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Volume 24 No. 117

People and Pop Culture

Gordon and her husband, Phillip
Berman, often unwind by biking
As a longtime Managing Editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, ANNE GORDON spent plenty of time thinking about how to cover the hometown Eagles. Gordon now is even more focused on the NFL team, but in a different way. She was named the club's Senior VP/Media & Communications last December, and now offers a different point of view. Gordon: "I have the opportunity to sort of see things from both sides of the coin. That's been helpful." The Univ. of Denver grad recently spoke with THE DAILY about her new role, the digital age and her love for biking.

Settling into the new gig...
I’m not your typical executive for this role, I don’t have a sports marketing background. I have a media background and I have a private equity background, so it’s a little bit of a different role. We reorganized before my arrival and blended some departments together to try and make us all work together a little more effectively, with a strategy of putting digital media at the center of everything we do and everything that we hold so we can reach fans in a multitude of ways. The football aspect of it has all been new to me. I've been very blessed with colleagues helping me engage. (Eagles President DON SMOLENSKI) handed over some projects to help me learn, and I feel like those helped a lot.

Bringing media viewpoint to the front office...
I can now see something from the team’s perspective as well as from the community’s perspective, so that’s been very helpful for me to try to bridge the gap and get the bigger picture on what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle in this community. It was helpful when we were trying to do a new marketing campaign this year about the team’s connection to the city.

Best advice I've received...
I always reflect on the words of RALPH WALDO EMERSON who said, “Over my years I've seen good preaching and bad preaching and have learned from both.” I really often think about that in terms of managers that I've seen over the years or worked with. You can learn something from the good and the bad.

Daily media diet...
I’m checking all of the media by 5:30 in the morning and then I constantly check a variety of other aggregating sources. I’ll check Pro Football Talk, our local media, I’m using Twitter as an aggregation service. I have three large screens on my desk, so I’m constantly checking in on things. My staff is constantly keeping me updated.

Smartphone of choice...
iPhone. I just like the operating system. I read content on it, I’m able to text with it. I like the size and being able to keep it with me. A big issue for me is when I’m in the stadium and there are hours where I don’t want to be carrying a bunch of stuff around, it’s great. I've been a longtime user.

Tech's impact on sports...
I’m constantly using and tracking the Eagles app. Everything that’s happening in mobile drives me, drives our professional discussion. We’re really trying to be a mobile-first operation in how we create content, so I would say the innovations there with the smartphones have been as revolutionary to me as they have been to the rest of the country.

Not just cheesesteaks...
My most recent favorite restaurant is Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia. They just have American cuisine, a garden outside. It’s lovely.

How I unwind...
I’m a big biker, my husband and I bike regularly. I’m also kind of a gym rat. Biking is a huge part of our lives. We do road biking, we've done trips and we bike every weekend. It’s something we really enjoy. No question, I get a lot of stress relief from that. I can’t do it as much with this job because my day starts so early.

The Tigers promoted acting Manager of Baseball Media Relations AILEEN VILLARREAL to Dir of Media Relations (DETROIT NEWS, 10/2)....YES Network promoted Creative Dir for On-Air Promotions DANIEL GUERNSEY to Senior Creative Dir of On-Air Promotions (YES)....The Triple-A PCL Omaha Storm Chasers promoted Community Relations Dir ANDREA STAVA to Assistant GM/Operations and named SEAN OLSON Ticket Sales Dir (Storm Chasers)....The Univ. at Buffalo promoted Senior Associate AD/Administration ALLEN GREENE to Deputy AD (UB)....High Point Univ. promoted Facilities & Operations Dir SAM PHIPPS to Assistant AD/Facilities & Operations (HPU)....Former Jaguars CFO BILL PRESCOTT has become a principal with Jacksonville-based investment banking firm Heritage Capital Group (, 10/1).

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Georgia-based Hershend Family Entertainment, the company that operates Stone Mountain Park and Dollywood in Tennessee, has "acquired the Harlem Globetrotters." Financial terms of the deal with Shamrock Capital Advisors were not disclosed. HFE said that the deal will allow it to "cross-market attractions to reach a larger audience." The Globetrotters "employ more than 90 people, including players, staff and coaches." HFE said that current management and the player roster "will remain the same" (, 10/1).

