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Volume 25 No. 29

People and Pop Culture

Kremer left ESPN in '06 to join NBC Sports, where she served as a sideline reporter for "SNF" for five years
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The Pro Football HOF named ANDREA KREMER the latest recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. She will be honored at the Aug. 3-4 enshrinement weekend in Canton. Kremer currently serves as NFL Network Chief Correspondent, while working on HBO's "REAL SPORTS" and CBS Sports Networks' "WE NEED TO TALK." She also teaches a course on "The Art Of The Interview" at Boston Univ. Kremer began covering the NFL in '84 with NFL Films, before joining ESPN in '89. She left ESPN in '06 to join NBC Sports, where she served as a sideline reporter for "SNF" for five years. She has covered more than 25 Super Bowls (Pro Football HOF). Kremer was featured last year in SBD's "Weekend Plans."

WELL DESERVED HONOR: The announcement was followed by effusive praise on Twitter. ESPN's Sage Steele tweeted Kremer "has always been the perfect example of professionalism (and bad-assery) for countless women AND men." Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman: "One of the best to ever do it and also one of the kindest and smartest people I’ve ever known." NFL Media's Jim Trotter: "One of the best to ever do it when it comes to reporting and storytelling." NBA.com's David Aldridge: "No one deserves this honor more." Fox Sports' Peter Schrager: "Love that she will be up there on stage with Randy Moss in his HOF year. Andrea was the only one Moss would open up to early on his career." NFL.com's Judy Battista: "What a year for the HOF." NBC Sports Exec Producer Fred Gaudelli, a longtime colleague of Kremer: "@Andrea_Kremer turned a little girl’s passion and dreams in to a ground breaking career as an NFL journalist. Glad to see her passion and work recognized." Kremer herself tweeted, "I am overwhelmed beyond words at the expressions of support and congratulations from so many people. Thanks to @tunasweasel @espn @SuzyKolber @AdamSchefter @TedyBruschiESPN for the incredible shoutout on NFL Live #PFHOF18"

Three women were recognized as WISE Women of the Year at a luncheon ceremony yesterday in N.Y. that also saw Raptors President MASAI UJIRI receive the WISE Champion award. WISE President KATHY FRANCIS kicked off the event which drew more than 500 people by saying women “still face challenges being seen and heard” and imploring those in the room that “we must work together to improve our culture.” She said, “Talent is the currency that counts the most.” The three Women of the Year were Fox Sports West Senior VP & GM LINDSAY AMSTUTZ, Flywheel Sports CEO SARAH ROBB O'HAGAN and Heat and American Airlines Arena VP & GM KIM STONE. Fox Sports Regional Networks President JEFF KROLIK introduced Amstutz and noted her efforts in organizing the “Women of Fox Sports” program. “The fact that this award is (for) women and by women means so much to me,” Amstutz said. N.Y. Times Exec VP & COO MEREDITH KOPIT LEVIEN introduced O’Hagan, calling her an athlete and a leader who makes “other people better,” and “the human exclamation point we all want in our lives.” O’Hagan vowed to continue to “help women of all backgrounds” and encourage them that “they are not alone” in their career development. Stone was introduced by her 14-year-old niece ABBY and during her remarks, Kim Stone referenced the quote, “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit” to stress her theme that people must rise to the challenges they face. NBA President of Social Responsibility and Player Programs KATHY BEHRENS introduced Ujiri and cited his work hiring and empowering women not just in Toronto but through his efforts in Basketball Without Borders and Giants of Africa. Ujiri called the award “overwhelming,” as he was “raised and inspired by women.” He encouraged women in the audience to “please keep standing tall,” while concluding, “I will continue to use my voice" (THE DAILY).

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, our panelists discuss sports' relationship with social media and their best summertime memory.

