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Volume 24 No. 154

People and Pop Culture

It’s time to make your opinion known as the 8th annual SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Reader Survey is underway. The survey features more than 100 questions across leagues, teams, facilities, sponsorship, media, and more.

* Who is the most influential sports executive?
* Who is the most marketable athlete?
* What’s the biggest sports business story of the year?
* What’s the most powerful brand in sports?
* What’s the best sports event to attend?
* Who are the best play-by-play personalities and game analysts on TV?
* Who are the most admired sponsors?

Those are some of the questions you'll find in this year’s survey. Cast your votes and then see highlights of the results the week of Nov. 26. We want to hear from you.

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Trail Blazers and Seahawks Owner PAUL ALLEN's charitable efforts within the arts were profiled by NEWSWEEK's Blake Gopnik, who wrote Allen "spends a fair part of his $15 billion fortune on cultural goods -- both as treats for himself and for others." Allen, who is a minority owner with the MLS Sounders, "has started to circulate his treasures to the public." Americans for the Arts (AFA) Monday honored Allen "with its philanthropy prize" at the National Arts Awards gala in N.Y. The Chronicle of Philanthropy last year named Allen the "nation's most generous living donor." Allen in '10 "pledged to give away at least half" of his fortune "after a nudge" from Microsoft Founder and friend BILL GATES. Most of the money "is likely to go to his many science causes." But if "even a sliver of his pledge ends up spent on the arts, AFA will feel its award was well given." Arts centers across the Northwest are "crowded with plaques thanking the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and more will no doubt have to be carved." Curator TOM VENDITTI, who helps Allen tend to his art collection, said that "more than 300 Allen works have gone out so far, to 47 different venues, and that the pace of this lending is building." Allen's art is "fair game for future giving, especially since he has never married or had kids." Allen, who in '09 was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, said, "With the health issues I've had, I've had to think about it maybe more than some people that are my age." The disease is currently in remission, and when asked how his health is now, Allen said, "Fine, fine." But Gopnik notes the cancer or its treatment "has clearly taken a toll." One hour's conversation "seems to exhaust him, and he leaves the room walking like a much older man" (NEWSWEEK, 10/15 issue).

British Telecom hired U.K. boxing network Boxnation CEO SIMON GREEN to "oversee a sports channel it plans to launch next year." Green also has worked for BSkyB and Setanta (, 10/16)....Premier Partnerships promoted STEPHANIE CHENG VP/Marketing Services (Premier Partnerships)....Penn State Univ. "will not renew the contract" of AD TIM CURLEY, who has been on leave since being charged last year with perjury and failing to report a child sex abuse allegation against former assistant football coach JERRY SANDUSKY. Curley's contract expires in July (AP, 10/16)....Sources said Richard Childress Racing named Richard Petty Motorsports Technical Dir ERIC WARREN Dir of Competition, replacing KENT DAY (, 10/16)....The Univ. of Detroit Mercy promoted Assistant Dir of Athletic Facilities DREW WESTRICK to Dir of Athletic Facilities (Detroit Mercy)....The Univ. of Virginia named Univ. of Denver Media Relations Dir ERICH BACHER Assistant AD/PR (UVA).

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In London, Ashling O'Connor reported LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE will "become the next chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) at a vote next month after his only rival pulled out of the running." Great Britain Hockey President RICHARD LEMAN "withdrew his candidacy turning the contest to lead the 43-member national Olympic committee into a one-horse race" (, 10/16).

AROUND THE RINGS: Nissan named Gold Medal-winning Jamaican sprinter USAIN BOLT honorary Dir of Excitement. Bolt unveiled a custom-edition of Nissan's GT-R at the company's HQs in Yokohama, Japan, "with interior bits coated in real gold." Nissan said that the car would be "auctioned on eBay and the money donated to Bolt's charity foundation" (JAMAICA OBSERVER, 10/12)....PMG Sports signed U.S. speedskaters PATRICK MEEK, JESSICA SMITH and BRITTANY BOWE for representation ahead of the '14 Sochi Games. PMG also reps U.S. freestyle skier EMILY COOK (THE DAILY)....Top Rank on Monday announced the signing of two-time Mexican Olympic boxer OSCAR VALDEZ to a five-year promotional contract with an undisclosed signing bonus (, 10/15)....Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer MISSY FRANKLIN will “play herself” in “a cameo on one of her favorite shows, ‘Pretty Little Liars’” (, 10/16).

THE CHRONICLES OF JIMMIE: "On the Road," an exhibit by N.C.-based photographer MISSY MCLAMB, will be on view through Saturday at the Hart Witzen Gallery in Charlotte. The exhibit chronicles 10 weeks in the lives of NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON, wife, CHANDRA, and daughter, GENEVIEVE, during the '11 season. Additional photos are in the Johnsons' self-published coffee-table book of the same name (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/17).

NAMES: Rockets G JEREMY LIN appears on the cover of the November '12 issue of GQ (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/17)....Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT attended the Elton John AIDS Foundation's "An Enduring Vision Benefit" in N.Y. (BOSTON HERALD, 10/17)....Actor JEFF DANIELS last night sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch of Yankees-Tigers ALCS Game 3 at Comerica Park. Daniels wore “a Tigers hat and jacket as he practiced before the game.” Daniels said his fandom is “borderline religious … like get some therapy for it” (NEWSDAY, 10/17)…. At Sunday's Colts-Jets game at MetLife Stadium, wrestler JOHN CENA watched "from the Jets’ VIP suite the Green Room," while "SNL" comedian JAY PHAROAH "arrived with a group" and actress HAYDEN PANETTIERE also attended (N.Y. POST, 10/17)....Lions LB STEPHEN TULLOCH yesterday "discussed leadership with about 200 ninth- and 10th-graders at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy" in Detroit. Tulloch will "bring 55 students from the school to a Lions game." Students were "asked to write an essay about leadership, and the homeroom class with the best scores in each grade wins the tickets" (DETROIT NEWS, 10/17).