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Volume 24 No. 157

People and Pop Culture

StubHub Head of U.S. Communications JOELLEN FERRER spends so much of her time on the road that she is thrilled to be home in S.F. for this coming weekend. She started the weekend off early with tickets to a LAURYN HILL concert Thursday night. A native of the area, her stomping grounds are mostly around her neighborhood in South of Market. The A’s enthusiast lives across the street from the MLB Giants' AT&T Park, and when she is not getting teased for her fandom, she’s out and about shopping for shoes and dealing with Linsanity.

LET’S GET IT STARTED IN HERE: Every weekend that I’m home I say it’s going to be a mellow one and something always comes up. That being said, I’m somewhat kicking off my weekend (Thursday). I love old-school 90s hip hop and so Lauryn Hill is coming into town at the Warfield, it’s a small venue in San Francisco.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: Friday I will probably spend watching (sports), you’ve got the Knicks game, you’ve got the Red Wings game. Two big games that you’ve got a couple good streaks that are on the line here. … There’s a sports bar down the street (Zeke’s) that I would say is my diamond in the rough. We’re around all these big sports bars and I’m right across the street from AT&T Park, but I like one that’s down the street. It’s a little more unassuming, but you go inside and it’s a much more intimate environment in there. You’re just surrounded by a bunch of TVs and that’s what you really care about at the end of the day.

HAPPY (BELATED) NEW YEAR! I’m the youngest of three and my older brother and older sister they’re both quite a bit older and they both married Chinese. We’re celebrating Chinese New Year a bit delayed with the family. … We’re going to go out and feast. We’re going to have a big massive family meal on Sunday and it’s more of my catch up with everybody now that everybody’s in town for this weekend. … I’ll be honest, though we’re celebrating Chinese New Year, I don’t think we’re actually eating any Chinese food. We’re an Asian family that doesn’t really eat rice.

LINSANITY HERE TOO: I would say that I’ve had at least a dozen conversations every single day in the past week about JEREMY LIN. It’s interesting. It’s a fun story, it’s one of those things that you don’t have these underdog stories too often. … The fact that he’s from this area is what I root more for. I root more for that and for the underdog story. The Asian factor adds another interesting wrinkle to it. If we’re going to talk about more of the Asian story, I’ll go back to some of my first sports loves and baseball and boxing were always my first two loves as far as sports are concerned. Granted, I already miss my football Sundays, but it still comes secondary. Being Filipino, MANNY PACQUIAO is the one that I root for.

WALK THIS WAY: I actually am an avid shoe collector. So it’s a mix of sneakers, high heels, you name it. Being sandwiched in the sports industry, there are not as many girls so I dabble with my mix of wearing the five-inch heels or wearing the sneakers. … I joke around with people and I always say that I’m the short girl that’s wearing your five-inch stilettos with a baseball cap on. A bit of the unconventional but it works out well.

SUNDAY MORNING REFRESH: My routine on Sunday mornings, because my brother has a newborn, he and I do our catch up at the gym. It’s ungodly, but we go usually at 6:30 in the morning on Sundays regardless of whether or not I came home at 10:00pm or 2:00am the night prior. I usually suck it up and go and meet my brother.

EARLY WATCHER, LATE ADOPTER: Given that I’m in the world of PR and sports and everything, I am such a slow adopter of social media. My Twitter handle I only started about six months ago, or even less than that. But I’ll be honest, I don’t even have a Facebook account. … For me it is one of those things that now I think I’m just a stubborn hold out. For me, I have access to our StubHub account and I know how Facebook works, but I don’t use it personally.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON: My job is so very heavily dependent on the event landscape, and so I literally cannot watch a big game without thinking to myself: Okay, which reporters are going to call me tomorrow? Especially with this whole Jeremy Lin, Linsanity ride, I get e-mails and calls from people immediately following games and it’s such an interesting story I will have some of these conversations on the weekends. But I feel like when you work in this industry, you’re always sort of working and your work becomes your play in a sense. Part of me watching the Knicks on Friday will determine a little bit of what I do this weekend. So if the Knicks win on Friday, and even if the Red Wings win on Friday as well, I’m sure I will have the Knicks in some conversations with reporters that want to be able to tell that fan story from a ticketing perspective.

Payne leaving position as President of Business Ops
An MLS Galaxy spokesperson said President of Business Operations TOM PAYNE is "transitioning out of the organization." NHL Kings COO CHRIS MCGOWAN "steps in as the club's COO while continuing in his position with the hockey team, which, like the Galaxy, is owned by AEG." Payne's departure comes after Galaxy Communications Dir PATRICK DONNELLY "exited Monday." The moves, which "appear to be dismissals, are part of a larger reorganization within AEG that has not been announced" (, 2/16).

