with the old, in with the new
QumarChicago - Chicago
September 10, something unexpected happened
that would affect the Chicago Enforcers
and the XFL.
XFL's first GM of a team in its league,
Ken Valdiserri resigned. Personally, I saw
that this might have happened, what with
all the rampant rumors going around in July
that Bryan Harlan, and Valdiserri were involved
in a betting scandal while working for the
Chicago Bears. But that story had been quickly
dropped, and was never mentioned again.
It seems to me, that Ken Valdiserri's resignation
had something to do with this betting scandal.
The official press release claims Valdiserri
resigned due to personal reasons. I don't
buy that for one second.
few days later, on September 12, the Chicago
Enforcers named the replacement for Valdiserri.
They had hired Rich Rose as Acting GM for
the Enforcers. When, I first heard about
Rich Rose, I didn't know a thing about him.
With the press release of his hiring, I
was able to learn more about him. But when
Billy Hicks, XFL's VP of Administration,
said that Rose was with the XFL since day
one, I was stunned. I mean I had never heard
of the guy.
Here is some info on the Enforcers new head
honcho, Mr. Rich Rose. He served as a Senior
Consultant of Special Projects for the XFL.
Rose started his own sports consulting practice
in 1998 with Time Warner/HBO, MSG, and Top
Rank and the International Group as some
of his clients. Mr. Rose also was the President
and COO of Caesar's World Sports in Las
Vegas in 1988. In 1978, Mr. Rose served,
for 10 years, as founder and President of
Lapin & Rose. Lapin & Rose was a
bicoastal public relations firm specializing
in publicity and marketing of sports and
we know about the "new guy" in
town. So, LET'S GET READY FOR SOME XFL FOOTBALL!
Press Release 12 Sep 00
Rich Rose Named Acting General Manager for
the Chicago Enforcers
Chicago, IL, September 12 - The XFL announced
today the naming of Rich Rose as Acting
General Manager of the Chicago Enforcers
are very comfortable with Rich serving as
the Acting General Manager for the Enforcers,"
said Billy Hicks, Vice President of Administration
for the XFL. "Rich has been with the
league before day one, having helped develop
the XFL business plan. With Rich and the
current Enforcers coaching and front office
staff working together, everything will
go smoothly in Chicago until a permanent
General Manager is hired."
who serves as Senior Consultant/Special
Projects for the XFL, started his own sports
consulting practice in 1998 with such clients
as Time Warner/HBO, Madison Square Garden,
Top Rank and the International Management
Group. He also served as President and COO
of Caesars World Sports in Las Vegas for
10 years before starting his company. Prior
to that, he served for 10 years as founder
and President of Lapin and Rose, a bicoastal
public relations firm specializing in publicity
and marketing of sports and special events.
have a great coaching and front office staff
already in place in Chicago," said
Rose. "Mike Keller, our Vice President
of Football Operations, and myself have
already met with Dick Butkus and his staff,
as well as the front office staff, and it
will be business as usual for the Chicago
September 10, 4:42 pm Eastern Time
Resigns From XFL Chicago Enforcers
STAMFORD, Conn. & CHICAGO-Sept. 10,
2000--The XFL announced today that Ken
Valdiserri has resigned as Vice President
and General Manager of The Chicago Enforcers
due to personal reasons.
commitment to bring exciting XFL football
to Chicago continues,'' said Basil V. DeVito
Jr., President of the XFL. "With the
coaching staff and front office that we
have assembled, The Enforcers will provide
Chicago football fans with something special.''