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Volume 24 No. 117

People and Pop Culture

Golf Channel host KRAIG KANN is leaving the net to become LPGA Chief Communications Officer, beginning Aug. 29. Kann will reported directly to LPGA Commissioner MICHAEL WHAN and will head the tour's PR and communications efforts. He will oversee LPGA Dir of Media Communications MIKE SCANLAN and Dir of Tournament Regulations and Dir of PR HEATHER DALY-DONOFRIO. Kann was one Golf Channel's original on-air personalities when the network launched in '95 (LPGA).'s Jay Coffin noted Kann has hosted "virtually every show on Golf Channel over the past 16 years." Whan and Kann "have been in communication over the past several months about the position," and Whan admitted that he "thought this partnership was a 'long-shot' the first time they spoke." Kann said, "This opportunity gives me a new energy, and I'd like to think that my understanding of the television business will help me in this new role with the LPGA." Coffin noted Kann in '10 founded HTK Media, a "consulting and media training company that helps corporations and athletes grow brands and frame messages" (, 8/17).

SAYING GOODBYE: Kann said goodbye on-air last night saying, "I came to Golf Channel to help launch and build a network and along the way made more friends and professional relationships than a guy could dream for in an entire career. Never once did I feel it was about making a paycheck. ... You have no idea what this place means to me and I hope, in some small way, I have made Golf Channel a little better for having been a part of it" ("19th Hole," Golf Channel, 8/17). Golf Channel's ERIC KUSELIAS said Kann has been "one of the guys here almost essentially as soon as we opened the doors and has been one of the great ambassadors for golf and for this channel ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 8/18).

King's favorite type of business deal is
one done on the golf course
In our continuing series, SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal asks top sports personalities for their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and likes. Today, TaylorMade-adidas Golf President & CEO MARK KING.

What I like in an insight: The only secret to life: Get up early, work hard, take responsibility.

An influential person in my career: Former boss CHUCK YASH. He challenged me to do more!

An out-of-the-box idea: Painting a driver white.

A timeless idea: Treat people fairly.

A business deal: Any that is done on the golf course.

A sports facility: Lambeau Field.

A sports event: Watching my daughters play softball.

A strategy: Speed. I'd rather be fast and wrong than slow and right.

A hire: My assistant that I hired 11 years ago.

A brand: adidas.

A trend: The way people consume information.

An innovation: Original r7 driver, the first to incorporate movable weight technology.

A pro league or team business initiative: MLB: my favorite pastime.

A story that bears watching: "Lombardi" -- so inspiring!

An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: The remote control.

A fantasy job: A cabdriver in Chicago or New York City.

What I like about my job: Being surrounded by talented and passionate people from all over the world.

Sports: I like everything about sports: entertainment, excitement, competition, fun!

Sports business: I get to work in an industry I love.

Sports media: I love the storytelling and how they can romanticize. Especially golf and baseball.

Sports technology: The impact that advancements in technology have had on performance.

Competing: Someone wins, someone loses.

The future of sports business: Incredible growth fueled by new media.

Sports fans: How crazy they are!

What I'd like to change: Airline service. I just want someone to care!

Change in what I do: Relax a little bit.

See: Fenway Park.

See more of in sports: More selfless athletes who use their fame for a positive influence.

See less of in sports: Annoying commentators. Let the moment happen!

See more of in sports business: Authenticity.

See less of in sports business: Dishonesty.

Eliminate: The goalie in soccer.

What I don't like in general: People who are late.

Pet peeve: People chomping on food.

In sports: Instant replay.

In business: Marketing spin. I hate when brands mislead the consumer.

About sports fans: How inconsistent they are. Love your team, win or lose.

What I like that would surprise those who know me: I go to bed at 8:30pm.

Above all else: My daughters.

About myself: Still passionate about my job and industry I started in 25 years ago.

Heroes: VINCE LOMBARDI, my mom, my daughters.


Teams: Green Bay Packers.

City: Chicago.

Possession: Baseball glove.

