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Volume 23 No. 24
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Spirit of giving — and receiving

A peek at the gifts these sports business executives have in store this holiday season.

Hannah Gordon

Chief administrative officer and general counsel, San Francisco 49ers

RECEIVING: Experiences and objects you can never have too many of: books, notebooks, socks, water bottles, diamonds. (Joking on the last one. Sort of.) For books, Ben Horowitz’s new book, “What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture.” Ban.do makes my favorite notebooks because they are spiral but have a hard cover and come in different sizes. Most of my socks are from Target so anything else seems like a small luxury. I like Swell bottles for their temperature, aesthetics and holding a good amount without being too heavy. 

GIVING: There is one person on my team who likes penguins so I bought every penguin print item that Old Navy makes.

 

Chad Blankenship

Senior vice president and general manager, RidePass, Professional Bull Riders

RECEIVING: Border waters fishing trip with my dad. 

GIVING: Our family contributes to conservation organizationsa that help flourish natural resources and wildlife populations. And, of course, a baby T-Rex for our 4-year-old.

 

Steve Pangburn

CEO, Centerplate

RECEIVING: A packed house for the College Football Championship in New Orleans in January and then also for Super Bowl LIV in Miami a month later, and for our team to pull off a flawless hospitality operation all week long! 

GIVING: Fulfilling the wish lists of my wife and three children, which is mainly focused on spending quality time together.

 

 

Myles Pistorius

Senior vice president and general counsel, Miami Dolphins

RECEIVING: Every year, the only thing I wish for is the good health of my loved ones. It’s truly a blessing that I try not to take for granted. But if you insist on sending me a gift, a Peloton would be nice!

GIVING: From mentoring aspiring sports lawyers, to riding my bike for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (the No. 1 team charity fundraiser in the NFL), to improving the economic mobility of at-risk young adults through my work on the board of Year Up South Florida, I get great joy out of giving time to worthy causes.

 

Brian Corcoran

Chief engagement officer and founder, Shamrock Sports and Entertainment

RECEIVING: I am lucky to do what I love and love what I do — but after a long year of travels and new partnerships the best gift will be being present with those that I love.

GIVING: Our 5-year-old boy, Baxter, and soon-to-be 3-year-old boy-girl twins, Foster and Grace, are all about being active in the great Maine winters, so Melissa and I will be stocking up with new gear and gadgets. As we like to say, there is no such thing as bad weather — just bad gear!

 

Barry Watkins

Chief executive officer, Clairvoyant Media Strategies

RECEIVING: New golf clubs. I took up golf only a few years ago and have become obsessed. New clubs will help me keep up with former Knicks great John Starks, my golf mentor.

GIVING: My wife, Samantha, ordered all kinds of golf attire with my new Clairvoyant Media Strategies logo on them.

 

Kelly Dunne

Executive vice president, marketing,
CBS Sports

RECEIVING: Instead of getting a scarf or a shirt, I love getting Broadway show or concert tickets. Experiences are much better because the memories last forever and you spend more time with those important to you. Last year, I received tickets to “To Kill A Mockingbird” and the year before, Billy Joel at MSG. This year I’ve already been asked to save a date in January but I won’t find out why until Christmas morning!

GIVING: Similar to what I like to receive, I give my kids (10-year-old twins) some items on their list but I always give them a ticket to something we can do together as a family. Last year, I gave tickets to “Aladdin” and the year before was “School of Rock.” Not only do we spend time together, which is the best gift of all, but we take advantage of the great things NYC has to offer.

 

Jeff Moeller

Senior director, business communications and heritage, Los Angeles Kings

RECEIVING: Good health.

GIVING: My kids love sports, so lacrosse and golf equipment for both my daughter and my son.

 

 

 

Ezra Kucharz

Chief business officer, DraftKings

RECEIVING: I would love a time machine so I could spend more time with my family. Know where I can find one?

GIVING: New fly-fishing rods for the entire family.

 

 

 

Christina Giunta-Quarino

Senior director, field marketing and community relations, New York Red Bulls 

RECEIVING: I’m most excited to receive the gift of time with my family this holiday season. With our busy schedules and my family living in New Orleans (my father serves as an assistant coach for the Saints), I look forward to the holidays and making memories together. I’m blessed that we’re able to continue many of the holiday traditions that I remember from when I was growing up.

GIVING: One of my favorite holiday moments is surprising the mentees in our Red Bulls Staff Mentoring program with their winter wish lists. On Dec. 19, we will decorate gingerbread houses and then surprise the students with presents. The look on their faces and how overjoyed they are to receive the gifts has quickly become one of my favorite holiday moments. I think our community can learn a lot from these students who wish for gifts for their family members rather than just asking for themselves.