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Volume 24 No. 160

People and Pop Culture

Nike on Friday announced that Brand President CHARLIE DENSON will retire in January '14. He has held the position since '06. Nike also announced strategic changes in its exec management team. Effective July 1, Exec VP/Global Brand & Category Management TREVOR EDWARDS will become the new Nike Brand President leading all category and geographic business units. In addition, Exec VP/Merchandising & Product ERIC SPRUNK will become COO; President of Direct-to-Consumer JEANNE JACKSON will become President of Product & Merchandising; and President of New Business Development Dr. THOMAS CLARKE will become President of Innovation. All four will report directly to Nike President & CEO MARK PARKER (Nike). Edward Jones Senior Consumer Analyst BRIAN YARBROUGH said Edwards has "some very big shoes to fill, but they have a very strong, deep management team." BLOOMBERG NEWS' Townsend & Coleman-Lochner note Denson started at Nike in '79 as "an assistant manager of one of its original stores." From there, he "worked his way up in the sales department" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 6/21).

With summer now in full swing, CBS Sports’ TIM BRANDO finally has some spare time to catch his breath. From August through April, Brando can be seen hosting “College Football Today,” calling NCAA basketball or hosting his daily "Tim Brando Show." With the Shreveport, La., resident getting a relatively free weekend, he is excited about spending some much-needed time with his family, but also getting in some work for the upcoming college football season -- and maybe sleeping in a bit.

FAMILY TIME: I put a premium on spending time with TERRI (his wife) and the girls because I’m gone so many weekends. Whatever they want to do. Whether it’s at home or going someplace or meeting up with them. If it’s just my wife and me, we'll go on a date and do what we want to do. No matter what sporting event happens to be on, I’m still going to put them first. There aren’t many guys in my profession that can say they’ve been married to the same woman for 34 years. I’m proud of the fact that we’re still a family and we’ve been on this ride together. It takes a lot of patience and perseverance for any wife to put up with her husband being gone as much as I am.

WEDDING GUESTS: My daughter TARA is a bridesmaid in a wedding coming up in Jackson, Mississippi, and I’ll be doing that on Saturday. I have to make time every weekend, as much as possible, for my wife and my girls. On Sunday, I’ll be flying up to Charlotte to tape six weeks worth of the syndicated show that Raycom does called “Football Saturdays in the South.” It’s something I’m really happy to do and it kind of gets me in a college football mode when I’m doing that show.

HONEY-DO LIST: I have chores. I’m more apt to do them after my show on Monday -- when the golf course is closed. When it’s closed, when I say goodbye on the show, I can usually be found at Home Depot picking up either Miracle Grow or just some good old topsoil. I bring it home and dump it wherever my wife deems necessary. We had a tornado come through a couple weeks ago that tore up some of our shrubs and bushes and things, so it’s my job to go get whatever she needs and then she likes to do it herself.

YARD MARKER: I mow the lawn for myself and for my oldest daughter, TIFFANY, who lives about two-and-a-half miles from where we live. It’s a little bit like golf. It’s therapy and in this heat, you feel like you get a workout. That keeps me from having to get on the StairMaster or treadmill on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Either the golf or me dumping the dirt or mowing the grass, that keeps me busy. Maybe it’s a southern thing that I enjoy mowing the lawn. It’s good for the soul. I have a push mower, I enjoy doing it the old-fashioned way, and I’ll continue to do that as long as my bones will allow.

BORN ON THE BAYOU: The older I get, the more we like to stay home when I’m off the road for dinner. Superior Bar & Grill in Shreveport is a nice place and we like to go a lot. As Louisianans, we love our seafood, and you will never get a shrimp fajita any better than the one you’ll get at Superior Bar & Grill. The shrimp there are to die for. They’re grilled to perfection and just really, really good. If you’re not watching the games on the big screen, you’re watching the people. Sports and people-watching tend to be enjoyable. Sometimes, in our case, we enjoy the people as much as they enjoy watching us. When you live in your hometown, it’s kind of cool.

FAIRWAYS & GREENS: At this stage in my career I think it’s nice to still have some goals. I just kind of want to be the left-hander coming out of the bullpen whenever CBS calls about golf coverage. I love golf. I live on a golf course and I’m an avid player. If I’m not playing golf, I’m probably watching golf. I’m more of a consumer of it than I am a commentator of it, but I do want to become more of a commentator of it. A lot of time the telecast ends around 5:00pm, so I’ll get out there before it’s dark.

SUMMER READING: I do this a lot in the summer and at the beach, but I’ll get every imaginable college football preview book that there is. You name it, I’ll get it. The daily stuff online is really good, but I’ll still take some time in the summer, maybe while we’re at the beach, to read Sporting News or Lindy's or Athlon or something like that before we play some backgammon on the beach. I’m big into biographies, too. Not just about sports but about entertainment.

SLEEPING IN: I usually get up early every day -- around 6:00am. On weekends, I might wake up around 6:30am, but then say, “Hey, it’s Saturday,” and get another hour and a half of sleep. I can go with four or five hours of sleep when I’m busy, but when I’m not, the idea of getting a full eight hours of sleep -- I definitely enjoy doing that.

