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Volume 24 No. 112

People and Pop Culture

Stevenson will oversee Pac-12's
TV, digital, sponsorship units
The Pac-12 is "bringing in sports industry veteran GARY STEVENSON to oversee its TV, digital and sponsorship units, adding to the conference’s profile as a collegiate powerhouse on the rise," according to Ourand & Smith of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Stevenson will be President of Pac-12 Enterprises, the "new wholly owned subsidiary that will launch a suite of cable TV channels in August 2012.” The conference’s “digital and sales units will operate under the Pac-12 Enterprises umbrella.” Stevenson is the first employee of Pac-12 Enterprises, and he "will spend his first two months assembling a management team.” He will relocate from North Carolina to the S.F. area, and will start working after Labor Day. Pac-12 Commissioner LARRY SCOTT said, "Gary's always had a bold vision. At its core, I feel we’re redefining what a college conference can be.” Ourand & Smith report Stevenson’s "immediate priority with the Pac-12 will be launching six regional TV networks and one national network in 2012.” Stevenson then will focus on digital properties, and the third piece of his plan will be “to create an integrated sales group to sell inventory across TV, digital and sponsorships” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/22 issue). 

SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's John Lombardo reports Warriors VP/Finance DWAYNE REDMON, Exec VP/Marketing TRAVIS STANLEY and Exec VP/Business Operations NEDA BARRIE "have all left" as co-Owner JOE LACOB "works to put his own management in place" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/22 issue)....Kentucky Wesleyan College named DAVID WILLIAMS AD. Williams previously served as AD at Missouri Western State Univ. and the Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside (KWC)....Marian Univ. named Texas Tech Senior Associate AD STEVE DOWNING AD (, 8/20).    

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In South Carolina, Ron Morris cites sources as saying that Univ. of South Carolina AD ERIC HYMAN “will not pursue” the AD position at the Univ. of North Carolina, but it is "becoming clear that UNC will pursue Hyman." Both Hyman and UNC “remain mum on the UNC search, which began in earnest two weeks ago when Chancellor HOLDEN THORP named a 12-person committee to find” a new AD. A move to UNC “would mean another immense challenge for Hyman, perhaps not on the scale of those he faced at TCU" and South Carolina, but "nevertheless one that could mean another 10-year commitment." Hyman “might be more inclined to remain" at South Carolina, as he and his wife, PAULINE, “both recently encountered health issues.” Still, Morris notes UNC “could be very persuasive in its quest to bring Hyman back home, where he played football for the Tar Heels” (COLUMBIA STATE, 8/22).

WING MAN: In N.Y. Bart Hubbuch profiled Eagles GM HOWIE ROSEMAN, the “youngest person in that job at the tender age of 36.” Eagles President JOE BANNER and coach ANDY REID “call the shots,” but Roseman “has plenty of admirers among his peers, because he is a rarity among NFL executives -- a ‘two-tool’ executive, as skillful in talent evaluation as he is with the intricacies of the sport’s salary cap.” Banner said, “He brings something to the table for us in every aspect. His understanding of the cap is better than any cap person in the league, much less any GM, and he’s a great talent evaluator” (N.Y. POST, 8/21).

COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU: Thunder F KEVIN DURANT is “on the verge of finalizing a deal to star in a major Warner Bros. film.” Sources said that the film, which has “a basketball subplot, has not yet been named, but it’s scheduled to go into production in mid-September.” The movie will mark the “biggest off-the-court venture Durant has undertaken in his four-year pro basketball career,” and will "solidify Durant’s growing status as a superstar" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 8/21)....A motion picture based on the life of Baseball HOFer ROBERTO CLEMENTE is “being negotiated with several studios that include 20th Century Fox.” ROBERTO CLEMENTE JR. on Friday confirmed that a deal is “in the works and that Puerto Rican actor AMAURY NOLASCO is expected to star” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 8/20).

REMEMBER ME? Retired MLBer BARRY BONDS will appear on the reality show “H8R”, which is reported to be picked up by The CW. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's DAVE BENZ noted the premise of the show has Bonds watching “someone who absolutely hates him go off on video about why they hate him." He then will "have a confrontation with the person to try to convince” the person that “he’s a decent human being.” The show will be his "first public appearance ... since being convicted on the obstruction of justice charge.” Benz: “How he got roped into this and agreed to do it, I don’t know" (“Chronicle Live,” Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 8/19).

POLITICAL FUNDS: In DC, Tim Craig reports DC Council member JACK EVANS has “paid $135,897 for professional sports tickets over the past decade using money from his constituent services fund, renewing calls for tighter restrictions on the accounts, which are meant to help city residents.” The funds were about 31% of Evans’ “total spending during the period.” Evans “defended the spending,” saying that he “bought season tickets to athletic events for years to help local sports franchises and that he gives away most of the tickets to Ward 2 residents and local schools and charities” (WASHINGTON POST, 8/22).

IN REMEMBRANCE: NBC’s AL MICHAELS during last night's Chargers-Cowboys "SNF" telecast said of MYRA KRAFT, the late wife of Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT: “She really made the world a better place. People have no idea, I mean literally, the thousands of lives in this country, and in Israel, and elsewhere, that she touched.” He added she was “in and out of the hospital over the ensuing three or four months” of the NFL labor negotiations. Michaels: “Somehow, Bob was able to still go through all the negotiations and was a huge factor in it as well.” NBC’s CRIS COLINSWORTH said, “You know why, because Myra said, ‘Go do your job.’ She was so unselfish with everything she did, even to the very end” (, 8/21).

NAMES: In Maine, J. Hemmerdinger profiled Shamrock Sports & Entertainment President BRIAN CORCORAN in his Bottom Line feature. Corcoran expects the sports marketing company with eight employees to "generate $1 million in revenue" this year. SeaWorld is Shamrock’s “largest client,” and the company has “signed deal with other notable brands, including Professional Bull Riders Inc., and Richard Childress Racing” (Portland PRESS HERALD, 8/21)....Chargers Owner ALEX SPANOS will “introduce the team’s first-ever wine bearing the Chargers’ name.” The “limited-edition Chargers wine will be unveiled during a private tasting event” Aug. 29 in the Draft Room at Chargers Park. The event will be hosted by Chargers reps and Bell Wine Cellars, as well as “celebrated San Diego chefs and restaurateurs” (, 8/19)....“FLASH AND BONES" author KATHY REICHS, whose novel is set to be released tomorrow, recently received a tour of Charlotte Motor Speedway by track President MARCUS SMITH. Her novel, featuring “forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, revolves around NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/21)....Raiders Chief Exec AMY TRASK attended Saturday’s Raiders-49ers game alongside 49ers Owner JOHN YORK and his son JED. They seemed to have “cordial conversation,” while sitting in the south end zone (, 8/20)....Jets Owner WOODY JOHNSON's daughter DAISY JOHNSON was the photographer for the team's '11 cheerleader swimsuit calendar. A Jets spokesperson said that Daisy "went through the interview process like any other applicant" before being hired (N.Y. POST, 8/22).