enterprises.
■ An out-of-the-box idea: Bike Share.
■ A timeless idea: Early bird gets the worm.
■ A business deal: The NBA’s recent partnership with Ticketmaster.
■ A sports event: Big 33 Football Classic.
■ A strategy: Invest in people first.
■ A hire: Laurel Richie as the president of the WNBA.
■ A brand: Amazon.
■ A trend: Cause-related marketing.
■ An innovation: Paperless tickets.
■ A sports facility: Beaver Stadium.
■ A pro league or team business initiative: NBA’s Chinese New Year initiative.
■ A story that bears watching: How teams enhance the in-venue experience to meet the innovation in digital, out-of-venue viewing.
■ An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Bottled water.
What I Like about …
■ My job: Every day is different and has the potential to positively impact others’ lives.
■ Sports: Win or lose, there is always more good than bad.
■ Sports media: Ever-changing as more and more folks have a voice.
■ Sports technology: Where great passion meets great innovation.
■ Sports fans: Passionate, engaged and invested.
■ Competing: Achievement through investment in effort.
■ The future of sports business: Never brighter. As the world becomes more complicated, the escape and simplicity of the game grows stronger.
What I’d Like To …
■ Change in what I do: More time to directly interact with our consumers and our co-workers.
■ See: All seven continents.
■ See more of in sports: Social responsibility.
■ See more of in sports business: Women in leadership roles.
■ See different: More support for female sports and athletes.
■ Eliminate: Baggage fees.
What I don't like …
■ Pet peeve: The time between when a plane lands and when you can actually disembark.
■ In sports: Tie scores.
■ In business: Deals rather than partnerships.
■ About sports fans: The occasional confusion around the line that separates passion and avid fandom from malicious and the absurd.
What I Like …
■ Above all else: My wife, Tara; my daughter, Adelyn; and my son, Caden.
■ About myself: Discipline.
■ Heroes: My mom and my dad.
■ Players: John Wall, Nicklas Backstrom, Crystal Langhorne.
■ Teams: All of the D.C. home teams, the Hershey Bears and the Marist College Red Foxes.
■ Possession: My daughter’s artwork.
■ Memento: A picture of my grandfather.
■ Book: “Built for Change,” by T.D. Klein.
■ Authors: Malcolm Gladwell, Jim Collins and Dr. Seuss.
■ IPad app: CardMunch.
■ Trips: Alaskan cruise.
■ Movies: “Slap Shot,” “The Natural” and “The Godfather.”
■ TV: “Castle,” “The Bachelor” and “Sports-Center.”
■ Concerts: Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney and U2.
■ Food: Pizza.
■ Drink: Good old H2O.
■ Scent: Cherry blossom.
■ Vacation spots: Siesta Key, Fla., and Stone Harbor, N.J.
■ Cars: Bentley Continental GT and Ford Mustang convertible.
■ Cologne: Creed.
■ Singers: Kenny Chesney, Sugarland and Alan Jackson.
■ Quote: “I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.” — David Livingstone.