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Volume 24 No. 116

People and Pop Culture

Kelly to lead '14 Super
Bowl Host Committee
The Giants and Jets today announced that they have hired former American Express President AL KELLY as CEO of the New York/New Jersey 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee, according to Tom Rock of NEWSDAY. Kelly's role will be to "oversee the preparations for the first open-air, cold-weather Super Bowl in NFL history" (NEWSDAY.com, 4/18). Kelly said that he was "attracted by the chance to help organize a game that last year became the most-watched television broadcast in U.S. history." Jets Owner WOODY JOHNSON, co-Chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee along with Giants Treasurer JONATHAN TISCH, said in a statement, "We believe we have secured one of the best minds in the business world to guide us as we set out on this historic endeavor." BLOOMBERG NEWS' Aaron Kuriloff notes Kelly resigned from AmEx in October '09 to "seek a top job at another company." Prior to his departure, he "rose to lead day-to-day operations for American Express’s consumer business, including credit cards, customer service and global banking, after starting at the company in 1987 in the strategic planning department" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 4/18).

SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Michael Smith reports former ISC Exec VP & COO ROGER VANDERSNICK is "joining IMG College in a high-ranking role to be determined." VanDerSnick will report to IMG College President BEN SUTTON. NASCAR Dir of Business Communications ANDREW GIANGOLA also will join IMG College as VP/Strategic Communications "later this month." Giangola "joined NASCAR in 2003" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/18 issue).

EXECS: Titans GM MIKE REINFELDT "has been given an extension through 2014" (TITANSGAB.com, 4/17)....The LSU Board of Supervisors Friday "agreed to add more years" to AD JOE ALLEVA's contract. The Board "approved extending Alleva's $550,000 annual contract an additional three years through June 2016." The deal "does not include any pay increase, but it does extend his buyout provisions" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 4/16)....Daytona Int'l Speedway has promoted Dir of Marketing JULIE GIESE to Senior Dir of Marketing; Dir of Ticketing KARI GRITTON to Senior Dir of Ticketing; and Dir of PR LENNY SANTIAGO to Senior Dir of PR (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 4/16)....Fox Sports has hired ERIC WILLIAMSON as Senior Account Exec for FS South and SportSouth. Williamson previously sold advertising for Peachtree TV (Fox Sports).

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Seahawks and Trail Blazers Owner PAUL ALLEN yesterday was profiled on CBS' "60 Minutes," where he promoted his new memoir, "IDEA MAN." CBS' Lesley Stahl noted it is "one of the only in-depth interviews he's ever given." With his new book, the former Microsoft co-founder is "being branded a bitter billionaire." In the book, which hits stores this week, Allen "gives an account of those ideas" that started Microsoft and also "draws a dark portrait of his fellow co-founder and lifelong friend," BILL GATES. Allen said, "I just felt like it's an important piece of technology history, and I should tell it like it happened. And I hope people understand and respect that." Stahl notes after Microsoft went public, Allen "became one of the richest men on earth, at one point worth an estimated $40 billion." He has "spent his wealth on a hodgepodge of many interests." Stahl noted Allen has never been married, and he is "often described as a recluse." Allen said, "I've got such a diverse set of interests: Movies, aviation, technology, sports teams" ("60 Minutes," CBS, 4/17).

COURT REPORT: NASCAR Chair & CEO BRIAN FRANCE "has sued his former wife, accusing her of tape recording telephone conversations to extort money from him." In a lawsuit filed Friday, France "claims his ex-wife, MEGAN FRANCE, recorded multiple telephone conversations with him without his consent." He is "asking a federal judge to issue an injunction barring her from engaging in additional 'intercepts of wire communications' between the two and distributing the contents of the recordings." Brian and Megan France "have been married and divorced twice," and their second divorce was "finalized on April 29, 2008" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/16).

PAY DAY: CBS Corp. President & CEO LES MOONVES received compensation for '10 valued at about $57.7M, "up by about a third from his compensation for the previous year." Moonves' salary "held steady for the year at about" $3.5M. His bonus "jumped to $27.5 million from $15 million, while CBS's share price rose by more than 37% during the year." CBS Chair SUMNER REDSTONE "received compensation for his role ... valued at $20.3 million, up from $16.2 million in 2009." Redstone's salary "rose to $1.6 million from $1 million, while his bonus came to $10 million, up from" $7.5M (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/16).

HIGH FASHION: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir profiled Basketball HOFer and MSG Network Knicks analyst WALT FRAZIER, who has a "menagerie of 100 or so suits that hang on five racks and with patterns of tiger stripes and leopard spots; designs of bold plaids and checks; and colors of yellow, red, salmon and orange." Frazier "spends hours inside [his closet] thinking about what to wear" for Knicks broadcasts, and he "will work and rework his suits and accessories to gratify himself and stun others, something he has done since soon after he became a Knick in the 1960s." Frazier "occasionally spends hours studying swatches for future suits and shirts on a scholarly hunt for what he calls jazzy, and what others might call gaudy." Frazier "plans his next season's outfits during the current one" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/16).

NAMES: The Lakers and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation "announced a working relationship on Friday," the same day that Lakers G KOBE BRYANT apologized again for using a gay slur during last week's Spurs-Lakers game (ESPNLA.com, 4/15)....Coyotes RW SHANE DOAN and his brother, BROOK, "survived a manhunt on the 'MANTRACKER' television show." On the episode that aired last night on Canada's Outdoor Life Network, the Doans "eluded 'Mantracker' TERRY GRANT and local hunting guide RUSS FLOYD in British Columbia's southern Chilcotin Mountains." The episode "will air later in the United States on the Science Channel" (AP, 4/17)....The Univ. of Alabama Saturday "unveiled a 9-foot bronze statue of head coach NICK SABAN during the team's A-Day spring game" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 4/17)....Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY, Patriots coach BILL BELICHICK and his girlfriend LINDA HOLLIDAY, NESN reporter HEIDI WATNEY and musician BILLY DUFRESNE appeared at Red Sox 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS' Hits For Kids fundraiser last Thursday at the Liberty Hotel in Boston (BOSTON HERALD, 4/17)....Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN "had presidential-level security with him" Thursday at Lavo at The Palazzo in Las Vegas "when he dined with friends." Lavo staff "blocked pushy fans" (N.Y. POST, 4/16)....Magic Owner RICH DEVOS, a "clean-shaven man for nearly 65 years," showed up for Saturday's Game One of the Hawks-Magic Eastern Conference Quarterfinals "with a playoff beard." The Magic are "growing beards as a show of unity, and DeVos, 85, joined the fun" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 4/16).

BEST WISHES: NFL Films President STEVE SABOL said he has received "nine thousand letters" since suffering a seizure in March and subsequently being diagnosed with a brain tumor. SI.com's Peter King writes Sabol "sounds 90 percent of the time precisely like the voice of NFL Films that you have all grown to know and respect so much," but there are times, "when he gets tired or emotional or spent, when his speech is garbled" (SI.com, 4/18).