• Game Changers 2015: Dream events

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    This week’s issue of SportsBusiness Journal features profiles of our Game Changers for 2015.
    Here’s some additional information about the 36 women we profiled.

    Today: The sporting events or venues they most want to get to.

    Earlier this week:
    Monday: Where they were born.
    Tuesday: Where they went to school.

    Dream events
    This year’s Game Changers have been to (and worked at) many of the world’s top sporting events, but there are still games and places they want to see.

    Here’s what they told us when we asked them: What sporting event or venue have you not been to but most want to get to?

    Katrina Adams: Kentucky Derby.
    Tara August: World Cup.
    Judy Boyd: NCAA Final Four.
    Liz DiLullo Brown: Wimbledon. I love tennis, but as a spectator — not working it.
    Jennifer Carper: Billabong Pipe Masters. I’ve been to Pipeline but never for the event. It would be amazing to see the professionals surf there.
    Michele Carr: Wimbledon.
    Rebecca Chatman: The Masters.
    Chrysa Chin: I must go to the Kentucky Derby.
    Laura Chittick: I’ve never been to Camden Yards.
    Laura Day: The Olympics.
    Lesley Eccles: Without doubt, it has to be the Super Bowl. I’m planning on attending Super Bowl 50 next year and am very excited about that prospect.
    Jaime Faulkner: I want to go to the Olympics. I know how hard it is to run one ballpark. I can’t imagine the effort it takes to put that on.
    Nora Lynn Finch: The Kentucky Derby. Speed, endurance and courage: What’s not to love about the world’s most famous horse race? With Louisville in the ACC now, maybe the Derby can come off my bucket list.
    Morgan Flatley: FIFA World Cup.
    Susan Fulton: World Cup, men’s or women’s.
    Dru Hancock: I have been to Wimbledon but not during the actual competition. That’s on my bucket list.
    Amy Huchthausen: Summer Olympics.
    Anna Isaacson: A World Cup final (men’s or women’s).
    Jodi Markley: Summer Olympics — specifically, the gymnastics competition.
    Janey Marks: St Andrews.
    Mary McCarthy: Kentucky Derby.
    Jaymee Messler: The Olympics.
    Kelley Earnhardt Miller: Olympic gymnastics.
    Benita Fitzgerald Mosley: Winter Olympic Games.
    Courtney Nally: Women’s World Cup. I played soccer growing up and still have a love for the sport.
    Alison Overholt: Wimbledon.
    Beth Paretta: F1 race at Spa Francorchamps.
    Amy Perko: Summer Olympics.
    Vicky Picca: The Kentucky Derby and Wimbledon. The history and pomp and circumstance at those events are unrivalled.
    Sherri Privitera: A game at Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse, and a game at Alabama.
    Suzanne Smith: I have not worked in the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium yet, but it’s not like I’m saying, “I hope I get a Dallas game so I can go to the stadium.” Each place has its own charm and is special for different reasons. … I love doing the NFL; I’m passionate about it.
    Karen Spencer: My husband is a cyclist and used to race, so I started paying more attention to the Tour de France over the last few years. I would love to experience it in person someday.
    Kim Stone: It is on my bucket list to go to Wimbledon and soak up all the tradition and splendor of it.
    Lori Warren: Wimbledon.
    Erin Weinberg: Hands down, taking my dad to the Masters.
    Suzy Whaley: Super Bowl.

    Tags: On The Ground, Game Changers
  • Game Changers 2015: Where they went to school

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    This week’s issue of SportsBusiness Journal features profiles of our Game Changers for 2015.
    Here’s some additional information about the 36 women we profiled.

    Yesterday: Where they were born.
    Today: Where they went to school.
    Tomorrow: What sporting events they most want to get to.

    Their schools
    The list of alma maters for this year’s Game Changers is a long one — because there’s only one school that can lay claim to having had more than one of the women on campus for undergraduate studies. That school: the University of North Carolina, where both Kim Stone and Suzy Whaley were undergraduate students.

