SBJ/November 19-25, 2012/People and Pop Culture
John Page: Chief Operating Officer, Global Spectrum
Published November 19, 2012, Page 42
What I Like …
|Page and son Jack get in a skate at Fenway Park the day before the 2010 NHL Winter Classic in Boston.
■ Timeless idea: Hard work. You can’t take away that work ethic.
■ New sports facility: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.; PPL Park in Chester, Pa.; and Livestrong Park in Kansas City, Kan.
■ Old sports facility: Los Angeles Coliseum.
■ New sporting event: Rugby 7s. It’s a fantastic up-and-coming event.
■ Brand: Under Armour.
■ Trend: Instant access to information.
■ Innovation: iPad.
■ Pro league business initiative: NHL Winter Classic. We’ve been fortunate to be a part of two of the Winter Classics. An ingenious idea!
■ A story that bears watching: EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Watch this evolve into the big arenas.
■ An invention I wish I had thought of: The zipper.
■ A fantasy job: Rock star in a band.
What I Like about …
■ My job: Every day is different.
■ Sports: There’s always a winner.
■ Sports business: Winning conquers all!
■ Sports media: Personalizes the sport.
■ Competing: Good for the soul.
■ The future of sports business: We know where we are. We just don’t know where we’re going to be.
■ Sports fans: They’re passionate. Especially Philadelphia Flyers fans.
What I Would Like To …
■ Change: Everyone is always in such a rush. I’d like to slow it down and allow for some reflection.
■ Change in me: Develop more personal relationships.
■ See more of: Player and fan interaction.
■ See less of in sports business: Oversaturation of events.
■ See eliminated: Scalping.
What I don't like …
■ In general: Whining.
■ In sports: The push for kids to specialize in one sport.
■ In business: Things I can’t control.
What I Like …
■ People: Innate nature to have fun.
■ Above all else: My family.
■ Heroes: My dad.
■ Player: Johnny Bench.
■ Team: Philadelphia Flyers and USC Trojans.
■ City: San Diego.
■ Memento: My USC football helmet. (Page was an offensive lineman for the Trojans.)
■ In the morning: Ice hockey. I play as part of the 7:15ers on the ice at Wells Fargo Center as long as ice is available to us.
■ Season: Fall.
■ Music: Rock ’n’ roll.
■ Magazine: SportsBusiness Journal.
■ Gadget: iPad.
■ Chore: Yardwork.
■ Hobby: Kids sports.
■ Trip: Costa Rica.
■ Movie: “Used Cars.”
■ TV Show: “The Three Stooges.”
|Page with Cheap Trick, the first band he ever saw live.
■ Food: Mexican.
■ Food at the arena: Nachos.
■ Dessert: Key lime pie.
■ Drink: Red wine.
■ Scent: Cinnamon.
■ Car: Mustang.
■ Singer: Jimmy Buffett.
■ Quote: “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”