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Volume 26 No. 207

People and Pop Culture

Sportsnet President SCOTT MOORE has "resigned from Rogers Communications," according to David Shoalts of the GLOBE & MAIL. Moore becomes the "last of the three executives who together landed the biggest broadcast deal in Canadian television history to leave the company," after Sportsnet in '13 "won the national broadcast rights for the NHL over BCE." Moore will "leave at the end of October, just short of eight years in his role." Moore began "discussing his departure from the company 'a few months ago.'" Moore said, "We’ve accomplished pretty much everything I wanted to accomplish. We got (Sportsnet) to number one (in Canada’s sports-television networks), which is what I said I would do when I got in here on the first of December, 2010.” Rogers Media President RICK BRACE will "assume Moore’s duties while a search for a successor is conducted." Moore, who came to Sportsnet in '10 after "being head of both CBC Sports and its advertising department, said his immediate plans are to relax and travel" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/3).

ALAN TAYLOR is a trailblazing PR/marketing pro and former journalist who founded Alan Taylor Communications (now known simply as Taylor). He spent decades cultivating relationships in sports with the likes of MUHAMMAD ALI and BILLIE JEAN KING, many of which are detailed in a new professional memoir. Now living in Boca Raton, Taylor describes his daily routine as “fairly typical” for a retiree. But his experiences as a sports business pioneer are anything but.

6:30am: I usually get up about 6:30. No alarm clock set. Body wakes up at the same time just about every day. My wife and I usually have MSNBC’s “MORNING JOE” on TV before I leave the house.

8:15am-noon: Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings, I play golf -- typically about 8:15-8:30. Beginning Nov. 1, when all the snowbirds come back to Florida, we have a pretty good group. Tuesday and Thursday mornings, I go to our fitness center at the Club at Boca Pointe at 8:00 and warm up with about a half hour on the treadmill. Then a trainer will come in and take me through a lot of things that I wouldn’t do on my own. I try to keep in shape, but it’s pretty hard down here, because everything focuses around, “Where are you going to eat tonight?”

Noon-1:00pm: After the round is over, we go to our club and have a full session of lunch, just hang out. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, after my workout, I go to FAU, where I’m taking a course on the British Empire. A friend of mine, we audit the courses. We go up to the campus, have lunch with students in the dining hall and attend a two-hour lecture.

1:00-5:00pm: Much of the rest of the day I spend helping on the marketing of the club. I write the blogs, website stuff, articles for the regional or club newspaper. I serve on the BOG of the club, so I have meetings and management responsibilities. I’m also trying to arrange speaking engagements for myself at various universities, including the Univ. of Florida and my alma mater, Miami. I’m trying to use my book as a tool to give back to the professions that have been good to me. So I’m spending time writing a PowerPoint presentation and editing video. That occupies a lot of my afternoons.

Taylor's career included stints working for both Muhammad Ali and Billie Jean King, among others
Taylor's career included stints working for both Muhammad Ali and Billie Jean King, among others
Taylor's career included stints working for both Muhammad Ali and Billie Jean King, among others

5:00-7:00pm: My wife and I try to eat at home at least three times a week, but the social life is so active when you’re retired in a place like this. When we go out, we either go to the country club, which is convenient, or a restaurant in the area. The big social thing in Boca is whether you’re making a doctor’s appointment, or where you’re going for dinner.

7:00-10:00pm: After dinner I either relax with my wife, or we play cards, like Bridge or Canasta. Some nights we’ll hang out at the house and watch 3-4 episodes of “JACK RYAN” on Amazon Prime or “FAUDA” on Netflix. If we’re home and not at a charity event or other function, we’ll typically go to bed between 10:00 and 11:30. We like to watch STEPHEN COLBERT sometimes. Before I turn in, I’ll typically check email one more time and read Huffington Post or Politico.