    Katrina Adams: Northwestern University
    Tara August: San Diego State University (grad school: University of San Francisco)
    Judy Boyd: California State University, Northridge
    Liz DiLullo Brown: Kutztown University (grad school: East Stroudsburg University)
    Jennifer Carper: University of Arizona
    Michele Carr: Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Rebecca Chatman: Princeton University
    Chrysa Chin: Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    Laura Chittick: Columbia University (grad school: Yale School of Management)
    Laura Day: Lakewood Community College
    Lesley Eccles: University of St Andrews
    Jaime Faulkner: Baylor University
    Nora Lynn Finch: Western Carolina University (undergrad and grad school)
    Morgan Flatley: Dartmouth College (grad school: Harvard Business School)
    Susan Fulton: Iowa State University (grad school: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
    Dru Hancock: Ohio State University (undergrad and grad school)
    Amy Huchthausen: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    Anna Isaacson: Barnard College
    Jodi Markley: University of South Florida (grad school: Simmons College)
    Janey Marks: Rollins College
    Mary McCarthy: University of Wisconsin (grad school: New York University, Stern School of Business)
    Jaymee Messler: University of Maryland
    Kelley Earnhardt Miller: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Benita Fitzgerald Mosley: University of Tennessee
    Courtney Nally: University of Southern California
    Alison Overholt: Harvard University
    Beth Paretta: Boston University (grad school: University of Vermont)
    Amy Perko: Wake Forest University (grad school: University of Richmond)
    Vicky Picca: Duke University (grad school: New York University)
    Sherri Privitera: University of Nebraska (undergrad and grad school)
    Suzanne Smith: Temple University
    Karen Spencer: Seattle University
    Kim Stone: University of North Carolina (grad school: University of Miami )
    Lori Warren: Texas A&M University
    Erin Weinberg: CW Post/Long Island University
    Suzy Whaley: University of North Carolina

    Tags: Game Changers, On The Ground
  • Game Changers 2015: Where they’re from

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    This week’s issue of SportsBusiness Journal features profiles of our Game Changers for 2015. Here’s some additional information about the 36 women we profiled.

    Today: Where they were born
    Tomorrow: Where they went to school
    Wednesday: What sporting events they most want to get to.

    Where they’re from
    This year’s Game Changers were born in cities across the country — and in two cases, from outside this country.

    Katrina Adams: Chicago
    Tara August: San Diego
    Judy Boyd: Wichita, Kan.
    Liz DiLullo Brown: Flemington, N.J.
    Jennifer Carper: LaGrange, Ill.
    Michele Carr: Staten Island, N.Y.
    Rebecca Chatman: Alexandria, Va.
    Chrysa Chin: New York City
    Laura Chittick: Athens, Ga.
    Laura Day: Stillwater, Minn.
    Lesley Eccles: Scotland
    Jaime Faulkner: Cullman, Ala.
    Nora Lynn Finch: Henderson, N.C.
    Morgan Flatley: Stamford, Conn.
    Susan Fulton: Waterloo, Iowa
    Dru Hancock: Panama City, Fla.
    Amy Huchthausen: Seoul, South Korea
    Anna Isaacson: Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Jodi Markley: Miami Beach, Fla.
    Janey Marks: Warren, Ohio
    Mary McCarthy: Iowa City, Iowa
    Jaymee Messler: New York City
    Kelley Earnhardt Miller: Concord, N.C.
    Benita Fitzgerald Mosley: Warrenton, Va.
    Courtney Nally: Connecticut
    Alison Overholt: New York
    Beth Paretta: Farmington, Conn.
    Amy Perko: Kannapolis, N.C.
    Vicky Picca: New Orleans
    Sherri Privitera: Columbia, Mo.
    Suzanne Smith: Dobby Ferry, N.Y.
    Karen Spencer: Seattle
    Kim Stone: Binghamton, N.Y.
    Lori Warren: Austin, Texas
    Erin Weinberg: Oceanside, N.Y.
    Suzy Whaley: Cherry Hill, N.J.

    Tags: Game Changers, On The Ground
  • Social at the Open: How athletes are using social media to connect with fans

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    Here's a look at what the athletes playing in the U.S. Open are posting on their social media feeds, and a tracker to show how much their fans are engaging with them.

    Tags: Media
  • CBS parts ways with golf commentator Feherty

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    CBS Sports has decided not to renew David Feherty’s contract. Feherty, who has been with CBS for 19 years, called his last golf tournament with CBS last weekend at The Barclays. Sources said the two sides could not reach an agreement on Feherty’s role on the network’s golf coverage. Feherty has a relationship with NBC Sports Group and hosts an interview show on Golf Channel called “Feherty."