Dial Global named Insignia Sports/Entertainment Exec VP & Managing Dir RONALD FURMAN Chief Revenue Officer. He will be based in N.Y. and report directly to CEO PAUL CAINE (Dial Global)....U.S. Speedskating Exec Dir MARK GREENWALD after three years on the job will "step down soon ... as part of a vast overhaul." Greenwald will "help search for his replacement," and they hope to "hire a new director by the end of summer" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/21)....Univ. of Missouri AD MIKE ALDEN has been selected as President of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for the '13-14 season. In addition to Alden, NACDA exec committee members include Univ. of Arizona AD GREG BYRNE, Iowa Western Univ. AD BRENDA HAMPTON, Maryville Univ. AD MARCUS MANNING, Georgetown Univ. AD LEE REED and County College of Morris AD JACK SULLIVAN (, 6/20)....Yankees Assistant Dir of Player & Media Relations JASON LATIMER accepted a position with the Univ. of Florida football program's External Communications Dept. (THE DAILY)....SI soccer editor NICK ZACCARDI is leaving for NBC Sports (, 6/21)....The Seahawks promoted TAG RIBARY to Dir of Team Operations, TRENT KIRCHNER to Dir of Pro Personnel, DAN MORGAN to Assistant Dir of Pro Personnel and JOSH GRAFF to National Scout. In addition, the team named JIM NAGY southeast area scout (Seahawks)....The Browns named FRANK EDGERLY Senior Pro Scout. In addition, the team named BRENT BLAYLOCK, BRENDAN DONOVAN, MATTHEW MANOCHERIAN and PATRICK MOORE college scouts (Browns)....The Canadian Paralympic Committee named Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO PETER JUDGE Dir of Winter Sport for Own the Podium. He will transition into the new role following the '14 Sochi Games (CPC).

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N.Y. prosecutors on Wednesday "dropped assault charges brought against" former MLS FC Dallas President & CEO DOUG QUINN in November, when police said that Quinn "hit and tried to choke his wife, ELIZABETH, in a hotel room following his 50th birthday party." A protective order "barring Quinn from contacting his wife was also lifted following the motion to dismiss." Quinn resigned from his position in February (, 6/19). Quinn said, "I feel good. It's nice to know that the investigation proved what really happened." Elizabeth "was not in attendance" (, 6/19).

WILD CAT: In Tucson, Greg Hansen writes Univ. of Arizona AD GREG BYRNE has "undeniably become a player on the national stage," and in turn, the school is viewed as an "on-the-rise franchise." But the school's women's soccer, women's basketball, men's golf and men's tennis programs "are in notable distress." Hansen: "Can you imagine where the UA would be had Byrne not been willing to leave Mississippi State and reshape the perception and financial health of Arizona in the spring of 2010?" (ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 6/21).

LION'S SHARE: Penn State football coach BILL O'BRIEN has a "restructured, or amended, contract, one that shortens his commitment" to the school and earns him a pay raise of nearly $1M, which puts him at $1.93M for the '13 year beginning next month. If O'Brien were to go to "another college, he would have to pay an additional" $1.35M -- $1M for radio, TV and public appearances and $350,000 for the shoe and apparel deal with Nike -- "for every year of the contract" (, 6/20).

JERSEY BOY: In New Jersey, Tara Sullivan notes late actor and Rutgers alum JAMES GANDOLFINI will "forever be honored for his loyalty to" the school's football team. Gandolfini "made Rutgers cool to root for." Buccaneers and former Rutgers coach GREG SCHIANO said, "He was a great supporter of Rutgers football long before it was fashionable to be so." Sullivan notes one of the "most memorable events in Rutgers history," is a 30-second spot in which Gandolfini "ends up playing second fiddle to Schiano in the popularity department" (Bergen RECORD, 6/21).

NAMES: NBC's AL MICHAELS has been named the winner of the Pro Football HOF's Pete Rozelle Radio & Television Award. He will be honored Aug. 2 during HOF induction weekend (Pro Football HOF)....SandRidge Energy's BOD on Wednesday said that it removed Thunder investor TOM WARD as CEO. Ward will "receive a severance package consisting of cash and stock valued at more than" $90M (REUTERS, 6/19)....A lawsuit against boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. and two bodyguards "involved in a roller skating rink shooting in August 2009 has been wiped clean." Court documents show that the only cost to Mayweather will be "paying his lawyers" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/21)....Former NFLer JEROME BETTIS has "bought three Papa John's Pizza outlets in Pittsburgh." The chain is promoting Bettis' investment by "offering a 36 percent discount, reflecting his jersey number, to customers who use the promotional code 'PJBUS36' when ordering online from Papa John's in the Pittsburgh and South Bend, Ind., areas" (, 6/20)....Knicks Owner JAMES DOLAN’s blues band, JD & THE STRAIGHT SHOT, announced that it will “hit the road in July" with THE EAGLES for 11 shows (N.Y. POST, 6/21)….Time Warner Cable Media on Wednesday posthumously honored Lakers Owner Dr. JERRY BUSS at its View from the Top upfront event (TWC Media)….Rapper DRAKE, Panthers QB CAM NEWTON, entertainers LENNY KRAVITZ and GLORIA ESTEFAN attended Thursday night’s Heat-Spurs NBA Finals Game 7 in Miami (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 6/21).

IN MEMORY: FIBA Europe President OLAFUR RAFNSSON died Wednesday at the age of 50. He had served in his role since ’10 and previously was National Olympic Association of Ireland President (FIBA).