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Volume 24 No. 117

People and Pop Culture

NFL Senior VP/Sponsorship & Media Sales JOHN BRODY will soon leave the top sponsorship job which he began only in February. NFL VP/Communications BRIAN MCCARTHY said Brody’s move was catalyzed by NFL Media COO BRIAN ROLAPP’s decision to split sponsorship and media sales into separate functions, following the recent departure of VP/Media Sales DAVID PATTILLO, who left to join Twitter. An e-mail from Rolapp to staffers read, “As a result of this decision to split Sponsorship and Media Sales, John Brody, who has been our head of the combined sponsorship and media sales group, has decided that he will be pursuing other sponsorship and media sales roles outside of the NFL. That said, he has agreed to work with me and the team to manage the transition.” VP/Business Development RENIE ANDERSON has been promoted to Senior VP/Sponsorship & Partnership Management, a new position that will include new business as well as day-to-day management of NFL sponsors. Anderson was part of the '13 SBJ/SBD Forty Under 40 class. Rolapp said he would launch an immediate search for a Senior VP/Media Sales and the department would report to him in the interim.

The 76ers yesterday named former Palace Sports & Entertainment Exec VP DAN HAUSER Senior VP/Corporate Partnerships, effective immediately. Hauser will oversee all sponsorship initiatives, including strategy and new business, as well as the team’s TV and radio partnerships. He will report to Chief Revenue Officer CHRIS HECK (76ers). SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's John Lombardo reports the Sixers have "quadrupled the size of their sales staff and made several veteran hires for their executive ranks." The moves follow the departure of Senior VP/Corporate Partnership & Broadcasting TOM WARD, who was hired last year. Also "hired in the past month" are Senior Dir of Corporate Partnerships OWEN MORIN, Senior Dir of Ticket Sales JAKE REYNOLDS, Ticket Sales Manager BRIAN NORMAN and Dir of Partnership Marketing KATIE GROSSMAN. All are "new jobs, as is Heck’s position," and each of the new execs "reports to Heck" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/16 issue).

Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations JEANIE BUSS hopes her new scripted Showtime program can give "answers to the questions she always gets about being the Lakers' Executive Vice President and directing the business side of the NBA's most glamorous franchise," according to David Aldridge of However, the show, which is part of a collaboration between her group with writer/director RON SHELTON, "isn't about the Lakers." Buss on Sunday said, "It may not even be basketball. It could be any other sports property. ... It isn't based on anybody. It isn't based on my family. It isn't based on the Lakers." The only thing that is certain is that Shelton will "come up with a script, direct it, executive produce it and a pilot will be shot." The show is "likely going to be more drama than comedy, though there will certainly be some funny moments." Other exec producers, besides Buss, are her fiancé, PHIL JACKSON, Jeanie's best friend, LINDA RAMBIS, as well as Linda's husband and Lakers assistant coach KURT. It is "probably a good bet we'll see something on Showtime ... sometime in 2014." Buss had "kicked around the idea of a television show about a pro sports team for a few years." Shelton will "write the script, but there will certainly be collaboration between him and the basketball people." While some successful shows have "nominally involved sports in recent years, there really hasn't been a very good weekly television show centered on basketball since 'THE WHITE SHADOW' went off the air in the '80s." Buss said, "They're not going to use NBA marks or logos. If I'm involved with it, it isn't going to be 'PLAYMAKERS.' It isn't out to make the league look bad or make the team look bad. I wouldn't be involved in anything like that" (, 9/16).

The Wizards promoted TOMMY SHEPPARD to Senior VP/Basketball Operations, ED TAPSCOTT to VP/Player Programs, BRETT GREENBERG to Dir of Basketball Analytics & Salary Cap Management, BRYAN ORINGHER to Video Coordinator and RYAN RICHMAN to Assistant Video Coordinator. The team also named MARC EVERSLEY VP/Scouting, FRANK ROSS Dir of Player Personnel, GREG BALLARD Advance Pro Scout and THOMAS KNOX Dir of Player Performance & Rehabilitation (Wizards).

