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Volume 23 No. 14

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Investment strategy

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said he will invest $100 million in the Inglewood community — which the team said is the largest amount in state history related to a sports or entertainment stadium — as part of his plan to build a new arena for the franchise. The vast majority will go toward housing programs, and $12.75 million will go to school and youth programs.

 

 

Sell

No Satisfaction

The Rolling Stones’ production manager ripped Levi’s Stadium and the city of Santa Clara for restrictions put on the band’s visit last month, the city in turn blamed the 49ers for not giving it enough time to handle the issues, and the 49ers then said it was the city’s attitude that will “ultimately hurt the stadium’s ability to book competitive talent.”

 

 

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In fashion

GQ Sports launched a new YouTube channel with sponsorship from major brands including BodyArmor and Jack Daniel’s. It includes series such as “One on One” — the first features a conversation between Dwyane Wade and Rick Ross — but standing out in a competitive market for content could prove difficult.

Welcome to the neighborhood

The Los Angeles Kings hosted a ribbon-cutting event on Sept. 4 to welcome two new partners — Keck Medicine of USC and Meyer Institute of Sport — to the Toyota Sports Performance Center in El Segundo, Calif. Among those pictured are Kings executives Luc Robitaille and Kelly Cheeseman, and Kings forward Tyler Toffoli.
Photo: LA Kings / Juan Ocampo
The Los Angeles Kings hosted a ribbon-cutting event on Sept. 4 to welcome two new partners — Keck Medicine of USC and Meyer Institute of Sport — to the Toyota Sports Performance Center in El Segundo, Calif. Among those pictured are Kings executives Luc Robitaille and Kelly Cheeseman, and Kings forward Tyler Toffoli.
Photo: LA Kings / Juan Ocampo
The Los Angeles Kings hosted a ribbon-cutting event on Sept. 4 to welcome two new partners — Keck Medicine of USC and Meyer Institute of Sport — to the Toyota Sports Performance Center in El Segundo, Calif. Among those pictured are Kings executives Luc Robitaille and Kelly Cheeseman, and Kings forward Tyler Toffoli.
Photo: LA Kings / Juan Ocampo

 

Masters of the pro-am

From the OMEGA Celebrity Masters on Aug. 28 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, in advance of the OMEGA European Masters: (front row) Actor/entertainer Justin Timberlake, who won the trophy for achieving the group’s best individual score on the day; actor Michael Peña; former One Direction star Niall Horan; and Swiss rock star Bastian Baker. (Back row) Golfers Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia; actors Dennis Quaid and Anthony Mackie; and golfer Tommy Fleetwood.
Photo: OMEGA
From the OMEGA Celebrity Masters on Aug. 28 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, in advance of the OMEGA European Masters: (front row) Actor/entertainer Justin Timberlake, who won the trophy for achieving the group’s best individual score on the day; actor Michael Peña; former One Direction star Niall Horan; and Swiss rock star Bastian Baker. (Back row) Golfers Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia; actors Dennis Quaid and Anthony Mackie; and golfer Tommy Fleetwood.
Photo: OMEGA
From the OMEGA Celebrity Masters on Aug. 28 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, in advance of the OMEGA European Masters: (front row) Actor/entertainer Justin Timberlake, who won the trophy for achieving the group’s best individual score on the day; actor Michael Peña; former One Direction star Niall Horan; and Swiss rock star Bastian Baker. (Back row) Golfers Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia; actors Dennis Quaid and Anthony Mackie; and golfer Tommy Fleetwood.
Photo: OMEGA

 

Players for a Purpose

Head coach Kyle Shanahan (standing middle) and Chief Revenue Officer Brent Schoeb (lower right) gather with their guests at the annual 49ers Foundation Players for a Purpose charity dinner to benefit local Bay Area youth on Aug. 27 at Levi’s Stadium. The event raised over $570,000 to support the 49ers Foundation’s mission.
Photo: San Francisco 49ers
Head coach Kyle Shanahan (standing middle) and Chief Revenue Officer Brent Schoeb (lower right) gather with their guests at the annual 49ers Foundation Players for a Purpose charity dinner to benefit local Bay Area youth on Aug. 27 at Levi’s Stadium. The event raised over $570,000 to support the 49ers Foundation’s mission.
Photo: San Francisco 49ers
Head coach Kyle Shanahan (standing middle) and Chief Revenue Officer Brent Schoeb (lower right) gather with their guests at the annual 49ers Foundation Players for a Purpose charity dinner to benefit local Bay Area youth on Aug. 27 at Levi’s Stadium. The event raised over $570,000 to support the 49ers Foundation’s mission.
Photo: San Francisco 49ers

