Here is my 5th Annual Sports Turkeys of the Year. Each year it’s a blast to go back over the sports calendar and select the sports figures that made an ass out of themselves. My order is always up for debate so please comment below. Honorable mention this year was extremely long.
Dennis Rodman – Rodman told SI.com that he should win the Nobel Peace Prize because of his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, which Rodman insinuates is single-handedly keeping us from World War III. “My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama's] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.” He might not get your Turkey of the Year Award, but at least GQ honored him: Via GQ: He was the first prominent American celebrity invited inside the nation-sized prison that is North Korea, and he did literally the least interesting thing possible with it…. Dennis Rodman is a Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity.
Lance Armstrong - He finally publicly admitted to the doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January. While admitting in the interview to the things he did, he also said it was "absolutely not" true that he was doping in 2009-2010 and that the last time he "crossed the line" was in 2005. This came out after the Justice Department officials recommended joining the federal lawsuit aimed at clawing back money from Armstrong. Eventually, all of his sponsors dropped him, lost over $75 million. Nike even cut their ties to his charity Livestrong in May.
Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito - In November, the Dolphins suspended Incognito indefinitely for alleged misconduct related to the treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who left the team a week earlier to receive help for emotional issues. Incognito's conduct was said to be detrimental to the team. The Sun-Sentinel reported that "multiple sources" have said Incognito may have taken orders from Dolphins coaches to “toughen up” Martin too far. The Sun-Sentinel reported that the controversial voice mail message that ultimately led to Incognito's suspension was made after Martin missed two days of the team's voluntary workout program. The coaches asked Incognito, who by this time was the unquestioned leader of the offensive line, to make a call that would "get him into the fold." Who knows if we will ever know the true story. Jonathan Martin probably deserves his own spot on the list, but I need to get more information on his mental state.
New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez - In August, MLB suspended Rodriguez from August 8 through the end of the 2014 season for violating the league's PED policy, a total of 211 regular-season games plus any postseason games. He was one of 13 players suspended for their roles in the scandal. Almost immediately after the suspension was announced, Rodriguez announced he would appeal. He was the only player to do so; the others accepted season-ending 50-game suspensions without appeal. Although Commissioner Bud Selig had the option of using his best-interests-of-baseball powers to remove Rodriguez from the field immediately, he chose to suspend Rodriguez under the drug agreement and not the CBA, allowing Rodriguez to continue playing while the appeal is underway. If the suspension is upheld, he will not be able to play again until sometime in the 2015 season. At stake for Rodriguez, 38, is a large part of the remainder of his career and about $31 million of the $89 million he is owed by the Yankees. We should get some closure in January 2014.
Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun - After MLB's investigation following the Biogenesis scandal in July, Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season and playoffs (totaling 65 regular season games) for violating the league's drug policy. On August, Braun released a statement in which he apologized for using PEDS. He admitted he used PED's during the latter part of the 2011 season to nurse a nagging injury. The products he used were a cream and a lozenge that would expedite his rehabilitation Braun lost endorsement deals with Kwik Trip and Nike in 2013 after he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. In September, SURG Restaurant Group, which manages Ryan Braun's Graffito Restaurant and 8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill, announced that it will end its relationship with Braun
Aaron Hernandez - In August, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of
Odin Lloyd, and is currently being investigated in connection with other murders in both Florida and Massachusetts. Hernandez maintains his innocence. The New England Patriots released Hernandez in June, shortly after officers from the North Attleboro, Massachusetts Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police arrested him at his home. In September, Hernandez was arraigned and plead not guilty to first-degree murder. He will be held without bail, but reserved the right to request bail later.
San Diego Chargers Manti Te'o - In January 2013, the sports blog Deadspin revealed that the existence and death of his girlfriend had been faked. An acquaintance of Te'o confessed to
orchestrating a hoax that lured Te'o into an online relationship with a nonexistent woman. This will take you back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF21-7PdqO8Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria – In the offseason, Loria made a twelve-player trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for which local and national sportswriters and Marlins fans questioned the motive of Loria's intentions of building a successful franchise, while simultaneously demanding Miami taxpayers' dollars to pay for most of the ballpark's construction and maintenance.
Despite the 2012 season, the trade, and calls of boycotting the 2013 Miami Marlins season by South Florida residents, politicians, and sportswriters, Loria defended trading away the stars saying that despite the 2012 payroll, the organization was not winning and they need "to take a new course" in winning again. In July 2013, hitting coach Tino Martinez, who had been handpicked by Loria, resigned following allegations that he verbally and physically assaulted players. Just in their second season at the new ballpark they finished with an average of 19,584 fans per game which was ranked 29th in baseball. Marlins finished 62-100.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel – Manziel has been making noise since winning the Heisman. After getting a ticket, he took to Twitter to explain why he couldn't wait to get out of College Station. Unfortunately that opened the floodgates for Manziel and A&M being
investigated on whether he was being compensated for signing autographs. Manziel only served a one-half suspension in the Aggies' opener vs. Rice.
NCAA Football –Mark Emmert - I am not sure how far to go with this one, but it seems every week there are new twists and turns in regards to the NCAA. In today’s NCAA — tense with corrupt boosters and university faculties who would rather relish the joy of the win over the joys of social justice — the once-wholesome, all-American sport has become just an audition for the big time. And with a litany of scandals, the corruption of college sports is constant
front-page news. We continue profess outrage each time we learn that yet another student-athlete has been taking money under the table. But the real scandal is the very structure of college sports, wherein student-athletes generate billions of dollars for universities and private companies while earning nothing for themselves. Somehow this must change, but with the intent to keep the foundation of the student-athlete in place.
I think the biggest story of the year has to be the Miami scandal. It once looked like it would be one of the biggest, easiest takedowns in NCAA history. Ex-Miami booster Nevin Shapiro was going to serve up everything from photographs to credit-card receipts to demonstrate that he had been lavishing NCAA-prohibited gifts on the school’s athletes for years. But the investigation went off the rails a few months ago when it emerged that the NCAA had inappropriately paid one of Shapiro’s own lawyers to help it nail Miami.
The following are many examples from this year on why we continue to have troubles with the NCAA, thanks to NY Times:
*North Carolina case in which five people have been indicted for funneling money to college football players; criticizes 13-year old bill drafted by the NCAA, and adopted as law in 41 states, that criminalizes contact between
sports agents and college athletes; argues law illustrates how good a job the organization has done in brainwashing Americans that it is wrong to compensate student athletes.
*NCAA needs to settle with current and former student athletes who sued the organization for licensing their names and images for use in game footage, photographs and video games; contends a settlement would mend the blatantly unfair collegiate-athletic system in a way that addresses the Title IX issue.
*NCAA's corruption investigation into the University of Miami football and basketball programs, which resulted in mere slap on the wrist, is latest example of incompetence and lack of accountability at organization. NCAA penalizes the university with three years of probation and loss of 12 scholarships; decision marks end to inquiry that began in 2009.
*EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company are set to pay only $40 million to settle their roles in a high-profile lawsuit seeking compensation for college athletes; plan leaves NCAA as lone defendant in lawsuit filed more than four years ago by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon.
*The case of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was penalized for signing memorabilia.
*NCAA restores football eligibility of former Marine Sgt Steven Rhodes amid criticism; originally declared Rhodes ineligible to play for Middle Tennessee State because he participated in organized football during his time
with the military.
*NCAA says it will stop selling player jerseys and other memorabilia through its Web site; organization is
facing legal and public scrutiny over its business practices.
*Lawyers suing NCAA over its handling of head injuries ask federal judge to let them expand lawsuit nationwide to include thousands of plaintiffs in case they contend could change college sports.
*NCAA, citing Oregon for failing to monitor its football program, places team on probation and penalizes former coach Chip Kelly, putting conditions on any return to college ranks in future; long investigation centered n Oregon's ties to a recruiting service provider, who assisted the university's football program in trying to attract players but used methods that violated NCAA rules.
*Federal judge throws out antitrust lawsuit by Pennsylvania Gov Tom Corbett against the NCAA over
penalties against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky.
*Estate of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and several university trustees and former players reportedly plan to sue the NCAA over the penalties levied against the university in Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
*University of Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman is fined for violating NCAA bylaw prohibiting student-athletes from using their name to promote a commercial product; Bauman's music has become popular on YouTube and is available for purchase on iTunes.
*Orlando Sanchez, who briefly played basketball for Dominican Republic, is asking NCAA to reconsider ruling that left him unable to play another year of basketball at St John's; Sanchez's situation is latest athlete-eligibility case
to highlight difficulties NCAA can face when determining who is allowed to play.
*NCAA sues Pennsylvania Gov Tom Corbett over new law designed to ensure that $60 million fie paid by Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault scandal remains in the state.
*NCAA ousts chief enforcement officer Julie Roe Lach because of her role in botched investigation at University of Miami.
Thanks to New York Times and their archives this year: Full details -http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/n/national_collegiate_athletic_assn/index.html
LA Clippers Matt Barnes – Barnes was ejected from a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder for shoving Serge Ibaka and tweeted this in the middle of the third quarter, calling his teammates a racial slur (“N’ word) while venting his frustration. This started a huge fire on the internet and on sports radio.
Marty Magid – Sports agent who represented Elvis Dumervil possible extension with the Denver
Broncos. He failed to have the signed deal faxed back to the team before a contractual deadline. The team said the fax arrived seven minutes late. Magid has said the contract was faxed ahead of the deadline but did not arrive until several minutes later. Denver then released Dumervil to avoid having to guarantee payment of the $12 million salary. In October, he was suspended for six months and fined $25,000 by the NFL Players Association regarding contract negotiations.
Jen Bielema - What goes around, comes around, and after Arizona State beat Wisconsin on questionable ending. Jen, wife of Bret, the former UW football coach who's now at the University of Arkansas, she tweeted “#karma” following the Badgers’ the loss to the Sun Devils week. Since then, Arkansas is 0-8 and the Twitter universe has seen a lot of #karma hashtags after all Razorback losses.
Mike Bibby - Bibby managed to be ejected from his son's high school basketball game. Bibby attended the Phoenix Shadow Mountain boy's basketball game, his alma mater, to watch his son Michael play. Bibby got into an argument with the referees and was eventually escorted out of the gym by a police officer. As Bibby walked out, with a smile on his face, the
crowd gave him a standing ovation. See the video -priceless:
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/sports/sports_blogs_local/mike-bibby-booted-from-gym-blogFormer USC head coach Lane Kiffin – Kiffin blew a great opportunity at a great school. After losing their first two conference games of the 2013 season against Washington State and Arizona State, making Kiffin's record 4-7 in his last eleven games. After ASU, USC Athletics Director Pat Haden fired Kiffin hours after the game, when the team arrived back in Los Angeles at 3 a.m. Kiffin was called off the team bus that was preparing to head to campus from Los Angeles International Airport and taken to a small room inside the terminal where Haden told Kiffin he was being dismissed. Haden supposedly met with USC president Max Nikias in the 3rd quarter and they decided Kiffin should be terminated. Haden formally announced the decision the next day.
Denver Bronco Von Miller – In July, ESPN reported that Von Miller had been suspended four games for violating league policy, pending appeal. Miller tweeted that he did "nothing wrong." In August, he lost the appeal and was suspended for six games. The six game suspension arose after the NFL learned that he attempted to cheat a drug test. Miller became eligible to play on October 20, 2013, when the Broncos played the Indianapolis Colts. But there’s more: In
August, Miller was arrested on a failure to appear warrant for driving-related charges in
October 2012. Miller was arrested August 11, at a Colorado gun store when he tried to buy a gun and a background check revealed an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on his previous traffic ticket. In September, Miller was cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license in Arapahoe County, Colorado. On October 28, 2013, Miller
arrived late to his court regarding traffic offenses. Miller had a 10:30 a.m. appearance but didn't get to court until 12:15 p.m.
Ed Rush – In April 1 CBS Sports reported that during a meeting prior to the Pac-12 Men’s Hoop Tournament, Rush had offered $5,000 or a trip to Cancun to referees who would eject or call a technical foul against Arizona Wildcat head coach Sean Miller. Miller was called for a controversial technical foul in Arizona's semi-final 2-point loss to UCLA, the first technical foul Miller had received all season. The report cited an unnamed referee who claimed that Rush intimidated the Pac-12's referees and "bullied everyone." It was BS that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott responded to the allegations in a statement saying that the reports had been investigated and that the conference believed Rush had made the offer "in jest.”
Knicks owner James Dolan – After his Knicks started this season 1-2, he decided he didn’t want the Knicks dancers to dance anymore. This is the same shy owner, who wanted creative input on the dancers’outfits. Now the girls are left with throwing t-shirts to the crowd. Recently, he had the Oscar-winning director banned from Suite 200, the VIP lounge
at Madison Square Garden, after Allen refused to do any promotion for MSG Network or the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
Referee Tom McCabe – Horrible call! This makes the list since I went to THE Ohio University. Ohio coach Frank Solich described the call that resulted in a safety against the Bobcats as ''questionable.'' Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn called it ''a gift.'' McCabe called Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton for intentional grounding from the end zone, resulting in a safety. The only problem was, Tettleton had thrown the ball from the 4-yard line. Watch the play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh2OTuo27HwIlya Kovalchuk – In July, Kovalchuk chose to quit the National Hockey League at the age
of 30. Kovalchuk's departure came as a surprise to the public. Upon his leaving, Kovalchuk had $77 million and 12 years remaining on his contract. Kovalchuk claimed that he desired to return home to Russia along with his family. Kovalchuk tallied 417 goals and 816 points in 816 games in the NHL. A week later, he signed a 4 year contract with SKA St. Petersberg of the KHL.
