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Volume 24 No. 177

People and Pop Culture

Former NFLer ANTONIO PIERCE has put his home in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., on the market for $8M. The 10,297-square-foot home, built in '83, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and "sits on a hillside lot in Lunada Bay that maximizes the view." A balcony, which "wraps the wide rear of house, overlooks a sunken tennis court." The home has a six bedrooms and eight baths (, 8/3).

CUTTING ALL TIES: Rockets G CHRIS PAUL has "put a home" in Woodland Hills, Calif., on the market for $2.195M. Built in '14, the Mediterranean-style house has a "little over 6,400 square feet of living space that includes an open-plan living room, a cook’s kitchen, a wine room and a separate bar." The entrance "features a two-story foyer with a sweeping staircase" (, 8/9).

CONDO COMMANDOS: Pro Football HOFer DEION SANDERS has "sold his condominium in a Dallas high-rise" for $4.05M. The three-bedroom, 4 1/2-bathroom residence is "one of only two penthouse units at the Azure building and features a private elevator and rooftop swimming pool." Appointments "include floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and custom cabinetry in the kitchen." There are three fireplaces in "roughly 5,100 square feet of living space" (, 8/8)....Former USMNT player LANDON DONOVAN has "sold a Staples Center-close condominium" in L.A. that he "owned in a trust" for $1.955M. The 1,920-square-foot open-plan space "contains a living room area, an eat-in kitchen, an office nook, two bedrooms and three bathrooms." The building "offers a rooftop swimming pool, a fitness center and valet and concierge services" (, 8/7).

LAYING DOWN ROOTS: Titans OT JACK CONKLIN has "bought a home" in Oak Hill, Tenn., for nearly $1.5M. Located on 1.38 acres, the two-story, 6,500-square-foot brick home "has five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half baths" (, 8/8).

World Golf Foundation CEO STEVE MONA touched down in Charlotte on Wednesday for the PGA Championship and promptly got out to Quail Hollow Club for Thursday’s first round. While Mona is in town to enjoy the city's first major, he also is looking forward to advancing the Golf 20/20 division, an industry coalition of leading organizations in the golf industry that come together to collaborate on initiatives designed to grow interest in the game. Mona talked with THE DAILY about combining his love of golf with his foundation's agenda, as well as how he spends a weekend outside of the office.

RAPID FIRE: On Wednesday we held 20/20's three-year strategic planning session with our board members to map out '18-20. Then we had an event hosted by the PGA of America at Quail Hollow at their Green Mile Club. Next year for the first time the golf industry is going to present an annual State of the Game report. It’ll be done by the National Golf Foundation, but we’ve been heavily involved as well. Essentially it will bring together all the key metrics from all the components of the golf industry. It’ll pull them all together in one comprehensive report. These meetings touch on that as well as plenty of other subjects. I also had a series of meetings with various folks from the golf industries that we’re working with on other particular projects. 

FAMILY TIME: A nice perk this week is actually that my son and his family live right here in Charlotte, so my wife and I will be staying with them this weekend. Friday, I’m a spectator with my son and his wife, my three grandkids and we’re all going to enjoy the course. Saturday, I’ll spend with just my son and his family and then Sunday, we’ll make the drive back to Florida. But we’ll leave early enough to catch the PGA finish at the house.

ALL TOGETHER NOW: I’m lucky enough to get to all four majors each year, as well as the Players Championship and the Ryder Cup/Presidents Cup, and the reason I go is because those are the events in which all the leaders of the golf industry tend to congregate. There’s so many meetings where I have an opportunity to meet with leaders from all the different sectors. You have the pro tours, the major associations, the equipment manufacturers, media companies, the major turf management companies -- they’re all there. It’s a good chance to move initiatives along that otherwise would take longer to come to fruition.

IN THE MEANTIME: For my weekends at home, my wife and I are empty-nesters and we’re also in a year-long golf climate as well in Ponte Vedra Beach. I play golf every Saturday morning with my regular group. I’m also devout in my Catholic faith and attend mass each Saturday evening. Sunday mornings I like to take about a 25-mile bike ride alongside the ocean. Then the afternoons are usually spent in my yard gardening. Then of course golf is always on Sunday afternoon as well. Whether it’s PGA Tour, LPGA,, I’ll always have it on. I also am an avid reader on my Kindle and I love to read biographies of successful American business leaders -- STEVE JOBS, ELON MUSK, MICHAEL OVITZ to name a few. I also threw BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in there because I’m a huge fan. My favorite golf book would be “GOLF IN THE KINGDOM” by MICHAEL MURPHY. TV-wise my wife and I really miss “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” and “MAD MEN." 

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USA Triathlon has named Arizona State COO ROCKY HARRIS as its new CEO, replacing ROB URBACH, who left in May after six years (Ben Fischer, Staff Writer)....The Clippers have hired Prudential Center and Devils VP/Marketing Communications CHRIS WALLACE as VP/Strategic Communications (THE DAILY)....Toyota Marketing Communications Manager NICK AMMAZZALORSO is leaving the company (THE DAILY)....Oregon State Univ. named Rice Univ. Associate AD/Facilities & Event Management RYAN BUCHER to the same position (Oregon State)....Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment named BEN FLORA GM of its Pepperdine Univ. property; JOHN POGORZELSKI GM of its Canisius College operation; and CHRISTY MCNEIL Dir of Sales for its CIAA property (THE DAILY)....ANC named CONNOR MCKEON Partnership Marketing Associate and SCARLETT SULLIMAN Junior Account Exec for Client Services (THE DAILY).

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F1 CEO CHASE CAREY's remuneration is "heavily tied" to the financial performance of the organization he runs. Liberty President & CEO GREG MAFFEI said, "We don't plan to publish his contract, but I did want to share with you the fact that the substantial majority of Chase's compensation is performance-related, and tied into the operational performance of F1 directly" (, 8/10).

NAMES: NBA writer and radio host ETHAN SKOLNICK was "arrested Wednesday and charged with battery" in Florida. Skolnick reportedly was seen "punching a 70-year-old man in the face and arms." Skolnick has written for various outlets during his career and hosted a radio program on WAXY-AM, though he "left the show on July 31" (, 8/10)....Former Nebraska and Pitt AD STEVE PEDERSON wrote a book titled "LOST IN AMBITION" that was released Aug. 1. The novel "tracks the rise and moral decay of a fictional coach at a fictional 'top 10' football school" (, 8/10)....Sen. JOHN MCCAIN (R-Ariz.) attended Thursday night's D-backs game with his wife and daughter (, 8/11).