 

Esports on campus

From the kickoff meeting of a partnership venture between the NJCAA, Collegiate Sports Management Group and Legacy Esports on Aug. 20 in Charlotte: (seated) NJCAA CEO/President Chris Parker and CSMG executives — CEO Michael Schreck; Neil Malvone, EVP, business affairs and strategic partnerships; COO Ray Katz. (Top) NJCAA VP/COO Brian Beck; Phoenix Sports Partners CEO Brian Kopp; Legacy Esports CEO Andrew Barnett; Jeff McCarragher, VP, sales, CSMG; Legacy Esports COO JD Healy; Jeff White, chief legal, diversity, compliance officer, NJCAA; Thomas O’Keefe, manager, brand partnerships/esports, CSMG; Brian Luckett, chief external affairs/development officer, NJCAA.
Photo: Courtesy of CSMG
From the kickoff meeting of a partnership venture between the NJCAA, Collegiate Sports Management Group and Legacy Esports on Aug. 20 in Charlotte: (seated) NJCAA CEO/President Chris Parker and CSMG executives — CEO Michael Schreck; Neil Malvone, EVP, business affairs and strategic partnerships; COO Ray Katz. (Top) NJCAA VP/COO Brian Beck; Phoenix Sports Partners CEO Brian Kopp; Legacy Esports CEO Andrew Barnett; Jeff McCarragher, VP, sales, CSMG; Legacy Esports COO JD Healy; Jeff White, chief legal, diversity, compliance officer, NJCAA; Thomas O’Keefe, manager, brand partnerships/esports, CSMG; Brian Luckett, chief external affairs/development officer, NJCAA.
Photo: Courtesy of CSMG
From the kickoff meeting of a partnership venture between the NJCAA, Collegiate Sports Management Group and Legacy Esports on Aug. 20 in Charlotte: (seated) NJCAA CEO/President Chris Parker and CSMG executives — CEO Michael Schreck; Neil Malvone, EVP, business affairs and strategic partnerships; COO Ray Katz. (Top) NJCAA VP/COO Brian Beck; Phoenix Sports Partners CEO Brian Kopp; Legacy Esports CEO Andrew Barnett; Jeff McCarragher, VP, sales, CSMG; Legacy Esports COO JD Healy; Jeff White, chief legal, diversity, compliance officer, NJCAA; Thomas O’Keefe, manager, brand partnerships/esports, CSMG; Brian Luckett, chief external affairs/development officer, NJCAA.
Photo: Courtesy of CSMG

 

A day at Vaught-Hemingway

From the Aug. 26 media showcase for local reporters and the Ole Miss athletic department: (from left) the Centerplate management team at Ole Miss — GM Adam Martin, Executive Chef Will Brady, Sous Chef Dustin Wohlwend-Cooch, Executive Sous Chef Matthew Styles, Hospitality Manager Katie Stickle, Vice President Darren Hubbard.
Photo: Ole Miss Athletics
From the Aug. 26 media showcase for local reporters and the Ole Miss athletic department: (from left) the Centerplate management team at Ole Miss — GM Adam Martin, Executive Chef Will Brady, Sous Chef Dustin Wohlwend-Cooch, Executive Sous Chef Matthew Styles, Hospitality Manager Katie Stickle, Vice President Darren Hubbard.
Photo: Ole Miss Athletics
From the Aug. 26 media showcase for local reporters and the Ole Miss athletic department: (from left) the Centerplate management team at Ole Miss — GM Adam Martin, Executive Chef Will Brady, Sous Chef Dustin Wohlwend-Cooch, Executive Sous Chef Matthew Styles, Hospitality Manager Katie Stickle, Vice President Darren Hubbard.
Photo: Ole Miss Athletics

 

