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Volume 21 No. 1

People and Pop Culture


The Milwaukee Brewers promoted Tom Flanagan to senior director of baseball operations, Mike Vassallo to senior director of media relations and Vicki Wise to director of accounting.

Kathleen Clark is stepping down as vice president of marketing and strategy for the Houston Astros.

SMG promoted Christine Pileckas to director of sales and marketing for Intrust Bank Arena.


Team Epic promoted Josh Battles to associate, Nuvia Guzman and Matt Barth to manager, Kurt Russell to senior manager and Jonathan Halitsky to director.

IMG College named Kevin Hickey senior account executive at UConn IMG Sports Marketing and Peter Sachs senior account executive for Syracuse IMG Sports Marketing. IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions named Kyle Manigold senior sales representative at the University of Arkansas, Carly Venick general manager of

North Carolina State University and Zach Ziler general manager at the University of Arkansas.

Dentsu Sports Asia named Josh Burack senior vice president, head of television, media and sponsorship.

Back9Network named Robert Abbott executive vice president of production and content development. Abbott was senior coordinating producer of content development at ESPN.


Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Tennessee and SportSouth named Randy Stephens executive producer. Stephens was the senior vice president of broadcast for the Memphis Grizzlies.

LockerDome hired Mark Lewis as chief financial officer. Lewis was principal at Advantage Capital Partners.

Golf Channel promoted David Piccolo to vice president and creative director and named Israel DeHerrera supervising producer of teases and features and Jeff Neubarth coordinating producer for “Morning Drive.”

Penske Racing named Jeremy Troiano media relations representative. Troiano was media

relations representative for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau named Cree Crawford head of sports and entertainment tourism. Crawford was chief operating officer for the Tulsa Talons.

The Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy named Rob Castorri

executive director. Castorri was president of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association.

Madison Sports Partnerships hired James Bell to handle business development for national and regional corporate accounts, Rashad Elby as director of athlete and talent engagement and Cameron Titus as sales assistant.

USA Synchro hired Julie Fabsik-Swarts as executive director. Fabsik-Swarts was the director of development and marketing for EducationWorks. hired Chris Olsen as chief financial officer. Olsen was vice president of internal audit at Liberty Media Corp.

Awards and Boards
Kennametal named Cindy Davis to its board of directors. Davis is a vice president of Nike and president of Nike Golf.

USA Basketball re-elected Jerry Colangelo as chairman of its board of directors.

People news
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Class was in session in New York City last week for anyone associated with collegiate athletics. NCAA President Mark Emmert led the list of speakers for attendees, who also met up for networking outside the panel discussions.

NCAA President Mark Emmert opened the first session with a One-On-One interview.

Wake Forest President and NCAA Division I board of directors Chairman Nathan Hatch talked about recent changes in the ACC.

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand told Seth Davis and the audience about his experience recovering from a spinal cord injury he sustained in a game in 2010.

IMG College’s Jim Connelly and Intersport’s Scott Malaga

The NCAA’s Mark Lewis, the Horizon League’s Jon LeCrone and Dennis Coleman of Ropes & Gray

Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman offered some insight into the coming BCS  playoff system.

RSR Partners’ Joe Bailey, the Big East’s Tom Odjakjian and UConn’s Warde Manuel

Columbia University’s Val Ackerman, Amy Perko of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, the NCAA’s Kevin Lennon and Michigan State’s Mark Hollis

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General counsel,
Women’s Tennis Association

Garmin Fenix GPS Watch, so I no longer get lost while I am running when out of town for work; it’s great to see the city but much better if I know how to get back to my hotel.
I am much better at giving gifts than receiving gifts, so my husband will be off to race-car driving school for Christmas (I hope he doesn’t read this).



I need some new tools. My kids are constantly coming up with projects, and my tools are a mismatch at best. And then I would also like to get an advance copy of the TCU Horned Frogs 2013 National Championship season DVD.
Giving: My kids are old enough that they may know better; but they better believe, so I can’t reveal what they are getting. Can’t reveal my employee gifts because hopefully they read this magazine. GoVision is semi-famous for our unique and creative gifts to clients, so I also can’t reveal that because my clients better be reading this magazine, too!

President and CEO,
Arizona Diamondbacks

The greatest gift I could receive is seeing movement on the number of young men who have agreed to have their prostate checked. Early detection is the key and may have very well saved my life. I plan on giving friends, family and colleagues great vegan food and baked goods, without first telling them they are dairy- and animal-free.


