“Next time the football field,” warned Michael Gallagher, president and chief executive of the Entertainment Software Association, after beating star quarterback Drew Brees at a video golf game by EA Sports on Xbox 360.
By the time former Phoenix Suns executive Rick Welts’s I-am-gay announcement appeared on the front page of the May 15, 2011, New York Times, he already had revealed his secret to friends, co-workers and business associates.
If anyone can relate to Jason Collins, it’s Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts, a former National Basketball Association chief marketing officer who says the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. team sport can cash in by coming out.
Victoria Duval walked into the interview room under Arthur Ashe Stadium about two hours after her upset win against 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur, looked at her name on the placard at the front of the table and giggled in disbelief.
Days after Bill Ackman won control of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., the nation’s second-largest railway, he was at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center trying to control his backhand against Wall Street’s biggest hitters.