Fan-up Thursday

As part of an activation orchestrated by the NFL Consumer Products team, the league invited corporate sponsors to encourage staff to show their fandom around NFL Kickoff on Sept. 5, by sporting their favorite NFL apparel. With Chris Foley (center), president, Campbell Meals and Beverages, are Campbell employees Matt Venini, Terry Leckerman, Jill Marateck and Abimael Maldonado in Camden, N.J.
Photo: Campbell Soup Company / Bud Hayman
As part of an activation orchestrated by the NFL Consumer Products team, the league invited corporate sponsors to encourage staff to show their fandom around NFL Kickoff on Sept. 5, by sporting their favorite NFL apparel. With Chris Foley (center), president, Campbell Meals and Beverages, are Campbell employees Matt Venini, Terry Leckerman, Jill Marateck and Abimael Maldonado in Camden, N.J.
Photo: Campbell Soup Company / Bud Hayman
As part of an activation orchestrated by the NFL Consumer Products team, the league invited corporate sponsors to encourage staff to show their fandom around NFL Kickoff on Sept. 5, by sporting their favorite NFL apparel. With Chris Foley (center), president, Campbell Meals and Beverages, are Campbell employees Matt Venini, Terry Leckerman, Jill Marateck and Abimael Maldonado in Camden, N.J.
Photo: Campbell Soup Company / Bud Hayman

 

Red Card Against Bullying

Playworks New England Executive Director Jonathan Gay (right) and Santander Bank SVP Osman Rana (second from right) joined Playworks New England coaches on the field at a New England Revolution game on Aug. 24 at Gillette Stadium as the bank launched its Red Card Against Bullying campaign.
Photo: Matt Stone
Playworks New England Executive Director Jonathan Gay (right) and Santander Bank SVP Osman Rana (second from right) joined Playworks New England coaches on the field at a New England Revolution game on Aug. 24 at Gillette Stadium as the bank launched its Red Card Against Bullying campaign.
Photo: Matt Stone
Playworks New England Executive Director Jonathan Gay (right) and Santander Bank SVP Osman Rana (second from right) joined Playworks New England coaches on the field at a New England Revolution game on Aug. 24 at Gillette Stadium as the bank launched its Red Card Against Bullying campaign.
Photo: Matt Stone

 

Seahawks celebrate with CenturyLink

Seahawks President Chuck Arnold (left), CenturyLink Northwest Region President Brian Stading and CenturyLink employees celebrate the extension of the team’s naming rights partnership for CenturyLink Field at a recent Seahawks practice. The extension takes effect for this season and runs through 2034. The Seahawks’ stadium has been named CenturyLink Field since 2011.
Photo: Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks President Chuck Arnold (left), CenturyLink Northwest Region President Brian Stading and CenturyLink employees celebrate the extension of the team’s naming rights partnership for CenturyLink Field at a recent Seahawks practice. The extension takes effect for this season and runs through 2034. The Seahawks’ stadium has been named CenturyLink Field since 2011.
Photo: Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks President Chuck Arnold (left), CenturyLink Northwest Region President Brian Stading and CenturyLink employees celebrate the extension of the team’s naming rights partnership for CenturyLink Field at a recent Seahawks practice. The extension takes effect for this season and runs through 2034. The Seahawks’ stadium has been named CenturyLink Field since 2011.
Photo: Seattle Seahawks

 

Women in Gaming

The NBA 2K League Development Camp: Women in Gaming, the league’s first development camp for elite female NBA 2K players, was held Aug. 20-23 at the NBA 2K League Studio in New York City, with AT&T serving as an official partner. The four-day camp brought together 15 of the top female NBA 2K players to compete with and learn from NBA 2K League players and coaches.
Photo: NBAE / Getty Images
The NBA 2K League Development Camp: Women in Gaming, the league’s first development camp for elite female NBA 2K players, was held Aug. 20-23 at the NBA 2K League Studio in New York City, with AT&T serving as an official partner. The four-day camp brought together 15 of the top female NBA 2K players to compete with and learn from NBA 2K League players and coaches.
Photo: NBAE / Getty Images
The NBA 2K League Development Camp: Women in Gaming, the league’s first development camp for elite female NBA 2K players, was held Aug. 20-23 at the NBA 2K League Studio in New York City, with AT&T serving as an official partner. The four-day camp brought together 15 of the top female NBA 2K players to compete with and learn from NBA 2K League players and coaches.
Photo: NBAE / Getty Images

 

