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Volume 24 No. 160

People and Pop Culture

It’s time to make your opinion known as the 9th annual SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Reader Survey is underway. The survey features more than 100 questions across leagues, teams, facilities, sponsorship, media, and more.

*What is the biggest threat to sports?
*Which of the following is the most marketable athlete?
*Who is the most influential person in sports business?
*What is the biggest sports business story of the year?
*Which of the following events would you put on your "bucket list" to attend in person?
*Grade the NCAA's effectiveness in dealing with rules enforcement.

Those are some of the questions you'll find in this year’s survey. Cast your votes and then see highlights of the results the week of Dec. 2. We want to hear from you.

Vote now!

Clippers G and recently elected NBPA President CHRIS PAUL was profiled on HBO's "Real Sports" last night, and HBO's Mary Carillo said it "was just this kind of guy, the kind who brings his kids to post-game press conferences, that his fellow NBA players thought should be their leader." The union is "in turmoil and in need of guidance." Paul's wife, JADA, said, "The guys look up to him. They need a leader and he's a natural leader." Carillo added Paul is "charged with reviving the union and leading the longest-suffering team in the NBA to the top," and if he succeeds, Paul "may just make himself a hero." Following the taped profile, HBO's Bryant Gumbel noted the NBPA President position is a "pretty thankless job" and wondered why Paul wanted it. Carillo noted Paul had served as NBPA VP for four years, to which Gumbel said, "But vice presidents don't do a whole lot." Carillo: "Well, he knows his way around those rooms, doesn't he, and I think he really cares. He wants to change the image of the NBA. The lockout took a lot of the starch out of a lot of those players. He wants to bring them all back into the fold and I think he's probably a good guy to do that" ("Real Sports," HBO, 10/22).

Under Armour yesterday announced several promotions and additions, with COO KIP FULKS adding the President of Product title and HENRY STAFFORD now serving as President of North America. Fulks also will lead product development, innovation, supply chain and IT. Stafford will oversee North America Wholesale, Retail Marketing, Global Retail and Global E-Commerce. UA also announced the addition of Ralph Lauren President of Factory Store Coincepts SUSIE MCCABE as Senior VP/Global Retail andExpress Senior VP/E-Commerce JASON LAROSE as Senior VP/Global E-Commerce (UA). Stafford previously served as Senior VP/Apparel, Outdoor & Accessories (, 10/22).

COMPETITION CONTINUES: In Portland, Allan Brettman noted adidas Group yesterday promoted Managing Dir North GIL STEYAERT to Managing Dir Western Europe, starting in November. GAVIN THOMSON has "been appointed as Steyaert's replacement" starting in January (, 10/22). Also in Portland, Matthew Kish noted the moves came as Nike "is closing the gap in Europe." Western Europe is the "biggest sales territory for Adidas, but it's been struggling there." In the first six months of this year, sales in Western Europe fell 9% on a currency neutral basis to roughly $2.6B. Nike's sales grew nearly 5% in the six months that ended Aug. 31 to $2.3B (, 10/22).

As a 16-time Emmy Award winner, CBS Sports VP/Remote Production STEVE KARASIK has just about seen it all when it comes to sports television. He oversees remote production of events like the Super Bowl, The Masters and tennis' U.S. Open. But Karasik loves nothing more than working the second round of the NCAA Tournament. "For a hoops junkie, there’s really nothing better than that," he said. The N.Y. resident recently spoke with THE DAILY about his most difficult sport to produce, which basketball analyst is known as "The Mayor," and his passion for '80s rap music.

Most of my time at work is spent thinking about...

Making sure that our talent is comfortable, that our producers and directors are comfortable, that they have the tools they need to make a successful broadcast. We’ll have five, six, or seven games on a typical NFL Sunday. So I’ll be in the studio being able to see all our different games and all our different production people out there. Game productions are sort of like the ultimate reality show in that you can do all the preparation you want for a game on a given day, but something surprising can happen that you didn't prepare for and you have to react to that. A great example is KEVIN WARE’s injury in the NCAA Tournament this year. At that point, our production team had to decide immediately -- with such a gruesome injury -- how we were going to cover this.

Most difficult sport to produce...
Golf can definitely be the most challenging. In football or basketball or any other team sport, there’s one ball and everything is focused on what’s going on with that ball. Golf is different in that there are balls all over the golf course and there are multiple shots happening simultaneously.

Current player to keep an eye on as a TV analyst...
I think every network on the board would have their eye on PEYTON MANNING. I think anyone would say he is the crème de la crème. He has the resumé -- he's one of the greatest quarterbacks ever but you see him in the commercials, sometimes he’s on an entertainment show. He has a great sense of humor; he’s able to laugh at himself but he gets television. He was at a Tennessee football game we did and he went on with GARY DANIELSON and VERNE LUNDQUIST and he was spectacular, you could've listened to him all game. There’s an easy way about him, even though he’s an intense competitor on the field. He has that sort of southern easiness about him and that sense of humor that makes him ideal for television.

Favorite announcer to work with...
I don't want to single anyone out, I enjoy working with all of them. Anyone in sports television will tell you what a great guy BILL RAFTERY is. Everyone calls him "The Mayor" because every time you go out with him, you can be in New York, Chicago or Boston, and he always has people everywhere. He’s loved everywhere he goes whether it’s by coaches, players or schools. Going to dinner with Raft in a college town is a great experience that I think anyone that works with him looks forward to and always has fond memories of.

Technology that has made my working life easier...
Probably Vimeo. It’s sort of like YouTube, it’s a website where you can post video clips to. Although my office is right across the street from our studio, it used to be that if I wanted to see what an opening tease looked like for a football game we were doing, I would have to get out of my office, go across the street and look at stuff. Now, instantly with these Vimeo clips, I can look at a variety of things almost instantaneously.

