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Volume 26 No. 65

People and Pop Culture

Steve Yzerman listed his 3,316-square-foot condo in downtown Tampa for $1.695M
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Titans G ROGER SAFFOLD has bought a newly built home in Encino, Calif., for $3.88M. The Traditional-style two-story home "sits behind fences and gates on about a third of an acre." The mini-estate includes a "sports court, a putting green and a swimming pool with a spa." A cabana with a changing room and fireplace "sits across from the pool" (LATIMES.com, 5/31)....Red Wings Exec VP & GM STEVE YZERMAN has listed his condo on Bayshore Boulevard in downtown Tampa for $1.695M. The 3,316-square-foot condo in The Bellamy complex has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and "two covered terraces with views of the city skyline" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 6/5)....Gold Medal-winning U.S. sprinter MICHAEL JOHNSON is selling his townhouse in Corte Madera, Calif., for $1.2M. The 1,690-square-foot home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It has been "newly remodeled and features high-vaulted ceilings, a large deck overlooking a grassy field and a two-car garage" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 5/31).

WINDY CITY HOMES: Free agent WR BRANDON MARSHALL sold his condo in a historic Michigan Avenue building in Chicago for $3.2M, which is "less than he paid for it five years ago." The four-bedroom, 6,400-square-foot condo was sold at a price 18% below the $3.9M Marshall originally paid for it. The condo has "two separate outdoor rooftops, with a combined 2,500 square feet" (CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 6/3)....Blackhawks RW ALEX DEBRINCAT in mid-April purchased a "gut-rehabbed" house in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago for $1.035M. The 3,700-square-foot, five-bedroom home has 3.5 baths and "hardwood floors, high ceilings, wainscoting, millwork, a family room with a gas fireplace and a kitchen with quartz countertops." It also has a "built-in breakfast nook, a walk-in pantry and a butler's pantry." Additionally, the house has a "private rooftop deck over a new, two-car garage" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 5/30).

LANDLORD DREAMS: ALEX RODRIGUEZ has "picked up a 21-unit rental tower" in Manhattan's East Village. This marks his "first major real estate play in his adopted home town," as Rodriguez has previously been "dabbling in the Miami market for some time." For the East Village purchase, Rodriguez "partnered with NYC real estate veteran BARBARA CORCORAN, who founded one of the city's biggest brokerages and is now known for investing in business on ABC's 'Shark Tank.'" The duo "plans to aggressively build up a portfolio of multifamily buildings across the city" (NYPOST.com, 6/2).

Former NBAer BARON DAVIS sat down with SBJ’s ABE MADKOUR last week in Chicago at the Intersport Brand Engagement & Content Summit and talked about his playing career, today’s NBA players, why the Lakers are struggling with LEBRON JAMES and his business plans now that he is retired. Davis played for the Warriors from '05-08, a team that was decidedly different from the franchise today, and his comments offer an interesting glimpse of a former player turned entrepreneur.

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Filippelli (m) calls Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Yankee Stadium his busiest days of the week
Photo: JOHN FILIPPELLI

Since becoming the net's first employee in the fall of ’01, YES Network President of Production & Programming JOHN FILIPPELLI has proven invaluable, as he built the fledgling network into a powerhouse RSN with his experience, leadership and innovative ideas. He said it was his chance to “change the landscape” and “bring network sensibility to a regional network.” Filippelli possesses an easy-going, friendly and humorous nature, which was on full display when he recently took some time to chat with THE DAILY about his busy weekends at Yankee Stadium.

SEASON TICKET: Over the course of a season, I’m not there every game. I’m probably at about 35 (home games), but if you count pleasure it’s probably about 45. But even when I’m there for work it’s also pleasure. You go to the truck, you say hello, you check what’s going on. It’s just a way of letting everybody know that you care and you’re as engaged in this as they are. Sometimes we just talk about life, which is just as important as talking about a game because the game coverage is people and it’s my job to make sure they’re in a place of comfort.

COUNTRY LIFE: I have lived in Greenwich, Conn., for 37 years and have been married for 38 years to my wife, GINA. I travel into the city to the office various ways, but most of the time I just take the train. Believe it or not, I find the train relaxing because I can sit, I can read and I can get my head around what I need to do. In terms of my weekends during the baseball season, there’s not a lot of time because Friday, Saturday and Sunday are really three of the biggest days of the week. My days are almost never-ending and that’s the challenge of the job. But that’s also the enjoyment of it. When I have free time, it’s spent with my family. My kids are now grown and married and out of the house, so it’s my wife and I. We go to the ballpark a lot and make it like a date.  

