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Volume 25 No. 172

People and Pop Culture

The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is searching for a new CEO to be based in N.Y. Former NFL Commissioner PAUL TAGLIABUE will serve as Chair of the search committee, which hopes to have the position filled by late July/early August. This marks a larger and more influential role for Tagliabue, who joined the RISE board in March of this year. The other six members of the committee include RISE Founder and Dolphins Owner STEPHEN ROSS, NBA President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs KATHY BEHRENS, Turner Sports Exec VP/Ad Sales JON DIAMENT, USA Track & Field CEO MAX SIEGEL, NFL Exec VP/Football Operations TROY VINCENT and current RISE CEO JOCELYN BENSON. Benson, in the position since '16, is stepping down as she runs for Secretary of State in Michigan as a Democrat in a vote taken Nov. 6. She will likely remain on as a consultant. RISE is using the opportunity to recreate the CEO position and mission, looking for a leader as it seeks to shift its focus to identifying opportunities across all major sports leagues, colleges and conferences to help produce positive change throughout the U.S. on priority matters of racial or ethnic prejudice. The plan is to incorporate athletes, coaches and others in sports as ambassadors. “We can bring sports together to collaborate on values,” Tagliabue said. The new CEO will report directly to the RISE BOD and lead a staff of 14 employees. According to the job specifications, the new CEO should be someone who has a “proven commitment to racial equality, a deep understanding of the sports landscape and experience in nonprofit leadership and fundraising.”

Pro Football Talk's CHAREAN WILLIAMS has "won the Dick McCann Award from the Professional Football Writers of America" and will be inducted in the Pro Football HOF in August, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM. Williams, the 50th McCann Award winner, is the "first woman to receive the honor from the PFWA." The award is given to a reporter who has "made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football through coverage." Williams is entering her "25th year of NFL coverage" in '18. She spent 17 years covering the NFL and the Cowboys for the Star-Telegram. She is in her "second year" at PFT. Williams became "one of the first two women members" of the Pro Football HOF Selection Committee in '07. She was the 24th president of the PFWA, serving from '09-10 (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/13). Williams said, "It’s just so cool to hear from so many people, and I think it kind of validates the career. To hear from the JASON WITTENs and the WADE PHILLIPSes and all those people that I heard from yesterday, the various writers. Obviously, that’s the most meaningful because that’s the people who voted for you, and that's the colleagues that you have for so long and to have them vote you in is just really cool” (“PFT,” NBCSN, 6/13).

TWITTER REAX: Sports media figures were quick to offer congratulatory tweets. Mary Kay Cabot: "Truly one of the best - and nicest -- in the business!" Detroit News' Angelique Chengelis: "Great honor for a deserving reporter (and an even better person)." L.A. Times' Sam Farmer: "So well deserved." CBS Sports' Amy Trask: "Take a moment to really enjoy this." NFL Network's Jane Slater: "Thank you @NFLCharean for not only your professionalism but mentorship." Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota: "Her name belongs in Canton." ESPN's Stephania Bell: "Charean sets an example for all sportswriters."

"A Day in the Life" is a feature in SBD examining the daily habits of interesting personalities in sports business. This week, CBS Sports HQ anchor NICK KOSTOS gives insight on juggling an ever-changing nightly news broadcast.

9:00am: I wake up at 9, but when I get out of bed is an entirely different story. I cook breakfast every morning, although using the word “cook” might be a stretch. Breakfast is simple: organic oatmeal with almond milk and raspberries. Sometimes, I'll get really crazy and embrace my inner Millennial by whipping up some avocado toast.

10:00am: My first show is at 5:00pm, but the work begins earlier than that. I'm on a call with ANDY HECHT (my senior producer) around 10 and then I email ideas back and forth with Andy and ROB ARCIERO (my 5pm producer) throughout the morning. 

12:00-3:00pm: I work out four or five times per week here in Ft. Lauderdale. The HD cameras are unforgiving, so working out is a must. It's better to do that extra cardio session than to be on camera looking like you've been stung by a hornet. There's a gym in my building that isn't exactly Gold's, but it's good enough. Plus, I can walk there in 90 seconds, which is a major plus. I'm on a super health kick, so for lunch chickpeas and spinach has become my go-to meal to bring into work. If we’re being specific, turkey meatballs with salad and chickpeas, washed down with some sort of kale beverage that doesn’t taste great, but is very healthy.

Depending on the day's breaking news, Kostos can sometimes be on set for 2-3 hours straight
Photo: cbs sports

3:00pm: All about show prep. We're embracing sports wagering, which is obviously a huge deal right now with the recent Supreme Court ruling. So, we're always attuned to spreads, line movement and the wagering experience. I read everything I can to prepare. Game stories, opinion pieces. Twitter is a valuable tool in this regard as well. I like to have a full grasp of the day's content before I fire off emails or make any phone calls.

5:00pm: We are locked in and live from 5:00-6:00pm and 11:00pm-12:00am. Those are our set live times, but we're live much more than just those hours. It generally depends on the news of the day. If there's breaking news, we could be on set for 2-3 hours straight. We need to keep updating news stories, bringing on pertinent guests to discuss the news of the day, etc. No two nights are the same. It might look like a slow news day, and then boom, a piece of major breaking news will hit, and our rundown is turned upside down.

