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John Page: Chief Operating Officer, Global Spectrum


What I Like …

Page and son Jack get in a skate at Fenway Park the day before the 2010 NHL Winter Classic in Boston.
Influential person in my career: Peter Luukko, president of Comcast-Spectacor.
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!
Chief Operating Officer,
Global Spectrum

Where I'm from: Escondido, Calif. Now residing in West Chester, Pa.

Where I Went to School: University of Southern California; bachelor of science degree in public administration in 1988 and a master’s of science in 1990.

My First Job: In high school I was a dishwasher, but my first position in the industry was an event coordinator at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and L.A. Coliseum.

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 …
Johnny Bench

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.

Philadelphia Flyers
Possession: Memories. No one can ever take them away. They’re irreplaceable.

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.
Book: “The Fifth Witness,” by Michael Connelly.
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.
Concert: I’ve seen a ton in this business, but nothing like Prince. He is the ultimate showman.
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.”

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