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Volume 25 No. 151

People and Pop Culture

Ross said that the CBS ad sales team is continuing to conduct business as usual
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JO ANN ROSS, CBS’ top ad sales exec, said she is “sad and troubled” by the sexual harassment charges against former network CEO LES MOONVES, someone she publicly has supported and described as a mentor in the past. Speaking at the SBJ Game Changers conference in N.Y. this morning, Ross said she is “grappling with how a person could be one way with someone and be totally different with someone else.” Ross said she never experienced the kind of sexual harassment six women described, which led Moonves to step down. “It’s hard for me,” said Ross, whose official title is CBS President & Chief Advertising Revenue Officer. “That’s not what I experienced. It doesn’t lessen what’s going on or the pain of these women. … I’m very sad, I’m very troubled by the situation. The women who came out, they spoke about what was, for them, humiliating and painful. They are very, very brave and their voices need to be heard.” Ross has worked at CBS for 26 years. She said the ad sales team is conducting business as usual. In fact, they went through with client meetings Monday morning as the Moonves news was erupting. One client expressed surprise that Ross did not cancel their meeting. “We didn’t, and it never occurred to me,” Ross said in the interview moderated by SBJ’s John Ourand, “Life goes on. ... We have obligations.”

Davis was engaged in every session and asked questions to each of the different panels
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Saints LB DEMARIO DAVIS and TE BENJAMIN WATSON, both members of the Players Coalition, spent yesterday with NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and lawyers from the Orleans Public Defenders Office to engage with "leaders of several local groups involved in criminal justice reform," according to Heather Nolan of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. Saints DE CAMERON JORDAN also "attended part of the day's discussions," along with Saints Owner GAYLE BENSON and President DENNIS LAUSCHA. The meeting was "part of the Players Coalition's 'Listen and Learn Tour,' which has taken place in several NFL cities in the last few months." Davis, Watson and Goodell were "engaged in every session and asked each panel different versions of the same question: 'What can we do to help?'" Goodell's presence was "noted and appreciated by the players." Watson: "It speaks volumes about his willingness to support players and see what we're hearing, learn what we're learning" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 9/12). In Baton Rouge, Matt Sledge noted Goodell for eight hours "listened attentively -- sometimes interjecting questions -- as defense attorneys and formerly incarcerated people spoke." The symposium was "one of a series of similar events the Players Coalition has organized" in Detroit, Philadelphia and N.Y. The group has also "hosted seven forums ahead of elections for district attorney in other cities" (THEADVOCATE.com, 9/11).

IOC Dir of Strategic Communications & PR REBECCA LOWELL EDWARDS confirmed she will step down in November after about 17 months on the job. Edwards is the first person to hold that title, which was posted for more than a year before she was hired. The IOC did not say if it intends to recruit a replacement. Before she joined, IOC media relations were handled by MARK ADAMS, IOC President THOMAS BACH's personal spokesperson, and a group of lower level staffers. Adams continues on in his role. Edwards, believed to be the highest-ranking American paid employee in IOC history, said she is relocating her family back to the U.S. as her mother battles cancer.

For the first time, the Int’l Tennis HOF is giving fans the chance to vote on who receives enshrinement, and as one would imagine, it’s making CEO TODD MARTIN a busy man. With voting open for the entire month of September and ending Oct. 7, Martin talked to THE DAILY to discuss how he balances the new initiative with his laundry list of responsibilities and explains how his greyhound, Eddy, keeps him sane. 

5:00am: I typically have an alarm set for 6, but regrettably, I don’t get to that alarm very often. We’ve got a little puppy at home so he usually gets us up around 5:00 or 5:30. I’ll have breakfast with my wife and kids, and then often, not always, I’ll take my kids to school around 7:45. 

8:00am: I live in a small town, so that gets me into the office (in Newport, R.I.), around 8:00, and then I try to sort of gather myself by addressing overnight emails and such. I try to consume a little bit of tennis media. I keep my eye on tour results. There’s a variety of tennis blogs and email pushes that I’ll catch up on. By about 8:30 or so I’m wrapping up preparations for whatever meetings I have over the course of the day.

