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BBVA Compass Stadium & Houston Dynamo Host America Recycles Day November 14th

Community Recycling Event Featuring E-Recycling, Paper Shredding and More on Saturday, November 14th

 HOUSTON (November 5, 2015)—Think Globally, Act Locally for America Recycles Day!  BBVA Compass Stadium, an AEG Facilities venue, and the Houston Dynamo will host aFREE community recycling event to celebrate America Recycles Day on Saturday, November 14 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The event will feature electronic recycling presented by Lone Star Recycling, battery recycling courtesy of Interstate All Battery Center, cell phone collection from 911 Cell Phone Bank, on-site document shredding pDynamoRecyclesDay_656x369_111415resented by Southern Shred, used clothing and textile recycling courtesy of AER Cycle and collection of regular recycling items such as plastic, aluminum and cardboard.

Fans are encouraged to bring recycling to the America Recycles Day Drop-Off Zone, located in Tailgating Parking Lot B, at the corner of Chartres and Texas Streets, where Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass Stadium staff will be on-hand to assist with the removal of all items.  Lone Star Recycling will make a donation to Dynamo Charities based on the overall weight of electronic recycling collected during the event.

The first 40 participants will receive a reusable shopping bag filled with green items compliments of ABM Onsite.  All participants will receive a Menchie’s coupon for a FREE 5 oz. frozen yogurt; valid at participating locations. Participants can register to win the GRAND PRIZE drawing, a pair of tickets to attend a Houston Dynamo 2016 home game; restrictions apply*.

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Boss Scores In Hockey And Hospitality Arenas

At 19, Michael Doyle was slammed into a goalpost while playing with the Victoria Cougars. It was a time when goalposts were fixed in the ice. The resulting injuries were serious and cut short the career of the up-and-coming goalie.

Today, Doyle, 48, has found his way into two major hockey franchises, albeit on a different side of the glass. He has parlayed his love of hockey, along with a passion for the hospitality industry, into top-tier positions as executive vice-president and arena general manager for Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CSE) and president of Toptable Group.


As the Vancouver Canucks go into the 2015-16 season, CSE is planning celebrations to mark 20 years since the opening of Rogers Arena (then GM Place). Making sure every game, every event and every retail outlet runs smoothly falls to Doyle. That means taking care of the approximately 1.3 million visitors to Rogers Arena every year – and that’s just up his alley.

“I’m someone that likes to see people happy,” Doyle said. “When you have a restaurant and you see people come down for two hours, you have the opportunity to make their night and change their lives. That excites me.”

Doyle comes to his positions with a background of many years filled with restaurant and event management, starting as far back as the age of four, he says, when he ran his own lemonade stand. Through his teens, while pursuing hockey, he worked in restaurant chains like Boston Pizza and The Keg. After his injury, he continued in the hospitality industry, working at Blackcomb Mountain and then landing a job as area manager, food and beverage, at the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) for five years.

Jeff Stipec, vice-president of hospitality for CSE, has been Doyle’s friend and colleague going back to the 1980s, when Stipec, as general manager at the North Vancouver Keg, was his boss.

Stipec, who also worked with Doyle at Blackcomb in the 1990s, put his friend’s name forward when he heard of the need for “bright young talent” at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owner of the Maple Leafs, the Raptors and Toronto FC, as well as the Air Canada Centre, BMO Field, Maple Leaf Square, Real Sports Bar and Grill and Real Sports Apparel.

“He’s a pretty big thinker,” Stipec said. “Considering Real Sports in Toronto, there were millions of dollars at stake. He’s bold in those decisions. When a lot of people might back away, Michael just steps right up and he’ll make the decision with confidence, and because of his decision-making, his track record of success is pretty strong.”

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SBJ Opinion: Selig’s legacy as environmental advocate is unmatched

SportsBusiness Journal Opinion:
Published February 23, 2015
Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., Green Sports Alliance President

The retirement last month of Bud Selig after 22 years as commissioner of Major League Baseball gave sports industry insiders reason to celebrate his success in maintaining an unprecedented era of labor peace between players and owners, and his cultivation of record-breaking attendance for the league.

The public at-large might focus on his role as the first professional sports commissioner to confront the scourge of performance-enhancing drugs, and his efforts to develop the toughest drug-testing policy in sports.

But for me, someone who has collaborated with the commissioner and his staff as a pro bono adviser for 10 years, what I think the world needs to know is that Bud Selig is the most influential environmental advocate in the history of sports.

Does it matter when a sports figure is influential on a social issue? It does. Consider how culturally influential sports can be: Jesse Owens in 1936, debunking the Aryan supremacy myth. Billie Jean King beating Bobby Riggs in the first female vs. male professional tennis match, a big step toward pay equality. Passage of Title IX, leading to financing for women’s athletics. Muhammad Ali’s conscientious objection to the Vietnam War and his role as a spokesman for civil rights. Magic Johnson’s openness about his HIV/AIDS infection, which helped to destigmatize that illness. Jackie Robinson breaking the race barrier in Major League Baseball. Michael Sam’s courageous statement about his sexual orientation, liberating athletes from the closet.

Indeed, few sectors are as influential as the sports industry. While 13 percent of Americans say they follow science, 71 percent say they are sports fans. It is clear that bringing environmental information to our cultural leaders is as important as bringing that information to our political leaders. As Nelson Mandela said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair.”


Bud Selig received the Green Sports Alliance’s first Environmental Leadership Award in 2012.

Selig understands this, and he courageously used his insight on behalf of our planet. At a speech in 2012 to the Green Sports Alliance, he told hundreds of attendees that he views environmental stewardship in the same vein that he views Robinson’s breaking the race barrier in sports:

“The shining example of Jackie Robinson convinced me that we could never waste baseball’s power to shape our national sense of the kind of society that we should strive to be. … That is why I’m delighted to highlight one of our proudest success stories, how our game has used its very unique platform to impress on millions of fans the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability.”

Selig tested the environmental waters for professional sports, and others followed. In 2005, Selig launched the Commissioner’s Initiative on Sustainability. It was the first time a professional sports league developed an environmental program and included outreach about ecologically preferable products to teams and millions of fans. As a result of that, all other sports leagues followed.

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