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Posts Tagged ‘Gary Bettman’

Meet the 64-Year-Old Centering the NHL Player Bottom Line

There are a couple of noteworthy LA tidbits in Bill Shaikin‘s great profile of NHL players’ association executive director Donald Fehr.

In the 1930s, Fehr’s grandfather owned a clothing store on what is now the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, but was forced by the Great Depression to close up shop and move back to Indiana. Then there’s this reminder that the 64-year-old Fehr is someone who does not concern himself with how fans and media view an ongoing NHL lockout:

“He is as impervious to media criticism as anyone I’ve ever met,” said Dodgers president Stan Kasten, a friend of both Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

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Bill Simmons is All In on the Los Angeles Kings

Welcome aboard the Los Angeles Kings bandwagon, Bill Simmons.

The diehard basketball fan and ESPN columnist bought Kings season tickets as the 2011-12 NBA season hangs in the balance.

Simmons (along with yours truly) was at Staples Center Tuesday night for the Kings home opener, a 5-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Blues. He wrote about his decision to buy tickets on Grantland.com Wednesday:

“If there’s an irony here, it’s that Gary Bettman — Gary Bettman!!! — has a chance to take advantage of David Stern‘s mistakes. It’s like remaking The Godfather: Part II and having Fredo turn the tables on Michael. Just look at what’s happening to a team like the Kings right now. Everything broke perfectly. The Lakers and Clippers disappeared. Poof! They’re gone. The USC and UCLA football teams are struggling. The McCourts turned the Dodgers into Clippers 2.0. Who’s left? Remember, Los Angeles has no memory; it’s a place where you’re only as good as your last hit, where people latch onto winners and coldly dismiss losers both in sports and show business. For years and years, it loved the Lakers and college football, then baseball, then college basketball, then hockey, then the Clippers. In that order.

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The Who’s Who of Media at Sun Valley

Dan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

SV2008y.jpgThough Allen & Company are extremely tight-lipped about everything of interest at the Sun Valley Media Conference, a few small bits and pieces are leaking out on the first day.

A list of attendees surfaced and included such mega-moguls as Paul G. Allen of Vulcan Inc., Emilio Azcarraga of Grupo Televisa, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, independent writer Ken Auletta, BET chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee, Diane von Furstenberg of her eponymous studio, National Basketball Association Commissioner David J. Stern and Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

Weirder still was the inclusion of celebrity chef Rachael Ray, of Watch Entertainment Inc. The assembled media standing outside the Sun Valley Lodge joke that she might be here to cook dinner for all these moguls.

In true Allen & Co. behavior, the list of those invited also had a schedule, which carefully omitted anything specific with just early morning discussion or meeting events labeled as simply “Presentation.” After that came, “White Water Raft Trip,” “Golf at the Sun Valley Golf Course” and “Biking, Fly-Fishing, Hiking, Trail Rides” and “Yoga.”

Those moguls sure know how to do it right.