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Volume 24 No. 112

People and Pop Culture

Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News have announced their ’11 “Women in the Game” honorees, a group of 12 women in the sports television industry who “rose to high positions through perseverance, determination and a willingness to bring a teamwork approach to whatever they’ve had to overcome.” The women “extend across all areas of the industry,” and have overseen “everything from network launches to providing trucks to film Olympics to marketing a small sports net in a big way.” Below is a complete list of the honorees (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 7/11 issue).

Karen Brodkin Fox Cable Networks Senior VP/Business & Legal Affairs
April Carty-Sipp Comcast Sports Group Senior VP/Creative Services
Theresa Chillianis MSG Varsity GM
Christine Godleski WNBA COO
Debra Honkus NEP Broadcasting CEO
Jodi Markley ESPN Senior VP/Operations
Lorie McCarthy Turner Sports Ad Sales Senior VP & General Sales Manager
Deborah Montiel GolTV VP/Marketing
Rebecca Schulte Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Senior VP & GM
Suzanne Smith CBS Sports Producer/Director
Molly Solomon NBC Olympics Coordinating Producer
Melinda Witmer Time Warner Cable Exec VP & Chief Video and Content Officer

THE DAILY each Friday offers our take on the performances over the past week of people and entities in sports business. Here are this week's newsmakers:

Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit brought State Farm valuable exposure
WIN: STATE FARM -- The insurance company definitely received some bang for its marketing buck at Yankee Stadium last weekend. The sponsor was in the right place at the right time for DEREK JETER's 3,000th hit -- a home run to left field in an area completely plastered with State Farm logos, giving the brand fantastic and repeated exposure during an historic event. State Farm also took over the new-look Home Run Derby on Monday night with six spots airing during the telecast and massive branding around Chase Field.

LOSE: KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY -- This week's a no brainer. Miles of gridlock spoiled the track's debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday, and SMI execs inexplicably expressed little remorse until nearly 48 hours after the race. While we appreciate the better-late-than-never apology and subsequent free ticket offers, one can’t help but wonder if the words of regret were too little too late. Will the 20,000 fans who sat in traffic instead of in seats even bother to return next year?

DRAW: DEREK JETER -- The Yankees captain sails into the record books in style, smacking his 3,000th hit for a home run and starting a merchandising bonanza around the milestone. But just as quickly as Jeter is hailed as a conquering hero, he fast becomes the face of a large contingent of MLB players skipping out on the All-Star Game. Baseball could have definitely benefited from having one of its most marketable stars at the Midsummer Classic.

Fox Sports Enterprises Senior VP MITCH HUBERMAN is leaving the media giant to pursue other career opportunities. Huberman, who ran Pac-12 Properties for the last 12 years, led sponsorship and event entitlement sales for the property, including the Pacific Life entitlement of the men’s basketball tournament. The L.A.-based exec also has worked on marketing programs for the Dodgers, Clippers and Staples Center. Meanwhile, DAVID BROWN, IMG College’s Regional VP for the Northeast, which includes the Big Ten and Big East properties, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Brown, a former Associate AD at Ohio State for 10 years, left the school for IMG College after the company won the Buckeyes’ multimedia rights in '09 (Michael Smith, SportsBusiness Journal).

MAKING THE MOVE: Several members of the Thrashers organization are "expected to remain" with the franchise as it moves to Winnipeg to become the Jets. Staff expected to make the move include Dir of Player Development MARK DOBSON, Manager of Player Development RYAN BOWNESS, Video Coach TONY BORGFORD, Head Scout MARCEL COMEAU, Pro Scout JOHN PERPICH and Amateur Scouts TAVIS MACMILLAN, MARK HILLIER and EVGENY BOGDANOVICH. Also potentially staying with the franchise is Assistant GM LARRY SIMMONS, who has been "doing some work with the Winnipeg group and is likely to take on a new role with the Jets" (, 7/14).

