SportsBusiness Daily co-founder remembers Doug Bailey's life, influence

Doug Bailey, one of the originators of modern political consulting, an innovator who employed technology to change journalism, and a co- founder of SportsBusiness Daily, died this week at the age of 79. 

Jeffrey Pollack, co-founder of THE DAILY, shared this remembrance of Bailey. You can also read more about Bailey in yesterday’s issue of SBD and in the Washington Post:

The Sports Business Daily would not exist were it not for Doug Bailey. He invented the publishing model that enabled THE DAILY to launch when and how it did, and he was the first person to immediately grasp its vast potential. In politics and sports, and in publishing and media, Doug was a visionary. And he was a scholar, an intellectual, a gentleman, a friend, and a selfless mentor to so many who have made a difference. Doug made an enormous difference, and he always did so with grace, honor, warmth and humor. 
 
Doug was my faculty adviser and professor at The Graduate School of Political Management in 1987 – when the school, now a part of The George Washington University, first opened its doors. I was in the inaugural class and Doug was one of the school's organizers. He ignited my early career in political consulting and strategic communications, and coached me all along the way. In 1993, when I had the insight that led to the founding of The Sports Business Daily, Doug was the first person I went to see – because he was a mentor and because he had successfully done for politics what I thought needed to be done for the sports industry. He got it in about two seconds, and, in February 1994, we started a company called Digital Sports Network, which was housed on the ground floor of a Victorian home in Falls Church, Va. That wonderful building was already the home to Doug's company, American Political Network, and the volume of talent and genius that passed through its doors – all cultivated by Doug – is remarkable. Doug's involvement in THE DAILY was quiet and behind-the-scenes, which was entirely his choice, but his impact was extraordinary. He wrote a lot of the playbook, and the legacy of THE DAILY belongs to Doug Bailey as much as anyone else. 
 


-- Jeffrey Pollack

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