    Tags: CBS, Golf, NBC, Golf Channel
  • Wasserman offers insight into 2024 bid choice

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    During a committee hearing on Friday, L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino asked Casey Wasserman, chair and CEO of Wasserman Media Group, why Los Angeles lost to Boston for the right to be the American bid city for the 2024 Olympic Games in January. The Boston bid later collapsed amid poor local support, and now L.A. seems likely to bid.

    Here’s Wasserman’s full answer:

    “I think a few things. One, the USOC process was managed and intended for the staff and the leadership of the USOC, not the board. So every presentation we made in their process was to the chairman, the CEO and certain staffers. When they did a city visit to all the cities, it was the chairman, the CEO and the staff. And at the end of that process, it was both the staff, the chairman and the CEO’s recommendation to have L.A. be the city for the USOC. They decided, though, that they wanted the board to decide that, not the chairman and CEO to recommend that and sort of deem that.

    “In that process, Washington and San Francisco were quickly eliminated, and Boston and L.A. became the source of a heated debate, and it became a debate about theory as opposed to reality. Boston’s poll numbers were never good. There were ‘No Boston’ protestors in San Francisco when we made our final presentation to the board, outside the meetings. So, ‘No Boston’ was active from the beginning and continued, and the bid book that they put forward wasn’t a bid book that was defensible.

    “But, a board is a board, and they let that board vote. And that board voted, by I believe half a vote — because IOC members on the board get a quarter of a vote; it’s strange — for Boston. There are a bunch of athletes based in Boston on that board, and a couple of executives on the board, and Boston in their mind was a new, fresh city. The one thing about L.A. is this would be our third time hosting, and the USOC — and the most important thing they do, other than train athletes, is bid for Games — and they had gotten some insight from the IOC that maybe a new city would be a better way to approach that.

    “But the truth is, a new city with a plan that’s not feasible is not a good city to bid with, and that quickly became evident. That process had to run its course, which it did. And less than a month ago, they came back to us, having pulled out of Boston, to engage with us.”

    Tags: Wasserman Media Group, USOC, Olympics
  • Podcast: SBJ's Mike Slive tribute

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    College writer Michael Smith and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss Mike Slive's impact on intercollegiate athletics, his management style and what the future holds, as part of SportsBusiness Journal's tribute to the former Southeastern Conference commissioner.

    Tags: Colleges, SBJSBD Podcast
  • NFL signs 10-year deal to play games at new Tottenham stadium

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    The NFL has signed a 10-year agreement with Tottenham Hotspur FC to play two regular-season games annually at the Premier League club’s new London stadium starting in 2018, when the venue opens. The parties are scheduled to announce the deal today.

    The agreement does not mean the NFL is moving away from Wembley Stadium, where it has staged regular-season games annually since 2007, including three last year. The league fully expects to renew its deal with Wembley, whose contract with the NFL ends after the 2016 season. A deal there would mean the NFL would play games beginning in 2018 at both venues.

    “Wembley has been a great relationship for us,” said Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice president, international.

    However, the league has had concerns about field wear and tear at Wembley, as has The Football Association, which owns the facility. Wembley hosts English national soccer games, and national team members have expressed criticism about the quality of the field in the wake of NFL games at the venue. Scheduling NFL games also is an issue at Wembley because of other special events that are scheduled at the venue, such as this fall’s Rugby World Cup.

    At Tottenham, there will be two fields at the stadium: a permanent field for the NFL and, on top of that, a soccer field that can slide out of the venue.

    The Tottenham deal also gives the NFL more flexibility in deciding whether to move a team to London or play a fuller slate of games with more teams, Waller said.

    Tags: On The Ground
  • Commencement ceremonies include wisdom from sports industry

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    SportsBusiness Journal this week offers a look at several members of the sports industry who spoke to college graduates at commencement ceremonies across the country this spring. Here are some additional speakers who shared anecdotes and words of encouragement with the members of the class of 2015.