9:00am: I have typically put together a list for my assistant and don’t let her sit down before I get it to her. Then I have a collection of different activities during the course of the day. Our strategic plan calls on three primary strategies. That’s engaging the customer, going global and serving with a philanthropic focus. Those three elements are often times at the forefront of my activity during the course of the day. We also just launched fan voting for the Hall of Fame, and I have one partner in crime (Senior VP/Global Business DIANNE HAYES) and I’m often checking in with her. 

Martin in the morning reads a variety of tennis blogs and emails to catch up
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10:00am: I wish I knew where I was going to be any given day at 10:00 in the morning, but it’s pretty sporadic. We’ve got a small staff. We’ve got about 40 people, and our business units range from operating a 20-court tennis club to running a museum and caring for a historic landmark. At the end of the day, we really have to be quite nimble. 

12:00pm: Lunch often times is a cup of soup and a seltzer water at my desk just to catch up on emails. I’ve gotten better at being more intentional with my time. It’s still something I’m working on. When I have gaps in my calendar, I’ve started to block my own work into there, and that’s been a real benefit to me.

1:00pm: The afternoon, if it’s not more of the same, I’ll try to put my head to the more governance-oriented work. We’re in the thick of it with our board elections. We have a board of governors that’s 81 people, and an executive board that’s 21. It’s pretty thick stuff, and it’s a bit of a challenge to start the day with that stuff. So when I have a decent window in the afternoon, I’ll tackle that. I’ll review our status with the fan vote, because it’s live right now, and then I’m probably spending from about 5:00-6:30 trying to wrap up on my communications and make sure I understand what staff has been doing. 

6:00pm: I refer to it as sanity. From an exercise standpoint, I play a game called court tennis so occasionally at the end of the work day I’ll sneak over to the court for an hour and play before I go home, but I try to be home by 7:00 at the latest -- ideally between 6:15 and 6:30. I have a mammoth four-minute commute. I’ll come home and catch up with my kids, CASH and GWEN, school days and spend some time with my wife, AMY. Our oldest son, JACK, is just about to start his sophomore year in high school. He has long days so we’ll typically go and pick him up anywhere between 7:30 in the evening until 10:00. We eat dinner late often just to make sure that we’re all there.

8:00pm: We’ve got two dogs. We’ve got a 100-pound greyhound, Eddy, and a nine-pound beagle puppy, Ollie. So it’s humorous for us to be out with them together. I love getting the greyhound out for a run. We don’t have much of a yard, but he does a good job of making good use of a small piece of property. I’ll take him out and just get him running around. In some ways that’s about the most sane moment of my day just because it really is freeing. To watch this massive dog go on a tear in the yard is just a blast. 

9:30pm: We all go to bed, minus the 15-year-old, pretty early. I’m probably in bed by 9:30 during the school year and am either trying to catch up on some reading that I couldn’t do at work or catching up on the news. I’m also a sports fanatic. So if there’s something compelling on the TV, I’ll do that or watch the “LAW & ORDER: SVU” episode that my wife falls asleep to. She watches the crime, and then I have to deal with the rest of it. 

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Baltimore-based ad/marketing firm Imre named JEN BECK VP/Strategy and MORGAN BORKOWSKI Account Exec. The company also promoted Manager of Sports Marketing & Content Development STEFEN LOVELACE to Account Dir in its L.A. office (THE DAILY)....Santa Clara Univ. named former Oregon State AD BOB DE CAROLIS Deputy AD. He replaces JEFF MITCHELL, who last month accepted the Deputy AD job at Southern Miss (Santa Clara)....Hofstra Univ. announced several promotions: JAY ARTINIAN to Deputy AD & CRO; CHRISSY ARNONE to Assistant AD/Marketing & Strategic Partnerships; KEVIN BARRY to Associate AD/Development; RYAN WATSON to Assistant AD/Facilities and MICHAEL NEELY to Assistant AD/Fan Engagement (Hofstra)....Colgate Univ. promoted MARY BERDO to Senior Associate AD and Senior Woman Administrator, and it also promoted ERIN DEMARCO to Dir of Student-Athlete Development. The school also named Oklahoma Assistant AD/HR & Administrative Engagement JULIANA SMITH Senior Associate AD & Chief of Staff (Colgate).

