The “primary goal” of interim NCAA Enforcement Dir JONATHAN DUNCAN, who began an 18-month stint on the job on Monday, is to “restore confidence in the enforcement division, which has taken a hit” after the NCAA admitted missteps in its investigation of the Univ. of Miami, according to Rachel George of USA TODAY. While the NCAA enforcement staff of 55 “clears thousands of cases each year without fanfare, Duncan is cognizant of the tarnish brought by the Miami case.” Duncan said that he and his staff “would examine which investigative tactics were acceptable and which were out of bounds.” He added that “some member schools had reached out to express concerns about the enforcement staff’s work but others had called to commend it” (USA TODAY, 3/15). ESPN.com’s Joe Schad noted Duncan “has practiced at a Kansas City law firm, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne” since ’03. Duncan “also understands how the NCAA works.” He “first represented the NCAA in litigation in 1998 and has provided counsel to a variety of NCAA committees and working groups while also working on reinstatement cases over the past 15 years.” Duncan said that “without subpoena powers ... the task for an NCAA enforcement employee is challenging” (ESPN.com, 3/14).
People and Pop Culture
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Vice Chair SHEILA JOHNSON “represents a potential catalyst who has the determination and wherewithal to ignite interest among golf’s most underrepresented constituents,” according to Gene Yasuda of GOLFWEEK. She was recently appointed to the USGA Exec Committee “at a time when a growing number of USGA critics say the association is losing touch with everyday golf and isn’t doing enough to boost participation.” USGA President GLEN NAGER “makes no bones about the purpose of Johnson’s recruitment.” Nager said, “Sheila brings to the USGA both experience and an important perspective as we continue our work to make the game more welcoming, especially among women and minority golfers.” Yasuda writes Johnson “doesn’t view golf, or athletics, in general, as mere sport, but a vehicle for societal reform.” Johnson said, “If we had more acceptance of women in sports, you would not see a lot of the problems of self-esteem. You’d see more women learning to be successful in corporate fields.” Johnson has “reinvented herself as a golf-resort owner” in what she likes to say is “Act III of my life.” Johnson, since developing the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va., “has added" Reunion Resort & Spa in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla., "to her company." Though her goal “isn’t necessarily to build an empire, Johnson is eyeing select acquisitions” (GOLFWEEK, 3/15 issue).
TOURNAMENT CHAMPION: In Tampa, Rodney Page wrote the PGA Tour will keep an event in the Tampa area if Johnson “has anything to do with it.” Johnson, who owns Innisbrook Resort & Golf Resort, site of this week's Tampa Bay Championship, said, “I am going to make sure this tournament stays around. We’re very aggressively trying to find a sponsor. The PGA [Tour] really loves this tournament. TIM FINCHEM and everybody has been telling us we need to keep it here” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 3/14).
MLS Sounders GM & minority Owner ADRIAN HANAUER is now in the midst of his fifth season at the helm of the club and coming off a vote in December where 96% of club season-ticket holders and Alliance members elected to keep him in his position. A Seattle native, he will spend the majority of his weekend in the city’s neighborhood of Leschi, while also heading to CenturyLink Field for the team’s rivalry match against the Timbers. Hanauer took time to talk about his game superstitions, homemade smoothies and his sleep habits -- or lack thereof.
DINNER PLANS: Friday after work, if I can muster the energy after the week leading up to a game, it’s almost certainly dinner with friends. It's at one of five or ten favorite spots or it’s trying a new restaurant in town. And then -- especially if I’ve had a glass of wine -- I’m crawling to bed by about 10:30pm.
KICKING AROUND: I do my best to sleep as long as possible on a game day, but I’m a terrible sleeper. So I’ll more likely get involved in turning the TV on somewhere between 6:00am and 7:30am to start watching soccer games that are on in Europe. That’s the problem with our sport. There’s basically a live soccer game on almost 24 hours a day, which makes it really hard to turn off. I have good friends at Chelsea and Arsenal, so I certainly root for my friends. Those are probably the two teams that I try not to miss if they’re playing in the morning.
BOYS AND THEIR TOYS: I have a really fancy kind of commercial-type espresso machine that I use more than any expensive toy I’ve ever bought. I have an Americano every morning. I’m a coffee and smoothie guy, every morning. I put banana; fresh fruit; frozen fruit; yogurt; vegetables like carrot, spinach, maybe kale, beets, whatever we might have around; protein powder; and then ice and juice. That’s breakfast.
DOG DAY AFTEROON: My girlfriend and I try to go to the dog park on Saturdays before games with my dog Oscar. Then most Saturdays -- my background is German, and there’s a little German deli near the dog park -- we’ll pick up some cold cuts and sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad and mustard and go have lunch at the house. It’s a very, stress-relieving, relaxing thing for me to do.
HOCUS POCUS: I rotate through different superstitions. One year I had a lucky haircut and I didn’t get a haircut until we lost a game. Other times I’ve had lucky suits that I’ve worn. There was a period where we were winning when I didn’t work out the day of the game. But that one I kind of got rid of pretty quickly because I just couldn’t stand the idea of not working out on the day of the game. It turns out that the superstitions never work for a long period of time. And I would say as I’ve gone more years, I’m starting to become a little more sane and less neurotic about my superstitions and ability to affect the outcome by what I’m wearing.