The Maine event

Shamrock Sports & Entertainment and the Korn Ferry Tour announced on Sept. 4 that they will partner on the Live + Work in Maine Open set to debut on the developmental golf tour’s 2020 schedule: (from left) Guy Langevin, board director Live & Work in Maine; Shamrock CEO Brian Corcoran; Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin; Live & Work in Maine CEO Ed McKersie; Falmouth Country Club CEO Jeff Harris; and Peter Kostis, PGA Golf analyst/instructor.
Photo: David Thompson
Shamrock Sports & Entertainment and the Korn Ferry Tour announced on Sept. 4 that they will partner on the Live + Work in Maine Open set to debut on the developmental golf tour’s 2020 schedule: (from left) Guy Langevin, board director Live & Work in Maine; Shamrock CEO Brian Corcoran; Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin; Live & Work in Maine CEO Ed McKersie; Falmouth Country Club CEO Jeff Harris; and Peter Kostis, PGA Golf analyst/instructor.
Photo: David Thompson
Shamrock Sports & Entertainment and the Korn Ferry Tour announced on Sept. 4 that they will partner on the Live + Work in Maine Open set to debut on the developmental golf tour’s 2020 schedule: (from left) Guy Langevin, board director Live & Work in Maine; Shamrock CEO Brian Corcoran; Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin; Live & Work in Maine CEO Ed McKersie; Falmouth Country Club CEO Jeff Harris; and Peter Kostis, PGA Golf analyst/instructor.
Photo: David Thompson

 

Clubbing at Wells Fargo

Valerie Camillo, Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center president of business operations, unveils the new Center City Club, the latest phase of the arena’s $265 million renovation initiative, on Sept. 10. The afternoon event included a walking tour of the ice-level space and menu tasting along with the first live demonstration of the arena’s new kinetic 4K scoreboard.
Photo: Brian Born
Valerie Camillo, Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center president of business operations, unveils the new Center City Club, the latest phase of the arena’s $265 million renovation initiative, on Sept. 10. The afternoon event included a walking tour of the ice-level space and menu tasting along with the first live demonstration of the arena’s new kinetic 4K scoreboard.
Photo: Brian Born
Valerie Camillo, Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center president of business operations, unveils the new Center City Club, the latest phase of the arena’s $265 million renovation initiative, on Sept. 10. The afternoon event included a walking tour of the ice-level space and menu tasting along with the first live demonstration of the arena’s new kinetic 4K scoreboard.
Photo: Brian Born

 

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COLLEGES

Chicago State University named ERIC HYMAN interim athletic director. Hyman was a consultant for search firm Ventura Partners and was previously athletic director at Texas A&M, South Carolina and TCU.

The University of Kansas named JAMIE HAYS SZELC associate athletic director for development and JEANNA McCABE as a gift processing specialist for the Williams Education Fund.

The University of Maine named BRIAN FAISON deputy athletic director. Faison most recently was athletic director at the University of North Dakota.

The University of New Haven named SHEAHON ZENGER athletic director. Zenger most recently was athletic director at the University of Kansas.

Old Dominion University named MIKE HERMANN senior associate athletic director for external relations. Hermann was vice president and athletic director at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Temple University named JESSICA REO executive senior associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator. Reo was senior associate athletic director for compliance and special projects at Florida International University.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley named MOLLY CASTNER deputy athletic director and senior woman administrator. Castner was in the same role at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

HOCKEY

Delaware North named MARK MAJEWSKI director of creative services of the Boston Bruins and TD Garden, and STEPHEN BROWN client development executive for Boston Garden Society.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center named SAM EBB vice president of business strategy and analytics. Ebb was a senior consultant for strategy and analytics at Deloitte.

MARKETING

The Aspire Group promoted MOLLY NASON to marketing coordinator; and named CARL ARNDT director of ticket sales and service for USA Hockey Arena; MICHAEL RICHMOND manager of ticket sales and service for the University of Northern Iowa; CALEB NOWICKI manager of ticket sales and service for San Diego State University; ANTHONY MOORE manager of ticket sales and service for Miami University; COLIN JOHNSON manager of ticket sales and service for the University of Pennsylvania; SEMRA BERIC manager of sales and service for Harvard University; CHAD WILKINSON database manager for the University of Denver; MAX MILLER team leader, groups for the University of Denver; JUAN “CARLOS” MUNOZ team leader for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and ANACLAUDIA CERVANTES senior manager of ticket sales and service for Colorado State University.

DKC Sports promoted JOE GIORDANO to account supervisor and ANDREW RHODES to vice president.

Eiger Marketing Group named KYLE DRAPER vice president of partnerships. Draper previously served in similar roles for Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Learfield IMG College named MITCH POLL vice president of national marketing solutions and LAINIE GENTILE vice president of sales. Poll is a former U.S. Olympic Committee and NFL executive. Gentile was with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Lynx and Target Center.

