Names In The News
ERIC LINDROS, SERGEI MAKAROV and ROGIE VACHON yesterday "were admitted" to the Hockey HOF by the selection committee (TORONTO SUN, 6/28). The late PAT QUINN also is going into the HOF in the builders' category, which "seems appropriate" given the "arc of his remarkable career." He "played in 606 regular season games in a nine-year NHL career, coached in four different decades" and was GM of the Leafs and Canucks. He "even served as" Hockey HOF Chair (THEPROVINCE.com, 6/28).
POWER PLAYERS: ADWEEK released its “inaugural 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports” list. This year’s winners “will be celebrated during the Clio Sports gala” in N.Y. on July 7 (ADWEEK, 6/27 issue).
|ADWEEK's 30 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN SPORTS|
|Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman||Under Armour Senior VP/Global Brand Marketing Adrienne Lofton|
|USTA CEO & President Katrina Adams||NBC Sports' Rebecca Lowe|
|Fox Sports' Erin Andrews||The Players' Tribune President Jayme Messler|
|WNBA President Lisa Borders||USWNT F Alex Morgan|
|Lakers President & co-Owner Jeanie Buss||MLB Senior VP/Baseball Operations Kim Ng|
|NBA CMO Pamela El||ESPN The Magazine Editor-in-Chief Alison Overholt|
|Gatorade CMO Morgan Flatley||Driver Danica Patrick|
|U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin||NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts|
|Dick's Sporting Goods CMO Lauren Hobart||MMA fighter Ronda Rousey|
|NFL CMO Dawn Hudson||WME Senior VP Jill Smoller|
|Nike Advisor to the CEO Jeanne Jackson||WNBA Storm C Breanna Stewart|
|Monumental Sports & Entertainment Vice Chair Sheila Johnson||ESPN's Hannah Storm|
|ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy||NBC Sports Group CMO Jenny Storms|
|Golfer Lydia Ko||adidas Head of Women's Unit Nicole Vollebregt|
|USWNT MF Carli Lloyd||Tennis player Serena Williams|
DON'T DRINK & DRIVE: Hockey HOFer RAY BOURQUE's blood-alcohol level "was three times the legal limit when his Mercedes struck a minivan carrying a group of teenagers" in Andover, Mass., on Friday night. He was arraigned on "charges of operating under the influence of liquor and following another vehicle too closely." A "not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and he was released on personal recognizance" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/28)....Hawks coach MIKE BUDENHOLZER "was found not guilty of driving under the influence less safe," a charge he faced for 34 months, but was found guilty "on a charge of defective or no tail lights and was fined." The two charges "stemmed from an arrest on Aug, 28, 2013" (AJC.com, 6/28).
SAFETY FIRST: Former NFL Senior VP and Chief Security Officer JEFFREY MILLER will be the recipient of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security's (NCS4) Distinguished Leadership Award. Miller is scheduled to accept the award next week at an organizational event at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix. The award recognizes a professional in the field who over the course of their career has contributed to sport safety and security. Miller was at the NFL from '08 through last month, when he joined N.Y.-based MSA Security as Senior VP. Prior to his NFL tenure, he was Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner. NCS4 Dir LOU MARCIANI in an email wrote, "Miller was at the forefront of integrating new security technologies and operating procedures in the league which have affected the entire industry. As a nation, we have better safety and security measures in place due to his vision" (David Broughton, Research Dir).
MUSIC ACTS: In preparation for its first British Open next month, NBC Sports Group commissioned the musician YANNI to produce a new version of his “IN CELEBRATION OF MAN” theme music that the net uses for its golf telecasts. The reworked theme music will incorporate bagpipes for the event at Royal Troon in Scotland (John Ourand, Staff Writer). Meanwhile, country singer BLAKE SHELTON is returning to perform the opening theme song for NBC's NASCAR telecasts, which begin this weekend (NBC).
NAMES: MARIA SHARAPOVA is "headed to Harvard Business School for a two-week program this summer.” The program “involves two classes on campus” (AP, 6/27)....Former NFL coach MIKE SHANAHAN and Rockies investor PETE COORS "are teaming up to hold a pricey fundraiser Friday for" DONALD TRUMP at Shanahan's home (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/28)....South Korean Royals fan SUNGWOO LEE "got to see his beloved" team win the World Series last year and he "became a KC hero in the process." Now he is "poised to get a movie made about it." Film company SK Global is teaming with Korean media company CJ E&M for "SUPER FAN" (DEADLINE.com, 6/28)....Sherwin Williams announced early today that LEBRON JAMES' banner on the company's Cleveland HQ "will stay right where it is -- even during the Republican National Convention July 18-21." In honor of the "company's 150th anniversary and Cleveland's first hometown sports championship in 52 years, Sherwin Williams is donating $150,000 to the LeBron James Family Foundation." Plans to replace the banner with a "red-,white-and-blue welcome sign declaring 'This Land Is Our Land: 150 Years in Cleveland' on July 5 have been scrapped" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 6/28).
IN MEMORY: Longtime USC broadcaster TOM KELLY died yesterday morning “at his home in Encino after a long battle with cancer.” The 88-year-old's “booming voice that rose to the level of the action was also heard” in L.A. on NFL, NBA, boxing and golf. Kelly was the “original voice of the Prime Ticket all-sports cable channel when it launched” in ’85 (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 6/28). USC SID TIM TESSALONE said Kelly’s “rich, deep” voice became “identifiable with USC athletics.” Tessalone: “You knew it was Tom Kelly the second you heard the first syllable” (L.A. TIMES, 6/28)....Boxing writer JACK OBERMAYER, “ubiquitous at ringside at boxing cards big and small around the country for more than five decades that he spent chronicling the sport for a variety of publications, died at his home in Lindenwold, New Jersey, on Friday after a battle with liver cancer.” He was 72. He “covered 3,514 boxing cards in more than 400 cities in 49 states” (ESPN.com, 6/27).