  • NASCAR VP & NASCAR Digital Media Chief Revenue Officer Jon Tuck
    -- Enjoys Sunday night Showtime and HBO, especially "Billions."
  • AHL Milwaukee Admirals President Jon Greenberg
    -- Stays hip by listening to "Judah and the Lion." 
  • BDA Sports Senior VP/Client Relations Shauna Smith
    -- Loves watching anything on Bravo.
  • Lagardere Sports Exec VP/Commercial Marc Riccio
    -- Is a "Fortnite" and "Big Bang Theory" junkie.
Going Off The Grid
  Sports' relationship with social media in 3 words Best summertime memory More intriguing: XFL or AAF U.S. Open prediction First legal sports bet

Tuck
Access, addictive, caution Long days at Jones Beach XFL -- I hesitate to bet against Vince McMahon Jordan Spieth
Actually two -- NASCAR championship winner, Jets to win Super Bowl LIII

Greenberg
Control the message Full family vacations to northern Wisconsin XFL to see how they change from last time Rickie Fowler Brewers to win the World Series

Smith
Powerful, direct, permanent Lake Tahoe with my dad XFL Dustin Johnson Fall horse race at Churchill Downs

Riccio
Dependent, distraction, entertaining Family and friends on Canandaigua and Keuka Lakes XFL -- it will make everyone in the sport better Any of our 10 clients in the field Jets to win Super Bowl LIII

Do you want to get your thoughts in the Grid? If so, shoot an e-mail to jcarpenter@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

Former Colts GM RYAN GRIGSON will "serve as a consultant" with the Seahawks after he "spent last year as a senior personnel executive" with the Browns (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 6/13)....The Alliance of American Football named former Senior Bowl Exec Dir PHIL SAVAGE GM of the league's Phoenix team (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/14)....HOK VP & Marketing Principal CHRIS LAMBERTH has left the architectural firm for a new role with professional services consultancy Hatfield Group (THE DAILY).

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Lurie saw more than 3,300 participants come out for the inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge on May 19
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Eagles Owner JEFFREY LURIE in a special to SI notes the team is "committed to prioritizing autism research." The team created the Eagles Autism Challenge, a "signature cycling and 5K run/walk charity event dedicated to raising funds for innovative autism research." The inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge took place May 19 at Lincoln Financial Field. More than "3,300 participants came out" and more than $2.5M was "raised by the Challenge this year for autism research." Lurie: "A remarkable start for any first-year fund-raising effort. With time, our hope is that the Eagles Autism Challenge will be a signature event for funding autism research" (SI, 6/18 issue).

STAYING PUT: Boxer DAVID BENAVIDEZ returned a $250,000 signing-bonus check he received from Top Rank and will "continue fighting under the banner" of his promoter SAMPSON LEWKOWICZ and advisor AL HAYMON's Premier Boxing Champions. Benavidez’ possible defection to Top Rank, which is "financially backed by a less-than-year-old television deal with ESPN, ruffled sport insiders this past weekend and led to speculation that a protracted legal episode would keep the champion out of the ring." Top Rank Chair BOB ARUM said that the matter was "resolved after his attorneys huddled and decided 'to leave it up to the kid'" (LATIMES.com, 6/12).

NAMES: PGA of America President PAUL LEVY is "facing a misdemeanor DUI charge after veering off a road in California and hitting a sign last week." The PGA of America said that it will "support Levy as he seeks counseling and deals with the consequences of his arrest" (AP, 6/13)....The UnLIMBited Foundation's seven-year-old founder TOMMY MORRISSEY, a "golf prodigy who was born with one arm, accepted a check for $15,000" from Honda Classic Exec Dir KEN KENNERLY and Tournament Dir ANDREW GEORGE on behalf of the foundation (PALM BEACH POST, 6/14)....Hosts and crew members from Bravo’s “TOP CHEF” filmed the series in Rupp Arena on Tuesday with Kentucky basketball coach JOHN CALIPARI and UK fans on hand (COURIER-JOURNAL.com, 6/13)....The ESPYs are awarding this year’s “Best Coach Award” posthumously to three Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School coaches who “died shielding their students from gunfire” (AP, 6/13)....Yankees CF AARON HICKS and Ps DAVID ROBERTSON, CC SABATHIA and LUIS SEVERINO visited Public School 73 in the Bronx. They were joined by coach PHIL NEVIN and Senior VP & GM BRIAN CASHMAN yesterday for an assembly as part of the Yankees’ HOPE Week (MLB.com, 6/12)....Patriots CB CYRUS JONES and WR MALCOLM MITCHELL attended The Museum of Fine Arts’ annual Summer Party on Saturday (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 6/13).

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 .

There is still time to register for the event. Visit www.sportsfacilitiesandfranchises.com to REGISTER and see the complete agenda.

SBJ-AXS Sports Facilities & Franchises and Ticketing Symposium

June 19-21 I Westin Book Cadillac Detroit


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 www.game-changers-conference.com.

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?

Publishing Date: July 9

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Materials Due: June 27

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