IRON MIKE: USA Boxing President CHARLES BUTLER "came out swinging Tuesday with an open letter" to Boxing HOFer MIKE TYSON that "accuses the former heavyweight champion of trying to poach fighters who might be candidates for the U.S. Olympic team" in '16. Butler in a letter wrote that the recently formed Iron Mike Productions "has been offering money to the best amateur fighters to turn pro," including 18-year-old Florida-based fighter ERICKSON LUBIN, "who some in amateur boxing believe to be the country's best hope for a gold medal at the Rio games." Butler said the money being offered is "pennies on the dollar" compared to what the prospects could be worth with an Olympic medal (AP, 10/1).

: The N.C. Court of Appeals yesterday "unanimously upheld a lower court's rulings dismissing" SMI Chair & CEO BRUTON SMITH's fight with Cabarrus County for $80M in improvements for Charlotte Motor Speedway (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/2)....Illinois-based First Security Trust & Savings Bank, owned by Blackhawks Chair ROCKY WIRTZ, "has been ordered by regulators to improve its compliance procedures." The bank also was ordered to "beef up oversight by its board of directors and that its compliance officer and compliance committee take a more active role" (, 10/1)

SILVER SCREEN: Millennium Entertainment "has acquired all U.S. rights to 'LIFE OF A KING,' a drama that stars CUBA GOODING JR. as a chess-playing ex-con." JAKE GOLDBERGER directed the film from a script he co-wrote with ESPN Dir of Communications DAVID SCOTT and Yahoo Sports writer DAN WETZEL (, 9/30)....Former college baseball player turned filmmaker RYAN BROOKS has "filed suit against Warner Bros.," alleging that the film "TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE" was "lifted from the scripts and concept reel of one of his passion projects." In addition to copyright infringement, the suit also "makes a series of claims including breach of contract, unjust enrichment and racketeering." Film director CLINT EASTWOOD "was not named as a defendant" (, 10/1).

CHARITY STRIPE: The Dodgers and members of Guggenheim Partners yesterday announced a $250,000 gift to the L.A.P.D., which will outfit officers "with small video cameras that would record their encounters with people." The gift comes "on the heels of other sizable donations," including $250,000 from WMG Chair & CEO CASEY WASSERMAN (L.A. TIMES, 10/2)....New Balance yesterday announced the launch of its Lace Up 365 program to mark the 25th anniversary of its partnership with Susan G. Komen (New Balance).

AROUND THE DIAMOND: TBS MLB analyst PEDRO MARTINEZ "just struck a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to publish his memoirs." "PEDRO" will be co-written by Boston Herald reporter MICHAEL SILVERMAN. Publication is scheduled for '14 (, 10/1)....Retiring Rockies 1B TODD HELTON took out a full-page ad in Monday’s Denver Post “to thank the fans” (, 9/30)....Angels P C.J. WILSON writes about driving his McLaren MP4-12C from L.A. to Big Sur with his fiancée, noting he has “always been a McLaren fan" because of their F1 team and late driver AYRTON SENNA (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/2).

Avicii performed at the MLB Fan Cave after
last night's Pirates-Reds game
NAMES: Tennis HOFer ANDRE AGASSI and Canyon Capital Realty Advisors Chair & CEO BOBBY TURNER yesterday attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Franklin Academy charter school in Boynton Beach, Fla. (PALM BEACH POST, 10/2)….Rockets C DWIGHT HOWARD, Warriors G STEPHEN CURRY and Knicks C TYSON CHANDLER are among NBA players who will appear on Disney XD in November during the net’s “Pranksgiving” programming (AP, 10/1)….DJ AVICII performed a concert at the MLB Fan Cave following last night's Pirates-Reds game (MLB)....Thunder F KEVIN DURANT bought two town homes at the Hill in downtown Oklahoma City for $1.769M in July, and “took out a $400,000 building permit to convert them into one 7,400-square-foot residence” (, 10/1)….Singer KIMBERLY PERRY and Blue Jays C J.P. ARENCIBIA are engaged and “plan to wed next summer” (, 10/1).

IN MEMORY: Author and Orioles investor TOM CLANCY "died last night in a hospital in Baltimore" at the age of 66 (, 10/2). Clancy emerged as the likely buyer of the Vikings in February of '98 with a bid reportedly to be around $200M. Clancy then received the blessing from then-NFL Commissioner PAUL TAGLIABUE over current team President ROGER HEADRICK. But then Clancy had difficulty raising the financing, and asked for and was denied extensions on the deal. Three months later, Clancy announced he was abandoning his bid (THE DAILY).