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Volume 24 No. 115

People and Pop Culture

The N.Y. DAILY NEWS has deemed MSG Chair JAMES DOLAN the "most powerful" person in N.Y. sports. The Daily News polled several of its staffers, as well as “authorities from around the country,” to determine which area personality “wields the most power, and registers the greatest impact -- economically, socially, politically -- across the New York sports landscape.” Dolan owns Cablevision, as well as the Knicks, Rangers, WNBA Liberty and MSG, and while Nets Owner MIKHAIL PROKHOROV “may have more money than 20 Dolans,” the MSG Chair “still owns the city in pretty much everything else." The paper writes, "Power? Influence? Meddlesome? Controversial? James Dolan is all that and more, and we haven't even gotten to his penchant for smothering the media" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/24).

MSG Chair James Dolan
Mets GM Sandy Alderson
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez
Yankees SS Derek Jeter
Proskauer Rose Chair Joe Leccese
Giants co-Owner & President John Mara
Modell’s Sporting Goods CEO Mitch Modell
Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner
Hockey HOFer Mark Messier
Knicks President Phil Jackson
Giants coach Tom Coughlin
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig
N.Y. Road Runners President & CEO Mary Wittenberg
WFAN’s Mike Francesa
MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark
MLB COO Rob Manfred
Rangers GM Glen Sather
Yankees President Randy Levine
WFAN Operations Manager Mark Chernoff
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati
Yankees GM Brian Cashman
Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist
Giants QB Eli Manning
Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark
Jets Owner Woody Johnson
NHLPA Exec Dir Donald Fehr
Knicks F Carmelo Anthony
Yankees radio analyst Suzyn Waldman
Mets Owner Fred Wilpon/COO Jeff Wilpon
CBS and WFAN’s Boomer Esiason
Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov
CBS’ Phil Simms
Jets coach Rex Ryan
Sports attorney Don Cornwell
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
Fox’ Michael Strahan
NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus
MLS Commissioner Don Garber
N.Y. Daily News columnist Mike Lupica
MLB Exec VP/Baseball Operations Joe Torre
ESPN President John Skipper
Mets P Matt Harvey
Roc Nation Sports Owner Jay Z
Giants VP/Communications Pat Hanlon
MLBAM President & CEO Bob Bowman
Real estate mogul Donald Trump
NFL Exec VP & General Counsel Jeff Pash
Mets VP/Media Relations Jay Horwitz

Anheuser-Busch InBev promoted VP/Digital Marketing for North America LUCAS HERSCOVICI to the newly created position of VP/Consumer Connections, where he will “oversee the brewer’s U.S. sports, entertainment, media and digital marketing,” according to Lisa Brown of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Herscovici takes over the responsibilities previously held by VP/Media, Sports & Entertainment Marketing BLAISE D’SYLVA, who has left the company. A-B Senior Dir of U.S. Marketing Communications LISA WESER in an e-mail wrote D’Sylva’s “departure from A-B was more recent.” The company “declined to comment further on the executive changes” (, 7/18). AD AGE's E.J. Schultz wrote D’Sylva, who was in his position since ’12, “played a key role overseeing the company’s in-house media-buying arm, called Busch Media Group, as well as the brewer’s media planning agency, Starcom USA” (, 7/17). D’Sylva, along with A-B U.S. CMO PAUL CHIBE, placed No. 32 on SportsBusiness Journal’s recent ranking of the most-influential execs in sports business (THE DAILY).

The Grizzlies promoted COO JASON WEXLER to President of Business Operations for the team and FedExForum. Wexler “will have primary leadership responsibility of all aspects of the business including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations” (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/24).

MAD MAN: Ad agency Wunderman named former NBA Exec VP/Marketing JAMIE GALLO President of its N.Y. office. Gallo left the league in February after “overseeing brand strategy and communications” since taking on the role in June ’12. Although he “reported to Deputy Commissioner ADAM SILVER, he was part of Commissioner DAVID STERN’s regime, having known Mr. Stern for several years before joining the league.” Gallo acknowledged that the timing of his departure from the NBA "coincided with changes" at the league (, 7/23).

