BUDIG CHANGES BASEBALL ROLE: GENE BUDIG has resigned
after six years as AL President and has been named Senior
Advisor to MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG. Budig will consult
on matters relating to state and federal government
relations, new construction of ballparks, the pension plan,
educational programs and MLB Charities (MLB).
OTHER EXECS: Upper Deck Manager of Advertising, Events
and Promotions CHRIS CORMAN has left the company after nine
years (BECKETT, 1/6)....Fogdog Sports named MARK GARRETT as
VP & CFO. He replaces MARCY VON LOSSBERG, who was named
VP/Human Resources (Fogdog)....DAVID GARDINER was promoted
to Dorna Sports Promotions Senior VP & GM, where he will
handle overall management of the company. Dorna Sports also
promoted LOU LACY to VP/Marketing (Dorna)....Former IMG VP &
Managing Dir JON FRANKLIN has joined Denver-based sports
promotion and marketing company America Presents. He will
produce and manage boxing's Golden Gloves Nat'l Tournament
of Champions (Golden Gloves)....Former MetroStars Dir of PR
RICH SCHNEIDER has joined the communications department of
U.S. Soccer as Manager of National Teams' Communications.
He will be the U.S. Men's National Team Press Officer (U.S.
Soccer)....JENNIFER COWAN was promoted to Account Dir for
ko/Envision's Sports & Entertainment Consulting division.
Cowan will manage current clients, including The Sports
Authority and Perrier Group (ko/Envision)....MORGAN QUARRY
was named Dir of Communications for Soccer Canada. Quarry
was Dir of Media Relations for the Senators (THE DAILY).
SOMETHING TO REMEMBER? MADONNA will perform during the
Super Bowl XXXIV pregame show. She will debut her new
single, a rendition of DON MACLEAN'S "American Pie" (NFL).
On "ET," Bob Goen reported, "The NFL wanted 'ET' to break
the news about the Super Bowl for 2000's e-Trade Halftime
Show. It will star teen sensation CHRISTINA AGUILERA, PHIL
COLLINS, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, TONI BRAXTON, and EDWARD JAMES
OLMOS will be the narrator. TRAVIS TRITT and TINA TURNER
will play for the pre-game show, and country's FAITH HILL
will sing the national anthem" ("ET," 1/6).
OTHER NAMES: Time Warner Vice Chair TED TURNER has
purchased 90 acres of "hilly, wooded land about one hour
north of Atlanta as a trout-fishing retreat for his family."
Turner paid $3.5M for the property (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
1/7)....In Philadelphia, Claire Smith writes on the image of
76ers G ALLEN IVERSON. Smith: "The NBA, with it's 'Anyone
but Iverson' posture during its search for a successor to
[MICHAEL] JORDAN, should take time to learn what
Philadelphia has learned." Smith writes that while Iverson
"may not be as polished as Jordan," he has "been a tireless
pied piper, appealing to the youth of this city unlike any
other athlete in recent memory. The appeal is undeniable"
(PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/7)....Coyotes RW SHANE DOAN is the
"newest mentor for Canada's First Frontiers, a computer-
based interactive program being implemented in schools
worldwide later this month." Doan is the first pro athlete
to join First Frontiers (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 1/6)....CNN's Allan
Dodds Frank reported on top money manager ALAN BOND who "was
arraigned after being charged with fraud and conspiracy by
the US attorney in a eleven count indictment. ... Bond is
accused of taking nearly $7M in kickbacks from brokers
handling his company's accounts. ... Among Bond's clients
(is) the NBA'S PLAYER'S ASSOCIATION" ("Moneyline," 1/6).
...JAY LENO, referring to the numerous coaching vacancies in
the NFL: "I'm at Kinko's, stuck in line for three hours in
Kinko's, a whole bunch of NFL coaches in front of me copying
their resumes" ("Tonight Show," NBC, 1/6).
ESPN Chilton Sports Poll asked 830 respondents age 12+
to name the hottest new sport in America. The Sports Poll
notes that many of the sports named among the top ten were
expected -- Pro Soccer, Pro Wrestling, NASCAR, and Extreme
Sports. However, two well-established pro leagues (NFL and
NBA) also fell within the top ten, perhaps indicating that
some people feel these two leagues have experienced some
sort of a renaissance of late (ESPN Chilton Sports Poll).
RK SPORT % RK SPORT %
1) Pro Soccer 25.1 6) WNBA 3.9
2) Pro Wrestling 10.5 7) NBA 2.9
3) NASCAR 6.2 8) Extreme Sports 2.9
4) Snowboarding 5.7 9) Golf 2.7
5) NFL 4.7 10) Skateboarding 2.7