Memento: Favre jersey.

Time of year (because): Fall. Football.

Music: Country.

Book: "Golf in the Kingdom," by MICHAEL MURPHY.


Magazine: Sports Illustrated.

Website: Amazon.

Gadget: Wine opener.

iPad app: iTunes.

Chores: Doing laundry. Hey, I don't mind it.

Hobbies: Jogging, watching ESPN and (of course) golf.

Trip: Augusta.

Movie: "Tommy Boy."

TV: Fox News.


Food: Pizza, hamburgers.

Dessert: Ice cream.

Drink: Coffee, and lots of it.

Scent: Bratwursts grilling on football Sundays.

Vacation spot: Pebble Beach.

Car: BMW.

Aftershave: Gillette.

Singer: ZAC BROWN.

Quote: "Don't confuse activity with achievement" -- JOHN WOODEN.

adidas named Reebok North America President JIM GABEL adidas Group President for Canada. Reebok President & CEO ULI BECKER will now oversee the day-to-day operations for the Reebok North America business (adidas)....Nautilus Inc. promoted Senior VP WILLIAM MCMAHON to COO (Nautilus)....The Marketing Arm named Paceline Consulting Managing Dir & Strategist KEVIN HOLT VP/Business Development (The Marketing Arm)....The Spurs named Univ. of Florida Strength & Conditioning Coordinator MATT HERRING Dir of Athletic Performance (Spurs)....Atlantic-10 Commissioner BERNADETTE MCGLADE has been named D-I VP of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (A-10)....Towson Univ. promoted DAN O'CONNELL to AD/Media Relations (Towson). 

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In New Orleans, Jaquetta White notes a group of New Orleans organizations in partnership with the NCAA “will begin hosting seminars about contract procurement later this month,” in an effort to “identify minority and women-owned businesses that might qualify for contracting opportunities when the NCAA Men's Final Four is hosted" in the city next year. The NCAA Access Program “aims to educate New Orleans minority and women business owners about the services the NCAA will need during the basketball tournament in March and April and how they can become qualified to perform them.” The first seminar “will take place Aug. 31” (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 8/18).

THE HAND OF THE LAW: In Austin, Steven Kreytak reports a federal jury yesterday found former Triton CEO KURT BARTON guilty of fraud on “all 39 counts against him.” Prosecutors said that Barton “employed Heisman Trophy-winning football players, including TY DETMER and CHRIS WEINKE, to raise money for purported investments in real estate and businesses, and to make short-term loans to business owners” (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATEMAN, 8/18).

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: CHRISTINA MCHALE, the 19-year old New Jersey native who knocked off No. 1-ranked player CAROLINE WOZNIACKI yesterday at the Western & Southern Open, is now represented by Lagardere Unlimited. The French agency began working with her last week. She had been represented by Octagon, before going without representation the last few months. She is currently ranked 76th (Daniel Kaplan, SportsBusiness Journal).

NAMES: Phoenix Suns Charities gave a “record $1.36 million in grants and scholarships to a record 178 non-profit organizations in a Tuesday afternoon ceremony at US Airways Center” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/18)....Attorneys for Jets QB MARK BRUNELL are “hopeful” that he “can emerge from bankruptcy in 30 to 45 days.” Brunell “originally filed for a Chapter 11 debt reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Jacksonville in June 2010” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 8/18)….Celtics F PAUL PIERCE “teamed with HGTV designers CORTNEY and BOB NOVOGRATZ to give the gym at his alma mater, Inglewood High, a high-end makeover.” The “Home by Novogratz” episode will air this Saturday at 10:00pm ET (BOSTON HERALD, 8/18)….F1 Management Chair BERNIE ECCLESTONE has spent an estimated US$2.15M on his daughter PETRA’s wedding next week, including performances from the Black-Eyed Peas and ERIC CLAPTON. It is estimated the Black-Eyed Peas will cost US$1.2M, and Clapton will cost close to US$400,000 (London DAILY MIRROR, 8/18).