Tampa Bay Buc Doug Martin - Fantasy football players can relate – Martin went in the top 5 in most drafts. Martin averaged 3.6 yards per carry during his weak six games. Now on IR.
San Diego Padres Carlos Quentin - On April 11 in a game against the LA Dodgers, Quentin was hit in the shoulder by a pitch thrown by Zack Greinke. After being hit by the pitch, Quentin charged the mound breaking Greinke's collarbone, igniting a bench clearing brawl. Quentin was suspended for 8 games for his role in the incident.
Dana White - The UFC president responded to a message board post imploring him to retire (called The Underground -http://www.mixedmartialarts.com), so what does White post on a message board: “Hey Reggie, Go f*** yourself, "There is another bad word for all you P****** on the UG!!" White has drawn a lot attention by fans and media for blasting Georges St-Pierre after UFC 167. White was not happy, saying St-Pierre owed it to the UFC to give Hendricks a rematch, because most felt like Hendricks should have won the decision.
NFL Rules Committee – I understand safety, but come on. There has been an absurd number of illegal hits flagged and subsequent fines doled out. Please, please let the guys play.
NFL Officials – These guys are really doing a poor job. From big plays called back to flags being thrown then picked up. It’s amazing how many mistakes in each game, each week. It’s coming down to the officials deciding the game not the players.
Doc Rivers and Bill Simmons - These two guys have had a beef with one another for years, but in June, Rivers and Simmons took it to another level as Rivers called Simmons an idiot. They then went back and forth in the media and on twitter. It was really stupid. Here yah go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXPsZnS8CT8Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay – Irsay usually is making news with player signings, or giving away free stuff, but he made some big news when he basically said he was disappointed he only won one Super Bowl with Peyton Manning. Irsay felt the team should've won more. His
comments exploded in the media and on twitter. The big problem was the timing as it overshadowed the hype of Manning playing back in Indy. The make matters worse, Manning, John Fox, Tony Dungy, Todd Helton and Bill Polian all had their parts in it.
Boston Red Sox prospect Drake Britton - For being too much of an idiot to call a cab when he was drunk. And driving 111 mph.
Tennessee Titans tight end Brandon Barden – Barden was arrested and charged with a DUI in a rollover truck crash. Apparently, Barden doesn't understand the rule for getting in trouble as
a NFL player.
Paul Ralston - The University of North Dakota radio announcer was suspended after he referred to a 74-72 loss to Northern Arizona as a "choke job" during an interview with coach Brian Jones. After leading in the final minute, the team relinquished that lead when they missed five free throws. They had 21 turnovers. They lost in overtime.
Oscar Pistorius - In February, Pistorius was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva
Steenkamp, whom he had fatally shot at his home in the early hours of that morning. It was
the middle of the night, and he thought an intruder was in the house. Not wearing his posthetic legs, feeling vulnerable in the pitch dark and too scared to turn on the lights, the track star pulled his 9mm pistol from beneath his bed, moved toward the bathroom and fired into the door. He was granted bail in February and at a subsequent hearing in August , dates were set for a trial in March 2014.
Major League Baseball – Announcing they will move forward with instant replay. Be careful what you ask for…
St. Louis Ram Alec Ogletree - In February 2013, just days before the 2013 NFL Combine, Ogletree was arrested on charges of DUI in Arizona.
Mike Rice – The former Rutgers head men’s basketball coach was fired for abusive behaviore toward his players. Thanks to ESPN’s Outside the Lines and their airing of several hours of
video from Rice’s practices, which was provided by then-assistant coach Eric Murdock. Video showed berating, pushing, kicking, cursing and throwing basketballs at players during practices. SNL did a hilarious sketch on the abusive situation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJIHHVZ834Philadelphia Eagles Riley Cooper - A video surfaced in July of Cooper being denied backstage access at a Kenny Chesney concert and using the “N” word to refer to bouncers. Cooper
has since apologized and was fined an undisclosed amount by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rory McIlroy – World No. 1 player withdrew from the Honda Classic after eight holes in the second round citing problems with a wisdom tooth. McIlroy was seven over par in the second
round when the WD occurred. Hmmm, seven over par in the second round.
Shabuzz Muhammad - In March, it was revealed in a report from the LA Times that Muhammad was actually born exactly one year earlier than his thought-to-be birthday of November 13, 1993. A copy of his birth certificate on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Public
Health shows that he was born at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, exactly one year earlier, making him 20 years old. The Times assumes that this was to make Muhammed look better "competing against younger, smaller athletes, particularly in the fast-growing years of
early adolescence", and compared the case to that of baseball's Danny Almonte. While Muhammad's father said the younger age in UCLA's media guide was "a mistake", numerous sources online show that Muhammad had been passing himself off as younger for years. If that wasn’t enough, in August, he was sent home from the NBA's rookie transition program due to a rules violation – having a lady in his room!!!
Houston Texans Fans - Fans cheered when quarterback Matt Schaub was injured in game. This
happened just days after an irate fan showed up at his home to berate him. In fairness to Schaub, it is because his play in past four seasons that Houston entered the season with high expectations. The team was 12-4 last year and lost to New England in the playoffs.
Entergy New Orleans Power – We witnessed our first power outage at a Super Bowl. The partial outage interrupted the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers for about 35 minutes in the New Orleans Superdome. After the event, Entergy New Orleans stated that they installed a new electrical relay device meant to protect Superdome equipment, a power company and the device's manufacturer. The relay, put online late last year, triggered unexpectedly, causing another device to stop supplying power to part of the
building. This mishap, either human related or some type of malfunction will hurt them in the future of hosting another Super Bowl.
Metta World Peace – He makes the list every year. In February, he earned himself a one-game suspension after he punched Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the face.
Dallas Cowboys Owner/GM Jerry Jones - He makes the list just because he thinks he is doing a great job as general manager.
Milwaukee Bucks Larry Sanders - After agreeing to a 4-year, $48 million extension in August, he suffered a thumb injury during a late-night altercation at “Apartment 720,” a Milwaukee nightclub. A six-week recovery timeline will keep Sanders off the court until roughly Christmas.
Heats Fans - Some people in the sold-out Miami crowd left before the finish of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, then were not allowed back into the arena for the conclusion of what became
a wild comeback win for the Heat. Miami completed a rally from five points down in the final 21 seconds to force overtime. Even the Heat’s Chris Bosh had something to say to the fans: "For all those guys who left, make sure they don't come to Game 7," Bosh said. "We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game. You never give up. People gave up on us and they can stay where they are and watch the game at home."
Michael Waltrip Racing – After a NASCAR investigation, MWR was nailed for manipulating the Federated Auto Parts 400. Cheating! MWR was fined $300,000 -- the biggest fine in the sport's history -- and then NAPA their huge sponsor, pulled the plug on its sponsorship agreement two years early. With the departure of NAPA and its reported $18 million annual commitment to MWR, Waltrip lost about a third of its income.
Anaheim Angels Josh Hamilton - After leaving the Texas Rangers and joining the Angels, he was quoted as saying Arlington was not a baseball town. Not a good idea.
I wanted to pass along a story from the Sports Business Journal (subscription based). First Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly had been instrumental in helping keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona. Enjoy the piece:
Did you know Daly played running back for Dartmouth?
The NHL was preparing for collective bargaining negotiations with the NHLPA in 1994 when a 30-year-old lawyer named Bill Daly was handed the task of writing a “decision tree” memo to present to Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Daly was a rising star at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a firm so impressed by his early work as a legal assistant that they helped pay some of his costs for law school.
The league and colleagues at Skadden lauded the 100-page memo, yet Daly now looks back and recalls it modestly.
“I’m sure it was a much bigger event for me than it was for the commissioner,” Daly said, laughing.
Little did he know, but two years later, Daly would be tapped as the NHL’s chief legal officer, marking the start of a career that would make him the go-to guy for Bettman and the heir apparent to commissioner.
Daly, 49, joined the NHL in 1996 and was promoted by Bettman to deputy commissioner — the only one in the league’s 97-year history — in 2005. Club owners are quick to praise his intelligence and accessibility.
“He’s just an incredibly smart man with a work ethic and passion to match,” said Mark Chipman, the chairman and governor of the Winnipeg Jets. “He is a great deputy commissioner and there’s no question in my mind that some day Bill will make a great commissioner.”
Daly’s life growing up in Kinnelon, N.J., was, in his own words, “pretty unremarkable.” His family was middle-class. He spent his days after school playing football, baseball, street hockey and Strat-O-Matic with his friends.
He spent many nights in the stands at Madison Square Garden with his father, a longtime New York Rangers season-ticket holder.
Daly’s lone sibling, Denise, three years his senior, was the more adventurous teenager. Denise went to Bolivia as exchange student in 11th grade and later worked in the Peace Corps and for CARE, the international humanitarian organization.
Daly’s focus was sports. He was a speedy running back at Kinnelon High School and received invitations to attend and play for Ivy League schools, including Penn. He chose Dartmouth, majoring in government with an additional concentration in history, and was thinking about pursuing a law degree after college.
“I was thinking about a career in sports law, even back then,” Daly said.
Soon after graduating high school, Daly’s uneventful life took a turn that shook him up. His parents separated, leaving Bill to wonder if going to school almost 300 miles away at Dartmouth was the right thing to do.
“My sister was out of the country and my mom was going to be living alone,” Daly said. “I didn’t like that at all.”
Daly approached his mother and told her that he was thinking of attending college much closer to home.
“Mom told me, ‘No. No way. I’ll be all right,’” Daly recalled. “She insisted that I keep my commitment and told me not to worry about her. She put me over her own concerns. You never forget something like that.”
Daly was viewed as one to watch early on. Not in Dartmouth football, where he was a running back before graduating in 1986, but at law.
He began working as a paralegal at Skadden in New York in 1988. Shepard Goldfein, a partner at the firm who would become Daly’s mentor, assigned him to the team representing the NFL in separate lawsuits brought against the league by the USFL and by former New York Jets running back Freeman McNeil.
“Bill was a stellar performer,” Goldfein said. “He was a walking encyclopedia of sports and absorbed everything we threw at him. He was also tireless, an unbelievable recruit for us.”
Daly was so highly regarded at Skadden that the firm helped defray his costs of attending NYU School of Law while he continued to work a few nights a week. After getting his law degree from NYU, Daly became a full-time associate at Skadden, serving as an antitrust litigator.
“It was apparent that Bill was special,” Goldfein said. “He was clearly on a partner track here.”
Two years later, a chain of events altered that plan. Jeff Pash, then Bettman’s chief legal officer, left the NHL to join Paul Tagliabue at the NFL.
“Jeff Pash is an extraordinary lawyer,” said Bob Batterman, the NHL’s lead outside counsel from Proskauer who has worked with Pash on cases for the NFL and NHL. “When I heard he was leaving to go to work for Paul, my first thought was that Jeff would be impossible to replace.”
Bettman asked friends at Proskauer and Skadden for recommendations. As much as he didn’t want to lose him at Skadden, Goldfein told Bettman, “I have your guy. His name is Bill Daly.”
Bettman was reticent. Daly was young and hadn’t been working for a league.
“I told Gary, ‘Just meet him,’” Goldfein said. “Gary did and called me back soon after and said, ‘You’re right.’”
Daly met with Bettman at the league offices at 1251 Avenue of the Americas in New York. The meeting, which was joined briefly by then-NHL Chief Operating Officer Steve Solomon, lasted more than two hours.
“It was scary, a little bit intimidating,” Daly said. “But I started to get comfortable and there was an immediate connection. We talked about a lot of things — where the NHL stood, what Gary hoped to accomplish with three years as commissioner behind him. I felt good about how it went.”
Bettman recalled, “I liked that he was smart, poised, young and aggressive. I remembered back to my days as general counsel at the NBA and thought that Bill could grow into the position spectacularly. I was right.”
Bettman made an offer soon afterward and Daly took two days to accept. On Dec. 13, 1996, Daly reported to work at the NHL.
There would be plenty of difficult days ahead. Lengthy, at times nasty battles with the NHLPA resulted in a pair of lockouts: one that canceled the 2004-05 season and another that shortened the 2012-13 regular season from 82 to 48 games
Sitting in his office at NHL headquarters as training camps for this season were about to open, Daly reflected on the last two CBA negotiations.
Discussions in 2004-05 with union leaders Bob Goodenow and Ted Saskin were almost entirely focused on the Says Daly, "If I feel strongly enough about our position and our ability to defend it, I'll say, 'Let's litigate it.' Although I'm spending the owners' money to litigate, it is money well-spent if you're protecting the integrity of the league."