EXECS: The Association of Surfing Professionals named former MLS, U.S. Soccer Federation and Gatorade marketing exec MARK NOONAN Chief Commercial Officer. Noonan's first task will be developing and staffing the ASP's new N.Y. office. Most recently, Noonan led FocalSport, a sports marketing and media agency he founded in '05 (ASP)....The Univ. of Illinois promoted Senior Associate AD WARREN HOOD to Senior Associate AD/Capital Projects & Facility Operations. He takes over the role previously held by TOM MICHAEL, who left to become Eastern Illinois Univ. AD (, 7/23)....Georgia Tech named Univ. of Miami Assistant AD/Communications CHRIS YANDLE Assistant AD/Communications & PR (GT)....Clemson Univ. named Yale Univ. Associate AD/Varsity Sports Administration, Contest Management, Travel & Scheduling NATALIE GONZALEZ Senior Woman Administrator (, 7/23)....Buffalo-based Stealth SME named Octagon VP/Operations & Brand Relationships THOMAS REPICCI Senior VP/Business Development with the sports and entertainment agency’s full-service brand activation and marketing division (THE DAILY)....SportAccord Convention Head of Media Relations JAY STUART is stepping down, with Dir of Communications JOHN HEWITT becoming the new media point-of-contact (THE DAILY).

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BMO Harris Bradley Center board member TED KELLNER now "owns a piece" of the Bucks. Kellner's small stake in the team "would seem to present a potential conflict of interest." He said that he was "'acutely aware' of the perception," but added that he had "already taken steps to avoid any conflicts of interest." Kellner said that if there was "any perception of a conflict of interest, he would step down from his work" on the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce subcommittee (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/24).

KOBE CAMPUS: Lakers G KOBE BRYANT is buying a Newport Beach, Calif., office building as "his international headquarters." City Council members on Tuesday night approved the $5.8M sale of a 16,550-square-foot office building. The sale is "expected to be final by Sept. 15" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 7/24). The site is roughly one acre in size, and Kobe Inc. President ANDREA FAIRCHILD said that the office building "will be refurbished and remodeled" (L.A. TIMES, 7/24).

Earnhardt (2nd from l) and Olsen (r) have teamed up
to help Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte
CAROLINA FOR A CAUSE: Panthers TE GREG OLSEN and NASCAR driver DALE EARNHARDT JR. yesterday announced a "joint fundraising effort" to benefit the Levine Children's Hospital. The pair are "offering fans a chance to win what they're calling a 'Weekend with the 88s,' a play on Earnhardt's No. 88 car and Olsen's jersey number." The raffle winner will "meet both athletes and receive tours of Bank of America Stadium and JR Motorsports, as well as a round-trip helicopter ride from Charlotte to Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 25." The winner will "return to Charlotte" the next day for Seahawks-Panthers and "receive sideline passes, parking passes and premium seats" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/24).

LITIGATION NATION: Former NFLer CHRIS KLUWE yesterday decided to hold off on suing the Vikings, "opting to continue discussions." He had "threatened to sue" for more than $10M, as the team "won't release the full investigation into his claims about what he calls its culture of discrimination." But Kluwe's attorney CLAYTON HALUNEN yesterday said that he had spoken with Vikings lawyer JOE ANTHONY, and that they had "agreed to recommend to their clients that they keep talking" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/24)....Pro Football HOFer JIM BROWN filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a N.Y. federal court against and Lelands Collectibles Inc. The lawsuit "seeks to halt the sale" of a '64 NFL championship ring in an online auction that ends tomorrow. Brown "has said the ring was stolen from him decades ago." The suit also "seeks unspecified damages over broadcast remarks that Lelands' founder, JOSHUA EVANS, made about Brown" (AP, 7/23).

NAMES: First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA and daughters MALIA and SASHA attended Tuesday night's World TeamTennis Springfield Lasers-Washington Kastles match. ANNETTE LERNER, wife of Nationals Principal Owner TED LERNER, also was in attendance (, 7/23)....Former LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE is "leading the race for the top job at the BBC as his biggest rival is scratched from the running." Coe is on the "five-name shortlist for the role of chair of the BBC Trust" (, 7/23)....Phillies SS JIMMY ROLLINS and his wife, JOHARI, yesterday “prepared a batch of fried green beans” as part of the SHARE Food Program in Nicetown, Pa. Rollins also pledged $10,000 from his Rollins Family Foundation to back SHARE’s initiative to “serve healthy and affordable foods to Philadelphians across the city” (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 7/24)....ESPN’s STEPHEN A. SMITH is listed as a BOT member for the proposed Capital Prep Harlem Charter School (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/24)....NHL Rangers G HENRIK LUNDQVIST has “put his Hell’s Kitchen penthouse up for sale” for $6.5M (, 7/23)....MLB Giants P TIM LINCECUM has listed his 11,028-square-foot Paradise Valley, Ariz. home -- which “includes an indoor sports court with a retractable batting cage” -- for sale at “just shy” of $4M (, 7/23).

IN MEMORY: Canadian Football HOFer BILL STEPHENSON, who spent “several decades on Canadian radio and television,” died on Tuesday at the age of 85. He also was a member of the Canadian Broadcaster HOF (CP, 7/23).