SBJ/Aug. 11-17, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Lee Zeidman, Staples Center
Published August 11, 2014, Page 30
What I like …
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■ An insight: Tell the truth. In the end the truth always wins.
■ An influential person in my career: Jerry West.
■ An out-of-the-box idea: Joining Twitter as a way to connect with arena guests.
■ A timeless idea: Working together to achieve a common goal.
■ A business deal: The sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
■ A sports event: Any Game 7 of the World Series, Stanley Cup Final or NBA Finals.
■ A strategy: Can’t always control what is on stage or playing surface, but you can control the quality of service offered.
■ A hire: Byron Scott of the Los Angeles Lakers.
■ A brand: Tommy Bahama.
■ A trend: Oversharing … everything.
■ An innovation: Dynamic pricing.
■ A pro league or team business initiative: Sustainability for all leagues and teams.
■ An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Uber.
■ A fantasy job: First mate on Kenny Chesney or Jimmy Buffett’s boat off the coast of somewhere.
What I like about …
■ My job: The men and women I get to work with on a daily basis.
■ Sports business: The impact a trade or free agent acquisition can make on a team or city.
■ Sports media: The passion and humor of sports columnists.
■ Competing: Keeps us young.
■ The future of sports business: Through technology it will continue to look for ways to connect with the fans.
What I would like to …
■ Change: The overuse of electronic devices in social settings.
■ Change in what I do: Vacation more.
■ See: More tropical islands.
■ See more of in sports: The postgame handshake between athletes and teams.
■ See more of in sports business: Increased charitable tie-ins.
■ See less of in sports: Arrogance.
■ See different: A lower cable bill.
■ Eliminate: Homelessness.
What I don’t like …
■ In general: People who are late for meetings.
■ Pet peeve: People who do not use turn signals or people who throw cigarette butts out the window. Where do they think they go?
■ In sports: PEDs.
■ In business: Politics.
What I like …
■ About myself: That I am direct, fair and to the point.
■ Heroes: Jerry West, Frank Robinson, Louis Zamperini, Joe Namath.
■ Players: Kobe Bryant, Jarret Stoll, Chris Paul.
■ Teams: Los Angeles Kings, Lakers and Clippers; San Diego Chargers; Detroit Tigers.
■ Possession: Six, soon to be seven, championship rings.
■ Memento: Customized canvas print of myself and the Rolling Stones prior to kicking off 2013 world tour at Staples Center given to me by my staff for my birthday.
■ Music: All genres, but mostly rock and country.
■ Author: James Patterson.
■ Magazines: Islands, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness.
■ Gadget: Sonos.
■ Chore: Feeding the psycho cat.
■ Hobbies: Playing softball, fantasy baseball and football.
■ Movies: “Saving Private Ryan.”
■ Concerts: Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett.
■ Artist: Adrian Sandstrom, a SoCal ceramist.
■ Food: Mexican.
■ Dessert: Key lime pie.
■ Drink: Don Julio 1942.
■ Scent: Coconut.
■ Car: Jaguar.
■ Quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done,” Nelson Mandela.