Photo by: Getty Imagesleague’s insistence on implementing its first salary cap. Negotiations in 2012-13 with union leaders Don and Steve Fehr addressed the NHL’s desire to make changes to financial controls and led to a 50-50 split of revenue with the players.
“This past negotiation was tougher for me, personally, than 2004-05,” Daly said. “The 2004-05 negotiation was more a war of wills. It was a black-and-white negotiation. This time, it was much less black-and-white because we needed some changes to the system, and that made it more difficult. No one in ’04-05 wanted to miss a full season, but everyone recognized it was a real possibility. This time around, it would have been a much bigger collective failure if we didn’t get to a resolution. The stress associated with that made it tougher.”
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, who worked closely with Daly on the recent labor agreement, said the deputy commissioner was in control throughout.
“Bill never goes out of his emotional bandwidth,” Leonsis said. “He also had a strong moral compass, which I believed helped both sides eventually strike a deal. He would say to us, ‘I understand where the union is coming from’ with some of their asks. He also had no trouble telling the players, ‘I don’t feel this is fair and we’re not changing this part because we have done the analytics.’ A very good CBA was crafted, and Bill was essential to that work.”
There were some hard feelings between the league and NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr during the lockout, and it is unclear if they have dissipated.
“Don Fehr is not an easy person to deal with as a critical leader across the table,” Batterman said. “He’s got an attitude to his approach that can be difficult to work with, but Gary and Bill recognize that it’s not Don’s job to make things easy for the league. Bill puts aside ideology and tries to cut a fair deal. Most importantly, the union knows that when Bill speaks, he is speaking for Gary and the owners.”
Daly was reluctant to speak in detail about his relationship with the NHLPA’s leadership. Steve Fehr, special counsel to the NHLPA, was more open, with a sense of humor.
“Bill and I were able to communicate with each other very clearly and got to know each other well,” Steve Fehr said. “There is still a fair amount of communication between us. Of course, there is far less tension than there was, say, around last Christmas.”
Despite the contentious labor talks during the 2012-13 lockout, Steve Fehr said he has strong admiration for his counterpart.
“In all the years that I have spent in these kinds of negotiations, I can’t think of another person as familiar with all aspects of the league’s operation as Bill is with the NHL’s,” said Fehr, a former executive at the MLBPA. “He’s a very valuable asset to the league. I have a high opinion of him.”
While Bettman takes the brunt of the media and fan heat for the lockouts and any controversial rulings as the face of the league office, Daly is no pushover. He is involved in every decision facing the league, from collective bargaining to Olympic participation, and is the direct report for the league’s legal, security, central registry and scheduling staffs. When a club doesn’t follow guidelines for sponsorships, it’s Daly who calls with a warning or punishment.
When the New York Rangers — the team of Daly’s youth — attempted to break from league policy and run their team website independently by filing an antitrust lawsuit in 2007, Daly and the NHL aggressively fought back. In 2008, the NHL asked a U. S. District Court to allow the league to fine, suspend and possibly terminate the franchise.
A private settlement was reached between the two sides in 2009.
For Daly, it’s about principle.
“If I feel strongly about our position and our ability to defend it, I’ll say, ‘Let’s litigate it,’” Daly said. “Although I’m spending the owners’ money to litigate, it is money well-spent if you’re protecting the integrity of the league. In every litigation that we’ve had over fundamental league issues, we have been successful. That’s a testament to the legal staff here and our outside counsel. I take a lot of pride in how we’ve upheld our legal rights.”
Daly said he is empowered by the confidence Bettman shows in him. The two communicate by email constantly throughout the day and night. The morning often begins with a 15-minute face-to-face in the office.
“There’s no area that he doesn’t include me in,” Daly said. “Gary makes a conscious effort to inform me. There’s also a side of Gary that people who don’t work closely with him don’t know about. His loyalty is really endearing. He expects you to go to the mat for him, but he also goes to the mat for you.”
Bettman said his reasons for disclosing everything to Daly are simple.
“For starters, two heads are better than one,” Bettman said. “And, frankly, it makes my life easier.”
Bill Daly, the man who could be the next commissioner of the NHL, likes beer.
Don Maloney, the general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes, said Daly is an effective leader because, “He’s a good man with street-smart mannerisms, a guy you want to have a beer with.”
At the end of a long day of league business, Daly occasionally enjoys having a few bottles of beer with his colleagues.
“It’s really my only alcoholic beverage of choice,” he said. “I think it’s a good social drink. People let their guards down a bit and have fun. It’s a nice way of developing some relationships.”
Among Daly’s other favorite things is Disney World, which he has visited more than a dozen times.
“Now that [youngest son] Liam is 3 1/2, I see a lot of Disney World in my future,” he said with a smile. “I like a lot of things that Disney stands for and I’m always impressed with how they operate.”
Otherwise, his entertainment choices revolve entirely around sports. Besides NHL games, Daly loves to watch the other big leagues in person and on television.
“The priority to spend as much of my free time with my family is paramount,” Daly said. “Then it’s following sports.”
His mother’s lessons on keeping commitments resonates in Daly’s personal life. Every other late Friday afternoon, at the end of another long workweek, Daly departs the NHL offices in midtown Manhattan for Maryland, where he visits with his teenage son and daughter from his previous marriage. He married his current wife, Gloria, in 2007.
“After he puts in crazy hours, nothing’s stopping Bill from making that drive through traffic to see his children,” said Batterman.
Of course, Daly is not listening to the radio while driving the New Jersey Turnpike.
“It’s a four-hour drive,” Daly said. “I’m on the phone for most of it. I get some work done. One of the more remarkable things about this job is that you never run out of things to do.”
After 17 years in the league, he still rarely stops.
“He amazes me,” said Murray Edwards, the owner of the Calgary Flames and a member of the league’s board of directors. “I’ll speak to him the morning after one of our games and he knows who scored our goals and everything about the game. We’re lucky to have our No. 2 person in the league love the game so much and be so approachable even during the most challenging circumstances.”
This summer, Daly upgraded the equipment in the gym in his Fairfield, N.J., home. Friends say that Daly, who works out before getting to the office, is always conscious of his health. He has been known at times to write down everything he eats. He sometimes wears a step-counter and once was seen walking briskly around the airport tarmac after the league’s private airplane made a fuel stop in Missouri.
“As an ex-football player, I was never the slimmest guy in the world,” he said. “I’m already a bit overweight. I want to be able to enjoy life with my wife and children. Especially with the stress and hours that come with work, I could be enormous if I didn’t watch what I eat and try to live a healthy lifestyle. Of course, the beer doesn’t really mesh with that philosophy. But at least it’s light beer.”
There is labor peace for the next decade. The league is no longer the caretaker of the Phoenix Coyotes, who were owned by the NHL for the last four years before they were purchased this summer. The sale of the New Jersey Devils by Jeff Vanderbeek to a group led by Josh Harris ended the possibility of another burden for Bettman, Daly and the league office.
There will always be fires to put out, cases to litigate. But Daly figures to have a little more time on his hands this season — time he plans on using to improve as a leader.
“It’s a good time to work on my weaknesses,” he said. “I want to improve on managing people and delegating.
Some people will say that I put too much on myself that could be done just as effectively by others. That, in turn, would enhance their professional development. I also need to take more time to get to know the people here better. Sometimes, I’m more accessible to people outside the organization than inside it. That’s not the right way to approach things.”
Despite his concerns, Daly has a reputation as one of the most approachable power brokers in sports. In July, he accepted an invitation by the Vancouver Canucks to speak at an event for season-ticket holders. Although Canucks management and fans had been critical of officiating during the last few years of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Daly didn’t hesitate to answer the bell.
He flew six hours to Vancouver, stayed overnight, and returned to New York the next morning — all so he could participate in a 45-minute session in which he was likely to absorb some verbal jabs.
“He was in the middle of the Coyotes transaction and finalizing the deal for NHL players to be in the Olympics, but Bill kept his promise,” said Canucks President Victor de Bonis. “That says everything you need to know about Bill’s commitment and his people skills.”
As expected, the fans cornered Daly about their perception of bias from the league’s referees against the Canucks.
“I knew it was coming, so I prepared a bit,” Daly said. “I started out with, ‘The game changes in the playoffs.’”
Daly laughed. “Yeah, that didn’t go over very well.”
By the end of the event, Daly won over most of the crowd of more than 5,000 with his candor and sense of humor.
“I enjoyed it,” Daly said. “Everyone close to me knows that intellectual debate is one of my favorite pastimes.”
From that 100-page memo as a law firm associate two decades ago to the current negotiations for a new Canadian media rights deal, in which Daly is supporting the efforts of Bettman and NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins, Daly hasn’t lost his zeal for his work.
“The scope of the issues that come up in my job every day is almost infinite,” Daly said. “It makes it very interesting, challenging, intellectually provocative. I don’t find the hours burdensome because I love what I do so much.”
The NFL season is almost upon us and with the opening kickoff now just a day away we're here to help you navigate what could be muddy waters. With a new 24/7 cable sports network and seemingly every network in existence including Bravo, E!, and RFD launching new pregame shows it may get a tad overwhelming. With that in mind, we've compiled a recap of the comings and goings, new shows, and broadcast lineups for all 4 of the NFL's television partners. Thanks to an incredible media website called Awful Announcing you get to enjoy this:
-FOX and will be the home of Super Bowl XLVII from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game will air on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014.
-FOX will air regular season coverage of all NFC contests starting Sunday, September 8th. They will have coverage of most of the NFC playoffs, including the Sunday Wild Card game, both Divisional games and the NFC Championship game.
-FOX’s national broadcast will once again be led by their ‘A team’ of Joe Buck and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. Pam Oliver will return as the sideline reporter and will be joined by Erin Andrews for the Thanksgiving Classic and through the entire postseason.
Additions: Kevin Burkhardt (Mets field reporter and MLB on FOX), sideline reporters Kris Budden (former reporter for WBIR in Knoxville) and Molly McGrath (former Celtics court reporter), Ronde Barber, Brian Urlacher, Randy Moss, Scott Fujita
Departures: Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Jaime Maggio
New Programming: Weeknights, FS1 will air FOX Football Daily, a nightly one hour NFL show that will feature NFL retirees including Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Scott Fujita and Barber. FS1 will also debut a one hour precursor to the noon pregame show with FOX NFL Kickoff, airing one hour before the noon broadcast. Analysts from the NFL on FOX, including Bradshaw and Aikman, will also contribute on both programs
NFL on FOX Game Announcers
1) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman; Reporter: Pam Oliver (& Erin Andrews from Thanksgiving to SB XLVIII)
2) Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston; On Field Analyst: Tony Siragusa
3) Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick; Reporter: Laura Okmin
4) Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch; Reporter: Erin Andrews/TBA
5) Chris Myers, Tim Ryan; Reporter: Jennifer Hale
6) Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber; Reporter: Kris Budden
7) Sam Rosen, Heath Evans; Reporter: Molly McGrath
FOX NFL Sunday: Sunday, Noon
Talent: Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw; Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson; Reporter: Jay Glazer; Rules Analyst: Mike Pereira; Predictions: Rob Riggle
FOX NFL Kickoff: Sunday, 11 AM, on FOX Sports One
FOX Football Daily: Weeknights, 6 PM on FOX Sports One
Talent: Curt Menefee, Mike Hill, Jay Glazer, Mike Pereira, Randy Moss, Joel Klatt, Brian Urlacher, Scott Fujita, various NFL on FOX analysts
-Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth return to the booth for their fifth season and will be joined by Michele Tafoya as the field reporter for her third season.
-NBC’s Football Night in America pregame show will remain intact with Bob Costas hosting from the game site and Dan Patrick anchoring the studio show from New York. Patrick will be joined by Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison to preview the SNF game and recap the afternoon games.
-Once again, week 11 through the end of the season will be Flex Scheduling. The originally scheduled games between weeks 11 through 16 may be swapped out for a more competitive game if the league desires from the afternoon’s slate. Week 17’s game will remain TBA until a game with the most significant impact on the playoffs is to be selected.
Additions: The only changes coming to the broadcast will be the addition of former Kansas City GM Scott Pioli who will contribute to the pregame show. Also, country music star Carrie Underwood will be the new lead singer of the game’s opening theme replacing Faith Hill.
New Programming: NBCSN adds another NFL studio show to the mix, a spinoff of its successful Football Night in America brand. FNIA: Coach's Clicker will be heavy on X's and O's and feature analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison.
Football Night in America: Sunday 7 PM ET NBC
Site Host: Bob Costas; Studio Talent: Dan Patrick; Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison Reporters: Mike Florio, Peter King; Contributor: Scott Pioli
FNIA: Coach's Clicker: Wednesday 6:30 PM ET NBCSN
Talent: Liam McHugh, Rodney Harrison, Tony Dungy, Scott Pioli, Mike Florio
NFL Turning Point: Wednesday 10 PM ET NBCSN
Talent: Dan Patrick
-Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will return as the network’s #1 broadcast team for their 10th season together and will lead all game coverage of AFC games starting Sunday, September 8th.
-CBS will air most of the AFC Playoffs including the Sunday Wild Card game, both Divisional games and concluding with the AFC Championship game.