Giving: My three kids are in love with the toasters that burn sports team logos into toast and have all asked for one. The problem is one wants an Eagles toaster, one a Phillies toaster and one a Flyers one. Looks like we’ll be eating a lot of toast.
Receiving: I honestly have more gadgets and toys than I have time to use. So this year, I have asked my family to instead make a donation to Hurricane Sandy relief in lieu of getting me anything. Those people can use the help a lot more than I need a new iPhone, and it also guarantees that I don’t get another Santa tie this year.

New Era Cap Co.

For myself, I’m kind of hoping for something in the performance ski apparel front, because I could definitely use an upgrade. Gadgetwise, I kind of have everything I need. I am still a version behind on my iPhone and my iPad, but that’s OK. As far as what I am getting them, I am sure there will be more iPads in my household after Xmas Day. And my son has been clamoring for “Call of Duty,” so that will probably be under the tree. We’re also getting a Golden Retriever puppy to go along with our 11-year-old Golden — we’ll see how they get along.


Ovations Food Services
I hope to get new books out by James Patterson and John Grisham. Probably will get a large-screen TV for outside.

Speedo USA and Calvin Klein Swimwear

I’ve been told that I am the hardest to buy for as I never seem to have a specific need this time of year. I love the experience of the holidays and bringing together family and friends. But to have a selfish wish … it would be dropping 2 feet of virgin powder on Mount Bachelor and sunshine on my shoulders! Heaven! And what will I be buying? New ski gear for the family — what else?

Managing director of marketing,
U.S. Olympic Committee

What I’d like to receive: I admit it, the TV ads have me hooked — I am hoping for the new Samsung Galaxy S III so I can bump videos. Also, new golf clubs and swing lessons, because you can only make the same excuses for so long. For books, “Kurt Vonnegut: Letters”; I’m a huge fan of his work and humor. And “Running For My Life,” Lopez Lomong’s incredible story of traveling from war in the Sudan to becoming the U.S. Olympic team flag bearer.
What I’ll be giving: The Bob Hope “Road to” series of DVDs to our CMO, Lisa Baird; she is a huge fan. Anything “The Wiggles” to my son. The band is breaking up and he is heartbroken. Some time off for my wife, and Team USA gear celebrating our success in London for most everyone else.


Vice president

I hope I receive a Galaxy S III and Apple TV! I’m buying many people “Half the Sky,” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

2012 Ryder Cup

I would love to receive some sort of i-gadget — iPhone, iPad, iPod. I feel like one of the few people left on the planet who doesn’t have one and who isn’t fluent in their capabilities. But at the same time, I have a great fear that once I do receive one I will be hooked, as I have a history with that problem (see: my BlackBerry). When it comes to gift giving, I couldn’t have more fun than I do picking out gifts for my two young sons. My oldest son is really into all types of sports and superheroes, so I look forward to reliving my childhood with him.


Engine Shop

My family has accumulated way too many electronic gadgets, so my shopping list is going back to the basics this year: bicycles, board games and puzzles! Maybe Hungry Hungry Hippos or an Erector Set. Having said that, do you think I can ask for an iPad Mini? How about a New York Jets win … at this point only Santa Claus could make that happen!

Boston stands as one of the most competitive sports media markets in the country, but the New England Patriots have forged a unique voice through an aggressive set of efforts at, including live, in-game blogging and a heavy presence on Facebook, Twitter, online radio and a suite of mobile applications. Fred Kirsch, Kraft Sports Productions vice president of content and publisher of “Patriots Football Weekly,” discusses the emerging media landscape and his blog, “Kirsch Words.”

Social media is taking the lid off the content creators. It takes the mystery out of it for the fan. If you’re in the business and you’re not embracing it, you better be damn good. It makes everyone much more accountable.

The Boston sports landscape:
In terms of competition, it’s never been better. There’s a huge transformation taking place involving video and social media that is so immediate it conditions the consumer to invest short spurts of attention, and content owners are less and less inclined to invest in long-form journalism.

His live in-game blog: It never ceases to amaze me. We have as many people that attend a Celtics or Bruins game following along with our games on the blog. It’s used both as a second screen and as some fans’ sole way to follow what’s going on. It shows me that not everyone can be with fellow fans for every game yet they want the social interaction.

An industry trend worth following: What will keep fans coming to the games in person is huge. How do we make the in-game experience the utmost value proposition? Part of that is our investment in free bowlwide Wi-Fi. We partnered with a company called Enterasys, and so far it’s been great.

The value of If you’re a fan, this is the golden age of access. Despite the complaints about how the Patriots go about giving out information, we carry live press conferences every time Belichick or Brady speak, completely removing the filter. We have the advantage of focusing on just the Patriots. In doing what fans tell us they want most — bringing them closer to the team — I’m proud of what we do.