EXECS: Newly-elected IOC President THOMAS BACH has resigned as head of the German Olympic Sports Confederation to assume his new role (AP, 9/16)....The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation named College Summit Exec Dir for Southern California NICHOL WHITEMAN Exec Dir (Dodgers)....Universal Sports Network named Showtime Point of Sale Manager RACHEL RICHMAN Dir of Distribution & Affiliate Marketing (Universal Sports)....Southern California youth sports organization LA84 Foundation named ROBERT WAGNER to the newly-created position of VP/Partnerships. Wagner will create and manage local and national partnerships with companies, foundations and community-based organizations (LA84)....Sportsman Channel named former Turner Sports PR Manager TOM CARACCIOLI Dir of PR (THE DAILY).

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ANDRE AGASSI yesterday in Milwaukee opened the Rocketship Southside Community Prep charter school. Rocketship has become the "highest growth charter school system in the country, and is funded by the nation's first market-driven real estate fund" (, 9/17). Milwaukee is serving as the Calif.-based group's "first expansion site and is a litmus test for how successful the schools can be with low-income and minority students in other cities." Rocketship intends to "open eight K-5 schools in Milwaukee by 2017, serving up to 5,000 students" (, 9/16).

ON THE CATWALK: Tennis player SLOANE STEPHENS recently participated in N.Y. Fashion Week and said of her off-court pursuits, "I'm an online shopper, so that's what I do in my free time. A lot of online shopping and I just like to see new styles and new people. And this fashion line -- Boy Meets Girl -- I find interesting. It's good to learn about new things and see new things." She added, "I just love fashion. I just love the whole magazine thing. I definitely want to get into it, but I don't know what I'll do yet" (, 9/16).

COVERING UP: Boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. yesterday issued an apology "for a photo and captions on his Instagram account ridiculing" Golden Boy Promotions President OSCAR DE LA HOYA’s "time in a treatment facility." Mayweather said the images were "not posted by me or authorized by me to post." The images showed a "distraught-appearing De La Hoya, the headline 'Meanwhile In Rehab' is followed by words below the photo that say, 'Oscar: I gave CANELO the wrong blueprint I was high'” (L.A. TIMES, 9/17).

NAMES: A 12-acre corn maze in the likeness of Colts QB ANDREW LUCK "is about to open in northeastern Indiana." Creator LARRY SMITH "sought permission from the Colts for the design." He estimates the maze "could help draw some 10,000 people" to his farm's festival during the six weeks it is open (AP, 9/16)....Former NHLers SCOTT THORNTON and MIKE KRUSHELNYSKI will "be among the competitors" in the upcoming season of CBC's "BATTLE OF THE BLADES" (CP, 9/15)....Lightning Owner JEFF VINIK yesterday tore down his $4.25M, 6,000-square-foot mansion on St. Armand’s Key to “make way for what neighbors say will be a three-story home” for his family. The home “spans half a football field of waterfront in one of Sarasota’s toniest enclaves” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 9/17)….Rockets Owner LESLIE ALEXANDER put an $8.4M down payment on a $42M, 8,000-square-foot penthouse in N.Y.’s Gramercy Park neighborhood (, 9/16).

IN MEMORY: Former CFL Calgary Stampeders Owner SIG GUTSCHE died Saturday at the age of 64. Gutsche purchased the “destitute Stampeders through receivership court” in ’96 for C$1.6M. The “little white-thatched Hard Rock Café owner often referred to himself as a ‘small player swimming in red ink,’ compared to his deep-pocketed CFL partners” (CALGARY HERALD, 9/17). Gutsche is “credited with successfully seeing the Stampeders through a time of turmoil.” Stampeders Exec VP STAN SCHWARTZ said, “The Stampeders and football fans in Calgary will forever owe a debt of gratitude to Sig for his passion and commitment” (CALGARY SUN, 9/16)….Longtime Madison Square Garden employee AL MARCHFELD died earlier this month and “left a void that will be nearly impossible to fill.” Marchfeld started out “as a statistician, and later worked on the Knicks’ game-night staff in the press box” (, 9/16).