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Volume 24 No. 159

People and Pop Culture

Ever wonder how executives in sports business spend their weekends? THE DAILY this week continues "What's Up For The Weekend," providing readers with an inside look at people in our industry. This week, we catch up with TeamWork Consulting President BUFFY FILIPPELL, who chatted with Staff Writer Theresa Manahan.

Q: What are your plans for this weekend?
Filippell: Along with a little gardening, I’ll be getting back on the bike for my first training ride and run since defending my 55 & over age group win in the Cleveland Sprint Triathlon. It was only the second triathlon I’ve done, and I faced stiff competition from all of five women in two years. I find triathlons extremely rewarding, and it helps me to keep up with my 21-year-old son, DAVIS, who placed second in the Olympic division.

Q: What do you like to watch and read on the weekend?
Filippell: I’m a big fan of tennis and golf -- live and on television -- and I thoroughly enjoy the Sunday N.Y. Times. As an entrepreneur, I get a lot of business ideas from the paper, about networking particularly.

Q: Best weekend ever?
Filippell: I love spending Labor Day Weekend in New York with my mother at the US Open Tennis Championships. She has battled breast cancer for a long time, and I admire her courage and strength. I started attending the Open while working for Wilson Sporting Goods, then when I was ANDREA JAEGER’s agent, and I have gone there almost every year since. I played tennis in college. I lost in the fastest match in tennis history -- 15 minutes from on the court to off the court, and that included 5 minutes of warm-up. USTA National Collegiate Tennis Championships in 1974. That was when you could raise your hand and walk on.

Q: Favorite weekend getaway?
Filippell: For quite a long time we had a jet ski out on Lake Erie at Catawba Island. I was able to water ski behind it each weekend. The fact that I had skis and a tow rope in my garage gave me such credibility when I was conducting a search for the new CEO of USA Waterskiing last year.

Q: Guilty weekend pleasure?
Filippell: Watching movies with my husband. I’m a big fan of JULIE ANDREWS and “The Sound of Music.” Our wedding march was the same as hers in the movie. My husband favors movies of the same period of history, but he prefers “The Winds of War.” Our past lives must have intersected during World War II. He’s Italian and I’m part German and British/Scottish.

Q: Favorite local restaurant?
Filippell: There's a lot of great restaurants in Cleveland. With John Carroll University right in our neighborhood, I love going to their Pizzazz pizza parlor and ordering chicken salad.

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:

WIN: UFC -- The dynamic trio of the FERTITTA brothers and DANA WHITE score what could be UFC's most important deal yet, landing the outfit's first-ever broadcast TV package with Fox. The seven-year deal, which includes four fight cards per year on the network, is an ideal marriage of a sport with a young fan base seeking to go more mainstream and a network that leads the way in drawing that demo in bunches. Exposure to advertisers also will increase, leading to more lucrative endorsement deals and opening other business opportunities for fighters and the league.

LOSE: UNIV. OF MIAMI -- At a time when NCAA President MARK EMMERT has made it a point of emphasis to crack down on rogue programs, the Coral Gables institution is dealt a potentially devastating blow by a convicted former booster. News of the multitude of allegations levied against the school dominated the headlines this week. This one will be a true test of the leadership of AD SHAWN EICHORST and school President DONNA SHALALA. The big question to be answered now is how severe a penalty the NCAA will slap on the program.

DRAW: LOGAN MORRISON -- While media types love the Twitter enthusiasm from Morrison, his constant social media use came back to bite him this week as the Marlins demoted the outfielder to their Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans. The last straw seemed to be Morrison skipping a team-sponsored event with season-ticket holders, and management and fellow players had been warning him for months to tone it down on Twitter. Hopefully the demotion will teach the clearly talented Morrison to balance improving his game on the field and using social media off of it.

Snow and sportswear company Holden has named BEN PRUESS as the company’s first CEO. Previously, Pruess was VP of adidas Originals (, 8/18)….Hill & Knowlton Senior Account Supervisor MATT DIANELLA has left the agency to join CAA’s communications department (THE DAILY).

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Colts Owner JIM IRSAY Thursday "pledged his support to help the victims of the tragic accident at the Indiana State Fair" on Aug. 13. For each ticket distributed to the Colts preseason matchup against the Redskins Friday, Irsay "will donate $1 to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund." In addition, the Colts "will remember those who perished during a moment of silence prior to kickoff of Friday’s game." The team will also use its "statewide gameday media to encourage fans both in-stadium and across the state to text FAIR to 27722* to make a $10 donation to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund" (

HELPING HAND: Lakers Gs KOBE BRYANT and DEREK FISHER "voted to give some" of the team's playoff bonus to two members of the Lakers' video department whose contracts were not renewed after the season. CHRIS BODAKEN and PATRICK O'KEEFE "split about $65,000 of the Lakers' playoff bonus," which was $604,000. Lakers F LUKE WALTON "took an extra step after the season by providing individual financial gifts to members of the training staff" (L.A. TIMES, 8/19).

NAMES: "ERNIE" author MITCH ALBOM announced Thursday that the play inspired by late Tigers broadcaster ERNIE HARWELL "will come back for an encore run next summer." He also "presented $30,000 from ticket sales and merchandising to Harwell's estate and the Ernie Harwell Foundation" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/19)....The U.S. Postal Service Thursday unveiled a new Forever stamp featuring Baseball HOFer LARRY DOBY. He is the "second of four major-league All-Stars being immortalized on stamps for the impression they left on the game." The Doby stamp will be issued next July (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/19)....The National Football Foundation & College HOF named former Univ. of North Carolina announcer WOODY DURHAM the '11 recipient of its Chris Schenkel Award, given annually to a sports broadcaster who has had a distinguished career in college football (NFF)....Former NBAer CHARLES OAKLEY has listed his three-bedroom condo in Chicago for $979,900 (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/19).