NIGHT CAP: After the game I’ll go home, get a bowl of cereal and watch the game again with some Kashi or some healthy cereal. It’s usually like Raisin Nut Bran or something like that. There’s a negotiation that goes on every weekend between my girlfriend and I about how much soccer on TV equates to how much Home & Garden TV and how many episodes of “House Hunters International” we have to watch. So it’s like one full game per episode of “House Hunters International.”
ON THE 7TH DAY, HE RESTED: Sunday is usually way less programmed and it also almost certainly is affected by the result and the quality of the game before. Again, as I do this more years, I hope to not have the game affect me quite as much for the next few days, but I’d be lying if I said that the days after a win were not different from the days after a loss.
JUST LIKE MOM: My favorite, kind of off-the-beaten-path place that I go to is a little sandwich place where I can hide out at because it’s in the middle of the industrial area. It’s not a flashy place, just a little place where they make good food. It’s a place called Two Tartes. I almost always have half of a tuna fish sandwich with a salad and salt and vinegar potato chips and a glass of water. I have a huge sweet tooth. And this place makes the best cookies and baked goods in the city, kind of like your mom used to make with real butter and real sugar.
True Capital Management named KENNETH SOROSKY Dir for its new L.A. office and TEMPLE SEWELL Client Relations Manager (True Capital)….Iona College AD EUGENE MARSHALL JR. will “step down when his two-year term expires on June 1” (AP, 3/14)….Live Nation named Liberty Media CEO & President GREG MAFFEI non-Exec Board Chair. Maffei has “served on the Live Nation board” since February ’11 (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/14).
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Loyola Univ.-New Orleans announced that Saints and Hornets Owner TOM BENSON has pledged $5M in financial aid to the school through his foundation. The money will fund scholarships for academically-talented students who have demonstrated financial need (Loyola-New Orleans)….Former Sabres Owner TOM GOLISANO donated $10M to the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation in Naples, Fla., as part of a $20M “community challenge grant he proposed less than a year ago” (Ft. Myers NEWS-PRESS, 3/15).
GOING GREEN: The Natural Resource Defense Council on Thursday honored Pirates Owner BOB NUTTING for his leadership in the sports industry’s green efforts (Pirates). NFL Giants Chair & Exec VP STEVE TISCH and President & CEO JOHN MARA also were honored at the event. Mara said, “I think that is the trend now; I think most people recognize we all have an obligation to do what we can for the environment.” He said since MetLife Stadium was “recognized as the greenest stadium in the league, we’ve improved our carbon footprint” (NJ.com, 3/14). Other honorees included NFL Jets Owner WOODY JOHNSON, Vulcan Sports & Entertainment CEO PETER MCLOUGHLIN and Mariners VP/Ballpark Operations SCOTT JENKINS. The event was emceed by former WNBAer LISA LESLIE and co-chaired by four league commissioners: MLB's BUD SELIG, NBA's DAVID STERN, NHL's GARY BETTMAN and MLS' DON GARBER (THE DAILY).
NAMES: The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival on Tuesday announced its upcoming slate, and one will be actor KEVIN CONNOLLY’s “Big Shot,” which is about former Islanders Owner JOHN SPANO. The film debuts April 19 (NEWSDAY.com, 3/14)….IndyCar and NASCAR team Owner ROGER PENSKE stepped down from GE’s BOD (NASDAQ)….NASCAR driver JEFF GORDON on Thursday “helped kick off a food drive” at K.C. community food network Harvesters. Gordon and Kansas Speedway President PAT WARREN “packed food boxes that will be given to low-income seniors who are at risk of hunger in the Kansas City community” (K.C. STAR, 3/15)....Gold Medal-winning U.S. speedskater APOLO OHNO will host the GSN's revival of the gameshow “Minute To Win It” (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 3/14)....Pro Football HOFer DAN MARINO “showed up for jury duty Wednesday yet never reported to his assigned court room.” Marino’s visit to the courthouse was “cut short by an intercepting judge and cushioned by deputy escorts, creating a buzz and irking some who perceived special treatment” (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 3/14)....Celtics Gs JASON TERRY and TERRENCE WILLIAMS on Thursday “read to students” at the Perkins School for the Blind. They were joined by Managing Partner & CEO WYC GROUSBECK and his wife, CORINNE. Celtics F PAUL PIERCE later hosted his Truth Strikes Again celebrity bowling tournament to benefit his campaign to fight child obesity (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/15)....Broncos S QUINTON CARTER is facing felony charges that he “cheated at a craps game” last weekend at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas. Carter was arrested Saturday at the casino (AP, 3/14).
SPORTS BUSINESS AWARDS: Look for the announcement of the 75 nominees for the '13 Sports Business Awards at approximately 7:00am ET Monday morning with the unveiling of a video posted exclusively at SportsBusinessDaily.com. Check your inbox for an e-mail notification that the video has been posted. Nominees for the sixth annual awards program in 15 categories -- from Sports Team of the Year to Sports Executive of the Year -- will be revealed. Winners will be announced during a live ceremony on Wednesday, May 22 at the N.Y. Marriott Marquis at Times Square.