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it work. And when it is done right, everyone is doing their job and the product is so good that no one notices because that is the way it should be. When the production is seamless and there are no problems, that really is the best that it can be.

What is the most difficult?

You certainly want to try to make all your relationships as strong as can possibly be. Occasionally those relationships get strained for whatever reason and it’s up to us to get those relationships back on track. Sometimes it is an advertising relationship, a team relationship and sometimes it is a personal relationship, but we have to get those relationships fixed.

What is the coolest perk about your job?

That is a good question. As a kid growing up, one of my favorite players to watch was Roger Staubach of the Cowboys. And getting the chance to meet Roger at certain functions over the years, and the first time I met him in person was an awe-inspiring event for me - to be sitting with him at the same level and spending time with the person you wanted to emulate as a child. Roger was the person I idolized as a kid, and it’s always neat when you first meet a person of that statue. You try not to get caught up in the moment when that happens, but it is pretty cool to meet some of the heroes of your childhood. Another moment was having dinner with David Robinson [Hall of Fame center from the San Antonio Spurs] and having him bless the table before we ate. He has such a strong faith and definitely is one of the good guys in sports because he really does practice what he preaches.

Is it harder to be a sports fan now that you work in the industry?

You certainly have to check your fan card at

"I’m fortunate that my wife is a bigger sport fan that I am. She probably watches more sports on TV than I do."

the door. When I was a kid, I would cheer for all my favorite teams with tremendous passion. But now, I am a bigger fan of people in sports and want them to do well because they are just good guys in the business. I have the utmost respect in Bob McNair of the Houston Texans so I find myself rooting for him and his team just because he is such a great guy. That is the joy in working in this region. There are so many owners that are so passionate about their team and really want to win but are committed to building a team with good guys as well, so you definitely find yourself sharing in that same passion. It may not be on the same level as when you were a kid, but you have a deeper appreciation for what goes on behind the scenes and you want those guys to do well.

How do sports fit in your daily personal life?

I’m fortunate that my wife is a bigger sport fan that I am. She probably watches more sports on TV than I do. All my kids play sports and I coach youth sports as well. It really is a special feeling when you see your children take an appreciation in sports as well and watching them grow with that same appreciation. Sports have always played a

big role in our lives, both as a profession and also as a way to be closer with each other. That is part of the power of sports as well, bringing families together and enables you to share those special moments with each other.

How

important is it to give back to those that are less fortunate?

In the world we live in, it is important to give back. Lots of our teams and players have an appreciation in giving back to the community. We are very fortunate that all our teams understand that importance of giving back. We just dedicated, with the Dallas Mavericks, a youth center in South Dallas. That is an extremely important part of what we do and what our teams do. So many times when you pick up a newspaper you read about someone doing something negative, and that happens so I understand it. But 97% of the time, these teams do a lot of good for the community and it never gets reported on--and that is a shame. It’s really neat to get involved with the Texas Rangers in building a home for someone that never could have experienced the American Dream of home ownership. It’s really neat to be involved with the Mavericks in building a youth center so that kids have a safe place to play the sport they love. Sure it’s nice when your team hits a last second shot to win a ballgame but that is a feeling that doesn’t last forever. When you see those faces of the people who you helped change their lives for the better - there is nothing more special than that feeling. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84
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