HOME LIFE
: When not at the ballpark, we have friends come over. We like to barbeque. I love ballpark food because it’s what I do. I know it’s terrible in this day and age of health, but on the grill I find myself doing ballpark food. My wife is working really hard to get me to eat healthier. I love going for walks and I’m very much into my guitar. I will spend time with my wife, we’ll do some gardening, we’ll go see some friends. We’re big movie fans. I love going to movies, it’s one of my favorite things to do. I re-watched “All the President’s Men” and it’s just a tremendous movie. In many ways it’s a cautionary tale given the political environment. Next to Yankee baseball, my favorite thing to watch is “CBS Sunday Morning” because the mood of that show fits perfectly with what a Sunday morning is supposed to be. 

WEEKEND GETAWAY: We actually enjoy going into (N.Y.) and we work with charities. My wife is still on the board for Make-A-Wish. My youngest son was a Make-A-Wish child and we nearly lost him to cancer. Outside of work Make-A-Wish has been our singular focus all these years. We sponsor and host a gala the first week of November at the Greenwich Country Club and have raised millions of dollars over the years. We’re actually going over to Europe (for the Yankees-Red Sox series in London). We don’t have a lot of responsibility as the games are on Fox and ESPN, but we do pre- and postgame shows. I’ll troubleshoot, I’ll oversee a little bit. I’m just going to stop by to say hello over that weekend and then spend a little time in Italy.  

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The Buffalo Groupe has acquired communications firm Rawle Murdy, making it the newest division of the company and expanding the company's holdings. Rawle Murdy will operate as an independent agency based out of Charleston, S.C., with Managing Dir BRUCE MURDY continuing in his role (Buffalo Groupe).

EXECS: Nike named Kohl's Chief Technology & Information Officer RATNAKAR LAVU to the newly created position of Global Chief Digital Information Officer. Lavu will report to Nike COO ERIC SPRUNK and will start June 17 (Nike)....The Atlantic 10 Conference named Univ. of Colorado Dir of Player Development SEAN KEARNEY Associate Commissioner/Men's Basketball. Kearney will oversee all aspects of the conference's men's basketball operations (A10)....The ACC named DEBBIE WILLIAMSON Supervisor of Women's Basketball Officials. She currently serves as Coordinator of Women's Basketball Officials for the AAC, Atlantic 10, Big East, Ivy League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferences (ACC)....The Heat named Texas A&M Ventures VP & GM GLEN OSKIN III VP/Corporate Partnerships & Activation (Heat)....Georgia Southern Univ. promoted Associate AD/PR & Communications BRYAN JOHNSTON to AD TOM KLEINLEIN's Exec staff (GSU)....Scout Sports & Entertainment named the following: JACK ANESER Analytics Coordinator; KATIE LAFEMINA Strategy & Development Coordinator; MICHELLE DEVRIENDT Events Coordinator; CATHERINE BARBER Account Coordinator; LEXIE CIPA Account Coordinator; and DENA HASSAN Exec Assistant (THE DAILY).

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The Phillies on Thursday hosted "about 2,000 people" at Citizens Bank Park to pay tribute to late Chair DAVID MONTGOMERY, who died May 8 after a five-year battle with cancer. The group of attendees "included many former Phillies players from several different eras, including the current one." Former Pennsylvania Gov. ED RENDELL and MLB Commissioner ROB MANFRED both addressed the crowd (NBCSPORTSPHILADELPHIA.com, 6/6). Montgomery was remembered during the 90-minute ceremony as a "champion for Philadelphia who always made his employees feel appreciated and never forgot his humble Roxborough roots" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 6/7).

NAMES: PEYTON MANNING and Univ. of Kansas football coach LES MILES will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports HOF on Saturday. Miles spent 12 seasons as LSU's football coach (THEADVOCATE.com, 6/6)....DWYANE WADE is "cleaning out his closet and selling 300 plus items" on the online luxury consignment website The RealReal. The sale will go live at 10:00am ET on June 11 and a "portion of proceeds go to his Wade’s World Foundation" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 6/7)....The Univ. of Kentucky took another group of its football players to Ethiopia last week, marking the ninth straight year the Wildcats have sponsored the foreign service trip. UK CRO JASON SCHLAFER conceived the idea in '11 after he and his wife adopted a child from the African nation (Michael Smith, SBJ College).