My guy, Scott Oneil has been named President of Madison Square Garden and that’s a good thing (and not just because I now get to sit behind Spike at Knicks games.) I’m sure this was a shock to many in the sports business world, as O’Neil, who was SVP, Team and Business Marketing Operations was tracking for David Stern’s job in about 20 years. O’Neil is just one of those guys that when around him you get that he is extremely polished, poised and positioned for great things. I had an opportunity to work with him indirectly during his days at Hoops TV and I was at UBO (co-founded by his buddy Seth Berger who founded And 1) and have kept in touch with him ever since. His reputation inside the league office was stellar and his tenacity, smarts and relationships make him an obvious choice to head up MSG. The position was held by Steve Mills who unfortunately was caught up in the recent Isiah Thomas scandal. Mills will now report to O’Neil and you gotta hope that all goes well. Hats off to Scott O’ and the recent announcement.
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According to The Daily Telegraph, good friends Snoop and LA Galaxy-UK Soccer star David Beckham are discussing starting a film and fashion company together. According to the article the two have been “friends for years” and Beckham has “even been” over to Snoop’s house to teach his kids soccer skills. Don’t read into the article too deeply for info on the forthcoming business, personally I think it was written for “shock value.” You know the typical, “Wow, White, British soccer player is running around with Long Beach, Gangsta/Pimp Rapper from the LBC. Imagine that!!!” Comon. It’s LA, and they are both wealthy and run in the same circles. Beckham runs with Jay Z, Damon Dash, etc in NYC, why is Snoop a stretch of the imagination? He’s a B-Boy and in a new generation that sees beyond those differences they want us to believe exist and are too hard to get over.
Would be shocked if this business ever launches and if smart, Snoop would continue down the path he was going down a year or so ago in Sports Business. Adding Beckham to his “cabinet” could expand his international sports aspirations. Haven’t heard much about that sports business in awhile though. Many may remember Snoop had dipped his toe in the sports agency world for a mili-sec; all attempts to research came up light.
Nike has been making very strategic global moves showing that they are clearly headed to take on Adidas in global soccer dominance. Their latest strike was the purchase of Umbro, the Manchester UK company for a reported £285m.