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Volume 24 No. 158

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.

*Should college athletes be paid?
*Will Mark Emmert still be NCAA president a year from now?
*Which of the following is the most effective conference commissioner?
*Which companies/brands have done the best job aligning with college sports through corporate sponsorship?
*Do you donate to the athletic program of your alma mater?
*What should facilities and teams focus on to improve the fan experience?
*If you could go to a storied U.S. sports venues that you haven't been to before, what would it be?

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!

Fox promoted RANDY FREER to Fox Networks Group President & COO, a move that puts the longtime Fox exec over the group's affiliate and ad sales divisions for Fox' broadcasting channel, Fox Sports, FX, Fox Int'l and National Geographic. Freer, who will continue to report to Fox Chair & CEO PETER RICE, also will continue to oversee sports rights acquisitions and team relationships. With Freer's move, ERIC SHANKS becomes Fox Sports President; he had been co-President with Freer. Shanks also will continue to report to Rice (John Ourand, Staff Writer).

EXECS: The NFL named former NFLer PATRICK KERNEY VP/Player Benefits and NFL Legends Operations (NFL)....Hawaii Pacific Univ. named VINCE BALDEMOR AD. Baldmor was President of Ahahui Koa Anuenue, the non-profit fundraising partner for Univ. of Hawaii athletics (PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS, 10/25 issue).

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In Nashville, Jim Wyatt reports approximately 750 guests yesterday "attended a memorial service" in Houston for late Titans Owner BUD ADAMS. Friends and associates "honored Adams as a pioneer, football lover and someone who got everything possible out of life, even if he didn't always please everyone." Adams on the cover of the memorial program "was pictured with the AFC Championship trophy his Titans won in 1999 on the way to the franchise's only Super Bowl appearance." NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and Nashville Mayor KARL DEAN were both in attendance (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 10/29).

Mozeliak says his personnel strategy is about
trusting scouts and the minor-league coaches
CARD SHARK: In Denver, Troy Renck writes MLB Cardinals Senior VP & GM JOHN MOZELIAK's six-year run in St. Louis "has been an overwhelming success, featuring four playoff appearances and a 2011 World Series title." Cardinals Chair & CEO BILL DEWITT JR. "wanted a business model that could produce perpetual success without emptying the vault for high-priced free agents." That strategy "requires waves of talent arriving from the minor leagues," and Mozeliak's scouting and player development departments "have become the industry blueprint." Mozeliak: "We won't do something that will compromise our future. You trust the scouts and the minor-league coaches" (DENVER POST, 10/29).

IT'S ALL RELATIVE: ASM Sports Founder & President ANDY MILLER "is accusing" Relativity Sports CEO and Relativity Media co-COO HAPPY WALTERS of “stealing” Bucks C LARRY SANDERS away from ASM. Miller wants Relativity, whose other clients include retired Yankees P MARIANO RIVERA and Knicks F AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE, to “fork over the commission he would’ve received” from Sanders’ $41M contract (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/29).

NAMES: ADWEEK listed 50 execs who "make the wheels turn," including ESPN President of Global Customer Marketing & Sales ED ERHARDT, Turner Broadcasting System President DAVID LEVY, Red Bull Media House Chief Commercial Officer ALEXANDER KOPPEL, Fox Sports Media Group Exec VP/Sales NEIL MULCAHY, NBC Sports Group Exec VP/Sales & Marketing SETH WINTER and Wieden + Kennedy Creative Dir GARY VAN DZURA (, 10/28)....Former VANOC CEO JOHN FURLONG said that he is "dropping his defamation suit against the Georgia Straight newspaper but vows to 'escalate' action against" freelance journalist LAURA ROBINSON, who "wrote the article containing allegations Furlong abused former students" (VANCOUVER PROVINCE, 10/29)....The PGA Tour's BMW Championship last month in Lake Forest, Ill., raised $2.5M in donations for the Evans Scholars Foundation (, 10/28)….The Warriors tomorrow night will celebrate FRED KAST’s 50th anniversary as the team’s official scorer (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/29)….IndyCar driver JR HILDEBRAND yesterday “stopped a man’s attempted hold-up after questioning the authenticity of the gun in use” (, 10/28).