New Programming: CBS Sports Network will premiere That Other Pregame Show on Sunday with a four hour pregame show beginning at 9 AM ET and running till 1 PM ET kickoffs, even competing with their own network show, The NFL Today.
NFL on CBS Game Announcers
1) Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
2) Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
3) Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
4) Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
5) Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
6) Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
7) Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein
The NFL Today: Sunday Noon ET CBS
Talent: James Brown; Boomer Esiason, Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Cowher Reporter: Jason La Canfora; Contributor: Lesley Visser
The Other Pregame Show: Sunday 9AM CBSSN
Talent: Adam Schein, Bart Scott, Amy Trask, Brandon Tierney, Nathan Zegura, Allie LaForce, NFL on CBS Analysts
NFL Monday QB: Monday 6:30PM ET CBSSN
Talent: Adam Schein, Phil Simms, Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein; Insider: Jason LaCanfora
Inside the NFL: Wednesday 10 PM ET Showtime
Talent: James Brown; Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth
- Monday Night Football once again will air 17 games up to Week 16. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden return for their second season (third overall) and will be joined by Lisa Salters. Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer return for the second doubleheader game in Week 1.
-Sunday NFL Countdown remains intact with Berman hosting and analysts, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson returning. Suzy Kolber will work twice a month on site of the game with the most interest on Sunday with either Ron Jaworski or Merril Hoge.
-ESPN Radio will air Sunday afternoon out of market games featuring the New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins.
Additions: Ray Lewis, Mark Brunell, Jeff Saturday and Jerome Bettis.
Departures: Jerry Rice, Matt Light, Lomas Brown
New Programming: NFL Insiders features a show with no ex-jocks allowed. Suzy Kolber or Wendy Nix host with Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter and various NFL executives in the analyst roles. Colin Cowherd will also debut a new one hour show on ESPN2 Sundays at 9 a.m. discussing NFL and College Football called "Colin's New Football Show." And you thought That Other Pregame Show was meta.
Sunday NFL Countdown: Sunday 10 AM ET ESPN
Main Set: Chris Berman, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson, Tom Jackson; Secondary set: Suzy Kolber, Ron Jaworski or Merril Hoge; Reporters: Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, Greg Garber, Sal Paolantonio, Ed Werder; Predictions: Frank Caliendo
NFL Primetime: Monday 1 PM ET ESPN
Host: Trey Wingo, various analysts
Monday Night Countdown: Monday, 7 PM ET ESPN
Studio Set: Chris Berman, Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, Tom Jackson; Onsite Set: Stuart Scott; Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, Steve Young; Reporters: Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter
Fantasy Football Now: Sunday 11 AM ET ESPN2
Talent: Robert Flores, Tim Hasselbeck, Matthew Berry
NFL Insiders: Weekdays, 3 PM ET ESPN
Talent: Suzy Kolber/Wendi Nix; Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter; various NFL reporters/analysts
NFL Live: Weekdays, 4 PM ET ESPN
Host: Trey Wingo; various analysts/reporters
The release of the NHL schedule
is an exciting day for fans, but it’s one where teams can look ahead to see how many miles they’ll be logging on the road. For some teams, that means spending a bit more time in airports than others.Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck
released his annual report on how many miles each team will travel for the upcoming season and if you’re a Sharks player you might want to look away.
San Jose will travel the most of any team next year logging 57,612 miles. Phoenix was second with 52,633 and Colorado third with 49,007. For a frame of reference, the league average this year is 41,390.
Teams that don’t get to complain? Look no further than the tri-state area as the New York Rangers (29,839) and New York Islanders (29,933) are the only two teams with fewer than 30,000 miles to travel.
As for the teams who moved East, Detroit and Columbus are seeing a huge break in travel. The Red Wings will travel over 7,500 fewer miles this season while the Blue Jackets have over 6,200 fewer. Less time spent in airports is a great thing for any team.
As for back-to-back sets of games, New Jersey (22) and Carolina (20) can file their complaints as they’ve got the most in the league while Colorado, San Jose, and Winnipeg all have just 10 sets of back-to-back games. www.NBCSports.com
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) highlighted today that 12 new college football teams will take the field for the first time this season, including a record number of nine schools entering the NCAA in 2013.
“No other sport contributes more to the vibrancy of a college campus than football, and the trend of adding programs continues full force,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “University and college presidents clearly see the value of having programs on their campuses, and we applaud them for understanding the role football can play in the educational experience of all their students.”
Universities and colleges are adding football at all levels, and administrators have developed sound plans, ensuring the new programs address the unique financial, academic and long-term objectives of their respective schools. The 56 institutions listed below, who have implemented firm plans during the past few years, coupled together the more than 20 schools with exploratory committees, create a clear and undeniable trend that presidents and trustees nationwide see the value of a football program as part of their overall academic mission. Since 1978 when the NCAA changed its method for tracking attendance figures, the number of schools playing NCAA football has steadily increased by 160 schools, or an average increase of 4.7 schools per year.
The rationale for adding football varies at each institution, and all of the decision makers who helped develop a plan for launching a program explain that an in-depth study played a critical role in finding the right level of play and the proper financial balance. Small colleges may cite increasing enrollment and addressing gender imbalances while larger universities might highlight the role of football in raising the institution’s profile and its ability to attract research grants. All mention creating a more vibrant on-campus community and connecting with alumni.
“With more than one million high school students playing football and less than 70,000 spots on college teams, there is plenty of room for expansion,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning
. “Many of these colleges clearly recognize that football can play an important role in encouraging students to continue their educations by enticing them to enroll.”
The schools have added programs at all levels of play in every region of the country, experiencing successes that run the gamut. Their achievements include notching impressive attendance figures; attracting increased enrollment; garnering national publicity; expanding their donor bases; earning playoff berths; and receiving invitations to join conferences at the next level
Well-thought-out plans have allowed schools to move swiftly in fielding teams. Houston Baptist, which announced the launch of its football program in 2011, will play a seven-game developmental schedule this fall, including its inaugural game against Sam Houston State on August 31. Houston Baptist sees football as an integral part of a plan to raise its visibility and increase its enrollment from approximately 3,000 students today to 8,000 to 10,000 students in the next decade.12 Programs Launching in 2013
- Alderson Broaddus University
(Philippi, W.Va.): NCAA Division II, Independent
– President Richard A. Creehan
, Athletics Director and Head Coach Dennis Creehan
- Berry College
(Mount Berry, Ga.): NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association – President Stephen R. Briggs
, Athletics Director TBA
, Head Coach Tony Kunczewski
- Florida Tech
(Melbourne, Fla.): NCAA Division II, Gulf South Conference – President Anthony J. Catanese
, Athletics Director Bill Jurgens, Jr
., Head Coach Steve R. Englehart II
- Hendrix College
(Conway, Ark.): NCAA Division III, Southern Athletic Association – Interim President Ellis Arnold
, Athletics Director Amy Weaver
, Head Coach Justin Buchanan
- Houston Baptist University
(Houston, Texas): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, (Developmental season in 2013, joining the Southland Conference in 2014) – President Robert B. Sloan, Jr.
, Athletics Director Steve Moniaci
, Head Coach Vic Shealy
- Mercer University
(Macon, Ga.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Pioneer Football League (joining the Southern Conference in 2014) – President William D. Underwood
, Athletics Director Jim Cole
, Head Coach Bobby Lamb
- Oklahoma Baptist University
(Shawnee, Okla.): NAIA, Central States Football League – President David W. Whitlock
, Athletics Director Robert Davenport
, Head Coach Chris Jensen
- Reinhardt University
(Waleska, Ga.): NAIA, Mid-South Conference – President J. Thomas Isherwood, Athletics Director Bill Popp
, Head Coach Danny Cronic
- Southwestern University
(Georgetown, Texas): NCAA Division III, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference - President Edward B. Burger
, Athletics Director Glada Munt
, Coach Joe Austin
- Stetson University
(DeLand, Fla.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Pioneer Football League – President Wendy B. Libby
, Athletics Director Jeff Altier
, Head Coach Roger Hughes
.- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
(Charlotte, N.C.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Independent (starting in 2013 and subsequently joining the Football Bowl Subdivision and Conference USA in 2015) – Chancellor Philip L. Dubois
, Athletics Director Judy Rose,
Head Coach Brad Lambert
- Warner University
(Lake Wales, Fla.): NAIA, Independent (2013) – President Greg Hall
, Athletics, Director Kevin Jones
, Head Coach Jeff Schaum
.11 Programs Launching in 2014- 2016(Listed chronologically and then alphabetically.)
- College of Idaho
(Caldwell, Idaho): NAIA, Applying to the Frontier Conference (2014) – President Marv Henberg
, Athletics Director Marty Holly
, Head Coach Mike Moroski
- George Fox University
(Newberg, Ore.): NCAA Division III, Northwest Conference (2014) – President Robin Baker
, Athletics Director Craig Taylor
; Head Coach Chris Casey
- Limestone College (Gaffney, S.C.): NCAA Division II, Independent (2014) - President Walt Griffin, Athletics Director Mike Cerino and Head Coach Bobby James
- Missouri Baptist University
(Saint Louis, Mo.): NAIA, Mid-States Football Association (2014) - President R. Alton Lacey
, Athletics Director Tom Smith
and Head Coach Jason Burianek
- Paine College
(Augusta, Ga.): NCAA Division II, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (2014) - President George C. Bradley
, Athletics Director Tim Duncan
and Head Coach Gregory Ruffin
- Southeastern University
(Lakeland, Fla.): NAIA, Conference TBA (2014) – President Kent Ingle
, Athletic Director Drew Watson
and Head Coach Keith Barefield
- East Tennessee State University
(Johnson City, Tenn.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Southern Conference (2015, with a full conference schedule in 2016) -- President Brian Noland
, Athletics Director Richard Sander
, Head Coach Carl Torbush
- Kennesaw State University
(Kennesaw, Ga.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Conference TBA (2015) – President Daniel S. Papp
, Athletics Director Vaughn Williams
, Head Coach Brain Bohannon
- Lyon College
(Batesville, Ark.): NAIA, Conference TBA (2015) – President Donald Weatherman
, Athletics Director Kevin Jenkins
, Head Coach TBA.
- Finlandia University
(Hancock, Mich.): NCAA Division III, Conference TBA (Date TBA) – President Philip Johnson
, Athletics Director Chris Salani
, Head Coach TBA.
- University of New Orleans
(New Orleans, La.): NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Southland Conference (Date TBA) – President Peter J. Fos
, Athletics Director Derek Morel
, Head Coach TBA.
Thanks to www.nationalfootball.org
Definitely not a lawyer, but for my prep I pulled the following highlights from the agreement - just a rough cut and paste, more for myself then to be published, so please excuse the format and typos
The document is 86 pages: Arena Management Agreement
In addition, I recommend checking this full breakdown from George Faller
as well as the latest story from Craig Morgan at Fox Sports Arizona: Morgan 1.1.1 Subject to an early termination right exercisable after five (5) years (and on specified terms and conditions) a
nd only upon the occurrence of substantial post-Closing Date operating losses (see Section 3.3) the Phoenix Coyotes NHL Team shall play all of its Home Games in the Arena Facility (see Section 8.3.1(a)). 1.1.2 With respect to the Arena Facility and Arena Parking, professional management
and consulting services shall be provided by the Arena Manager (see Section 8.1 and 8.2). 1.1.3 Except for capital expenditures to maintain and improve the Arena (see Section
11.3), all perating Expenses shall be the responsibility of, and shall be paid by the Arena Manager (see ection 8.1). 1.1.4 The City shall pay the Management Fee to the Arena Manager during the Term 10. ARENA MANAGEMENT FEE; TAXATION.
10.1 Management Fee.
During the Term, in consideration of the Arena Manager’s agreement to perform the management and other services set forth in this Agreement and to pay all operating and maintained costs associated with the Arena (other than capital costs as provided herein), provided there is no breach by the Team Owner of the obligations under the Noncompetition/Non-Relocation Agreement or a material breach by the Arena Manager of its obligations under this Agreement, the City shall pay to the Arena Manager, by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account specified by the Arena Manager, a Management Fee, paid in quarterly (on a three calendar month basis) installments in arrears on or before each October 1st, January 1st, April 1st and July 1st during the Term the following amounts or a pro-rata portion of such amounts based upon the number of days in such quarter:
10.1.1 For the period beginning on the Closing Date and ending on the last day of the calendar quarter in which the Closing Date occurs, an amount equal to $15,000,000.00 multiplied by a factor equal to the number of days from the Closing Date to the end of such quarter divided by 365, which for the purposes of clarity shall be calculated as follows: $15,000,000 X (Number of Days from Closing Date to June 30, 2013) 365 10.1.2 In no event shall the Management Fee exceed $15,000,000.00 per year.
10.1.3 The City may, by written notice to Arena Manager, require that any revenues owed to the City, and/or any amount in the Surcharge Account, be applied to the City’s obligation to pay The Management Fee. 1.1.5 The City shall receive (or, where noted, share in) certain anticipated revenues.
