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Volume 24 No. 159

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.

*How often do you turn the channel to Fox Sports 1?
*How often have you watched live video of a sporting event on a mobile device in the past 3 months?
*If you could hear only one play-by-play announcer, who would it be?
*What afternoon studio program do you watch the most?
*Who is the most effective MLB team owner?
*Who is the least effective MLB team owner?
*In the last five years, which MLB team has shown the most innovation in its business practices?

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!

CBS' JIM NANTZ is the co-founder of "The Calling" wine, which is Nantz' "second calling," according to CBS' Jeff Glor. "The Calling" includes several single vineyard varietals and a blend. Nantz' wine business was profiled on "CBS This Morning" Friday, with Glor noting Nantz' "dream to create his own wines became a reality in 2009." Nantz said there are "some similarities" between making wine and his broadcasting career, because "every time I go into the booth I have to have my research down cold." Nantz added he researched wine for over 10 years, "meeting with people and reading all about it to try to understand this business, and I wanted our product to be something that was authentic." Nantz' name is not on the label of wines, and he said, "I knew enough about the wine business to know that could really lead to a disaster. You could be the most beloved singer, golfer, whatever, but you put your name on the label, it's a tough sell." Glor said Nantz and his partner, PETER DEUTSCH, "have partnered with some of the best vineyards and winemakers in California," and Nantz' wines are "available in more than 2,000 restaurants across the country." Glor noted the wines start "at about $30 a bottle retail" ("CBS This Morning," CBS, 11/1).

The weekend began a little early for MLS Galaxy President CHRIS KLEIN, as he got to spend Thursday night trick-or-treating with his wife ANGELA and their three kids through the neighborhood of their Orange County, Calif., home. Klein’s 11-year-old son, CARSON, waited until the last minute and dressed up -- naturally -- as a soccer player, while his two daughters, CAMI (8) and BRIE (2), donned costumes of “sock hop” girls. But after a night of fun Halloween festivities, it was right back to the office Friday morning to prepare for the Galaxy’s MLS Playoff opener against Real Salt Lake on Sunday night.

WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND: Friday will be back to work. We have our first playoff game on Sunday, so we will be back in the office on Friday. I have breakfast with LUC ROBITAILLE, the President of the L.A. Kings, and then the rest of the day is really preparation for the game. It’s our first home playoff game, so we’ll have walk-throughs in terms of game presentation, monitor how sales are going, make sure things on the team side are all set and also preparing for our road trip next week for the second leg of our playoffs with Real Salt Lake in Utah.

JUST THE TWO OF US: My wife and I have a dinner date (Friday) night. So I’ll leave the office around 5:00pm, but it’s usually 6:00pm. We’re fairly easy to please, so if we can get out of the house and get a babysitter we usually decide (where to eat) once we get in the car. We’re both from the Midwest, and living near the water is new to us, so we like to go somewhere in Corona del Mar or Laguna Beach. We usually try to get out at least once a week with just the two of us. It’s not always Friday night. We usually just pick whatever night works and try to make it happen.

ONE-ON-ONE TIME: Carson plays for the U-12 Galaxy Academy team. He has a game at 9:00am on Saturday, so I’ll get up and take him to that, which I enjoy doing, just getting out relaxing and watching him play. Saturday evening I have an event with my daughter Cami. We're part of a group called Indian Princesses -- it’s dads and daughters. So we actually have a sleepaway night where there’s a group of about 20 dads that take their daughters and we’re doing -- it’s called “Roar and Snore” -- so we’re going to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. You get in and you camp with the girls and roast marshmallows and the whole thing and tour the wild animal park. This is our second year doing it. It’s fun. It’s a good way to spend some time -- when you have three kids -- to spend time with one of your daughters, especially as important as it is for dads to spend time with their girls. It’s something that we enjoy doing together. I have soccer in common with my son and so this is something that Cami and I have enjoyed. Brie is still too young for it.

PITCH PERFECT: I usually get to the games about four or five hours before kickoff. Our game is at 6:00pm Sunday night, so I’ll probably leave my house to come up here right around lunchtime. Once I get to the stadium I walk around, make sure everything is set for the game, get a list of all of our partners and people that I will go and say hello to before, during and after the game. I’ll spend some time speaking with our coaches, just visiting with them before the players start to arrive. Then about an hour-and-a-half before the game, our fans start to roll in, so I’ll usually walk out and see our supporters groups, which are our most passionate fans. We have two different groups that tailgate outside the stadium, so I’ll go and see them before the game. I like to be in my seat to watch the game at kickoff, and then we’ll have some people to go see at halftime, and then certainly after the game as well.

THEN AND NOW: I get asked a lot, especially this time of year, if I miss playing, and the answer is absolutely not. First, I love and am thankful for what I’m doing right now. But the second part of it is I have a very good understanding that I couldn’t do it anymore. I enjoy watching our team. I’m proud of the group that (coach) BRUCE ARENA has put together. We won two championships in a row. I do get a little bit nervous, but I understand once the game kicks off I have no effect on the outcome of the game, so I enjoy watching our team play and cheering them on. I’m not a superstitious guy so I don’t have a lucky tie or a routine or anything that I think has any influence on the outcome of the game.