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Martin (l) since coming out publicly has received well wishes from several celebrities and fellow athletes
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Minnesota United MF COLLIN MARTIN in June became the "only publicly gay male professional athlete in the five major U.S. sports," and since his announcement he has "sat on panels discussing gay issues, hosted an LGBTQ fundraiser for Minnesota gubernatorial candidate TIM WALZ, and conducted more than 40 interviews." Martin received "well-wishes" from CBS talk-show host JAMES CORDEN and actor JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, among other celebrities. Martin also heard "positive feedback" from Toronto FC F JOZY ALTIDORE, Orlando City MF SACHA KLJESTAN, Fire MF DAX MCCARTYand former USMNT member LANDON DONOVAN (TWINCITIES.com, 9/11).

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: NBC has given a "script commitment plus penalty" to "BROTHERLY LOVE," a single-camera comedy from 76ers G BEN SIMMONS, LEBRON JAMES and his SpringHill Entertainment. The show is "inspired by the life" of Simmons and centers on a "unique sibling relationship within a multi-ethnicity family." Together, they "pursue their dreams while navigating life in the spotlight in Philadelphia." Simmons and his brother SEAN TRIBE will be "consulting producers" (DEADLINE.com, 9/10)....Netflix has purchased global distribution rights to filmmaker STEVEN SODERBERGH's next feature, "HIGH FLYING BIRD," a sports-themed movie "set during an NBA lockout" (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 9/11).

THE GOOD STUFF: Oilers C CONNOR MCDAVID has become a "Jumpstart ambassador with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation with a commitment over the next three years for $85,000" (EDMONTONSUN.com, 9/11)....On behalf of Packers QB AARON RODGERS, team President & CEO MARK MURPHY "donated $50,000 to Legal Action of Wisconsin" (JSONLINE.com, 9/11)....A group of current and former NFL Giants last week "presented a $20,000 donation during a surprise visit and practice with teams from the Paterson school district." ESPN's VICTOR CRUZ, a Paterson native and former Giants player, was also "in attendance" (NJ.com, 9/11).

NAMES: MICHAEL CHIESA, the UFC fighter "hurt in the April fracas" at Barclays Center that landed CONOR MCGREGOR in Brooklyn criminal court, is suing the Irish fighter. Chiesa is "alleging that McGregor's actions caused him physical, emotional and financial harm" and his injuries "led to his removal from the UFC event held at the arena" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 9/11)....Former Nike sales rep DAVID REICHERT yesterday was sentenced to a "year and a month in federal prison." Reichert "cheated the sportswear giant out of at least three quarters of a million dollars by offering deep discounts to two side companies he quietly formed with a friend" (Portland OREGONIAN, 9/12)....A mural of Basketball HOFer REGGIE MILLER "will be painted" on a downtown Indianapolis office building. The completed mural will "occupy a 60-foot by 15-foot windowless margin on the east side of the building" on East Michigan Street (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/12)....Golfer RORY MCILROY and wife ERICA STOLL on Monday night were "spotted sharing a 'romantic' evening together at Murray Hill hotspot Zuma" in N.Y. (NYPOST.com, 9/11).

IN MEMORY: Longtime N.C. State Senior Associate AD & CFO DIANE MOOSE died yesterday. Moose was a 21-year employee of the school (N.C. State).

Coming off a memorable season, capped by the Washington Capitals winning their first Stanley Cup over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL has momentum. As a new season approaches, we’ll talk with league officials and other NHL stakeholders about how the league will build on those successes. Before the first faceoff, we’ll review the stories and people you’ll want to watch.

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