The revenues to be received by the City include revenues derived from the following sources and activities: (a) A City Surcharge of not less than $3.00 on each Qualified Ticket for a Hockey Event at the Arena Facility, with increases in the City Surcharge based upon attendance (see Section 9.1.2(a)(i)); (b) A City Surcharge of $5.00 on each qualified Ticket for a non-Hockey event (see Section 9.1.2(b)); (c) A Supplemental Surcharge of $1.50 per Qualified Ticket throughout the Term applicable to all Events to be placed in an escrow account which may be drawn upon by City to fund certain revenue deficits on a Fiscal Year basis (see Section 9.1.3); (d) Parking revenues of $10 per car for each Hockey Event (above a $20,000 per-Event base payable to the Arena Manager) (see Section 8.2.1(e)); (e) Seventy five percent (75%) of parking revenues of $15 per car for each non-Hockey Event ) (see Section 8.2.1(e)); (f) Rent-free use of the Arena for certain City Sponsored Events and Community Events (see Sections 8.9.2 and 8.9.3); (g) All revenues (net only of Event-specific operating expenses) for City Sponsored Events and Community Events (see Sections 8.9.2(e) and 8.9.3(c)); Commencing with the 2013/2014 NHL hockey season, minimum parking rates shall be $10.00 per vehicle for Hockey Events and $15.00 per vehicle for Non-Hockey Events
, with the rates for all Events to be established by Arena Manager in its reasonable discretion. Within fifteen (15) days following each quarter during the Term, Arena Manager shall remit to City and Team Owner their respective shares of the “Arena Parking Area Revenue” as provided in this Section 8.2.1(e). Team Owner shall be paid the first $20,000.00 of Parking Profits generated from each NHL Regular Season Home Hockey Game and City shall be paid the balance of Parking Profits generated from each such game. City shall be paid seventy five percent (75%) of the Parking Profits generated from any Pre-season Game, Play-off Game, All-Star Game and Non-Hockey Events. City shall be paid 100% of the Parking revenues associated with any City Event.
Other than as provided in this Section 8.2.1(e), the Arena Manager shall not be obligated to remit any revenue from the Arena Parking Areas to the City (subject to remittance of all applicable taxes, and further provided that this Section 8.2.1(e) sh
(h) Twenty percent (20%) of all income received by Arena Manager from the sale of Arena Facility Naming Rights (see Section 8.6.4(b)(i));
(i) All income received from the sale of naming rights for a new,
smaller Stage/theatre venue that may be constructed and used within the bowl (main seating area) of the Arena Facility (see Section 8.6.4(b)(ii)); and8.6.4 Arena Facility Naming Rights.
(a) The Arena Manager, in consultation with the Team Owner, shall have the sole and exclusive rights to sell and license all Naming Rights to be effective during the Term;
provided, however, that the sale or license of Naming Rights to the Arena (or any portion of the Arena Facility) shall be subject to the approval of the City, which shall not be unreasonably withheld; provided however, the City’s rejection of (i) any entity with which the City is currently in litigation or litigation is overtly threatened, or (ii) any name incorporating the name of any other municipality in the State of Arizona, shall be deemed reasonable. The Arena Manager shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause the name “Glendale”
(for example: “XXXXXX ARENA in Glendale, Arizona”
) to be included in the use of name of the Arena Facility or a major component thereof; provided however, Arena Manager shall not be required to incur additional costs as a result of the inclusion of “Glendale” in the use of the Arena’s Name.
(j) Annual fixed rent to be paid to the City in connection with the use by the Arena Manager and/or Team Owner of the use of the Arena Facility and Arena Parking in an initial amount of $500,000 per year (see Section 6.6.1). Base Rent. As
part of the consideration for the leasehold interests granted to the Arena Manager under this Agreement, during the Term the Arena Manager shall pay to the City rent in the following amounts, which shall be paid in equal quarterly installments, the first installment due and payable on the commencing on the Closing Date and thereafter each installment due and payable on or before each quarterly (on a three calendar month basis) anniversary of the Closing Date during the Term: 6.6.1 For the five years following the Closing Date, $500,000 per year; provided
however, the Base Rent for the first Fiscal Year shall be $500,000 prorated (based on a 365-day year) if the period from the Closing Date to the end of the Fiscal Year on which the Closing occurs is less than 365 days. 6.6.2 Beginning of the sixth anniversary of the Closing Date and continuing until the
day before the thirteenth anniversary of the Closing Date, $650,000 per year (prorated for partial years as set forth in Section 6.6.1); and 6.6.3 Beginning of the thirteenth anniversary of the Closing Date and continuing until
the day before the fifteenth anniversary of the Closing Date, $800,000 per year
(ii) The Team Owner shall use commercially reasonable efforts to have the name of the Team changed to the “Arizona Coyotes
” as soon as is commercially feasible. City Suite. The City shall have the right to continue to use the existing Suite
used by the City (Suite Nos. 1238 and 1239), including Tickets (for seating and standing room in such Suite) to all Events, all at no cost to the City. Food and beverage service for such Suite shall be provided at the same cost and manner as food and beverage service provided to the “Owner’s Suite” or any suite licensed to or used by the Arena Manager, the Team Owner, or their respective Affiliates, whichever is lowest. CHARGES AND FEES.
9.1 City Surcharge.
9.1.1 The Arena Manager shall take the following actions to collect and hold in trust for the City for the purposes of depositing into the City Surcharge Account, and which shall not be Operating Revenue, a surcharge in the amount described in this Section 9.1 for each Qualified Ticket (the “City Surcharge”) and an additional surcharge in the amount described in Section 9.13 of this Agreement for each Qualified Ticket (the “Supplemental Surcharge”): 9.1.2 Amount of the City Surcharge. The City Surcharges shall be in the following amounts:
(a) For all Hockey Events that are Fee Activities during the 2013-2014 Season, $3.00 per Qualified Ticket with respect to each Fee Activity
(for which the City has not waived the City Surcharge), subject to increase for subsequent seasons during the Term as follows: (i) If per game attendance averages less than 15,000 in any one season, the City Surcharge during the immediately succeeding season will be $3.00 per Qualified
Ticket; (ii) If per game attendance averages between 15,000 and 15,999 in any one season, the City Surcharge will $3.25 per Qualified Ticket for the immediately succeeding season; (iii) If per game attendance averages 16,000 and 17,000 in any one season, the City Surcharge will be $3.50 per Qualified Ticket for the immediately succeeding season; and (iv) If per game attendance averages more than 17,000 in any one season, the City Surcharge will be $3.75 per Qualified Ticket for the immediately succeeding season. (b) For non-Hockey Events during the Term, $5.00 per Qualified
Ticket with respect to each Fee Activity (for which the City has not waived the City Surcharge).
9.1.3 Supplemental Surcharge. In addition, throughout the Term, a Supplemental Surcharge of $1.50 per Qualified Ticket shall be imposed by the Arena Manager for all Hockey and nonHockey Events. The Supplemental Surcharge shall be deposited by Arena Manager in an escrow account
in the name of Arena Manager (the “Supplemental Surcharge Escrow Account”) in accordance with and subject to audit pursuant to the procedures described on Exhibit “N” attached hereto (the “Supplemental Surcharge Procedures”). City shall have the right to draw upon the Supplemental Escrow Account within 60 days following the last day of each Fiscal Year, to the extent City received less than $8,500,000 in total revenue from operations at the Arena pursuant to this Agreement during the
immediately preceding Fiscal Year (the “Deficit Amount”), as further described in the Supplemental Surcharge Procedures and in an amount not to exceed the total funds available in the Supplemental Surcharge Escrow Account at the end of such Fiscal Year. The funds remaining in the Supplemental Surcharge Escrow Account following payment of the Deficit Amount, if any, to City shall belong to Arena Manager free and clear of all claims of City and shall be disbursed to Arena Manager such that said escrow account is reset to a zero balance following the reconciliation pursuant to the Supplemental Surcharge Procedures at the beginning of each Fiscal Year. The Supplemental Surcharge amounts imposed by the Arena Manager are for all purposes monies owned by the Arena Manager subject to the perfected security interest granted to City in the Supplemental Surcharge Escrow Agreement.
NFL BAR HOMES IN PHOENIX (FROM FANS) - I have a ton of holes, please email me places you know host games. - email@example.com
· Jolie’s Place, Chandler
· New Orleans Saints
· Arcadia Tavern, Phoenix
· Bruno's Sports Bar & Grill, Fountain Hills
· Lodge, Scottsdale
· Temple Bar, Scottsdale
· Moon Saloon, Glendale
· Big Daddys, Cave Creek/Peoria
· Firehouse, Scottsdale
Green Bay Packers
· Buffalo Chip, Cave Creek
· Casey Jones, Phoenix
· Red Onion, Phoenix
· 92nd St Café, Scottsdale
· Mabel’s on Main, Scottsdale
· Four Peaks Brewery, Tempe
· Arena, Phoenix
New England Patriots
· Toso's Sports Bar, Phoenix
· Time Square, Phoenix
· Spurs Saloon, Chandler
Catalina Sports Bar in Central Phoenix
· Harold's Cave Creek Corral, Cave Creek
· American Junkie, Scottsdale
San Francisco 49ers
· K’ODonnells, Scottsdale
· Skeptical Chemist, Scottsdale
If only I could get Manuch to do what this massive bear can do!
Finally, a feel good story to pass along…
I received an email from 12 year old Brenden Hoogesteger, who is asking for our help to promote good sportsmanship.
The email goes back to an experience he had while playing hockey. Brenden was 10 year old when after losing a hockey game, his team lined up to shake hands with the opponent (customary in hockey), but some of the players on the other team would not. He told his Grandma that it was worse than losing the game. Good old Grandma suggested he find a way to promote good sportsmanship.
He did – a great idea – Brenden has designed bracelets called “Good Sports Rock”. From the picture you will see that it has two hands about to shake. And, he has partnered with Special Olympics to donate a portion of proceeds.
I encourage you to check out the site – www.goodsportsrock.com
. I’m ordering mine.
Expect big things from young entrepreneur! His family must be proud.
Here are the top fights of 2013 for Paul Bissonnette: Pick your favorite from the ones I could find! Biz joins Roc and Grose at 4:30 to discuss playoffs and his best fight of the year.
My Favorite from 2012:
Highlight from two years ago (warning bad language):
From what I can gather (more info after Tuesday) here are the prominent guys who make up the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment:
Mr. George Frederick Gosbee serves as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer at AltaCorp Capital Inc. Mr. Gosbee also serves as Advisor to the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. Mr. Gosbee served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Macquarie Tristone. He served as President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Tristone Capital Inc. He served as President at P2ES Holdings, Inc. He founded Macquarie Tristone in ... September 2000. Mr. Gosbee served as the President at Tristone Energy Services, Inc. Mr. Gosbee served as Managing Director at Newcrest Capital
Inc. Prior to that, he served as the Managing Director at Peters & Co. Limited. He serves as Chairman of Macquarie Tristone. Mr. Gosbee serves as a Vice Chairman of Alberta Investment Management Corporation. He is a Director of the National Ballet School Foundation. He has been a Director of TMX Group Inc. since July 19, 2012. He served as a Director of Old Carco LLC since July 5, 2009 and Chrysler Group LLC from July 2009 to September 2011. He served as a Director of North West Upgrading Inc. He is on the Board of several organizations including Alberta Economic Development Authority, Business Competitiveness & Diversification Committee, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, Edge School, and Chairman of the Alberta College of Art and Design. In 2004, the Globe and Mail named him one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 Leaders and was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Albertans by Alberta Venture magazine. Mr. Gosbee sits on numerous corporate and charitable boards. Mr. Gosbee holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary, where he specialized in Finance.
Drive and ambition have propelled Anthony LeBlanc to the top of the business world, and he is now becoming a prominent figure in the sports world. A willingness to push himself has been one of the traits that has allowed LeBlanc to succeed. He was born in Baie Comeau, Quebec, and moved to Thunder Bay when he was ten. As a child, he loved playing sports and following the Montreal Expos and Quebec Nordiques. “I grew up in a family where sports dominated our lives. My father was an avid hockey and baseball fan, and my brothers and I played pretty much every sport we could.”
Anthony Leblanc attended Lakehead University where a fascination with politics led him to earn an HBA in Political Science in 1993. After university, he landed a sales job with a small New Brunswick cell phone dealer. His decision to concentrate on cultivating government clients provided valuable training for his later career. From this position, LeBlanc moved on to sales and marketing jobs with Ottawa-based software giant Corel Corporation and then the Giga Information Group, an e-business consulting company. In 2000, he was hired by Research in Motion (RIM). LeBlanc’s time with this wireless communications firm and creator of the BlackBerry Smartphone coincided with its dramatic growth and
near domination of the smartphone market. Through his savvy and expertise, he rose to the position of Vice President of Global Sales and expanded the government sector of the BlackBerry market to 10% of its total sales.