    Domonique Foxworth
    National Basketball Players Association, COO
    University of Maryland
    “I loved being a football player, but I always thought of myself as more, and luckily, I found more to do. The season I tore up my knee [2010] was also the same year my daughter Avery was born and my wife was finishing up law school, so I put all of my energies into becoming a full-time dad. It was also the year that the players union of which I was first a rep then executive committee member then finally president started negotiating with the NFL. Talk about preconceived notions — first in the NFL and now in my role heading the day-to-day operations of the National Basketball Players Association. I have encountered more than a few who ask why athletes making millions need a union at all. I understand where that question comes from. As professional athletes, we are extremely fortunate, but we are not immune to being taken advantage of either. Workers’ compensation, rights for gay athletes, protection from corrupt agents and advisers — the issues are still one of respect and fundamental fairness. Dignity is a right for everyone, and sometimes it has to be fought for — and a power of a union or any group for that matter to demand those things comes from the cohesion of its members. That’s something I believe, and it drove my work with the NFLPA and now the NBPA.”

    Lindsay Czarniak
    ESPN, anchor
    James Madison University
    “For me, my passion, and it took me years to find this, is when I know someone I’m interviewing is sharing something special, something unique with me that they haven’t shared before. It’s like when an NFL player admits the toughest thing about success was to cut out lifelong friends that weren’t good influences. When the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski cried like a baby when he knew his injury could be so bad that he could never play football again. It’s when Dale Earnhardt Jr. told me that it takes him 10 beers to get him onto the dance floor. That’s what I chase, and that’s what I want you to continue to discover. This is not an overnight thing. Some of you may know it now, some of you it may take years down the road. But you need to find that feeling, what your ‘why’ is for doing what you do.”… Above all, be respectful and be kind to everyone. Everyone has a story. You don’t know that story. And that goes for anybody out there: the general manager of a Major League Baseball team or the man working security at an arena where you are broadcasting.”

    Shane Battier
    ESPN analyst, former NBA player
    Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
    “We lost four first-round draft picks to the [1999] NBA draft. … The cupboard was bare. Everyone came out and said Duke was done, all they have is a bunch of role players and young freshman coming in. While I was working in a public relations firm in Chicago that summer, I got a call from Coach K one day. He said, ‘Shane, how you doing?,’ and I said, ‘Pretty good,’ and he said ‘Are you ready to lead us back to the Final Four next year?,’ and I said, ‘Well, coach —’ and, Click! He hung up on me. [He] calls back same time next day and says ‘Shane, sorry about yesterday. We must have gotten disconnected. Are you ready next year to average 20 points and 10 rebounds and to win the ACC tournament?’ And I said, ‘Coach, it’s pretty funny,” Click! I finally wised up the third time, when he called back and said ‘Shane, are you ready to lead us back to a national championship, a place where it’s about our standard of play?’ And I said, ‘Yes, coach. I am ready. I am ready to uphold the standards of what Duke basketball, what Duke University, is all about; the reason I came to the greatest school in the entire world. And he said, ‘That’s what I’m waiting for.’ That was a lesson that hit home to me.”

    Marty Smith
    ESPN, reporter
    Radford University
    “Learn to listen. If you learn to listen, it will benefit you. That one took me a lot of time I want to save you. Listen. Your parents, co-workers, friends, siblings: They all have interesting things to say. Be selfless and attentive that way. Shut up and listen a minute; you’ll be better for it. Some of the greatest leaders in our history were and are great listeners. In today’s world of constant pestering, great listeners stand out. Good listeners often demand attention and command respect. If you’re selective, they will be invariably attentive to you. That’s one reason I am where I am in sports journalism. …
    “I urge you to help others. It’s the greatest professional reward in this life. It’s hard to understand right now, as you’re getting ready to have this diploma in your hand. It’s hard to understand what ‘paying it forward’ means, but as you age a little bit and have a greater context, I promise you, nothing feels better.”