CLOSING TIME: Usually after the game we have some things that are going on, where we have partners and our season-ticket members that will go in our Champions Lounge and have a drink and mingle. So I’ll go in there for a little bit, talk to Bruce after the game, and then it’s usually time to head on home. Then right back to the office on Monday.

POUNDING THE PAVEMENT: At this time of the year we don’t have much time to rest. Our schedule is a bit cluttered, so I try to find balance wherever I can. Since I stopped playing I’ve picked up running. I’ve done a marathon and a couple of trail races. Right now I'm training for the L.A. Marathon. It is important to me to be able to get out and go for a long run and get away from it. I’d much rather do that than play soccer at this point in my life. The marathon is March 9th, the day after our home opener in '14.

The Bills on Wednesday named MIKE LYONS Dir of Analytics, but team President & CEO RUSS BRANDON was "reluctant to get into too many specifics" about Lyons' duties. Lyons, an MIT alum, eventually will "examine every aspect of the operation," including ticket sales and stadium operations. He is a "long-time Bills season-ticket holder, but has no football background to speak of" (BUFFALO NEWS, 11/1).

EXECS: The NCAA D-I Women's Basketball Committee named Big 12 Senior Associate Commissioner DRU HANCOCK Chair for the '14-15 academic year. Hancock "will succeed" Mountain West Conference Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator CAROLAYNE HENRY (AP, 10/31)....MFP Baseball, which owns the Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds, has hired the government relations team at law firm Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis -- led by attorney JAMES WEAVER -- "to lobby the Metro Council for a new, 10,000-seat baseball stadium at the historic Sulphur Dell site" (, 10/30).

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In L.A., Michael Hiltzik noted talk show host DR. MEHMET OZ appears in a 30-second, "Together We Make Football" ad, and the NFL as compensation "contributed $20,000 to an Oz charity and gave him two tickets to next year's Super Bowl." Hiltzik: "Can he really claim that his appearance in a TV commercial for the NFL doesn't constitute an endorsement?" Oz said that he "thinks there's been 'some piling on' the NFL over its responsibility for its players' concussion injuries." That "tells you what a $20,000 contribution and two tickets to the Super Bowl can buy" (, 10/31).

BANK HEIST: ESPN NFL analyst RAY LEWIS is "among a group of 16 current and former NFL players who are suing BB&T Bank" for nearly $60M in "alleged investment losses." The players accuse the bank of "allowing disgraced financial advisor JEFF RUBIN and his former firm, Pro Sports Financial, to open accounts in their names and place tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized investments" (Baltimore SUN, 11/1).

LOVE IT OR LIST IT: Vikings QB CHRISTIAN PONDER has listed his 5,540-square-foot home in a gated neighborhood on Lake Minnetonka that he “bought 16 months ago.” The home listed for $1.095M (, 10/31)….Tennis HOFer PETE SAMPRAS and his wife, BRIDGETTE WILSON-SAMPRAS, have “quietly sold their Lake Sherwood-area compound” near Thousand Oaks, Calif., “in an off-market deal.” Purchase price was not disclosed (, 10/31)….Cardinals RF CARLOS BELTRAN has “just slashed the price on his seven-bedroom mansion on Long Island’s North Shore” by more than $1M. The two-acre Sands Point compound is “now priced to move” at $4.73M, down from the $5.8M asking price last February (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/1).

NAMES: Inner Circle Sports Managing Partner ROB TILLISS said of Chiefs Chair & CEO CLARK HUNT, "He's not a splashy guy and not an 'aw, shucks' guy either, but he knows how to negotiate a business deal" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/1)....White House Press Secretary JAY CARNEY on Thursday celebrated the Red Sox' World Series title "by wearing the team's hat to the briefing room podium" (, 10/31)....Racquet Sports Industry in its Nov./Dec. issue named Head USA Communications & Customer Service Manager ALLISON BARNETT and Babolat Global Social Media Manager DANIEL BECKER to its "30 Under 30" list (Racquet Sports)....Former NFLer JOHN OFFERDAHL on Thursday night "became just the third linebacker in team history to be named to the Dolphin Honor Roll" (, 10/31)....Snowboarder SHAUN WHITE is "part of a recently released THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS short film for the song 'City of Angels.'" The video also includes Lakers G STEVE NASH (, 10/31)....Former NFLer BUBBA PARIS "has pleaded guilty to failing to file federal income taxes" (AP, 10/31)....Spurs G TONY PARKER and his fiancée, French journalist AXELLE FRANCINE, are “expecting a baby boy” (, 10/31).

IN MEMORY: Atlanta Motor Speedway PR Dir MARCY SCOTT on Friday "lost her long battle with cancer" (, 11/1). NASCAR VP & Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes tweeted, "God bless Marcy Scott. She was a bright light, a picture of grace and will be missed by all." FS1's Tom Bowles: "Tragic loss today. Ask anyone in and they'll give you a glowing review of her both professionally and as a person." ESPN's Marty Smith tweeted, "Really sad to learn of Marcy Scott's passing. She beat that damn cancer once w tremendous resolve. Always happy. Always a light. RIP sweetie." Driver Austin Dillon wrote, "Sorry to hear about Marcy Scott. Prayers are with her and her family. She was always fun to work with & talk to."'s David Caraviello tweeted, "If anyone deserves to be in a better place, it's Marcy Scott. Lord, how that woman fought."