After eight years with RIM, Anthony LeBlanc wanted the autonomy to pursue his own ventures. His lifelong enthusiasm for sports spurred him to form Ice Edge Holdings, a partnership dedicated to bringing major and minor league hockey to Canadian markets. LeBlanc is using negotiating experience gained in a bid to purchase the NHL Phoenix Coyotes, in his quest to bring sports franchises to Canadian venues. He has long been committed to bringing semi-professional hockey to Thunder Bay, which he sees as a way to foster tourism and economic revitalization. He also remains involved in our community through his work on Lakehead University’s Board of Governors, spending part of the year at his home in Thunder Bay. In addition to his sports enterprises, he is investigating real estate and restaurant deals.
Anthony LeBlanc’s willingness to take risks and to follow his passions has raised Canada’s profile in the business and sports arenas. He has also taken on an advocacy role as a member of the Canadian American Business Council, an
organization aimed at strengthening trade between Canada and the U.S. In the future, LeBlanc’s love of a challenge and his leadership abilities may see him make his mark in the political realm.
Daryl Jones is the Chief Operating Officer of Ice Edge Holdings, LLC and has served as the group's public spokesperson. Daryl is a native of Bassano, Alberta and played collegiate hockey at Yale University under former U.S. Olympic Coach, Tim Taylor. Prior to Research Edge, Jones was a Research Analyst with Onex Corporation, Dawson-Herman Capital Management and J.P. Morgan. He has a BA in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia University. Prior to joining Hedgeye Risk Management, Daryl was the Sector Head for Basic Materials at HIG Capital’s hedge fund, Brightpoint Capital. At Hedgeye, Daryl covers commodities, geo-politics and major asset classes outside of equities.
Avik Dey is President & CEO of Remvest Energy Partners LLC, a private investment company he founded in 2011. Remvest is currently focused on energy investments and commodities trading in Latin America. Mr. Dey has been active in the global energy sector since 1999 with experience across three distinct industries (exploration & production, investment banking and private equity). Previously, he was a Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Remora Energy, a Private Equity backed E&P company that was successfully divested for US$350 million during 2011. Prior to starting Remora, he was an Assistant Vice President for First Reserve Corporation, the world’s largest and oldest private equity firm focused exclusively on the energy industry. While at First Reserve Mr. Dey was directly involved in $1.6 billion of equity commitments and $3.9 billion of investment realizations. He was also part of the global energy group at Deutsche Bank Securities in New York. Mr. Dey started his career working in multiple Finance, Planning and Business Development roles with EnCana Corporation based in Calgary, Canada. Mr. Dey currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Professionals in Energy organization and the RBC Investing in New Canadians Program. Mr. Dey holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Calgary.
The Great Drop Debate
: Tiger Woods was accessed a two-stroke penalty on Friday and it created a bunch of controversy in the golf world. BUT, did he even deserve the two-stoke penalty? Was it a violation at all? If he didn't talk about his shot with ESPN would we be even be talking about it? The Augusta Chronicle on Sunday printed two photos by staffer Michael Holahan
of Woods' two chip shots from the 15th fairway. The first hit the flagstick and rolled into the water, forcing Woods to take a one-stroke penalty and then drop his ball "as nearly as possible" to his original location. The Chronicle circled various divots in the 15th fairway to show Woods' second shot was in almost the exact same location as the first. While the photos may not be conclusive evidence and they will no doubt be picked apart. RocOne note:
The camera shots we have all seen were never from the same spot -meaning the ESPN camera man shot the first shot and second shot from slightly different locations.
Golf Show 4/3/13 -Per Spencer Tatum Fitness Director Village Clubs
How to improve your golf swing?
1. Set-Up: This must be correct. You golf swing set-up needs to be in athletic stance. Where people most the biggest mistake is they are bent over at the spine and not waist. If you are set-up is off, you will not be able get full rotation and will lose distance in your swing.
2. It is all in the hips. Your hips must be strong to create an anchor and to create power/distance. You must be able to anchor yourself to the ground to create full rotation in upper spine or Thoracic Spine. You must also be able to generate force from the hip. The hips are the first action after to back swing to create power. Power hips are the driver of the distance.
3. Mobilize the Moblizers. One of the biggest challenges with golfer is lack of Thoracic spine mobility or upper back. This is where the rotation needs to occur. If your upper back is not mobil, you will have lower back pain or shoulder issues and lost of distance in your drivers.
4. Be an athlete. It is important for golfer to cross to train to be able to transfer force. I like doing agility ladder with golfer for them understand how to transfer force from right side to left side. Also, the better athlete that you are then the better golfer you will be.
5. Have a coach. As you fitness improves, you need to see you golf coach. You getting a new engine and you have know how to use it. You adding horse power and now you have know how to use the power that you are creating.
According to LA Biz: Southern California investment executiveDarin Pastor
has formed an “exploratory committee” to look into buying the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team and keep it in Glendale, Arizona.
Pastor, CEO of Irvine-based Capstone Affluent Strategies, issued a press release Friday saying he and some business partners were looking into buying the Coyotes from the National Hockey League
Capstone is a private wealth management firm and has an office in Phoenix.
Pastor is a former Prudential Insurance
andJPMorgan Chase & Co.
Inc (NYSE: JPM) executive. His grandfather and great uncles once owned a minor league hockey team in Buffalo.
Pastor’s Good Friday press release on his possible interest in the team comes after reports from Fox Sports Arizona and ESPN that Canadian investment banker and energy executive Greg Gosbee
could also be looking at buying the Coyotes. Past Coyotes suitors — Matthew Hulsizer and Ice Edge Holdings LLC — could also still be in the ownership mix.
The Coyotes have been owned by the NHL since a Chapter 11 bankruptcy purchase for $140 million in 2009.
A number of other potential buyers have looked at the Coyotes and either not pursued them because of the team’s financial losses or not had the wherewithal to finalize a purchase.
The clock is ticking on the Coyotes future in Arizona, and if a sale is not brokered soon the NHL is likely to sell the team to an owner who will move the team to another city. Quebec City and Seattle top that list though markets such as Las Vegas, suburban Toronto, Oklahoma City and Portland, Ore. could also been in the mix.
Here’s Pastor’s press release on his Coyotes interest:Darin Pastor
, founder and CEO of Capstone Affluent Strategies, has formed an exploratory committee of seasoned investment bankers and other related sports entertainment advisors in an effort to acquire the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League.
Pastor has reached out to Mike Nealy
, President, Chief Operating Officer, and Alternate Governor of the Coyotes, directly to express interest in purchasing the team.
“Hockey is in my DNA,” Pastor said. “My family has enjoyed a love affair with the sport for over three generations. When we saw the prospect to get involved with the NHL and purchase the Coyotes, it was like a dream come true.”
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Pastor has been around the sport of hockey for his entire life. In 1956, his grandfather and great-uncles bought the Buffalo Bison Hockey Club when the previous owner threatened to move the team, and under their guidance, the Bisons improved dramatically, winning the Calder Cup in 1960, 1964, and 1970. Buffalo’s roster featured many future NHL stars and quickly became one of the hottest tickets in the league, with an average attendance of over 10,500 per game. The Pastor family sold the Bisons in 1971 shortly after the franchise joined the NHL as the expansionBuffalo Sabres
“If we have an opportunity to acquire the franchise, we will do everything we can to make sure it stays in the great city of Glendale and continues to enhance the Phoenix metropolitan area.”
If approved by the league’s Board of Governors, Pastor’s group would have controlling interest of the team and seek to keep the franchise in Glendale.
The Coyotes have been run by the NHL the past three seasons, since the team went into bankruptcy in 2009 under former owner Jerry Moyes
. Despite their financial issues, the Coyotes have remained competitive on the ice, reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs each of the past three seasons and advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2012.
Capstone Affluent Strategies, a wealth management firm located in Irvine, Calif., has an office in Phoenix as well as 11 other cities and maintains a principle of supporting communities that serve its clients.
Press Release: The Fan AM 1060 (KDUS) and NBC Sports Radio announced today a partnership that will blend NBC’s riveting national sports programming with The Fan’s local, thought-provoking shows to make the new NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 one of Phoenix’s most reliable sources for sports news, hard-hitting discussions, engaging interviews and an in-depth analysis of professional and collegiate sports.
Beginning Monday, April 1, AM 1060 will add NBC Sports Radio’s The Brian Kenny Show and Under Center with McNabb and Malone (with Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone) to its weekday schedule of shows. Arizona sports fans can tune in Monday-Friday to hear colorful commentary on the most up-to-date sports news and controversy. The new schedule follows:
(Arizona Time – Monday through Friday)
6 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Brian Kenny Show (with Brian Kenny)
9 a.m. to noon The Sportszone with Bob Kemp (local)
Noon to 3 p.m. Under Center with McNabb & Malone (with Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone)
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. AZ Sports Talk with Roc and Manuch (local)
Evening programming will vary and weekend programming will be a variety of sports depending on the season. The radio station will continue to carry NFL, NCAA football and ASU baseball and women’s basketball. Angel Velasquez, AM 1060 program director and executive producer, expects listeners to be pleased with the new live shows.
“Our new partnership with NBC gives passionate sports fans more reasons to tune in to AM 1060. This new programming not only makes AM 1060 more competitive in our market, it brings powerful personalities, like Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone, to our backyard,” Velasquez said.
Local on-air sports personalities Bob Kemp, Mike Muraco and Dan Manucci are equally excited about the new line-up and entertaining lead-ins to their shows.
About the Shows:
The Brian Kenny Show
Considered one of the best interviewers in sports media, Brian Kenny goes one-on-one with some of the biggest names in sports. Also known for his adept skill as a “numbers cruncher,” he goes beyond the scores and delves into the data, breaking down the analytics of the games. Kenny brings intelligent sports conversation to the table, with in-depth analysis and insight 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Arizona time on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.
The Sportszone with Bob Kemp
There’s plenty of good reasons to tune in to NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Besides his more than 30 years of award-winning sports broadcasting and newspaper experience, Kemp was the National Sports Talk Show Host of the Decade (2000-09) by Sports Illustrated following his time at Sporting News Radio and AM 1060 in Phoenix. He is a member of the American Sportscasters Association (after being invited by Dick Enberg), and also part of the College Football Writers Association of America and College Basketball Writers Association of America. Kemp has worked at AM 1060 since July 2002 following 11 years as a national syndicated host for Sporting News Radio (previously One on One Sports and Sports Entertainment Network). His hard line approach, in addition to the Sports Illustrated recognition, has been praised by the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, the Boston Globe, the Arizona Republic and numerous other publications and web sites. Kemp made the switch to radio after nearly two decades working at newspapers, including positions as sports editor of The Courier in Prescott and sports writer for the Tucson Citizen. He was honored nationally by the Amateur Softball Association in 1988 for best coverage of a national tournament and was named Arizona Media Person of the Year in 1984 by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
Under Center with McNabb & Malone
Under Center with McNabb & Malone is an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, both of whom have also played multiple sports at high levels and can break down the daily headlines -- from on-the-field competition to locker room dynamics. Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone captivate listeners with engaging and entertaining sports talk enhanced by personal stories, anecdotes, and upfront opinions. Tune in from noon to 3 p.m. Arizona time on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060.
AZ Sports Talk with Roc and Manuch
Get the latest sports news and commentary from Mike Muraco, aka “Roc”, and Dan Manucci during drive time from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Arizona time on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060. The conversation gets lively as this dynamic duo tackles all of the day’s sports news in an insightful, entertaining and engaging format. Co-hosts of their show (formerly Calling All Sports) since 2004, Roc and Manuch have an extensive background in sports:
*Roc (Mike Muraco) brings more than 20 years of experience in the sports industry to his radio commentary. A specialist in sports marketing, media and public relations, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Industry and Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University. He has worked in professional and collegiate capacities with stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Fall League, Phoenix Firebirds, Oakland A’s and the University of Pennsylvania. He also volunteers on numerous organizations including the Fiesta Bowl, Insight Bowl, National Football Foundation, and Every Kid Counts. He was recently named executive director of the National Football Foundation for the Valley of the Sun Chapter and he serves as president of On Air Sports Marketing.
*Manuch (Dan Manucci) is a long-time Arizona resident and graduate of Tempe McClintock High School and Mesa Community College. After earning a football scholarship to Kansas State University, he led the Big 8 in passing his senior year and was named 1978 All-Big 8 Honorable Mention. Manuch was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 5th round in1979 and played QB for the Bills in 1979-80, Toronto Argonauts in 1981, Arizona Wranglers of the USFL in 1983, and played with the Buffalo Bills replacement team of 1987. He started his broadcast career in 1992 hosting the Arizona Cardinals pre-game and post-game shows and remained a part of the Cardinals broadcast team for 11 years. He has also been a part of the ASU Sun Devils radio and TV football broadcasts. He is involved with the local NFL Retired Players Association, serves as the former executive director of the National Football Foundation for the Valley of the Sun Chapter, and he supports numerous charities.
Beginning on December 15, the bowl season begins – over 23 days, with 35 games, 70 teams,1,400 television hours, 16 states, with over $280 million in payouts to the participating schools and conferences, and a regional economic impact of well over $1.7 billion. 1.How did we get to where we are?