OUT IN OAKLAND: The Raiders "have parted ways" with Senior Exec JOHN HERRERA, who "has served the organization as a spokesman and in a front office capacity for the better part of his adult life." A source said that the decision "was made on the business side of the Oakland operation." Herrera "joined the Raiders out of high school, hired by owner AL DAVIS" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 2/17). In Oakland, Jerry McDonald wrote, "Herrera showed up to work every day, even through times of immense personal tragedy, and backed his boss, Al Davis." The "common perception" was that Herrera was "perennially at war with the media and those who criticized Davis," but that "couldn't be farther from the truth" (, 1/16).

AROUND THE WORLD: Brazilian Football Confederation President RICARDO TEIXEIRA "will step down" after 23 years in charge. Teixeira, who also is in charge of Brazil's preparations for the '14 World Cup, is "embroiled in corruption allegations" (London DAILY MAIL, 2/17)....Qatar-based Int'l Center for Sport Security named FIFA Security Dir CHRIS EATON Dir of Sport Integrity (AP, 2/17)....Rio 2016 Communications Chief CARLOS VILLANOVA said that Chief Commercial Officer FLAVIO PESTANA has resigned due to "personal reasons" (, 2/17).

EXECS: The Univ. at Buffalo named Senior Associate AD JOHN LAMBERT interim AD, succeeding WARDE MANUEL, who left for the Univ. of Connecticut (UB)....Grambling State Univ. named Ft. Valley State Univ. AD PERCY CALDWELL to the same position (GSU)....Palm Beach Atlantic Univ. named CAROLYN STONE AD (, 2/16)....Honolulu's ESPN Radio affiliates have named Cox Radio Hawaii VP & GM MIKE KELLY President & GM (, 2/14)....Premiere Global Sports named PETER ROSENBERGER VP/Corporate Division (THE DAILY)....The Women's Sports Foundation named U.S. women's hockey D ANGELA RUGGIERO President-elect. She will succeed boxer LAILA ALI next year. The organization also added Pac-12 Commissioner LARRY SCOTT, Yankees Senior VP & Assistant GM JEAN AFTERMAN, McGraw-Hill Companies Chief Diversity Officer TERRI AUSTIN and WNBA Indiana Fever F TAMIKA CATCHINGS to its Board of Trustees (, 2/16).

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The Lightning Foundation and Univ. of South Florida's College of Business are collaborating to launch a new graduate program that will offer an MBA in Sports & Entertainment Management. The Lightning Foundation will provide USF with a grant to assist with program costs, including faculty salaries and student fellowships. Univ. of Central Florida professor and DeVos Sport Business Management Program Associate Dir BILL SUTTON will lead the program (THE DAILY). The program will "start with up to 20 students." USF officials "calculate the value of the Lightning's contribution at more than" $2.5M over two years (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 2/17).

HONORING THE GREATEST: A Saturday gala will celebrate boxing icon MUHAMMAD ALI's 70th birthday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Dozens of celebrities from the "sports, film and TV realms" will fete Ali in an effort to "raise money for brain research." The tribute will "be aired later on ABC." The gala is "expected to include performances and tributes from STEVIE WONDER, DAVID BECKHAM, LARRY KING, QUINCY JONES and others" (AP, 2/16).

CAUGHT SCALPING: St. John's Univ. announced that Senior Associate AD/External Affairs BRIAN COLLEARY "was fired" Wednesday for "scalping tickets to the school's basketball games." In N.Y., Lenn Robbins cited a source as saying that the university had "no plans to press charges against Colleary because the amount of money involved in the scalping was not significant." Another source "disputed that claim, saying the amount could have been in the neighborhood of $80,000 but the university wanted the matter dealt with in-house and quickly." That source added that Colleary "scalped tickets to last year's home game against Duke and the Big East Conference Tournament" (, 2/16).

PENSION PLAN: In Memphis, Kyle Veazey notes "thanks to donations made in recent years by some" Univ. of Memphis donors, outgoing AD R.C. JOHNSON will "continue to benefit financially well after his 16-year tenure at the school ends this year." Documents revealed that a "deferred compensation plan was set up to Johnson's benefit in late 2004." The "first of 10 payments is due 30 days after the expiration of his contract" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 2/17).

NAMES: Wrestler/actor DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON is an Exec Producer for the film "RACING DREAMS," and the "award winning documentary makes its national broadcast premiere on PBS' POV series" at 9:00pm ET on Feb. 23. The documentary "chronicles a year in the life of three tweens who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/17)....The D'Backs Foundation announced yesterday that singer NATALIE COLE will headline the sixth annual Evening on the Diamond on March 30 at Chase Field. The Foundation's "marquee event raised more than" $1.25M last season (, 2/16)....NASCAR driver DENNY HAMLIN will caddy for golfer BUBBA WATSON on April 4th during The Masters par-3 tournament (, 2/16)….Spurs G TONY PARKER is launching nightclub Nueve in San Antonio. The club is currently under construction and set to open March 9 (, 2/17)….Tennis player MARIA SHARAPOVA is in N.Y. for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, where she was seen “front and center” at the VERA WANG show, sitting next to Vogue editor ANNA WINTOUR (, 2/16)....JR Motorsports co-Owner KELLEY EARNHARDT MILLER had a baby boy Thursday afternoon (, 2/16).