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Volume 24 No. 154

People and Pop Culture

Boxing adviser AL HAYMON is the "most powerful guy in boxing" as well as "its most mysterious," according to Kevin Iole of YAHOO SPORTS. Haymon rarely will be seen "in front of a television camera and you'll never catch him speaking to a reporter." Iole: "He's not a promoter. He's not a manager. But when Haymon says jump, plenty of people in boxing listen." It is "illegal in the U.S. to serve as a promoter and a manager, though Haymon does both." He is involved "with a slew of the sport's biggest stars, including the biggest, FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR." When Haymon "wants one of his fighters on television, he gets it." His fighters "compete when he says, where he says, on the network he wants and generally for what he asks purse-wise." Below is a complete list of Iole's 25 most powerful people in boxing (, 8/1).

Al Haymon Adviser
Todd duBoef Top Rank President
Richard Schaefer Golden Boy Promotions CEO
Curtis Jackson ("50 Cent") Founder of TMT Promotions
Bob Arum Founder of Top Rank
Ken Hershman HBO Sports President
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxer
Manny Pacquiao Boxer
Stephen Espinoza Showtime Sports Exec VP & GM
Kathy Duva Main Events Promoter
Leonard Ellerbe Mayweather Promotions CEO
Fernando Beltran Mexico-based Promoter
Oscar De La Hoya Golden Boy Promotions President
Richard Plepler HBO co-President
Keith Kizer Nevada State Athletic Commissioner
Wladimir Klitschko Boxer
Jim Lampley HBO Boxing Announcer
Michael Koncz Pacquiao's Adviser
Bruce Trampler Top Rank Matchmaker
Bernd Boente Manager
Eric Gomez Golden Boy Promotions Matchmaker
Gordon Hall Showtime Sports VP/Production
Cameron Dunkin Manager
Mark Taffet HBO Senior VP/Sports Operations & PPV
Kery Davis HBO Senior VP/Sports Programming


The NCAA named former U.S. Sen. GEORGE MITCHELL (D-Maine) an independent Athletics Integrity Monitor for Penn State Univ. Mitchell will evaluate PSU’s compliance with NCAA sanctions and the Athletics Integrity Agreement it will execute with the NCAA and the Big Ten conference. He will have access to the campus, personnel and records, and can make any recommendations he believes are necessary for PSU to comply (NCAA).

EXECS: St. Joseph’s Univ. promoted Associate VP & AD DON DIJULIA to VP/Athletics & AD (St. Joseph’s)….Newberry College named MATT FINLEY interim AD (Newberry)….Pace Univ. named Mercy College Dir of Alumni Relations DREW BROWN Dir of Athletic Development effective Aug. 13 (Pace).

Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to's Jon Robinson reports NBA free agent G BARON DAVIS is “teaming up with former EA Sports creative force SEAN O’BRIEN to form 5 Balloons Interactive, a new mobile gaming company producing titles for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch." The company’s first game is called “Getting Buckets” and features Davis, Lakers G STEVE NASH, Celtics G RAJON RONDO, Bucks G BRANDON JENNINGS, and WNBA Sparks C CANDACE PARKER. The game is a “fast-paced, twitch adventure that’s more ‘Temple Run’ than ‘NBA Ballers,’ as players sprint their way through a variety of environments collecting as many buckets as they can before time runs out” (, 8/1)….The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’s Sophie Schillaci noted rapper and Nets investor JAY-Z is “enlisting the help” of musical acts such as KANYE WEST, COLDPLAY, DAFT PUNK, MEEK MILL and U2 on 2K Sports’ upcoming "NBA 2K13" video game. Jay-Z on Monday announced that he will be “curating the entire soundtrack as well as lending a hand to its overall aesthetic and video content” (, 8/1).

 Patriots QB TOM BRADY and Giants WR VICTOR CRUZ were included on Vanity Fair’s Annual Int'l Best Dressed List (BOSTON HERALD, 8/1)....Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN "will guest star in an episode of USA's 'Necessary Roughness' next year" (, 8/1)....Bronx native and U.S. Supreme Court Justice SONIA SOTOMAYOR attended yesterday’s Orioles-Yankees game and “helped the Bleacher Creatures in their ritual of calling out Yankee player names in the first inning” (, 8/1)....Boxing HOFer EVANDER HOLYFIELD is “set to auction a slew of memorabilia” including the Bronze Medal he won at the ‘84 L.A. Games (, 8/1)....Former MLBer JOSE CANSECO on Tuesday filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection (, 7/31).

, son of Pro Football HOFer and former Vikings GM and Bears GM & Exec VP JIM FINKS, died of kidney failure July 24, in Newport Beach, Calif. Finks Jr., 59, worked for several professional sports organizations, including the former NHL North Stars and MLS Timbers. He also worked for Upper Deck (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/2).