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Bucks Name McCarthy COO

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

MILWAUKEE - (Staff report from official news release) - The Milwaukee Bucks announced that Mike McCarthy was named Chief Operating Officer for the organization. McCarthy brings over 25 years of sports and entertainment experience to the Bucks staff, where he will be involved in all aspects of the team’s business operations including growing and strengthening the team’s day-to-day business operations and contributing to the strategic development of the new arena and surrounding development.

“Mike is one of the most successful and respected sports executives in the world, and he’s proven time and again that he has the vision, expertise and innovative spirit to build highly successful businesses across the sports and entertainment landscape,” Bucks President Peter Feigin said. “As part of Mike’s role at TLA he has been consulting with us for over a year now and his excitement to join us full time speaks volumes about the potential he sees in the Bucks organization and the city of Milwaukee. He will be an incredible asset for our entire staff as we continue to build a world-class organization on and off the court.”

McCarthy joins the Bucks after spending the previous three years as the Executive Vice President of Media, New Business & Events for The Legacy Agency, where he represented broadcast talent, helped corporate clients develop media strategies that would maximize media value, and advised the Bucks on all aspects of the team’s broadcast and digital content planning, including assembling a broadcast team of world-class talent led by Gus Johnson, Marques Johnson, Jim Paschke and Jon McGlocklin. McCarthy launched an events division for TLA that oversaw two sold-out events in Soldier Field in Chicago, and negotiated a multitude of venue deals and media partnerships while overseeing the advertising platforms, box office and game day operations for those and several other events.

“The strides the Bucks organization has made in recent years under the leadership of Peter and this committed ownership group has been remarkable, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute my expertise to the vision for what this team can become for the people of Wisconsin,” McCarthy said.

Prior to his time at TLA, McCarthy spent six years as the Vice Chairman/CEO of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues & Scottrade Center, where oversaw the strategic vision for all aspects of the Blues’ business including finance, marketing, ticket sales and service, sponsorship sales and service, hockey operations, and food and beverage operations. McCarthy also oversaw the $79 million renovation of St. Louis’ historic Peabody Opera House, which had been closed for 20 years, and delivered over 100 events in the space during its first year of operation following the re-opening.

From 1982 through 2005 McCarthy went from intern to the President of MSG Network, ultimately overseeing a staff of over 500 full-time and freelance employees while helping to build the regional network into the gold standard for a regional rights holder. During his tenure MSG Networks grew into a nearly $400 million business, and McCarthy’s strategic vision for game broadcasts, sports talk and interview shows, and original content led to numerous accolades, including 75 Emmy Awards.

NHL, EPIX Gear-Up for Best Tradition: "Road to the Winter Classic"

NEW YORK – (Staff report from Official News Release) – The leaves are falling, the first storm of the season had the Michigan cheerleaders forming ice-angels in the snow, Thanksgiving Day meals are being planned, the Rockefeller Center tree is lit and Christmas lights will soon adorn our homes. It’s time for one of the greatest new traditions (dating back to 2009) of the year. The NHL Winter Classic will soon be upon us and EPIX producers are on the job for the Road to the Winter Classic.

Premium TV network EPIX and the NHL, partnering for a third season, announced EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics will make its U.S. television premiere on Friday, Dec. 16 at 10pm ET on EPIX with four weekly episodes. This season, the series tells the stories of the athletes and coaches from four teams and their journey to two games played on outdoor rinks. In commemoration of the League’s Centennial Celebration, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will compete in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic on New Year’s Day in Toronto, Canada. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues meet in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 2, in St. Louis. In addition to its airing on EPIX, U.S. hockey fans will be able to stream each episode of EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics as a simulcast on and

Produced by 54-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg, narrated by Bill Camp (Jason Bourne, Birdman, 12 Years A Slave) and presented in partnership with NHL Original Productions, EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics will provide viewers with a sports tech-driven, intimate look at these athletes in their professional and personal settings, capturing all the action, drama, heartaches and triumphs as they unfold.

