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John Page: Chief Operating Officer, Global Spectrum

PROFESSIONAL

What I Like …

Page and son Jack get in a skate at Fenway Park the day before the 2010 NHL Winter Classic in Boston.
Photo by: COMCAST-SPECTACOR
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!
JOHN PAGE
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.


PERSONAL

What I Like …
Johnny Bench
Photo by: GETTY IMAGES

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
Photo by: GETTY IMAGES
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.
Photo by: COMCAST-SPECTACOR
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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