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Holiday Gifts: Time off, creature comforts


Athletic Director,
University of Denver

I am very fortunate to have been so truly blessed. During the holiday season the gift I most look forward to receiving is time to devote to my favorite charities and to catching up over coffee with friends and colleagues — I view both as treasures.
As for giving, each year my husband, Gary, and I look forward to presenting a special Denver Pioneer gift to the staff. We are so proud to be associated with the university and we truly appreciate the hard work and dedication of all who make DU Athletics great.


Daytona International Speedway

An iPad or iPad Mini for my wife. It doesn’t work anymore “sharing” the iPad I received last Christmas.
An iPhone for my 11-year-old son. Although peer pressure doesn’t usually work on me, I had no idea that every sixth-grader except my son already had one.
The book “Go Like Hell,” by A.J. Baime, to anyone with an interest in motorsports. One of the best books I have read.

Executive vice president
and sports group president,
Time Inc.

I have all the electronics I need and am completely plugged in on all kinds of levels. The gift I want to receive and give this holiday is to take some time to be unplugged, so I can look in the eye and talk to people. That will give us some perspective on what’s important in business and what’s important at home.


Vice president of television and emerging media,

I’m hoping to receive a few things: a new travel bag; some apparel from my alma mater, the No. 1-ranked Indiana Hoosiers; and a book about Lamar Hunt by Michael MacCambridge. (I read one of his previous NFL books, “America’s Game”).

Vice president of social marketing,

For me: This year I’ll beg Santa for an affordable cloud storage solution that Santa can pay once and I’ll be able to back up all my photos and media for life! I’m also addicted to photo filter/editing apps like Camera+, iPhoto, ToyCamera, Over and Whims to capture the holiday fun and make it into memes for the family to share.
For my 4-year-old: Kids’ ski boots that adjust full sizes to grow with her feet, bongos, and a GoPro HD helmet camera so she can document her years learning to ski.


Senior vice president of operations and administration,
CBS Sports Network
Gifts I’ll be buying:  Beats studio headphones, “NBA 2K13” for Xbox, iPhone 5 (for my 11-year-old son).
Gifts I hope to receive: Microsoft Surface (in January when the Professional version comes out).  I’m looking forward to a tablet with a usable keyboard! Also, “Proof of Heaven:  A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife,” by Dr. Eben Alexander.


Tournament director,
Travelers Championship

What to receive: I am a sucker for anything from Lululemon (and I am not afraid to admit it). I am also excited about the Nespresso Pixie machine that will be coming to the house. New albums that were on the holiday list were the latest from Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers.
What to buy: Lego will do quite well this year due to what we are getting for the kids, and my wife should enjoy the items from the Sundance Catalog and her iPad Mini.


President and COO,

I’m a big fan of the Rolling Stones, and hopefully the new three-disc greatest hits package, “Grrr!,” shows up under my tree this Christmas.

Executive producer and vice president of production,
CBS Sports

Hoping for the Garmin Approach S3 watch that displays golf course yardages, although I doubt it will help my game. I am a bit of an audiophile and would like the Beats Pro headphones. John Grisham and Michael Connelly are two of my favorite authors. Connelly has a new book out that I am looking forward to called “The Black Box.”
I will be getting jewelry for my wife — you can never go wrong with that. My son just graduated from college and is starting to get into golf. I plan on getting him some golf equipment.

Athletic director,
Grand Valley State University

Holiday gifts I’d like to receive: I’d like to have all of the VHS tapes I have of my college basketball playing days converted into DVDs and then to digital. I’ve already converted them from 16mm film to VHS tapes. I wonder what I’ll have to convert them to in the next 30 years. I’d also like to receive any book by Jon Meacham, having just read “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.”
Gifts I’m giving: I’ve already given each of our coaches the book “Lead … for God’s Sake!” by Todd Gongwer, as well as “Wooden on Leadership,” by John Wooden and Steve Jamison.

Vice president of public relations,

I am on the eternal search for the ultimate sports workout headphones. I can never be satisfied. I continue to look for the best pair. Hopefully this Hanukkah that pair will arrive.

Executive vice president of sports marketing,
GMR Marketing

I’m asking for a big flat-screen TV and a Bose system for my porch so I can sit outside every weekend, have a couple drinks, grill out, play with my dogs and watch replays of South Carolina beating Clemson by the combined score of 124-54 over the last four years. I’m also asking for a road bike to undo everything I’ll do to myself while sitting on the porch eating, drinking and watching TV.