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Volume 24 No. 238

People and Pop Culture

Kroenke (c) is looked at as a middle-aged exec with a full decade of experience in the NHL and NBA
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Kroenke Sports & Entertainment promoted Avalanche and Nuggets President JOSH KROENKE to Vice Chair of KSE and KSE UK. He serves on the NHL and NBA BOG and is a member of the NBA’s Planning Committee. Kroenke is also an Alternate Governor for the Rapids and sits on the BOD of EPL Club Arsenal (KSE). In Denver, Mark Kiszla profiled Kroenke and wrote he is the “crown prince of Colorado’s royal sports family.” Kroenke has “boots on the ground, attempting to keep a finger on the pulse” of KSE's entities, including the Avalanche, Nuggets and EPL club Arsenal. While recent years have “often been a tough slog for the Avs and Nuggets, can we at least give Kroenke props for unblinking persistence?” As the Broncos struggle to “find a suitable adult child to replace" Owner PAT BOWLEN, the son of Rams Owner STAN KROENKE has “endured trial by fire." Josh Kroenke has taken the heat "when BRIAN SHAW flopped as Nuggets coach or MATT DUCHENE wanted out of the Avalanche locker room.” He is a “middle-aged executive with a full decade of experience in the big leagues.” Fans tend to "fill in the blanks about Josh with any stereotype easily applied to the offspring of a mother and father both worth billions.” Kiszla: “This much I know is true. There’s not an ounce of arrogance in Josh Kroenke” (DENVER POST, 4/15).

Noted horse racing writer WILLIAM NACK , whose biography of SECRETARIAT is considered "one of the greatest racing books ever written," died on Friday at the age of 77, according to Matt Hegarty of the DAILY RACING FORM. Nack was SI’s lead horse racing writer from '78-'01, and his accounts of the sport "ranged from the heroic to the tragic." He won seven Eclipse Awards and in '92 was "voted the Walter Haight Award winner by the National Turf Writers Association, honoring lifetime achievement." Nack worked at Newsday before joining SI, and he left the magazine in '01 to freelance (DRF.com, 4/14). SI.com's Tim Layden wrote Nack was a "towering figure in the history of sports journalism, a literary wordsmith and tireless reporter whose distinctive and soaring prose is revered by his peers and generations of younger writers." He stands "among the best sportswriters in the history of the genre" (SI.com, 4/14). THE MMQB's Peter King writes Nack "could write anything with the best sportswriters of all time." King: "You’d never know he was revered like few others in the history of our industry." The megastars "loved him and felt fortunate to be in his presence" and the "youngsters and new writers learned how to act when you get to the top of the business -- because Nack never big-timed them." The writing world "will miss him" (SI.com, 4/16).

THE BEST OF THE BEST: THE ATHLETIC's Richard Deitsch writes of Nack, "He is, in my subjective opinion, the greatest writer in the history of Sports Illustrated, a master of brilliant reporting, thunderous prose and excellence no matter the sport or profile subject" (THEATHLETIC.com, 4/16). In Tulsa, Guerin Emig writes Nack "could make the plunger in your bathroom fascinating, but he applied his prose to sports and I am eternally grateful for that" (TULSA WORLD, 4/16).

MORE THAN JUST HORSE RACING: In Vancouver, Patrick Johnston notes Nack was "more than just a racing writer," as he wrote memorable profiles of boxers SONNY LISTON and ROCKY MARCIANO. He also "went on the hunt for BOBBY FISCHER." Johnston: "Another of the SI kind that we're not likely to see again in sports journalism" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 4/16). Nack's story on Marciano "served as the basis of a 1999 MGM telefim that starred JON FAVREAU as the famed undefeated boxer" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 4/15).

Rutgers named Virginia Tech Assistant AD/Development & External Engagement CARLY NORTHUP Senior Associate AD/Development. Northup had worked at Virginia Tech since '14 (Rutgers)....CAA made the following promotions: RACHEL FEUCHT to Hockey Exec, BERNARD TYLER to Brand Consulting Exec, KIRAN VORA to Sports Property Sales Exec and KIRSTEN POLLEY to Sports Media and News Department Agent (CAA). 

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Walter (l) co-owns an $85M home in Malibu that the SEC is reportedly interested in
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The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Baer & Patrick cite sources as saying that the SEC has "opened an investigation into Guggenheim Partners LLC’s asset-management arm that includes questions" about an $85M home in Malibu, Calif., co-owned by Guggenheim CEO MARK WALTER. Sources said that the SEC has "shown interest in that real-estate transaction and a series of other deals" involving Miami-based ABS Capital Co., which is owned by two former Guggenheim managers. ABS Capital and Walter had "co-invested in the Malibu property." A Guggenheim spokesperson in October said that the real-estate deals "weren’t funded by Guggenheim Partners" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/16).

ON THE UP & UP: The L.A. DAILY NEWS' Tom Hoffarth profiled FS West/San Diego & Prime Ticket Senior VP & GM LINDSAY AMSTUTZ, whose "ambitious drive as a leader in one the country’s largest TV markets has been about creating and facilitating what’s next." Amstutz, who will be recognized as an SBJ/SBD “Forty Under 40” honoree this week, has a "dry wit and soft-spoken approach that allows her actions to speak even louder" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 4/15).

NAMES: Indians prospect FRANCISCO MEJIA is suing Big League Advance after claiming the company used 'unconscionable' tactics to get him to surrender a substantial stake of his future big-league earnings in exchange for an up-front payment" in '16 (ESPN.com, 4/13)....The 5th Annual Arizona Celebrity Golf Classic at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., benefited The Arians Family Foundation. While totals were "still being counted when they began to tee off," former Cardinals coach BRUCE ARIANS said that they had "already set a record for donations, with estimates of more than $500,000 raised" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/15)....Jazz Owner GAIL MILLER has released a new book, "COURAGE TO BE YOU: INSPIRING LESSONS FROM AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY." The book comes across like Miller "chatting about her life and the lessons she's learned" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 4/16).

LAST CHANCE: Forty Under 40 Awards Banquet

April 18, 2018 / JW Marriott LA Live, Los Angeles
www.FortyUnder40Awards.com

If you are attending the CAA World Congress of Sports don’t miss the Forty Under 40 Awards, our annual celebration of the best young talent in sports business.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, following the CAA World Congress of Sports, the 40 winners, their guests and industry leaders will be treated to a gala dinner and awards program at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles, L.A. LIVE.
The evening is a celebration not only of the accomplishments of the class of 2018, but also of all sports business.


This is not your father’s league sport anymore. Bowling is targeting a younger demographic with upgraded food and entertainment offerings at lanes across the country, and promoting the sport through team and race sponsorships in NASCAR. We look at efforts by the sport expand its fan base and stay relevant to the millennial and younger generations.

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