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Volume 24 No. 114

People and Pop Culture

New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority officials Friday said that DENNIS ROBINSON “is stepping down as president” to take on “a leading role with the new Formula One auto race in Weehawken that is scheduled to debut in 2013,” according to John Brennan of the Bergen RECORD. Robinson “served four years” as president and his resignation “is effective Jan. 2.” He will become The Grand Prix of America COO. Brennan wrote the sports authority’s “role at the 35-year-old Meadowlands Sports Complex is waning” (Bergen RECORD, 12/17). During Robinson’s tenure, the NJSEA “was also part of a successful campaign to bring the Super Bowl to the Meadowlands, in 2014 -- the first time the game will be played outdoors in ‘cold weather’” (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 12/17).

Fox Int’l Channels promoted CARLOS MARTINEZ to President/Latin America and EMILIANO SACCONE to President/Entertainment. FIC also named World Cup Brazil 2014 Committee GM/TV EDUARDO ZEBINI VP & Managing Editor for Fox Sports in Brazil (, 12/16)….The Univ. of Oregon named Temple Univ. Deputy AD ERIC ROEDL Senior Associate AD/Finance & Administration (Oregon)….The Orioles named DANNY HAAS "as the organization's national cross-checker, meaning he will travel the country and provide additional looks and analysis on amateur players who interest regional scouts." Haas "had spent the past 10 seasons in amateur scouting with the Red Sox" (Baltimore SUN, 12/17)....The Warriors named BRETT WINKLER PR Assistant, replacing BENJAMIN CHEN, whose final day with the club was last Friday (Warriors)....The Orioles have hired DANNY HAAS "as the organizations national cross-checker, meaning he will travel the country and provide additional looks and analysis on amateur players who interest regional scouts." Haas "had spent the past 10 season in amateur scouting with the Red Sox" (Baltimore SUN, 12/17)....Stewart-Haas Racing named GREG ZIPADELLI Competition Dir (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/17).

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In N.Y., Andrew Keh noted when Mets OF ANDRES TORRES "reports to spring training in February, a camera crew will follow, putting the finishing touches on a documentary about his life, 'GIGANTE,' which he and the filmmakers hope will increase awareness about" Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which Torres continues to overcome. The film was conceived by MLB Giants Principal Partner & MLS club DC United Owner WILLIAM CHANG, who said, "I've been around pro sports. And there are lots of wonderful people, and there are a number of people who aren't that wonderful. But Andres was one of the most charismatic and caring individuals I've come across" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/18).

SLOWLY GETTING BETTER: Giants fan BRYAN STOWE, who was severaly beaten during the Opening Day Giants-Dodgers game this year, will be featured on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" tonight, and a snippet of the feature aired on NBC's "Today" this morning. NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman speaks with Stowe and said, "Doctors say Bryan’s speech and mobility may improve, but they expect him to be permanently disabled.” She concluded by saying “the progress is day-by-day” and “this is going to be very long process for the Stowe family” (“Today,” NBC, 12/19).

SPLITTING UP: In L.A., Kim & Williams reported Lakers G KOBE BRYANT's wife, VANESSA, "filed for divorce Friday." In what "appears to be an effort to keep the details of their split out of the public eye, the couple said in a joint statement late Friday that they had 'resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately.'" Vanessa Bryant "had signed the petition Dec. 1, long before it was filed Friday" (L.A. TIMES, 12/17).

FIGHTING IRISH: The SEC on Friday charged former Notre Dame football player DANIEL "RUDY" RUETTIGER and 12 others "with running a stock scam associated with Rudy Nutrition -- a company Ruettiger founded to try to compete against Gatorade in the sports drink market." The SEC said that the company "sold modest amounts of the sports drink 'Rudy' with the tagline 'Dream Big! Never Quit!' but the company was primarily a pump-and-dump stock scheme that created more than $11 million in illicit profits" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/17).

NAMES: YES Network President & CEO TRACY DOLGIN will receive Cornell Univ. School of Industrial & Labor Relations' Alpern Award on March 29 at the Pierre Hotel in N.Y. The award is given periodically to an ILR graduate whose career accomplishments have been primarily outside the field of industrial and labor relations, or to a friend of the school (ILR)....A lawyer for NFL Giants LB MICHAEL BOLEY said that his client is "being investigated on accusations that he has abused his 5-year-old son." A Giants spokesperson said that the team is "aware of the abuse claims," but "would not comment further" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/18)....Pro Football HOFer MARSHALL FAULK was presented with his HOF ring and added to the Rams' Ring of Honor during halftime of Sunday's Bengals-Rams game (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/19)....Chiefs Chair & CEO CLARK HUNT, GM SCOTT PIOLI and several members of the team "visited Joplin Friday, playing Santa and passing out gifts they collected over the last few months for students still dealing with last May’s tornado” (, 12/16)....L.A. police said that former NFLer WILLIE GAULT got his ’85 Bears championship ring back after it was “stolen from his home Nov. 8.” Police on Thursday “recovered the ring at a store in the 700 block of South Broadway in the jewelry mart district of downtown L.A.” (, 12/17)….Esquire magazine will feature Heat F CHRIS BOSH and Basketball HOFer SCOTTIE PIPPEN in its January “Meaning of Life" issue (THE DAILY). 

We are now accepting entries for the 5TH ANNUAL SPORTS BUSINESS AWARDS. Do you know of a company, team, league, event or executive that was the best of the best in 2011? Submit your entry for this year’s awards. The deadline for all entries is Friday, January 13.
We’re honoring the best in 15 categories:

  • Sports Team
  • Sports League
  • Sports Event
  • Sports Executive
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Media
  • Sports Television
  • Digital Sports Media
  • Talent Representation and Management
  • Corporate Consulting, Marketing and Client Services
  • Property Consulting, Sales and Client Services
  • Sports Event and Experiential Marketing
  • Sports Sponsor
  • Sports Facility
  • Sports Technology

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