Best bites in the Big Apple...
J.G. Melons: it’s been around for almost 100 years and this is the best burger in New York. There’s always a wait, but I go with my buddies every once in a while and it’s a good place to unwind. It’s in my neighborhood, and whether it’s the middle of the winter or summer, the place is always packed. It’s worth the wait though.

Music on the go...
I’m kind of an old-school hip hop guy. I like classic rap like A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, BEASTIE BOYS, that’s music I liked in my youth and I continue to listen to it. Also I grew up with classic rock, so THE BEATLES, LED ZEPPELIN, ROLLING STONES. It’s sort of weird to mix the two, but that’s what I like.

NHRA VP/PR & Communications JERRY ARCHAMBEAULT has left the organization to join The Brand Amp, a new communications agency based in California. Archambeault joined the NHRA in ‘99 from PR firm Hill & Knowlton. He was one of the organization’s most senior execs. At The Brand Amp, he will be working with clients that include Qualcomm, TaylorMade-adidas Golf, DirecTV and Red Bull (Tripp Mickle, Staff Writer).

EXECS: Fox Networks promoted Exec VP/Distribution MICHAEL BIARD to President of Distribution. He will report to Group Chair & CEO PETER RICE (, 10/22)....Braves Special Assistant to the GM DICK BALDERSON announced his retirement after 16 years with the organization. The Braves named JEFF SCHUGEL Special Assistant to the GM & Major League Scout (Braves)....Richard Petty Motorsports has fired crew chief TODD PARROTT for "violating NASCAR's substance-abuse policy" after he was suspended indefinitely last week "for failing a random drug test." GREG EBERT was "elevated to interim crew chief" for the No. 43 Sprint Cup Series car driven by ARIC ALMIROLA (AP, 10/22)....The Sabres named former NHLer KEVYN ADAMS HARBORCenter Academy of Hockey VP & Dir (, 10/22)....The LPGA promoted Senior Marketing Dir TINA BARNES-BUDD to Senior Dir of Social Media Marketing & Communications and Tour Media Manager KELLY THESIER to Media Communications Dir (LPGA).

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Former USA Today sportswriter STEVE WIEBERG said of joining the College Football Playoff selection committee, "I know it's going to be work. I know there's going to be pressure. But you can't sit in a room with all of these people -- a room that I've been trying to get into since 1982 -- and not think it's going to be fun. I've done a lot of cool things in my life at USA Today, but this will be the coolest thing I've ever done." He added, "It's a huge responsibility. But it's actually a dual responsibility. The greater responsibility is to get this right for the enterprise. ... I'm representing writers and the media as a whole. I feel the weight of that. Doing it right in that respect -- and representing the media right -- is very important to me" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/23).

TAKING STOCK IN STOCK CARS: NASCAR VP/Innovation & Racing Development GENE STEFANYSHYN came to NASCAR this year "after a 30-year career with General Motors," and his work is "concentrated on making the new Generation 6 Sprint Cup car even better than it showed this season." Stefanyshyn said that his team is "not looking at major design changes in the Gen 6 car, but enough small ones to make the car racier, particularly on the intermediate ovals that make up the majority of the schedule" (TORONTO SUN, 10/23).

IN THE FIGHT TOGETHER: The UFC and the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada have "partnered on a new AIDS awareness campaign," entitled "Protect Yourself At All Times." The UFC will craft PSAs "featuring fighters and other UFC personalities," such as UFC HOFer FORREST GRIFFIN and female bantamweight contender LIZ CARMOUCHE. Both fighters will "highlight the regular HIV test they've had before each bout" (USA TODAY, 10/22).

PARTING GIFTS: Cavaliers Owner DAN GILBERT noted during a dinner last night that was part of the NBA owners meeting, bobblehead dolls of soon-to-be-retired Commissioner DAVID STERN were distributed. While holding the bobblehead, Gilbert said he let Stern and the NBA "know that these are defective bobbleheads for David Stern because these bobbleheads do this." At this point, Gilbert was manipulating the bobblehead's head to make it go up and down in a yes fashion. Gilbert: "I've never seen that before in the years that we've owned the team and I'm trying to move it left to right (to make a no gesture). It won't go. So this is clearly defective" ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 10/23).

NAMES: Ravens LB ELVIS DUMERVIL's former agent MARTY MAGID yesterday was "suspended six months and fined $25,000" by the NFLPA. Magid "failed to file paperwork on time that would have extended" Dumervil's contract with the Broncos (, 10/22)....An arbitrator has ruled against an NFLPA decision to deny the NFL agent application of former college football player CLEODIS FLOYD, who was convicted of bank fraud while he was a student-athlete (Wolfe Law Miami)....FIFA President SEPP BLATTER has "indicated he could be replaced 'in the near future'" by CONCACAF President JEFFREY WEBB (AFP, 10/22)....PGA of America President TED BISHOP yesterday was inducted into the Indiana Golf HOF at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis (, 10/22)....The PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship yesterday announced that, on behalf of Champions for Education, over $1.2M in donations to designated local charitable organizations has been raised (Wells Fargo Championship)....Former WNBAer LISA LESLIE yesterday toured three Baton Rouge-area schools, discussing the "importance of setting goals, hard work and working well with others" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 10/23)....Yankees 2B ROBINSON CANO on Monday celebrated his 31st birthday in Belgium with his agent, JAY Z. Cano posted a photo online showing a birthday gift: a Jay Z-designed, limited-edition Shawn Carter Classic Fusion watch by Hublot (, 10/22).