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Volume 22 No. 23

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Speaking Up

The NHL Network aired an all-female episode of its daily news show, NHL Now, for the second straight year last week. Hosts Jamie Hersch (left) and Jackie Redmond were joined by Kendall Coyne Schofield as well as seven guests, many of whom are already on-air at other places, marking another step toward  increased diversity in the booth.

 

 



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Sole Influence

Former Adidas executive James Gatto (center, nine months), Adidas consultant Merl Code (left) and business manager Christian Dawkins (six months each) received prison sentences for paying families of elite basketball players to influence their sons’ college choices. Questions persist if the punishment will curtail the use of impermissible benefits to sway players’ decisions.

 

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Capital News

Raleigh, N.C., announced that it is a candidate for a Major League Baseball franchise. The city’s approximate population of 486,000 is bigger than several existing MLB markets, but far smaller than that of Charlotte (889,000), which Commissioner Rob Manfred has publicly mentioned as an expansion possibility.

Dolphins Business Combine

Twenty-six Miami Dolphins players participated in the Dolphins Business Combine, hosted by the team and Athlete Transition U, from Feb. 25-28 at Hard Rock Stadium. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross speaks to Dolphins players Jalen Davis, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Charles Harris.
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Former Dolphin Isa Abdul-Quddus brainstorms with current players Vincent Taylor, Luke Falk, Durham Smythe and Xavien Howard prior to the group winning a competition for their business.
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Sticking with the winners

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse accept hockey sticks presented on Feb. 22 by Ephesus Lighting’s Michael Quijano (back center), Syracuse Crunch defenseman Dan Walcott and Crunch COO Jim Sarosy. As part of its sponsorship of the American Hockey League, Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting is donating hockey sticks to community hockey programs in all 31 AHL markets.
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ASU Sports Law and Business Retreat

From the Arizona State University Sports Law & Business Advisory Board Retreat, Feb. 7-10, in Phoenix. Faculty and board members pose with ASU Global Explorer in Residence Cady Coleman, retired NASA astronaut and former MIT student athlete (from left): Caleb Jay, Daniel McIntosh, Michael Mokwa, Don Gibson, Lon Babby, Coleman, Sam Renaut, Stephanie Jarvis, Gregg Clifton, Ray Anderson and Glenn Wong.
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Dream Ball Gala

From the 8th annual Nancy Lieberman Charities Dream Ball Gala on Feb. 18 in Dallas: Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ice Cube, Nancy Lieberman and Trailblazer Award winner Julius “Dr. J” Erving.
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Nature Boy birthday

State Farm Arena and Atlanta Hawks EVP Trey Feazell surprised WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair with a one-of-a-kind bedazzled Hawks jersey and a custom birthday cake to celebrate the legendary wrestler’s 70th birthday prior to a special episode of “Monday Night Raw” on Feb. 25.
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Houston sports heroes

Members of the second class of the Houston Sports Hall of Fame who were inducted during the Houston Sports Awards on Feb. 6: Jackie Burke, A.J. Foyt, George Foreman and Dan Pastorini.
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Sports after 9/11

From the panel discussion, “When Is It Okay? Restarting Sports After 9/11,” on Feb. 28 at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum: Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, and moderator Mike Greenberg of ESPN. The discussion centered around the Museum’s special exhibition “Comeback Season — Sports After 9/11.”
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Raising the flag

From the American Flag Football League panel, “The Future is Flag,” on Feb. 21 at the CSM LeadDog offices in New York City (from left): Sports reporter Jeff Eisenband; AFFL CEO and founder Jeff Lewis; NFL veteran and AFFL player Michael Griffin; and NFL free agent and 2018 AFFL player Jerrod Johnson.
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Talking baseball

PIX11 News sports anchor Andy Adler; SNY host for Mets pregame and postgame Gary Apple; YES Network Yankees analyst David Cone; John Filippelli, president, production and programming and executive producer, YES Network; and John Franco, Mets ambassador, discussed the upcoming baseball season at a UJA-Federation of New York event on Feb. 25 in New York City.
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Yo Adrian! I did it!

Actor Sylvester Stallone and PBR CEO Sean Gleason in the bucking chute Feb. 23 at a sold-out Staples Center before the bull Yo Adrian! bucked at the Iron Cowboy, presented by Ariat.
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Urban lights up Stadium Series

NHL Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer, country music superstar Keith Urban and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman before Urban’s first intermission performance during the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series outdoor game featuring the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 23 at Lincoln Financial Field.
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Welcome to the Linc

The Philadelphia Eagles and Wings formally welcome the Flyers to Lincoln Financial Field, home to the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, on Feb. 23. From left: Eagles OT Jordan Mailata; Wings T Trevor Baptiste; and Flyers LW James van Riemsdyk, D Travis Sanheim, RW Travis Konecny.
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How Sweet it is

Harlem Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar had his jersey No. 41 retired on Feb. 15, prior to the team’s game at the Fertitta Center at the University of Houston, where he was a standout player prior to joining the Globetrotters. Dunbar, now the head coach of the Globetrotters, joins Wilt Chamberlain, Goose Tatum, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal, Meadowlark Lemon, Geese Ausbie and Tex Harrison in having his jersey retired by the franchise.
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Baseball

The Seattle Mariners promoted JOE BOHRINGER to assistant general manager.

