Kansas-based attorney MIKE GLAZIER topped a list of the most influential figures in Oregon sports after he was hired by the Univ. of Oregon as its "legal point man during the NCAA investigation into the Ducks football program," according to John Canzano of the Portland OREGONIAN. Glazier's firm "billed Oregon more than $200,000," and while UO "faced serious penalties, it avoided a bowl ban, further damage to the brand, and a loss of millions of dollars in revenue for itself and the Pac-12." Glazier is "known in college circles as 'The Cleaner' for his work helping universities work through dicey NCAA investigations." He has an "impeccable reputation," so hiring him "while the brand program was teetering was a brilliant tactic." Without Glazier's "credibility, guidance and influence, Oregon might not have skipped away from its NCAA troubles with little more than probation." It is why Glazier "commands $330 an hour" (Portland OREGONIAN, 7/14).
Columbia Sportswear named Keen VP/Global Sales & Market Development RUSS HOPCUS to the newly created position of Senior VP/North American Sales (OREGONLIVE.com, 7/15)....The Flyers named NHL Kings VP & Assistant GM RON HEXTALL Assistant GM & Hockey Operations Dir (LATIMES.com, 7/15)....The Bruins "have fired" Amateur Scouting Dir WAYNE SMITH, who was "one of general manager PETER CHIARELLI's first hires in 2006 and became head scout in 2007" (BOSTON HERALD, 7/16)....The Magic named Pirates New Business Development Dir TRAVIS APPLE Senior Dir of Ticket Sales (Magic)....N.J.-based Coyne PR firm announced that it will open a new office in Santa Monica, Calif., which will be led by newly hired Coyne West Coast GM & Senior VP HEATHER KRUG (Coyne).
The UFL Sacramento Mountain Lions have "several coaches and employees suing" Owner PAUL PELOSI, claiming that he "failed to pay them after promising to do so." The suit, filed this month in S.F. Superior Court, cites five employees as saying that Pelosi "owes them $250,000" (SFGATE.com, 7/15).
BECAUSE IT'S THE CUP: Hockey HOF Curator and Keeper of the Stanley Cup PHIL PRITCHARD is profiled in the N.Y. Times' Frequent Flier feature. He writes, "Hockey is played in 75 countries, and I've been taking the Stanley Cup to a lot of events for a lot of years." With the Blackhawks' win this year, "I've already been to two small towns in Ontario, made a stop in Minnesota, and then in early August, I'll be headed to Europe to take the Cup to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden, among other places." But "like baggage, the Cup has to make connections." Pritchard: "Most of the time, I don't have any problems. Sometimes, I do" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/16).
NAMES: ESPN analyst and former NFLer RAY LEWIS will be inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor during Week 3 of the upcoming season (ESPN.com, 7/15)....Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN is part of a group investing $6.3M in Tivli, "a startup whose aim is to help traditional pay TV providers stay connected to college students who are more likely to get their video fix via tablets, laptops, smartphones and other devices that aren't televisions" (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 7/15 issue)....The Dan Marino Foundation is starting a "new jobs-development program" that will "allow high school graduates with autism and other developmental disabilities to obtain college-level skills and internships to secure work." The foundation expects to "help 40 to 60 young adults in the new program in the first year, which will start in October." The program "should expand to 120 to 150 students" starting October '14 (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 7/15)....The D'Backs have raised $705,395 in support of the families of the 19 firefighters who were killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire (D'Backs)....Under Armour Founder, Chair & CEO KEVIN PLANK has "reportedly just closed on one of Georgetown's most glamorous mansions," paying "in the vicinity" of $8M (WASHINGTONIAN.com, 7/15).
IN MEMORY: Longtime Milwaukee Athletic Club AD JIM WHITE died on July 8 "of natural causes" at the age of 86 (JSONLINE.com, 7/15).