EXECS: The Indians promoted BOB DIBIASIO to Senior VP/Public Affairs and CURTIS DANBURG to Senior Dir of Communications (Indians)....The CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers named OSSAMA ABOUZEID interim CEO. AbouZeid, who will be the franchise's first CEO since LYLE BAUER left in December '09, will also remain Project Manager of the team's new stadium (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 7/14)....Aspen Skiing Co. VP/Marketing JEANNE MACKOWSKI is "stepping down after almost 11 years in the post and a total of 13 years with the company" (ASPEN TIMES, 7/13)....The Cavaliers named WES WILCOX GM of their new NBA D-League affiliate in Canton. He will also remain Dir of Player Personnel for the Cavs (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 7/15)....The Breeders' Cup appointed BRET JONES to its BOD and re-elected ROBERT MANFUSO and RICHARD SANTULLI to the board. Each director will serve a four-year term (, 7/13)....Syracuse Univ. named Temple Univ. Senior Associate AD, Sports Administration HERMAN FRAZIER Deputy AD & Chief of Staff (Syracuse). 

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Leach's book takes shots at
ESPN, analyst Craig James
Former Texas Tech football coach MIKE LEACH Wednesday appeared on KRLD-FM in Dallas to discuss his new book, "SWING YOUR SWORD," which details his firing from the school. Leach's treatment of former WR ADAM JAMES was at the center of his firing, and Leach said James' father, ESPN college football analyst CRAIG JAMES, "hired a PR firm" that "funneled a bunch of false information to ESPN." Leach: "Then the chancellor at Tech utilized the same PR firm to smear me nationally in order to try and take my contract. Craig James was upset and bitter about how much playing time his son had and I think he knew I was going to cut him after the bowl game. And their documents outline their strategy to smear me nationally, their strategy to try to get witnesses to change their statements and then their strategy to distribute the false video that Adam James took on his phone" (, 7/13). Meanwhile, ESPN's BRUCE FELDMAN has been suspended over his involvement with the book.

: NFL Cardinals DE CALAIS CAMPBELL recently was in Miami for the American Black Film Festival because he "has interest in working in television and movies, possibly as a comedy writer." Campbell said, "It was going through different movies, monologues, taking lessons on how to act" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/15)....MLS Galaxy MF DAVID BECKHAM is interviewed on the season premiere of Disney Channel's "TAKE TWO WITH PHINEAS AND FERB," which debuts July 23 at 9:30am ET (, 7/14)....Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN will appear on the ABC reality show "SHARK TANK" during 10 of the show's 13 season three episodes (, 7/14).

CHARITY STRIPE: The Grizzlies, the Eagles and EPL clubs Manchester City and Liverpool have been nominated for the Beyond Sport Awards' Sport Team of the Year award for their charitable endeavors. The winner will be announced at the Dec. 5-8 Beyond Sport Summit & Awards in Cape Town, South Africa (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/15)....NBA Kings Owner the Maloof family is "paying $25,000 to be the sole 'major sponsor'" for the Anaheim-based Eli Home for Abused Children's annual Caribbean Night fundraiser. GEORGE MALOOF is scheduled to attend the event, which will take place Saturday at the Anaheim Hilton (, 7/14)....Jets QB MARK SANCHEZ has teamed up with Sam’s Club to tackle prevalent health issues for its ’11 Giving Made Simple campaign. Sanchez will help raise awareness for issues such as childhood obesity and access to prevention programs (Sam’s Club).

NAMES: Heat G DWYANE WADE’s upcoming trip to China “will be about more than sightseeing and promoting his” Jordan Brand affiliation. Wade said, “I told [Jordan Brand] I wanted to go to see where the magic happens, where the sneakers are made, the people that make the sneakers” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 7/15)….Former NBAer and Oregon gubernatorial candidate CHRIS DUDLEY on Thursday said that he “won’t run” for the seat in Congress currently held by U.S. Rep. KURT SCHRADER (D-Ore.) (Portland OREGONIAN, 7/15).