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Volume 24 No. 134

People and Pop Culture

IMG has named KAREN BRODKIN President of Business Affairs. The longtime Fox Sports exec will work out of IMG’s office in L.A. and manage all of IMG’s legal and contractual work worldwide. The position is the latest in a series created by IMG’s new owner WME as it looks to have the divisions across IMG work more closely together and collaborate on new and existing business. IMG hired former Turner exec GREG D'ALBA as head of global sales to create more sales collaboration across the company and Ogilvy exec DOUG SCOTT to collaborate with divisions on marketing and branded content. Brodkin, a former SportsBusiness Journal Game Changer, spent 16 years at Fox Sports and most recently worked as Exec VP/Business & Legal Affairs. She helped negotiate and structure many of Fox’ biggest deals, including rights agreements with the NFL, MLB, NASCAR, Pac-12, UFC, Big East and others. Before joining Fox, she worked as an entertainment attorney with L.A.-based companies that represented SPIKE LEE, GARTH BROOKS, Warner Bros. and others.

Panthers Owner JERRY RICHARDSON will be an honoree at the Echo Foundation's 16th annual awards program on Sept. 10, where he "will receive the Echo Award Against Indifference for his business and civic contributions, along with his often-anonymous and behind-the-scenes efforts to help others." Echo Foundation President STEPHANIE ANSALDO said that most of the public "has no idea how many people Richardson has helped." Ansaldo: "I have a packet of about 40 letters of congratulations and stories about what he has done" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/3).

TOM TERRIFIC: Saints Owner TOM BENSON yesterday was honored "with a statue of himself on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's grand staircase, overlooking Champions Square." The bronze statue portrays Benson "in a suit smiling and holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy aloft." It was "sculpted by artist BRIAN HANLON" and stands about 10 feet, weighing 1,500 pounds (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 9/3).

YOU'RE ON MY LIST: In N.Y., Bart Hubbuch lists a "highly subjective ranking of the 50 most fascinating people in the NFL." No. 3 is Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES. The Cowboys "might be dull on the field, but their owner never is." If any other owner "is caught on film in compromising positions with comely young things, it’s a scandal." But for Jones, it is "just another day in Jerry World." Meanwhile, Redskins Owner DANIEL SNYDER is No. 9 on the list. You "can’t take your eyes off him because you never know when he’s going to say something stupid in defense of the Redskins’ name or come up with some innovative way to gouge his customers." Hubbuch: "Snyder is an awful owner and a petty, vindictive person, but rarely boring" (N.Y. POST, 9/3).

Univ. of Arkansas-Little Rock AD CHRIS PETERSON resigned from the position after 14 years. Peterson in his resignation letter wrote that he is "looking forward to the next chapter in his life" (, 9/2)....The Univ. of Evansville named Oregon State Univ. Senior Associate AD/Finance & Business Operations MARK SPENCER AD, effective Sept. 22 (Evansville).

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The life story of late boxer ROCKY MARCIANO is "coming to the big screen," and some of the movie will be filmed in his hometown of Brockton, Mass. Several movies about Marciano "have been done for cable networks," but this will be his "first tribute on the silver screen." Marciano's family "has signed on with Tennessee-based City of Peace Films and director DUSTIN MARCELLINO." Production is "slated to begin next year with a projected completion date" in '16. City of Peace Films, which is owned by the Marcellino family, "approached the Marciano family about four months ago to produce a film about Rocky" (Brockton ENTERPRISE, 9/2).

BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL: Pacers C ROY HIBBERT yesterday donated $1M to Georgetown Univ. to go toward the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center "in honor of the school's hall of fame basketball coach" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/3)....Gifts of nearly $4M "will cross the table" at the Univ. of Kentucky's BOT meeting this week, with "much of it earmarked to pay for the new football practice facility and practice fields." OSI Restaurant Partners Founder and UK alum CHRIS SULLIVAN has "pledged the largest gift" of $1M to go "specifically toward the new facility" (, 9/2).

FROM THE LADIES' TEES: ESPN analyst and former pro golfer JUDY RANKIN said of how the LPGA compared to the PGA early in her career in terms of equal treatment, "They were completely different and separate organizations. The money has never been close to being the same. They’re closer today than ever, but I personally don’t expect them to ever be the same because a lot of it depends on what you generate. But we’ve all learned lessons from each other. The LPGA is really prospering. They’ve done a magnificent job of survival. Right now is a great time. There are more great players than ever" (PORTLAND BUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/29 issue).

NAMES: Stars Owner TOM GAGLARDI said that he "intends to bring his Canadian hotel business stateside," with plans for Plano, Texas, to be the first U.S. location for the Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites (DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/29 issue)....ESPN Exec VP/Sales & Marketing SEAN BRATCHES will be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable HOF on Oct. 20 (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 9/1 issue)....Packers QB AARON RODGERS received the '14 Community Service Award during the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Welcome Back Packers luncheon (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 9/3)....Former NFLer GARY BRACKETT yesterday opened a soul food restaurant in Indianapolis called Georgia Reese’s (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/3)....Heat F LUOL DENG purchased a $4.6M house in Miami’s Morningside neighborhood (, 9/2)....Former MLBer PETE ROSE sold his longtime residence in Sherman Oaks, Calif., for $1.96M. He and his wife CAROL paid $913,500 for the home in ’99 (, 8/29)....Swimmer RYAN LOCHTE celebrated his 30th birthday last weekend at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas. His birthday-celebration weekend “started at Tao in the Venetian on Saturday night with fellow swimmers and Olympic medalists CULLEN JONES and ED MOSES” (LAS VEGAS SUN, 9/3)....Single-A South Atlantic League Delmarva Shorebirds Business Development Executive ALYSSA DOOYEMA has been named the SAL Female Exec of the Year (Shorebirds).