2:00-4:00am: I literally wrote my book in the middle of the night. I’d wake up remembering all these stories. I’d run over to the computer, spend an hour writing it, go back to sleep. I did that for about three months. The stuff just seemed to come out more in the middle of the night when I was more relaxed, as opposed to trying to force the writing.

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Fox is promoting ERIC SHANKS to Fox Sports CEO after previously serving as President, COO & Exec Producer of the division. Fox Networks Distribution President MIKE BIARD is also "being promoted" to President of Operations & Distribution for Fox. PAUL CHEESBROUGH "will become" Fox Chief Technology Officer and Head of Direct to Consumer Platforms. All the newly promoted execs "will report" to LACHLAN MURDOCH, who will "serve as chairman and CEO of Fox once the Disney deal closes" in '19 (, 10/2).

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: Pegula Sports & Entertainment named Empire State Development Senior VP CHRISTOPHER SCHOEPFLIN VP/External Affairs & Strategic Development (PS&E). Schoepflin will oversee PS&E's "dealings with federal, state and local governments." The hiring comes at a time the PS&E-owned teams will be "seeking financial support to upgrade their facilities, including the possibility of the Bills building a new stadium." Schoepflin has "extensive connections at the state level by having spent the past eight years working in the administration of New York Gov. ANDREW CUOMO" (AP, 10/2).

EXECS: Endeavor VP/Global Partnerships & Naming Rights TODD PARKER has left the company to launch marketing consultancy OverTime Sports & Entertainment, where he will serve as Managing Partner (THE DAILY)....Double-A Southern League Rocket City Trash Pandas GM CHRIS MORGAN said he has resigned from his position to "pursue other opportunities." Morgan was named Southern League Exec of the Year in '18 and had been with the BayBears for the "last four seasons" (, 10.2)....The United Shore Professional Baseball League promoted Dir of Client Services JEREMIAH HERGOTT to VP/Client Services (USPBL)....James Madison named Red Bull Media House Managing Editor KHALIL GARRIOTT Dir of Branded Content and Exec Editor of Madison Magazine (THE DAILY).

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Buffett said some people -- like James -- have minds that function in a way you can't give a test for
Buffett said some people -- like James -- have minds that function in a way you can't give a test for
Buffett said some people -- like James -- have minds that function in a way you can't give a test for

WARREN BUFFETT said that LEBRON JAMES' skills "go beyond basketball," as the billionaire praised James for his "money mind." Buffett said, "People really do have minds that function better than other people's in certain areas that you can't give a test for. And LeBron, in addition to a lot of other talents, he has a money mind. And he gets stuff." Buffett also said James can "separate out the cream from the crap, and you get more of the latter proposed to you than you do of the former." Buffett: "You really have to be able to suss it out" (, 10/2).

FOND FAREWELL: Retiring Mets 3B DAVID WRIGHT was "thrown an intimate dinner" at Tao Downtown following his MLB finale last Saturday by his agents, ACES' SAM and SETH LEVINSON. Guests included Mets COO JEFF WILPON and teammates JACOB DEGROM, STEVEN MATZ and MICHAEL CONFORTO (N.Y. POST, 10/3).

NAMES: The father of former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver JUSTIN BOSTON was "sentenced to 10 years in prison on fraud charges" after he "defrauded his company's investors and franchise owners while spending a substantial amount of money" to help his son become a NASCAR driver. Justin Boston drove in a truck "emblazoned with the logo" of his dad ROBERT's recycling company Zloop. Kyle Busch Motorsports "terminated" Justin Boston's two-year, $6M contract in '15 "because of missed payments" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/2)....Two divers have "filed a federal class action law suit" against USA Diving, former coach JOHN WINGFIELD and his Indiana diving academy. The suit alleges that Wingfield and the academy "ignored numerous sexual abuse complaints" against coach JOHEL RAMIREZ SUAREZ, who later "sexually assaulted them" (, 10/2)....The Rockets signed two patients at Children's of Alabama Hospital to "one-day contracts" before their preseason game yesterday (, 10/2).

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