The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced it has appointed JAY PARRY as CEO. Parry most recently served as Suns Senior VP/Brand & Business Development. She also spent seven seasons as WNBA Mercury President & COO (Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee). In Phoenix, Craig Harris notes Parry will "oversee the NFL's showcase game when it comes to Glendale in February 2015." As CEO, one of Parry's "biggest responsibilities will be lining up corporate sponsorships to raise the estimated $25 million needed to host the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium." She said that the $25M is "about $8 million more than the amount raised for the 2008 Super Bowl in Glendale." Parry added that she "aims to devote at least $2 million of the money raised to local non-profit organizations." NFL VP/Communications BRIAN MCCARTHY noted that Parry "is the third woman since 2006 to lead a Super Bowl." Parry said that she will "have 25 to 30 full-time staff members and a 'multitude of volunteers'" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 12/14).
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Gold Medal-winning U.S. skier LINDSEY VONN revealed that she has “quietly suffered from depression for many years and currently takes an anti-depressant to help manage her symptoms,” according to Elizabeth Leonard of PEOPLE. Vonn said, "Everything about my life seemed so perfect to people. But I struggle like everyone else." She added at one point in 08, she "couldn't get out of bed anymore. Vonn: "I felt hopeless, empty, like a zombie." But Leonard noted Vonn currently is “happier than she's been in a long time.” Vonn: "I feel like I just needed to get everything off my chest" (PEOPLE.com, 12/13).
MOVING ALONG SWIMMINGLY: ESPN THE MAGAZINE’s Wayne Drehs profiles Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer MISSY FRANKLIN and notes since the London Games, she has appeared on "The Tonight Show," as well as “the red carpet of MTV's Video Music Awards and the Glamour Awards.” She also has “taped a guest appearance on her favorite show,” ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars," as well as “a scene in the upcoming VINCE VAUGHN/OWEN WILSON flick ‘The Internship.’" Franklin said, "It all seems insane. Totally crazy. It still doesn't feel real. It's like I made the whole thing up." Drehs notes seemingly “everywhere she goes, Franklin causes a scene.” It happened at a Broncos game, where this season Franklin and her parents “needed security to reach their seats.” Security “now needs to be alerted when the Franklins arrive” at church, and the “same thing happens when Missy goes through Denver International Airport.” Mother D.A. FRANKLIN said that the “plan is for Missy to swim collegiately for two years and then turn professional in March 2015, some 15 months before Rio 2016.” At that point, she will “stay at Cal and swim” for Cal swim coach TERI MCKEEVER’s club team. The decision “will allow Franklin to cash in on potential marketing opportunities before, during and after the Games” (ESPN THE MAGAZINE, 12/10 issue).
SETTING THE BAR HIGH: Gold Medal-winning U.S. gymnast GABBY DOUGLAS appeared on ABC’s “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012,” and host BARBARA WALTERS said, “I'm not sure why we are drawn to female ice skaters during the Winter Olympics and female gymnasts during the summer. We've certainly profiled our share of them on this show over the past 19 years. But I don’t recall anyone quite like Gabby Douglas, or a story quite like hers.” Walters asked Douglas, “Where you see yourself in five years?” Douglas said, “In four years, I hope to see myself do another Olympics. In five years, I don't think my brain can think that far ahead.” Walters said Douglas “now makes millions in endorsements, wants to pursue an acting career and has just released her memoir, volume one, I'm guessing” (“The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012,” ABC, 12/12).
Although many would envy his South Florida location, Dolphins CEO MIKE DEE will not be kicking up his feet and enjoying the sunshine this weekend. In addition to the usual game duties that come with hosting the Jaguars at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, the franchise is celebrating its 40th anniversary of the ’72 undefeated season. The team has 45 former players returning from that team, along with coach DON SHULA and many members of that '72 staff.
FRIDAY NIGHT FUN: On Friday, we have a party on Ft. Lauderdale Beach for 450 people to celebrate what that the '72 team accomplished. I’ll usually enjoy a good glass of Sauvignon Blanc. I’m a big fan of Cakebread. It’s very good. Actually, last weekend we played the 49ers and we visited the Cakebread vineyards while we were there.
SPINNING THE WHEELS: I’ve got to go for a bike ride really early this Saturday because we have an 8:30am tee time. So I’ll try to get a quick ride in before sun up so I can be on the tee box on time. Saturday morning we have a golf tournament with a lot of local dignitaries at Trump Doral Golf Resort. I’m up at 5:00, 5:30am. I will generally have a cup of coffee and will be decked out in my Dolphins Cycling Challenge gear. I have a whole group that we usually ride with, but this weekend I’ll have to go a little earlier than they usually go. So I’ll probably ride solo. Usually we depart from Downtown Bicycles in Ft. Lauderdale around 7:00am with a group of 15-20. I’ll probably only get in 25 miles before I’ll have to cut it short to get down to Doral.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Saturday evening we have the world premiere of a movie that we just produced along with an independent film maker, Bombo Sports & Entertainment. It’s entitled “More Than Perfect: One Team. One Town. The Impact of the 1972 Team.” That’s premiering at the Gusman Theater in downtown Miami. A very historic place, blocks away from the Orange Bowl where that team played. I am not in the movie but was involved with our partner in making and sort of directing the content of the film. I was in “Fever Pitch,” which was the FARRELLY brothers movie about the Red Sox starring JIMMY FALLON and DREW BARRYMORE. (Editor’s note: Dee formerly served as the Red Sox COO.)
WIND DOWN: I’ll probably have a nice dinner on Saturday night after that with my wife and friends. We have a couple spots, but this time around we will probably go to Zuma in downtown Miami. I love the black cod and my wife will have something vegetarian.
THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Sunday morning is game day. I’ll like to get there no later than 7:30am. I like getting there early and my favorite game day moment is to walk the field really early in the morning before anybody’s here. Usually the grounds crew is out there and I like having a cup of coffee and walking around, kind of taking it all in knowing that in a couple hours the place will be packed. The energy level will be so different than what you experience at the peaceful, 7:00am moment. I love game day mornings.
HOW THE DEES DO: I spend as much time as I can between all that with my two boys and some type of sporting activity, whether it be throwing the football around or basketball or lacrosse or any of the above. I do have a boat and unfortunately, this weekend, there’s no time. But we spend a lot of time on the water. My boat is called the Jimmy Dee, named after my dad. It’s not a huge boat, but during the offseason we love taking the boat down to the Keys, either Islamorada or Ocean Reef. I love a good Friday night dinner with the family, whether that’s on the water. Typically, we try to go down to the beach and have dinner, enjoying the beautiful surroundings of South Florida.
The Grizzlies named ESPN NBA analyst JOHN HOLLINGER VP/Basketball Operations and Lagardère Unlimited VP/Basketball STU LASH Dir of Player Personnel & Basketball Development. Hollinger has been with ESPN since '05 and "developed the Player Efficiency Rating, a figure that attempts to combine all of a players' contributions into one number." The PER "has its critics but is widely revered by basketball executives." Lash has been with Lagardère since '09, and spent five seasons with the Nuggets "working with the front office and coaching staff." Grizzlies Team Services Manager CHANTAL HASSARD "will assume the expanded role" of Team Operations Dir (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 12/14).
EXECS: The PGA Tour promoted Web.com Tour Senior VP/Tournament Business Affairs JEFF MONDAY to the newly-created position of PGA Tour Canada President (PGA Tour)....Cal State Fullerton named former Hawaii AD JIM DONOVAN to the same position. Donovan will be "working with a tight budget within a cash-strapped" system. Fullerton "has an operating budget of roughly" $9M (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 12/14)....Miami (Ohio) Univ. named Univ. of South Dakota AD DAVID SAYLER to the same position. He will begin his new duties in early January (Miami).
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In Milwaukee, Don Walker noted Bucks Owner and U.S. Sen. HERB KOHL (D-Wisc.) on Thursday in his farewell speech after 24 years in the U.S. Senate "thanked his fellow senators, his staff in Washington and Milwaukee, and the people of Wisconsin." When Kohl leaves public office, he is "expected to spend more of his time" with the Bucks. Kohl also has said that it is "time for a new multipurpose arena in Milwaukee to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and has promised that he would make a personal financial commitment to get it jump-started" (JSONLINE.com, 12/13). Meanwhile, Steelers Chair Emeritus DAN ROONEY Friday will resign as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland “after more than three years serving” as the top diplomat in Dublin. The resignation, which has been expected for some time, will allow Rooney “to return home to Pittsburgh" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 12/14). Several NFL team owners said that they “welcomed the news that Dan Rooney would return to a more active role in league business” (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 12/14).
PAPER JAM: Basketball HOFer JULIUS ERVING will guest-star as himself on the Jan. 17 episode of NBC's "The Office." In the episode, Erving "becomes an investor in the sports marketing business that Jim (JOHN KRASINSKI) is trying to launch in Philadelphia (EW.com, 12/13)...."The Office" star JENNA FISCHER has purchased Baseball HOFer CASEY STENGEL's 4,600-square-foot estate in Glendale for $1.9M (LATIMES.com, 12/10).
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: MLB Giants P BARRY ZITO and his wife, AMBER SEYER, appeared in-studio on NBC’s “Today” Friday representing MLB and announcing MLB licensees National Design, PPW Toys and Oyos Sportstoys will donate toys and stationary to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Zito said MLBers “are all trying to come together for the toy drives across the country. It’s a great cause and we just love being involved in something bigger” (“Today,” NBC, 12/14).
NAMES: Director EDWARD BURNS said that his movie about former NHLer DEREK SANDERSON "is still in the works." Burns: "The script is being rewritten now, and it's a great script. Once that draft is done, the big thing we have to get done is to find an actor to play Derek" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/14)....Ole Miss football coach HUGH FREEZE's salary "has been raised" to $2M for the '13 season. Assistant coaching salaries "will increase" by 10%. In addition, the school announced renovations to the Indoor Practice Facility, which are "expected to cost" $12.5M (CLARIONLEDGER.com, 12/13)....Coyotes Development coach DAVE KING has been named to the ’13 class of Distinguished Honorees of the Order of Hockey Canada (AZCENTRAL.com, 12/13)….Blue Jays broadcaster JERRY HOWARTH on Thursday was named the winner of the Canadian Baseball HOF 2012 Jack Graney award (TORONTO SUN, 12/14)....Red Sox manager JOHN FARRELL and "more than 40 front office staff" helped to "rebuild a Union Beach, N.J., store that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy" (BOSTONHERALD.com, 12/13)....AFL Commissioner JERRY KURZ said that the league “will not make any official inquiry into gambling" by former San Antonio Talons co-Owner PAUL ROSS. The league does “prohibit owners from gambling” on AFL games, but Ross said that he “did not bet” on league games. Kurz said that Ross' group "still is a minority owner in" the Talons (OKLAHOMAN, 12/12)….Duke Univ.’s athletic department has “received another $10 million gift.” The latest is from Duke Trustee Board Vice Chair and Carlyle Group co-Founder & Managing Dir DAVID RUBENSTEIN (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 12/14).