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Volume 24 No. 157

People and Pop Culture

While NASCAR Digital Media Managing Dir JOHN MARTIN's workday consists of all things tech, he still prefers the traditional feel of a morning newspaper to start his day. From focusing on the upcoming race weekend to spending quality time with his dog, Maxwell, he is seemingly always on the go. Here, the UMass Sports Management grad opens up about his daily routine for this week's edition of "Minding My Business." 

What I look for when interviewing a job candidate...
I look for what I consider to be stability. I try to look for capacity, and then I really try to determine the type of employee they would be. So I have specific questions that tell me whether they’re going to be someone who needs to be managed very closely, or if they’re a self starter, or if they’re a person who would need just minimal guidance. So I try to judge the role I’m interviewing for, what kind of personality I need. I learned a long time ago, there have been so many people I liked when I first met them. And I made that mistake early in my career, that doesn’t determine if they’re a good fit for the role you have. 

Best advice I've ever received...
Your value is your network. It’s who you know and who you can call that makes you a valuable, productive employee. There have been so many times in my career where someone has asked me to solve a problem that I had no background in, but I was able to pick up a phone and call a classmate, a colleague, a friend of a friend in the industry and find someone that could specifically handle that sort of problem or opportunity I was given to solve. I got that in grad school at UMass, from DR. GLENN WONG. He was kind of one of the founders of the UMass sports management program.

Our industry needs more of...
I’d like to see sports take more interest in charitable work … the greater issues facing your region, country and the world. Sports has come leaps and bounds in that, but I think people in sports, the athletes are starting to realize the impact they can have to create positive change in the world. 

First media I consume each day...
I am old school and so I actually look at the local newspaper, the Charlotte Observer. It’s on the doorstep and I’ll peruse a lot of things after that, but it’s the first thing I look at, front to back.

Best restaurant for a business lunch...
I am a Selwyn (Avenue) Pub man. It doesn’t matter who you are, you’re always welcome at the Selwyn Pub in Charlotte. Anyone can feel comfortable there.

Guilty pleasure...
Spending some time with my dog. He’s a little white terrier, Maxwell. Just spending a little boy time, the unconditional love from a dog makes me feel good.

Can't-miss TV show...
My daughter makes the whole family watch "The Bachelor" with her. We love to just make fun of that show and make fun of ourselves for watching that show. We also watch "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." We DVR it and always try and catch up on it, it’s a family thing as well even though I’m sure that makes me look like a bad parent with the language on the show.

Dial Global named PAUL CAINE CEO, replacing both CEO SPENCER BROWN and President KEN WILLIAMS. The move is effective April 5. Caine’s duties will include activation of live-event sponsorships for the company’s radio rights to NFL primetime games and the NCAA Tournament. Caine spent the last 23 years at Time Inc., managing digital media and multiplatform selling (Dial Global).

EXECS: Northern Kentucky Univ. "fired" AD SCOTT EATON, who had served in the role since ’09. NKU President GEOFF MEARNS said that Eaton’s removal was “because of ethical violations that he would not detail.” He added that the “conduct is not related to any NCAA violation during NKU’s first year in Division I, and does not directly impact student-athletes” (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/19)….The Univ. of North Carolina named Florida Atlantic Univ. Associate AD & Dir of Academic Services MICHELLE BROWN Student Athlete Academic Support Program Dir (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 3/20)….Binghamton Univ. named East Carolina Univ. Assistant Dir of Operations & Athletic Facilities MIKE CHERRY Associate AD/Facilities & Event Center Manager (Binghamton).

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Groupon in a regulatory filing said compensation for Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder, Chair & CEO TED LEONSIS and Groupon Chair ERIC LEFKOFSKY, who were recently named co-CEOs of the company, “will match the amount that they would have received ... if they had continued to serve solely as directors.” In Chicago, Wailin Wong noted Leonsis and Lefkofsky are “not eligible to participate in the company’s compensation plan for non-employee directors, though they will be able to join the plan when a new CEO is appointed.” The filing added that “each director will receive his stock grants on the timetable laid out for them as directors” (, 3/19).

AGENT NEWS: Agent MARTY MAGID, who was recently fired by free agent DE ELVIS DUMERVIL “after a failed contract execution” with the Broncos, has “retained DAVID CORNWELL" for representation. The hiring comes "most likely as a preemptive move in the event Magid should face any future litigation or be subject to discipline” by the NFLPA (, 3/19)....Agent DREW ROSENHAUS will be the keynote speaker at Radio Ink’s Sports Radio Conference on May 14-15 at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami (Radio Ink).

CHARITY STRIPE: Baseball HOFer CAL RIPKEN JR. “enlisted his foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to draft guidelines using the research and input of leading sports scientists, pediatricians and advocates for screening coaches and volunteers.” The goal is to “empower child athletes and expose predators.” The abuse prevention standards will be “finalized -- and available at -- in about a week, after a two-day summit” that began yesterday in Alexandria, Va. (Baltimore SUN, 3/20)....Univ. of Cincinnati football coach TOMMY TUBERVILLE will donate $300,000 over the next five years to “benefit the school’s Olympic sports programs” (, 3/19)....Golfer STACY LEWIS, after winning the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday, announced that she will “add a bonus” to the $500,000 the event gives to the LPGA-USGA Girls’ Golf program (, 3/18).

AWARDS & HONORS: Univ. of Tennessee women's basketball coach emeritus PAT SUMMITT, former Arizona men's basketball coach LUTE OLSON and former Georgia Tech assistant coach and player MARK PRICE were honored yesterday at the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Naismith Awards banquet (, 3/19)….Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named Vikings P CHRIS KLUWE one of its “40 under 40” for ’13 (MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/15 issue).

NAMES: Pacific Crest Securities analyst EVAN WILSON “speculated” that Electronic Arts COO PETER MOORE is the “most likely internal candidate to succeed” former CEO JOHN RICCITIELLO, who resigned Monday (, 3/19)....The Green Bay City Council yesterday gave final approval to rename a downtown street after retired NFLer DONALD DRIVER (, 3/19)….Pro Football HOFer DEION SANDERS has “won full custody of his daughter, SHELOMI, 9, in a nasty battle with his estranged wife, PILAR” (N.Y. POST, 3/20).