Big names today, less so in two years:Anderson & Hester; Richard Billingsley; Colley Matrix; Kenneth Massey; Jeff Sagarin; and Peter Wolfe.Those six computer programs comprise the Computer Rankings Percentage. Last year
the Louisiana State-Alabama selection formula was the closest ever (86-thousandths of a point).This year, Notre Dame vs. the “SEC Southeast semifinal.”The selection two years from now will be handled by a “March Madness-like super committee.”The more things change, the more they remain the same.
We think we have controversy now: the writers and coaches have been voting for the respective national champion since 1954, and there has been a “split vote co-champion” 11 times. The national championship vote was split between the coaches and writers 11 times since they began voting for the national champion in 1954.The Bowl Coalition began in 1992, and the Bowl Alliance attempted to improve that system three years later.The current
Bowl Championship Series had its beginning in 1998.Ironically, the Swiss conglomerate ISL proposed a 16-team college football playoff around that time.Colleges immediately rejected the proposal, though the $350 million annual payout would have been twice the amount paid for each of the first 10 years since the beginning of the BCS. 2.Is it “mediocrity” or is it “parity” for this year’s bowl games?
Yes.The 35 bowls and 70 teams reflect college football scholarship parity, but also some interesting matchups.This
year’s 70 teams have a total record of 584-267; last year was 273 total losses; 257 the year before).There are 12 teams at 6-6 this year, compared to 12 last year.Overall, 28 of the 70 teams have five or more losses.Georgia Tech (6-7) plays Southern California (7-5) on December 31 at the El Paso Sun Bowl (the only CBS game). There have been four other teams who have gone to bowls with losing records:UCLA last year; 5-6 Troy State in 2001; 4-6 SMU in 1963; and 5-6 Williams & Mary in 1970.Here’s a bowl “blockbuster”:6-6 Pittsburgh vs. 6-6 Mississippi in the BBVA Compass Bowl (January 5 in Birmingham) – at least it is only two days removed from the BCS National Championship.3.What about corporate involvement this year?
Three bowls this year have new corporate partners.What was the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando is now the Russell Athletics Bowl, featuring Rutgers and Virginia Tech.Tempe’s Insight Bowl is now the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl with Michigan State and TCU.Finally, the three-year-old TicketCity Bowl has partnered with PlainsCapital Bank and is going by the name Heart of Dallas Bowl.This year, 12 corporations “hijacked” the bowl name, replacing it with their own (Beef O’Bradys, Belk, Chick-fil-A, for example). 4.How do the 35 bowls help regional tourism, etc.?
3 games in current MLB stadiums; 15 games in current NFL stadiums; 8 games in markets without a pro team; 10 games in stadiums w/ CFB as primary tenant. *Last year, there were 4 games in baseball stadiums, but the Marlins moved out of Sun Life Stadium
Overall, 16 states (including the District of Columbia) have become directly financially involved in supporting their bowls, understanding that over $1.75 billion in economic impact is generated by the respective regions.Florida leads the way with seven; Texas has six; California has four; Louisiana three; Alabama, Arizona, and Tennessee with two each; New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, District of Columbia, and Georgia with one each.5.How do the conferences and schools fare this year?
Very well.Overall, the 35 bowls pay a totalf over $280 million to conferences (who distribute the revenues based on their own individual formulas).This compares to approximately $281 million last year.As for the BCS games, their payouts approximate $192 million.6.In summary, are there too many bowls?
Absolutely not.Cynics argue that the “niche bowls” serve little “useful purpose.”They ignore the big picture in four ways:
First, the 35 bowls produce 70 schools with an opportunity to participate in the post-season at a significant level.Overall, nearly half the Division I teams have the privilege
of participating in post-season bowl games, a
far greater percentage than the approximately 20 percent that are selected in the NCAA championships in other sports (22 percent in baseball; 20 percent in men’s and women’s basketball; and 24 percent in men’s soccer).
Second, as for television, Scarborough Research initially reported three years ago that adult bowl game viewers are among the most prolific buyers – 20 percent more likely to bank online, and 28 percent more likely to have a money market account.Given this, get set for over 1,400 hours of bowl coverage this year.
Third, Corporate America loves the exposure.Joyce Julius & Associates consistently reports that bowl titles are among the most successful corporate investments through a sports calendar year.The last time the national championship was played in Miami, FedEx enjoyed nearly $256 million worth of exposure as part of its national championship.As Corporate America spends at least $7.2 billion to pay for sports tie-ins of all kinds, bowl titles potentially offer the most efficient and effective buy.
Finally, the economic impact for the host region is significant.The UCLA Anderson School of Management suggested that the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade impact exceeds $200 million annually.The other regions across the country experience at least a $50-$60 million impact from their respective weeklong festivities.At a minimum, at least $1.7 billion of economic “stimulus” impact from 35 “major events” around the country from December 15 through January 7 – Let the Games Begin!
Thanks to the Sports Professor Rick Horrow - www.twitter.com/rickhorrow. Watch Sportfolio on Bloomberg every Wednesday night.
The Big East is a joke!
Now with Tulane and East Carolina on payroll the Big East is now up to 14 football schools as of July 1, 2015. No Syracuse, Rutgers, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh all departing.
Boise State, UCF, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, San Diego State, USF, SMU, Temple, Navy, ECU, Tulane.
Geography it makes no sense. I wish the NCAA would just get to the Super Conferences. I wonder if they are going to change the name. It has five southern schools, two western schools, three sort of midwestern/sort of eastern schools, three northeastern schools, and one eastern school.
The geographic difference between its two furthest schools, the University of Central Florida and Boise State, is about 2,200 miles. If we were to use Boise State, UCF, San Diego State, and UConn to create a boundary for the land the Big East encompasses, it would cover approximately 1.96 million square miles, which is 52% of the United States.
Nuts. Thanks to www.sportsgrid.com
2012 SPORTS TURKEYS OF THE YEAR – BOTH LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY
(no particular order)
Gary Bettman, NHL clueless commissioner: The NHL owners have declared a lockout of the NHL Players’ Association. The Bettman-led NHL owners want to reduce the NHLPA’s previous guaranteed share of 57 percent of hockey related revenues. The league has already missed out on two of its highest-rated events of the year-Black Out Friday game and Winter Classic.
Lance Armstrong: Armstrong was a hero, a fighter, and an icon. He beat cancer and amazed us by winning Tour de France title after Tour de France title. Now, he’ll go down as one of the biggest fakes in all of sports. The seven-time Tour champ was stripped of all of his Tour titles after a USADA report labeled him a serial drug cheat. He even lost his endorsement deal with Nike and many others.
Hope Solo, Olympic goalie: The Team USA goaltender was in rare form this year. First, she got into the Olympic spirit by ripping former Team USA star, sports bra flasher and NBC commentator Brandi Chastain via Twitter. “Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game @brandichastain! #fb” Followed by, “Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago. #fb Then, she made waves by dishing dirt about athletes getting down and dirty in the Olympic Village. “There’s a lot of sex going on,” said Solo, of Olympic Village. “I’ve seen people having sex right out in the open. On the grass, between buildings, people are getting down and dirty.” Finally, Solo became a duo with former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens one day after her husband-to-be was arrested following a domestic dispute. Stevens has a long history of run-ins with the law; Solo has a history of run-ins with whoever will pay attention to her. If those two kids can’t make it. She still ended up marrying Stevens.
Gregg Williams: Part of the biggest scandal to rock the NFL in years. Earlier this year the NFL concluded an almost two-year investigation that found Williams – the Saints' defensive coordinator at the time – promoted a bounty program that violated NFL rules. The result: head coach Sean Payton suspended for the year, general manager Mickey Loomis suspended for eight games, a fine of $500,000 for the Saints organization and many player suspensions.
Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Glendale City Council: There isn’t enough time to break down all of the antics for the Mayor and some of the council. Outgoing Mayor Elaine Scruggs, who supported Coyotes deals in the past, has become an opponent. Scruggs was a big fan of the Coyotes and the team in Glendale, but now she is fighting the deal, saying she doesn't think the numbers in the deal add up to a positive situation for Glendale. She continues to be an embarrassment to the city and the state. Scruggs said the vote should not be seen as a mandate to move forward with Greg Jamison. Rather, she said voters were protecting services, from public safety to libraries. "I believe Glendale residents said while they may not be happy with the situation, we are not willing to give up our quality of life," Scruggs said. And, Glendale administrators improperly took about $6 million from a city trust fund over three years to cover expenses, from an internal city audit obtained by The Arizona Republic. This under Mayor Scruggs watch. She even got an email in 2009 showing this but didn't do anything. Mayor Elaine Scruggs said she was particularly disturbed when she read a 2009 e-mail from the former city risk manager, copied to the former HR director and the present budget chiefs, suggesting ways to get around a state law that prohibits taking money out of trust funds for other expenses. Really?
Quebec Hockey Fans: Move over Winnipeg hockey fans, Quebec trolls have taken over in 2012. Quebec fans continue to troll over Twitter with their ruthless attempts to bash hockey and sports fans in Arizona.
NFL Replacement Referees: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell really exposed himself in this battle with complete chaos on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays from Weeks 1-through-3 this season. The Replacement Refs went out with a bang –controversial call of the simultaneous possession on a game-winning TD catch by Seahawks’ Golden Tate to upset the Packers on MNF.
Olympic badminton players: Eight badminton players — two doubles teams from South Korea and one each from Indonesia and China, the latter team including the reigning world champion — were expelled from the 2012 Olympics after tanking qualifying matches to try to get a preferable seed. Fans in attendance started booing and the rest is history.
Bobby Petrino, Hog wrecker: The chain of events that led to Petrino’s firing began when the coach crashed his motorcycle on April 1. Eventually it was reported that Petrino was involved in an affair with another employee-Jessica Dorrell, blonde former Arkansas volleyball player. She accepted some $20k in gifts. Petrino was fired from his position as the football coach at Arkansas on April 10th.
Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu: After four weeks of drug rehab, the All-America cornerback was busted with three teammates on October 25 for alleged possession of pot. In August, Mathieu had been kicked off the Tigers for failing a drug test; all this after being suspended for October 2011 game when synthetic marijuana was detected in his system. SI reported that his hopes of playing for LSU in 2013 were in danger due to possible NCAA rules violations regarding improper benefits from a local nightclub.
Kevin Towers: Towers continues to throw curveballs to Dback fans. This past season was a major disappointment especially with all the preseason hype. He did not field a team to contend for the NL West. When he took over in 2011 was sign a veteran group of players like Willie Bloomquist, Geoff Blum, J.J Putz and Russell Branyan with only Putz worth a damn. Right away that told the fan base that he wasn’t finished and would continue to make some more polarizing moves. Since then he’s made plenty of peculiar deals, like signing non-defensive outfielder Jason Kubel, even though the team already had a gold glove defender Gerardo Parra or trading former top draft pick Jarrod Parker to Oakland for an equally young but more experienced pitcher in Trevor Cahill. Towers has made another move that makes you scratch your head trading centerfielder Chris Young and acquiring closer Heath Bell and shortstop Cliff Pennington. I guess I now know how it feels to be an A’s fan – Towerball.
Ken Kendrick: Move over Bill Bidwill, make some run for this owner on Arizona’s Mount Rushmore’s worse owners. The handling (media comments) of Stephen Drew, Justin Upton and others player challenges have made him a turkey in 2012. Its unfortunate Phoenix has an awful group of owners – Bidwill, Kendrick, Robert Sarver and NHL.
ASU Baseball in Mesa: ASU had to end negotiations with the Chicago Cubs on a combined ASU/Chicago baseball facility. “While ASU appreciates the effort of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and his staff, it has become increasingly clear, following a lengthy negotiating process that we cannot partner with the Chicago Cubs," ASU athletics said in a statement. It was a great idea, but do feel Phoenix Muni has always been a better location.
Arizona Cardinals: Front office and coaching staff. This team continues to be an embarrassment in sports. At least 3 consecutive years with a minimum of six straight losses. Quarterback and offensive line are still a train wreck. Same Old Cardinals. Time for some MAJOR changes both on and off the field.
Phoenix Suns: Robert Sarver allowing the Lakers to get Steve Nash for nothing. This is very similar to letting Amar’e Stoudermire get away for nothing.
Lamar Odom: A former NBA Sixth Man of the Year, spent his short time as a Maverick pouting and underachieving. He finally got his wish to be traded back to Los Angeles - except he ended up with the Clippers, not the Lakers.
Texas-Texas A&M for not continuing their rivalry: Instead of the yearly in-state rivalry on Thanksgiving, we get a game between Texas ... and TCU. Even a potential Texas-Texas Tech game on Turkey Day next year just doesn't get us excited. Thanks for ruining the fun, Aggies and Longhorns.
Craig James: The former SMU running back admitted to taking 'insignificant' gifts from boosters -- and then lost the election.
Lane Kiffin: The latest scratch-your-head moment involving coach Lane Kiffin and USC came to light earlier this season when the university announced that it had been fined and reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference as a result of one of the team's student managers intentionally deflating game balls used during the first half of last Saturday's 62-51 loss to Oregon. Deflated footballs have cost the Trojans a $25,000 fine and damaged a reputation they have been working to rebuild.