SOCCER

The New York Red Bulls named RYAN BROOKS senior manager, academy business operations and SAM GOUGH education and welfare officer for Red Bulls Academy. Brooks previously managed academy operations with Minnesota United FC and the Chicago Fire. Gough was the principal and director of education for the Scholar Athletes Leadership Academy in New Jersey.

Orlando City SC named CHRISTOPHER SPANO vice president of ticket sales. Spano was vice president of team business services and analytics for the American Hockey League.

OTHER

Delaware North Sportservice named DUSTIN ANDERSON general manager of Green Bay, which includes venues Lambeau Field, Titletown and The Turn powered by Topgolf Swing Suite.

Direct Recruiters named BRETT WALLACE director of its sports and entertainment practice. Wallace was assistant athletic director at Syracuse University.

The Ironman Group promoted ELIZABETH O’BRIEN to North America managing director. O’Brien was senior vice president of financial planning and strategy.

The Kraft Group promoted ROBYN GLASER to senior vice president of business affairs.

The McGowan Professional Athletes & Entertainers Insurance Solutions practice added ALEX SUBOTICKI as a client associate.

The PGA of America named ROB SMITH general manager for PGA Interactive. Smith was a senior director of business strategy and operations for NBA Digital.

The Professional Bull Riders named JOSH BAKER senior vice president of corporate partnerships and KOSHA IRBY senior vice president of business development and consumer events.

Sensory Interactive named CRAIG HENDERSON senior growth manager.

Turnkey Search named KELLY LEWIS a director of the company to focus on advancing diversity and inclusive recruitment practices. Lewis was a research and recruiting associate for Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates.

Under Armour appointed STEPHANIE PUGLIESE president, North America. Pugliese was president and CEO of Duluth Trading Co.

U.S. Curling Association CEO RICH PATZKE will step down this month. RICH LEPPING, chairman of the organization’s board of directors, will serve as interim CEO.

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Arthur Ashe Stadium sold out 23 of 24 sessions for the two weeks of the main draw.
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Arthur Ashe Stadium sold out 23 of 24 sessions for the two weeks of the main draw.
Photo: rhea nall / usta
Arthur Ashe Stadium sold out 23 of 24 sessions for the two weeks of the main draw.
Photo: rhea nall / usta

The success of the 2019 U.S. Open can be measured in … melon balls. Attendees drank more than 250,000 of the tournament’s signature drink, the Honey Deuce, requiring 35,000 pounds of honey dew melon balls to adorn all those cocktails. 

Those numbers are high because the event’s attendance keeps soaring: During the qualifiers, U.S. Open Fan Week set a record with a 115,355, while the main draw ascended to a new peak with 737,872 fans, totaling a three-week mark of 853,227. (Most fans, it seemed, took a turn getting their picture taken in front of the National Tennis Center’s dramatic new sculpture honoring Althea Gibson, the first African American tennis champion.)

“One big takeaway was that Fan Week really became a part of what is now a three-week experience,” said Lew Sherr, U.S. Tennis Association chief revenue officer. “The accessibility of star players had fans excited and ESPN was able to get great content, too. This will only grow over time.”  

During the main draw, many came to see aging but ageless megastars like Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, but found themselves captivated by a new generation, particularly 15-year-old American phenom Coco Gauff, 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu, who overpowered Williams in the women’s final, and 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev, who had fans chanting his name as he pushed Nadal to the brink in a mesmerizing five-set men’s final.

“This year underscored how vibrant our event is but also the resurgence around tennis with great new personalities in the sport,” said Sherr.

Those matches propelled the tournament to higher television audiences in America and beyond. ESPN’s live, exclusive coverage was seen by an average of 1,275,000 viewers, up 23% from last year and the network’s most ever for the event. It topped 2015, ESPN’s first year of exclusivity for the entire tournament, which averaged 1,265,000 viewers. 

The women’s singles final on Sept. 7 earned a 2.0 rating and an average of 3,219,000 viewers; the highest since ESPN began its exclusive coverage. This year’s men’s final lasted 4 hours and 50 minutes yet posted a 1.6 rating, with an average of 2,751,000 viewers, making it the most-watched men’s final since 2015.

Meanwhile, Eurosport garnered double-digit ratings increases across all its channels and platforms, and Sherr said the USTA heavily promoted the event around the world, especially in China. “The global appeal of the U.S. Open is important for our sponsors,” he said.