    Archie Griffin
    Ohio State University, senior vice president of alumni relations
    Ohio State University
    “Your failures in life do not define you. How you handle that adversity, how you pick yourself up off the ground and come back the next day is a true measure of your worth. … Consider this: Some of your classmates faced such a situation on Sept. 6, when Virginia Tech came into this very stadium and beat our beloved football Buckeyes. Remember that? All was lost, we thought. A season ended before it had properly begun. Well, someone forgot to tell the guys in Ohio State’s locker room. They buckled down and came together to overcome great odds, overcoming the loss to the Hokies, the season-ending injury of two quarterbacks, the unthinkable tragic death of a teammate, all while the outside world told them they had no chance at a championship. Yet, when the clock hit zeroes and the confetti fell, the Ohio State Buckeyes were national champions. The most remarkable season in the history of Ohio State football, and they were there because they believed in themselves, they supported each other, and they did not let their collective fumbles stop them from achieving their dreams.”

    John Harbaugh
    Baltimore Ravens, head coach
    Stevenson University
    Note: The following recounts a game from when Harbaugh was an assistant coach at Western Michigan University, working under his father, Jack, who was head coach.
    “We’re down by six points with about a minute left in the game, and we’re driving for the winning score. We complete a 40- to 50-yard pass down the field, and things are looking good, and I look back and there’s a yellow flag flying in the air. Guy says ‘Holding against them,’ and I said ‘You’ve gotta be kidding!’ I did not agree with the call. (Does that surprise you?) We shook it off, offense goes back to the line, and we throw another pass that was completed again, and what do we get? Holding a second time in a row. It’s a conspiracy! So I ripped off my headset, turned around, and threw them as far as I could. I can picture it today: They’re twirling around like a helicopter, flying through the air over the team. They land right in front of the opposing team’s band and student section. I turn around, and there’s my dad, head coach. You know what he said? ‘Go get ’em.’ I said, ‘What? What??’ And he said, ‘The headphones.’… Never since have I thrown headphones. Sometimes we learn lessons the hard way.”

    Tags: On The Ground
  • ESPN Execs Offer Insight Into Recent Web Site Redesign

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    ESPN on April 1 launched its redesigned web site, and the risk thus far has rewarded the Worldwide Leader. Below are insights from three ESPN execs that were not included in the original article of Thursday’s Daily:

    *On the influence of mobile:

    • ESPN VP/Digital Media Research & Analytics David Coletti: “60% of our total ESPN.com users only log on through their smart phones or tablets, and since people using smaller screens typically spend less time per visit, it’s become really critical to think about increasing the frequency of visits. The Now tab certainly fills that need because it’s in real time and users interact with it, giving people a reason to check back in often.”
    • ESPN.com VP/Editorial Digital & Print Media Patrick Stiegman: “We’ve focused on content at the mobile site first and expanded that back out to the desktop as opposed to the other way around.”

    *On striving for uniformity across platforms:

    • Stiegman: “If you recall to our previous world, we had an app experience in mobile and  we had a mobile web experience that did not look and feel or behave like the desktop browser experience, so we were literally programming three different content types. Now, we have essentially one seamless feed.”
    • ESPN Senior VP/Digital Product Management Ryan Spoon: “Sometimes people tell me that they like the redesign or they like the mobile app, and they’re actually referring to the other one. To me, that’s a positive because it suggests that we have started to blend the universe, blend the way they look to a point where the content is starting to mirror itself.”

    *On the evolution of ESPN.com’s purpose:

    • Stiegman: “There was a time when what ESPN.com content was was created and posted by editors. What we are now is a doorway to all things ESPN. What that means is if you go to the NFL section of ESPN.com, you’re not just getting what the NFL editor of ESPN.com wants to post there or content that he or she is assigned. What you’re getting instead is content from all aspects of ESPN around the NFL.

    *On different aspects of the redesigned site:

    • Stiegman: “Deciding what and when to post to the Now feed versus the main-content feed has taken some getting used to because we don’t want to step on each others’ toes. But at the same time, it’s given us a lot more flexibility in terms of presenting content in a meaningful, real-time way.”
    • Spoon: “There also are some pages, such as fantasy, that we have not rolled out total updates to and currently have a transitional experience -- one part modern and one part the older site. I had personal nerves as to whether this would make for a jagged experience, but it really hasn’t been problematic at all.”

    *On overall takeaways:

    • Spoon: “The more we can get people to log in and tell us who they want to root for, the more we can program and deliver great consumption points.”
    • Coletti: “I think we’ve made some smart decisions highlighting the ability to personalize and highlighting more content in an accessible way. Users seem to be responding to it.”

    Tags: ESPN, Media
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