Colleges

The National Collegiate Athletic Association promoted DONALD REMY to chief operating officer.

The University of California, San Diego hired MATT KRITZ as senior associate athletic director for athletic performance. Kritz was co-founder and managing director for Athlete Nation.

The University of North Carolina Charlotte named ALEX WISE assistant athletic director for facilities and events.

Ohio University promoted KEN WINSTEAD to senior associate athletic director for development.

Rutgers University hired ANDREW BAUSCHELT as associate director of development for major gifts, MICHAEL GREENGARTEN as assistant director of development for communications and engagement, NICOLE NECCI as assistant director of athletic development for events and stewardship and EMILY TOME as athletic development coordinator.

The University of Texas San Antonio hired ASHLEY WINNING as director of the Roadrunner Athletic Fund. Winning was director of development campaigns and communication for the University of Texas.

University of Utah Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications LIZ ABEL will retire in August after 36 years with the athletic department.

Facilities

AEG Presents named NICK SPAMPANATO senior vice president of venue operations. Spampanato was senior vice president and general manager of the Forum.

Spectra promoted BRENT HARRISON to regional director for its Toronto region.

Football

The Philadelphia Eagles promoted GREG DELIMITROS to vice president of equipment operations, PATRICK DOLAN to vice president of football technology and JON FERRARI to vice president of football operations and compliance; and hired ANDREW BERRY as vice president of football operations and JEREMIAH WASHBURN as advanced projects coordinator.

Law

The law firm of Foley & Lardner named BOBBY SHARMA a special adviser to its sports industry team. Sharma is chairman of Blue Devil Holdings and co-founder of Electronic Sports Group.

Media

NBC Sports Northwest hired DIANE PENNY as senior vice president and general manager. Penny was vice president and general manager for Learfield IMG College’s Beaver Sports Properties at Oregon State University.

The Players’ Tribune hired JOSE DUVERGE as director of brand partnerships. Duverge was head of east coast region and senior director of global partnership sales for Legends.

Motorsports

NASCAR shifted SCOTT WARFIELD to the newly created position of managing director of gaming, and promoted AMANDA LORDY to managing director of digital content.

Olympics

USA Gymnastics named LI LI LEUNG president and chief executive officer. Leung was a vice president for the NBA.

Sporting Goodsand Apparel

Asics North America hired KEVIN MCHALE as director of run specialty sales. McHale was Fleet Feet brand manager for New Balance.

Awards and Boards

Adidas named MARTIN SHANKLAND to its executive board to lead its global operations.

Block Six Analytics named MARK FRENCH to its advisory board.

The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame named A.J. ROBINSON, Central Atlanta Progress president and Atlanta Downtown Improvement District president, chairman of the board for Atlanta Hall Management and RICH MCKAY, Atlanta Falcons president and chief executive officer, to the board of directors.

The Red Sox Foundation named BRIDGET TERRY LONG, Harvard Graduate School of Education dean and Saris professor of education and economics, and JILL SHAH, Shah Family Foundation president, to its board of directors

Riot Games named ANGELA ROSEBORO chief diversity officer. Roseboro was global head of diversity, equity and inclusion for Dropbox.

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Watch parties are common for teams across the nation on Selection Sunday, such as last year when players for Loyola University Chicago learned the path that they would take to the Final Four.
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A fixture of CBS’s college basketball coverage for more than 20 years, Clark Kellogg again will be on the set for the NCAA tournament selection show on March 17. Kellogg shared some thoughts about how he prepares for the high-profile gig, which he started in 1997.

“In those first several years, I was like everybody else. When the bracket came, I wanted to check it out and see which teams got in and who may have gotten left out,” Kellogg said. “For the last 10 selection shows I haven’t looked at the bracket. I watch it as it’s being revealed to the viewing public.

“I watch hundreds and hundreds of games all year long in preparation for the tournament. I pretty much have seen everybody. And I want to have a spontaneous reaction when the screen shows who’s in it. I’ve felt confident enough in my preparation beforehand to be able to have some comments about teams in the bracket.”

Kellogg said he always has a list of teams that he thinks viewers should keep an eye on, and he’ll lock onto a handful of players from smaller conferences who will get the chance to play on the biggest stage of their careers.

Kellogg’s quick takes:

Mid-majors to watch

“Buffalo clearly. The Wofford Terriers out of the Southern Conference should be in the field even if they don’t win the conference tournament. I don’t know if Cal Irvine or New Mexico State will be worthy of at-large bids, but they could do some damage. I like Jeff Jones’ team at Old Dominion in Conference USA.”

Sleeper teams

“Syracuse is custom made for the tournament because of the length, trickery and difficulty of the [2-3] zone. They’re always a threat to do more damage than people expect them to do. Florida State will be a really dangerous team if they’re seeded as low as I think they might be. They could be a five seed. Houston is a team that is outside of a power conference but having a good year and extremely well coached.”

Final Four

“Gonzaga. Duke. Virginia. That’s all chalk. I’ve got to throw somebody in there —  Michigan State could possibly fall to maybe a four seed. I’m going to go with the Spartans because they’ve had some injury issues, and a lot of people won’t expect them to make a deep run.”