Jeffery Loria, Marlins bailout: After spending over $500 million in public money from taxpayers and the city of Miami in order to build Marlins Park, Loria traded away nearly every player on the roster worthy of having his own baseball card. Doubt that the team is any better without Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, Mark Buehrle, Omar Infante, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio, Heath Bell, Randy Choate, Edward Mujica and Gaby Sanchez.
Bobby Valentine, Red Sox manager: In only one season as manager of the Red Sox, Valentine led the club to its worst winning percentage since 1960: 69–93 record and last-place finish in the AL East.
Melky Cabrera, All-Star Game MVP: San Francisco enjoyed home field advantage in this year’s World Series thanks to its own suspended outfielder. Cabrera went 2-for-3 with two RBIs on his way to winning MVP of the All-Star Game. He was suspended 50 games for testing positive for high levels of testosterone.The Giants, who reaped the rewards with a World Series home field edge and a batting champ in MVP Buster Posey. You can also at Guillermo Mota, who got a 100-game ban in May for testing positive for the stimulant Clenbuteroll.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod had an injury-interrupted season (.272, 18 HR, 57 RBI) but his worst was during the playoffs as he batted .120 with 12 strikeouts. Yankees still owe $114 million until 2017
Charlotte Bobcats: Minority owner Michael Jordan's woeful squad rode a 23-game skid to exit the 2011-12 season with a 7-59 lockout-shortened slate, good for the most abysmal winning percentage in NBA history (.106, shattering the old mark of .110 held by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, who went 9-73). Good news so far as of today, they have won 5 of 6!
New York Jets: Tons of controversy specifically at quarterback. Mark Sanchez drew fire during the team's 4-6 start; Tim Tebow was egged by a dozen anonymous team sources, one of which termed him "terrible" in the New York Daily News. The rival New York Post followed with the back page headline "Talk of the Clowns" illustrated by the head coach adorned with a bulb-nose and green wig, and offering stories entitled "Rex rips `cowardly' anonymous Jets", "Time for Tim to flee-bow this circus" and "The joke's on Ryan."
Gene Chizik: Auburn at 2-8 (0-7 in the SEC). Some members of the faithful donned paper bags during a 38-0 loss to Georgia on Nov. 10 -- the Tigers had been losing by an average margin of 20.3 points. Turns out that the NCAA was already looking into it...for potential rules violations, according to sources cited by The Birmingham News.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: 2012 included a two-month stretch in the jail on a domestic battery rap, an alleged verbal altercation with a woman in Las Vegas that jeopardized his one-year probation, forking over $114,000 to Manny Pacquiao in a defamation lawsuit after claiming that Pacquiao used performance-enhancing drugs, plus a falling out and Twitter war with rapper 50 Cent, with whom Mayweather had formed the short-lived TMT Promotions ("The Money Team").
The Alabama Teabagger: Bama fan Brian Downing fan was caught on video placing his exposed privates on a drunk LSU fan who'd succumbed to the effects of firewater in a Bourbon Street eatery. The fan sued Downing, who'd turned himself in to law enforcement and later pleaded guilty to obscenity charges that rewarded him with two-year stretch in the jug.
Kurt Busch: Busch spent 2012 toiling for Phoenix Racing, a lowly single-car outfit and managed all of 5 top-10 finishes while battling with drivers, crew members and reporters and getting himself put on probation (for doing a burnout through Ryan Newman's pit box) and suspended for a race. By the time the season ended, his antics had driven Phoenix into part-time status for 2013 and Busch ended up signing a one-year deal with the even more obscure single-car team Furniture Row, which will likely send him to the chair if he doesn't get his act together.
Ndamukong Suh: Second straight year, the Lions' defensive tackle was named the NFL's dirtiest player in a poll of his peers conducted by The Sporting News. Suh also got into two more traffic scrapes -- a verbal hassle after sideswiping a car in Detroit in October, and a ticket worth $955 in fines for doing 91 in a 55 mph zone, signaling improperly and failing to carry proof of insurance in Portland, OR, where he'd crashed into a drinking fountain and a tree last year.
Alex Radulov: Radulov spent the evening before Game 3 NHL playoffs in a Scottsdale, AZ with teammate Andrei Kostitsyn and didn't return to the team's hotel until well after curfew. The pair was suspended, and without their top postseason scorers, the once promising Predators bowed out in five games. Radulov, who'd jerked the Preds around in 2008 by skipping out on his entry level contract and going back to Russia, was allowed to return to the KHL in July.
U.S. Ryder Cup: On home soil at Medinah Country Club, needing only 4½ points to score a much-needed victory over Europe, the Americans suffered a stunning Sunday collapse in a 14 ½-13 ½ loss. The U.S. fell in eight of 12 singles matches, gagging on key putts down the stretch.
Steve Spurrier: Spurrier made about the Crimson Tide being able to beat NFL teams.
Lolo Jones, Olympic virgin: The self-proclaimed virgin became America’s media darling and was a victim of premature adulation. When Lolo finished a disappointing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, even her teammates turned on her. “I’ve had family issues as well, but I’m not willing to say all of them just so it can be in the papers. I don’t want that for myself or my family,” said silver-medalist Dawn Harper on the Today Show. “The three girls that earned their spot and they got their medals and they worked hard and did what they needed to do, prevailed,” added bronze-medalist Kellie Wells. “And that’s all that really needs to be said.”
Amar'e Stoudemire: Amar’e decided to blow off steam following a Knicks playoff loss by taking on a fire extinguisher. Stoudemire did enough damage to require stitches and the Knicks forward missed Games 3 and 4 against the rival Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
Marcus Jordan: The son of NBA legend Michael Jordan. Jordan tweeted a suggestive message to a porn star whose Twitter handle is xxxrachelroxxx. Social media world went nuts on this one.
Gisele Bundchen: Following the New England Patriots’ loss in Super Bowl XLVI, Bundchen seemingly took the loss harder than her husband, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. She didn’t take kindly to the ribbing she received from some elated New York Giants fans. Bundchen fired back: “My husband cannot f***ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time!” Point taken, Gisele.
Joakim Noah: Former University of Arizona player Nic Wise sent a text message to a woman and got a response from the woman’s boyfriend. The shocking part of the story is that the boyfriend was none other than Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls. Judging from Noah’s response, he wasn’t aware that Wise and his girlfriend were acquainted.
Justin Blackmon: Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested for DUI in June. Blackmon is blessed with incredible athletic gifts but seeing as this was his second DUI incident, he seems to struggle with some personal issues.
Kyle Williams: Williams played a significant role in the San Francisco 49ers 2012 NFC Championship game loss to the New York Giants. Williams had two fumbles late in the game that really cost his team and quickly became a scapegoat among 49ers fans on Twitter. Williams received support from some teammates like Patrick Willis on the heels of nasty tweets sent to Williams from incensed fans after the loss.
Dustin Penner: Eating a large stack of pancakes has many side effects besides an expanding waistline. Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner changed the game back in January when he discovered that enthusiastic over-consumption of pancakes can lead to back spasms. He was forced to sit out a game to recover, and earned the nickname "Pancakes."
Alabama Crimson Tide: University of Alabama $30,000 trophy was knocked off its pedestal and destroyed by a player’s father.
Special thanks to the tweets and numerous sites on the web for the above information. Sorry for any typos - editor off this week! HAHA! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
Coyotes Belong in Glendale: My remarks at yesterday's Council Workshop meeting:
This may be the last time as a sitting Councilmember that I am afforded the opportunity to speak to this issue. So I
ask you to please bear with me as I make the case one last time for this lease management agreement. It took 3 years to get here today and it will take me some time to explain my reasoning. There are some who feel that I am blindly advocating for the Coyotes. That is not the case. In the 9 years that the team has been here I have attended less than a dozen games. Most of those were in conjunction with the marketing or economic development departments use of the Glendale suite to meet with potential business locates in Glendale.
My passionate belief that this is the right course of action comes from my knowledge and experience of the facts of the situation. I, as others on council, was here when we made the decision in the early 2000’s to embark upon a vision for Westgate.
There is historical precedence for our action. In the early 80’s vast tracts of north Glendale were purchased and owned by the Hunt Brothers. They went bankrupt. But the city had a vision for north Glendale so it made the bold decision to invest millions and millions of dollars to insure that it developed and grew according to that vision. It took guts, determination and faith on the part of the then City Manager, Dr. Vanacour, the former Mayor
George Renner and the council, to follow through knowing that precious city resources would be targeted exclusively in north Glendale.
In 2002 the council embraced its vision for west Glendale as the city’s next major economic engine with the development of Westgate and the building of the hockey arena. The arena was always intended to have an anchor tenant and that anchor tenant was to be hockey. It is no different than Phoenix’s US Airways Center and its
anchor tenant, the Phoenix Suns basketball team or any other city throughout the country that has a stadium or arena with a major anchor tenant.
At that time the mayor said, “This project came down to a business decision that represented an incredible economic development engine for the western area of our city. This is a huge victory for the city of Glendale, Glendale residents and for hockey fans throughout Arizona. The arena and surrounding development will positively
impact Glendale and will eventually become the heart of the West Valley.”
Westgate was envisioned as a three-legged stool. To make it work it needed sports, which we have with an arena anchor, the Coyotes; entertainment, which we have in the restaurants and bars; and retail, which has never substantially been there until a week ago with the opening of Tanger Outlets Mall.
Finally Westgate now has all the components to make it a stable and viable economic entity within the region. All three of these elements create permanence to the vision of Westgate.
It sends a signal that Westgate is stable and will be so for the next 20 years. Businesses that have been waiting to locate within Westgate can do so with renewed confidence. Owners and developers of the dozen, already zoned, tracts of land comprising over 1,000 acres surrounding Westgate can now pursue tangible development knowing that Westgate will not die. It also creates another major effect. It saves jobs and creates new ones. It saves 680 full and part time jobs that support the anchor tenant. This does number not include the arena’s vendors and their employees. It attracted 900 new jobs when Tanger opened as well as the 750 Humana jobs and the 550 Bechtel jobs in the immediate area.
It is no different than the city’s previous commitment to north Glendale. By reallocating city resources and pouring millions of dollars into that area to maintain its vision it sent a strong signal and made it attractive for the developers of Arrowhead Mall to locate there creating the city’s first major economic engine. Now to the contract that is before us today.
Since 2009 we have seen a parade of possible contracts from the Reinsdorf Group, Ice Edge, Matthew Hulsizer, and the Kaites Group to Greg Jamison. I believe Jamison is the best fit for the City of Glendale. He has demonstrated
his experience and success in turning the San Jose Sharks around. He has a subsidiary entertainment group with the experience and knowledge to book non-hockey events. There are those who say he doesn’t have the money and there are others, such as myself, that say that he does. Neither side knows the real story but the NHL is convinced that he does have the resources or they would not have entertained his proposal and would have shown him the door a long time ago.
There are those who say that Mr. Jamison has not been visible in our community. Mr. Jamison appears to be a quiet, confident and competent person who deliberately chose a path less visible so as to not create media speculation,
often erroneous, about his bid for the lease management contract.
The contract before us is a good one. Mr. Jamison has demonstrated his willingness to work with the City by agreeing to the amendments that were presented today. The first year’s management fee drops from $17 million to $11 million; There is a provision allowing Mr. Jamison to buy the arena at any time which would relieve the city, at some future date, of its annual construction bond debt payments of $9 million a year and remove the management fee entirely; there is a provision to revenue share for 15% of the naming rights and 15% of the parking advertising; there are also performance penalties and for every game not played Mr. Jamison loses $30,000.
Can Glendale afford this contract? I say yes.
Glendale cannot afford to lose its anchor tenant. In a recent news article, McFadden’s restaurant manager stated that they are losing $18,000 to $20,000 per game not played. How long can McFadden’s and the others hang on if the anchor tenant is gone permanently? How long before the entertainment component vanishes because the sports component is gone? Westgate sales tax plus $1M in Northern Crossing sales tax paid the annual arena construction bond debt of $9M. With Westgate failing the city will have to find all or a portion of that annual $9M. Add that amount to the annual cuts of $5M a year the city must make over the next 5 years.
From personal research I have discovered that it takes about $500,000 a month or $6M a year just to keep the lights on and the doors of the arena open. It is a verifiable figure should anyone else take the time to do some research. Now add a management fee on top of $6M a year to keep the doors open and the $11M figure does not look so unreasonable.
There are those who say we cannot afford it and have pointed to the recent discoveries of loss associated with our Risk Management Trust Fund, our Workman’s Comp Fund and our Benefits Fund. Keep in mind that these funds remain sound and do meet the minimum actuarial required by law. The cost to rebuild these funds is in the
$2.5M to $3M range. It is a substantial figure. I believe we can better accomplish these shortages with a stable, healthy Westgate contributing substantial sales tax revenues into the General Fund.
I see light at the end of the tunnel. Glendale is beginning to recover. We saw that today from the first quarter sales tax numbers.
Lastly, 19 months ago the mayor said, “There is no question that taxpayers are better off if the arena can continue to produces revenue both from the Coyotes and for surrounding businesses. It will continue to help create jobs, increase Glendale’s tax base and stimulate additional development opportunities in the region.”
Those declarations of the anchor tenant’s worth to Glendale were true then and remain true today.