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Showing off signs of success
AEG COO and CFO Dan Beckerman and AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke pose with the AEG Wall of Champions trophy display at The Home Depot Center before the Los Angeles Galaxy’s MLS Cup game against the Houston Dynamo on Dec. 1.
Photo by:JUAN OCAMPO / ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN & ASSOCIATES
Awards and honors from NFF
At the 55th National Football Foundation annual Awards Dinner and news conference at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 4:
From left: College Football Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Johnson and NFF board members Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, and T. Boone Pickens, chairman and CEO of BP Capital.
Below, from left: ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer, Distinguished American Award recipient; Burke Magnus, ESPN SVP for college programing and Legacy Award recipient; and ESPN broadcaster Rece Davis, the dinner’s master of ceremonies.
Photos by:GENE BOYARS
Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame
The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2012 during a ceremony Dec. 11 at the New York Hilton Hotel. Inductees included (at left) former Fox Sports Media Group Vice Chairman Ed Goren and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Other inductees were ESPN’s George Bodenheimer, audio pioneer Ray Dolby, NFL commentator Frank Gifford, NBC cameraman Cory Leible, NBC operations and engineering chief Jack Weir and broadcaster Jack Whitaker. Also attending the ceremony, (below) ESPN EVP Sean Bratches and CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus.
Photos by:KEN CORAZZA, COURTESY OF THE SPORTS VIDEO GROUP
Houston ready for role as All-Star host
The NBA and Reliant Energy on Dec. 10 announced that Reliant will support several major events during NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston. On hand to help celebrate the start of NBA All-Star Jam Session ticket sales were (from left) Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Rockets CEO Tad Brown, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Reliant CMO Karen Jones, and Rockets hall of famer Clyde Drexler.
Photo by:NBAE / DAVE EINSEL
NBA execs, Cornell alums on the dais
NBA executives, all of whom are Cornell alumni, participated in a panel discussion on the business of basketball at the Cornell Club in New York City on Nov. 28. From left: EVP Mark Tatum; SVP Rachel Jacobson; VP Susan Schroeder; Todd Jacobson, SVP of community relations; Linda Choong, SVP of global retail operations; and Chris Granger, EVP of team marketing and business operations.
Photo by:CAROLINE SHIN
In the spotlight at UMass
Peter Carlisle, Octagon managing director of Olympics and action sports, delivers the Sport Innovators keynote address, “Marketing an Olympic Icon: Behind the Business of a Global Sports Superstar,” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center Auditorium. Carlisle was the Mark H. McCormack executive-in-residence at the Isenberg School of Management Nov. 27-29.
Photo by:BEN BARNHART / BBIMAGES.COM
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University of Denver
As for giving, each year my husband, Gary, and I look forward to presenting a special Denver Pioneer gift to the staff. We are so proud to be associated with the university and we truly appreciate the hard work and dedication of all who make DU Athletics great.
JOIE CHITWOOD III
Daytona International Speedway
■ An iPhone for my 11-year-old son. Although peer pressure doesn’t usually work on me, I had no idea that every sixth-grader except my son already had one.
■ The book “Go Like Hell,” by A.J. Baime, to anyone with an interest in motorsports. One of the best books I have read.
Executive vice president
and sports group president,
Vice president of television and emerging media,
Vice president of social marketing,
For my 4-year-old: Kids’ ski boots that adjust full sizes to grow with her feet, bongos, and a GoPro HD helmet camera so she can document her years learning to ski.
Senior vice president of operations and administration,
CBS Sports Network
Gifts I hope to receive: Microsoft Surface (in January when the Professional version comes out). I’m looking forward to a tablet with a usable keyboard! Also, “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife,” by Dr. Eben Alexander.
What to buy: Lego will do quite well this year due to what we are getting for the kids, and my wife should enjoy the items from the Sundance Catalog and her iPad Mini.
President and COO,
Executive producer and vice president of production,
I will be getting jewelry for my wife — you can never go wrong with that. My son just graduated from college and is starting to get into golf. I plan on getting him some golf equipment.
Grand Valley State University
Gifts I’m giving: I’ve already given each of our coaches the book “Lead … for God’s Sake!” by Todd Gongwer, as well as “Wooden on Leadership,” by John Wooden and Steve Jamison.
Vice president of public relations,
Executive vice president of sports marketing,
Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard was promoted to his current job in June. The Indiana native and former general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers can now add “author” to his list of job titles, as well, with the recent publication of “Help The Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork,” co-written by John Eliot (Portfolio Hardcover). Pritchard shares his ideas on how lessons learned in basketball can be used in business leadership.
Photo by:AP IMAGES
About the book’s title: [It] is a basketball defensive term that applies to business and to life. On great teams, defensive help is one step away, with everyone helping each other. One of the biggest things is that we all want to be bigger than something than just ourselves. We all feel great when we know we are accomplishing more as a group, rather than just as individuals. We believe that is how you become more valuable. When I was a general manager of a minor league team, I had to do everything. You don’t just wear one hat … You have to figure out and identify places where you can really help the organization.
How that’s helped him do his job: One of the big things that you want to do is create an atmosphere of unselfishness. I enjoy the tough times. It is because you have to look in the mirror and you have to figure out who is in it for the right reasons versus the wrong reasons. As a player, there were a lot of times I didn’t want to go block out a big man, but to be a great team, you have to do these things. If you create an atmosphere of toughness and of understanding difficulties, you have a chance to be successful.
Business vs. basketball for an NBA team: It is about having a foundation of trust in that we are all after the same thing, but that is judged in different ways. Some teams feel good about making the playoffs while others are all about winning championships. You have to feel good about your organizational culture. It is about having open lines of communication. You have two pulls: One is trying to fill the building and generate as much revenue as possible; the other is all about basketball. There is a happy medium between the two if there is trust between both sides.
One key leadership rule: There is a thing we call The 30-Minute Rule. If I have thought about something for more than 30 minutes, then we owe it to ourselves to figure it out.