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 marketable athlete?
* What’s the biggest sports business story of the year?
* What’s the most powerful brand in sports?
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.
Georgia State Univ. AD CHERYL LEVICK has signed a five-year extension that goes into effect on July 1 (Georgia State). Levick will receive a "base salary of $280,000 this year and it will increase in $10,000 increments until reaching $320,000 in 2017." Levick's original deal, signed in '09, had a base salary of $220,000. The new contract "includes numerous bonuses ranging from on-the-field achievements to off-the-court longevity" (AJC.com, 10/25)....Fordham Univ. promoted Dir of Athletic Administration CHARLIE ELWOOD to Deputy AD (Fordham)….The Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay promoted JEREMY CLEVEN to Dir of Sports Medicine & Performance, ANDREW GAVIN to Assistant AD/Communications & Video Services and ADAM HALFMANN to Assistant AD/Marketing & Promotions (UWGB)….Endurance challenge series Tough Mudder named SIMON MASSIE-TAYLOR Dir of Partnerships (THE DAILY)....AEG named MICHAEL HAPKA O2 World Berlin GM. Hapka "replaces interim GM UWE FROMMHOLD, who is also the VP of AEG Facilities Deutschland and GM of the O2 World Hamburg." Hapka will start his new position on Jan. 7 (MUSIKMARKT.de, 10/25).
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In Phoenix, Sarah McLellan notes NFL Cardinals WR LARRY FITZGERALD last week in his native Minnesota “moonlighted as a barber to shave off” T’Wolves F KEVIN LOVE’s hair. The pair “teamed up to raise awareness for breast cancer and for every view on YouTube, retweet on Twitter or ‘like’ or ‘share’ on Facebook of the video of the haircut.” The two will donate “25 cents -- up to $250,000 -- to the charities Bright Pink and American Cancer Society/Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 10/26).
AWARDS & RECOGNITION: Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT was named the inaugural recipient of the NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award and will be recognized at the Annual Lombardi Gala on Nov. 3 in DC (NFL Players)….Tennis player ANDY RODDICK was named to the Palm Beach County Sports HOF (PALM BEACH POST, 10/26)….The NYRR will present SI's KENNY MOORE the George Hirsch Journalism Award for his reporting, writing and broadcasting of the sport of long-distance running (NYRR).
NAMES: The U.S. Court of Appeals in California has “upheld a $1.45 million arbitration award in favor of" former NBAer HORACE GRANT. Grant has spent “more than four years trying to collect on losses stemming from a group of Morgan Keegan bond funds, which declined in value in 2007 and 2008” (REUTERS, 10/25)….Maricopa County (Ariz.) authorities said that former MLBer and D’Backs announcer MARK GRACE has been “indicted in a DUI case and could face nearly four years in prison if he’s convicted” (AP, 10/25)….UFC fighter DOMINICK CRUZ will drive the Pace Car for the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Phoenix Int'l Raceway on Nov. 11 (PIR).
IN MEMORY: LES SMITH, part of the original Mariners ownership group that brought MLB back to Seattle, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 93 (MLB.com, 10/26).