“The Road To series is extremely popular with our viewers and NHL fans,” said Mark S. Greenberg, EPIX President and CEO. “I’m excited to have Ross Greenburg back and using his immense talents to give audiences a rare and personal look at how the athletes and coaches prepare for these special games – on and off the ice – while balancing the demands of home and life on the road.”

(A sample of previous Road to the NHL Winter Classic Programming)

“Just as the NHL Winter Classic has become a New Year’s tradition and annual high point of our season, the Road To series has become appointment viewing for sports fans each December,” said Steve Mayer, NHL Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer. “This year, the series takes it to another level, chronicling four teams instead of two as they prepare for and compete in both the NHL Winter Classic and the NHL Centennial Classic. We are looking forward to another exciting edition of the series with producer Ross Greenburg and his team, our partner EPIX and, most important, our clubs and the best athletes in all of pro sports, who provide amazing access.”

The Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Blackhawks are all Original Six teams – having played in the NHL in the years prior to the League’s expansion in 1967. The St. Louis Blues joined the NHL that year and are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season.

The Red Wings prepare for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic as veterans of outdoor games, having played in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago (a win over the Blackhawks), the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (a shootout loss to the Maple Leafs) and the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ at Coors Field in Denver (a win over the Colorado Avalanche). The Maple Leafs are making their second-ever outdoor game appearance following their victory over the Red Wings in 2014.

The Blackhawks will play in their third NHL Winter Classic® on Jan. 2, 2017 (after their 2009 game at Wrigley Field and 2015 matchup with the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.). In addition, the Blackhawks faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and the Minnesota Wild in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The Blues will play in their first-ever game outdoors.

As College Hoops Tips-Off, A Tribute to John Wooden

NEW YORK - College basketball’s 2016-17 season is tipping off this week and there are plenty of signs the season is alive and quite healthy. From a doubleheader at Madison Square Garden to ESPN’s 24/7 college hoops marathon to Dick Vitale’s ever-present enthusiasm to Bill Walton and Fran Fraschilla calling the Stanford vs. Harvard game from China, the season is underway.

In the college game, coaches reign supreme. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is back for another year after defending the USA’s gold medal tradition, yet again, at the Olympic Games. Tom Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans are primed for the big season opening twin-bill at The Garden, taking on John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats. Coach K, along with Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks will play in the nightcap.

All of those world class, Hall of Fame level, household name coaches have one thing in common and one thing only. They all agree that legendary UCLA coach John Wooden was the very best.

Wooden was not only the greatest coach of all time, but also a mentor to countless people. The UCLA legend won a record 10 NCAA men's basketball championships, but always maintained that success in life wasn't about winning games, but rather being the best possible version of oneself. He believed living with love, compassion, poise and integrity made someone truly successful. In the SUCCESS Magazine December cover story, contributing editor Don Yaeger, who co-authored A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring with Wooden, explores the impact Coach Wooden had on the world.

SUCCESS has partnered with the Wooden family to bring Coach's timeless lessons to life in the form of an online learning course. Discover how you can reach your full potential of competitive greatness through unparalleled access to Coach's teachings, philosophies and wisdom. Releasing on November 15, 2016, the course will show participants how to use the renowned Pyramid of Success to craft a championship mindset that will help them achieve any goal.

If you’re interested in Coach Wooden's life lessons on success, team building and leadership? Sports Fans, coaches and business executives alike can visit This online learning destination features Wooden's fundamentals in the form of articles, videos and offers unique tools such as the The Wooden Effect infographic, which is an assembly of business leaders, entertainment personalities, coaches, and athletes that have been influenced by Coach Wooden.

So, starting November 15th and continuing all the way to March Madness, you can plug in with the late, great coach John Wooden and learn from the very best. Whether you are a youth coach, a fan, a budding business exec or someone interested in human resources, self-help and self-improvement, this is an opportunity of a life-time. And, remember one thing, which the great Bill Walton often notes from his years of mentoring from Coach Wooden, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”