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Volume 24 No. 117

People and Pop Culture

Veteran licensed apparel marketer BILL HAMPTON died unexpectedly on his way to the airport after the ESPY Awards last night. The cause of death is undetermined. Hampton, 51, was Senior Dir of Pro Leagues at Under Armour, where he had worked since '06. He was well known across sports marketing and merchandising circles, having held similar positions with the NFL league office and with the Browns. His brother CLAY HAMPTON is Senior Dir of Operations for the N.Y. Jets, and their father, BILL, equipment manager with the Jets for more than 30 years. Under Armour Founder KEVIN PLANK called Hampton "one of the most beloved people on our brand" in an internal e-mail this morning. 16W Marketing Partner FRANK VUONO hired Hampton at NFL Properties in the ‘90s. "I can’t think of many people across the league that didn’t know him," Vuono recalled. "He was a larger-than-life guy who always made you smile and you always smiled when you thought of him. I’m sad, but that is what I’m doing now -- smiling."

Stats LLC has named Fox Sports Media Group co-President and co-COO ERIC SHANKS to its BOD. Stats is co-owned by the AP and Fox corporate parent News Corp. Shanks joins the AP's TOM CURLEY and KEN DALE, and Fox' GARY EHRLICH on the board (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal)....The Blackhawks have extended the contract of VP and Assistant to the President AL MACISAAC through the '13-14 season (Blackhawks)....Stratus Media Group named LLOYD ADAMS Senior VP & Exec Producer. He will oversee the company's action sports and motorsports verticals (Stratus Media Group)....The NCAA named Xavier Univ. AD MIKE BOBINSKI Chair of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee for the '12-13 season. He will succeed Univ. of Connecticut AD JEFF HATHAWAY, who will serve in the position for the '11-12 season (NCAA)....Pepperdine Univ. named L.A. Sports & Entertainment Commission Sales Dir KARINA HEROLD Associate AD for Marketing (Pepperdine)....Knicks scouts RODNEY HEARD and STEVE YODER are being "dismissed this month after their contracts expire" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/14). 

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In DC, Carla Peay notes Wizards and Capitals Owner TED LEONSIS "was the mayor of a small town in Florida" before he founded AOL and became a successful businessman, and "more so than any of his other business accomplishments, Leonsis credits that experience with preparing him to become a sports team owner." During a speech to the National Press Club yesterday, Leonsis said, "It's your job to be able to filter what each side is saying, but never lose sight that it's the masses that we have to be concerned with" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/14).

EXPENSIVE GREENS FEES: Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN "faces a fine of $1 million if he plays a round of golf" at this year's American Century Classic with a current NBA player, due to rules governing the lockout. Jordan called the NBA on Tuesday "to check in, and the NBA confirmed he would be fined if he played with a current NBA player" at the event in Lake Tahoe. Clippers coach VINNY DEL NEGRO also is planning to play in this week's event (, 7/13).

Andrews discusses dealing with stalker,
recovering from the '09 incident
TRYING TO ERASE THE MEMORIES: In a profile of ERIN ANDREWS for MARIE CLAIRE magazine, Abigail Pesta notes the ESPN reporter is "launching a new offensive -- to vanquish the video" of her taken illegally through the peephole of her hotel room in '09. In order to do so, Andrews "must first buy the copyright to the illicit video of her own body." She said, "I've had lawyers send out cease-and-desist letters to websites to take down the video, which they never do. The copyright helps us say, 'We have this -- get the video off, or we will sue'" (, 7/13).

NAMES: The Portland Timbers, adidas and Portland Parks & Recreation yesterday presented a $40,000 check to the Just A Field campaign, which "reached its goal of raising $250,000 to build a new soccer field at Chapman Elementary School" (, 7/13)....Celebrity chef and thoroughbred owner BOBBY FLAY will deliver the keynote address at the National Museum of Racing and HOF's induction ceremony on Aug. 12 (AP, 7/12)....Fox Sports Senior VP/Field Operations JERRY STEINBERG is on the cover of this month's Santa Barbara Polo Magazine (THE DAILY).