6:00pm: I try and eat every 2 and a half hours. Once I'm in the office, it's usually 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm, midnight and then maybe a snack when I get home. And I eat the same stuff all the time, so it's lean protein, leafy greens or legumes.

1:00-2:30am: On the way home, I'm either thinking about the show I've just anchored or I'll put on music. Sometimes it's the Real Jazz channel on SiriusXM to unwind, or I'll flip between the hip-hop and pop stations until I find something I like. When I get home is entirely dependent on the night in sports. There are some nights where everything is put to bed on the early side -- 1:00am -- and others where a big playoff hockey game goes into double overtime, we're there later.  My adrenaline is sky-high after a live show, and there's no coming down from that without a decompression period. Sometimes I'll get home and watch back parts of the show to see how I did. Other times, I'll flip on some mindless TV and let my mind turn to jelly for an hour before I go to bed. I enjoy watching the WWE, “IMPRACTICAL JOKERS,” and Food Network shows. If I have two nights off during the week, one is usually spent just unwinding and relaxing. The other night, I like to go out to a nice restaurant, have a Tito's and soda.

3:00-3:30am: I fall asleep around 3-3:30, so I sleep about 6 hours a night. I make up for it on the weekends, where my sleeping habits best resemble that of a sloth.

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ESPN promoted VP/Remote Production Operations CHISTOPHER CALCINARI to Senior VP/Remote Production Operations. Calcinari has worked at ESPN for 28 years, helping plan and launch the net's Seaport studios in lower Manhattan (ESPN)....N.Y.-based business management outfit Kore Software promoted ADAM GROW to Exec VP/Customer Success & Business Strategy and  MARC ROOTS to Senior VP/Product Strategy. Kore also named MATT ROBERTS Success Manager for Europe Markets; Roberts will be based in London (Kore)....The Packers named Jets national scout LEE GISSENDANER Player Personnel Exec (Packers)....The Islanders named Devils VP/Hockey Operations STEVE PELLEGRINI Assistant GM (N.Y. POST, 6/13).

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A St. Louis jury found the Rams 100% liable for Bush's injury at the former Edward Jones Dome

A St. Louis jury has "awarded millions of dollars" to former NFLer REGGIE BUSH,who "suffered a severe knee injury in a game" at the former Edward Jones Dome in '15. The Rams were "ordered to pay" Bush $4.95M in compensatory damages and $7.5M in punitive damages. The jury found the Rams 100% "liable for Bush's injury." He had also "sued public agencies that own and operate the Dome, but they were dismissed from the suit by a judge last week." Bush was "pushed out of bounds, then slipped and fell on what his lawsuit called a 'concrete ring of death'” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 6/13).

GUEST OF HONOR? Former FIFA President SEPP BLATTER will attend the World Cup in Russia as a "personal guest" of President VLADIMIR PUTIN. Blatter "remains a popular figure in Russia after backing the country's efforts to stage the World Cup during a controversial bidding process" in '10 (, 6/12).

NAMES: Epic Games "hosted a 50-team, 100-person invitational event during the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3)" yesterday in L.A. for its popular game Fortnite. Participants included the likes of Thunder F PAUL GEORGE, Nuggets F KENNETH FARIED, Magic F TERRENCE ROSS,Pistons C ANDRE DRUMMOND and G REGGIE JACKSON, UFC fighters SEAN O'MALLEY, DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON and TYRON WOODLEY, Bears RB TARIK COHEN and a "slew of other celebrities and professional gamers." The event was held at LAFC's Banc of California Stadium (, 6/12)....Sox Serve Week continued yesterday with a "visit by members of the White Sox organization to La Rabida Children's Hospital." White Sox 2B YOAN MONCADA, CF CHARLIE TILSON and DH MATT DAVIDSON "spent time" with young patients (, 6/12)....USWNT F ALEX MORGAN’s debut feature film “ALEX & ME” is now available via digital distribution. The film stars Morgan as herself alongside 13-year-old actress SIENA AGUDONG, whose character has “dreams of becoming a soccer player like Morgan” (, 6/12)....NBC’s TARA LIPINSKI has booked a multiple-episode role on Showtime’s forthcoming JIM CARREY comedy series “KIDDING” (, 6/12)....The Rays have been “sued for failing to have handrails that might have prevented the death” of BUD BROOKS, a fan who “fell from the outfield bleachers” at Tropicana Field in ’16 (, 6/12).

Just Announced: Dan Gilbert Set for a One-on-One Interview on Tuesday, June 19, at the AXS Ticketing Symposium

On Tuesday, June 19, Dan Gilbert, Founder & Chairman, Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans and Majority Owner, Cleveland Cavaliers, will sit down with SBJ/SBD Executive Editor, Abe Madkour for a featured interview .

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SportsBusiness Journal this fall will publish the eighth annual Game Changers: Women in Sports Business feature. This annual special section profiles women who are having a major impact in sports business. The Sept. 10 publication will be followed by our Game Changers Conference in N.Y. on Sept. 12. To nominate someone for Game Changers, or for more information about the program, go to

As the multibillion-dollar sports tourism industry continues to grow, we look what sports commissions across the country are doing attract that visitor spending either through adding new events or launching community health and wellness activities. How do the priorities of sports commissions align with the reality of event costs and sponsorship revenue?

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