Impact of Tiger Woods sex scandal: Shocked advertisers will be on the prowl for ‘Boy Scout’

Uproar over the Tiger Woods scandal is expected to usher in a new era for multimillion-dollar sports endorsement deals, experts say. Advertisers watching Tiger's stunning brand collapse aren't eager to sink their claws into another superstar athlete and likely will turn to scandal-safe sponsorships and smaller deals with more players to spread the risk, experts said. And when the next Tiger-caliber superstar comes along, upfront scrutiny of his or her personal life will be much more intense. "It appears that Tiger was lying to himself and his sponsors for a long time. This wasn't just one woman. He has a problem," one New York-based advertising exec said. "I wouldn't be surprised if advertisers say there has to be a notarized statement about [sexual habits] as part of future deals," the exec said. "There might be private investigators. These companies have the resources to do it." Tiger earns an estimated $110 million in annual endorsements from companies including Nike, Gillette and AT&T. Two major sponsors already have pulled back. Consulting and accounting firm Accenture banished Tiger from its den this weekend, and PepsiCo scratched his name off a Gatorade drink and the company's Web site. "I don't think there's any question, at least in the short term, that advertisers will be more careful" about sports stars, said Irving Rein, a marketing professor at Northwestern University and author of brand bible "High Visibility." "There will be some restraint. These companies are risk-averse like everybody else. It's rational," he said. "I think for the Accentures of the world, sure they'll be more leery," said digital marketing expert Kathy Sharpe of Sharpe Partners. "They could sponsor the PGA tour or several golfers, but as long as you're involved with human beings, you have to CSI them." Either way, experts agree, Tiger will not be the last billion-dollar sports brand. "Some young person is going to come along who captures the Continue Reading

Hundreds of Boy Scouts protest sale of William H. Pouch Scout Camp

Hundreds of enraged scouts descended on Staten Island Saturday to protest the sale of a beloved nature camp.More than 500 current and former scouts turned out to demonstrate against a plan by the cash-strapped Greater New York City Council of the Boy Scouts of America to sell the William H. Pouch Scout Camp in Sea View. "We need so badly to save this place," said scout Mike Loconte, 17, of Annadale. "I've learned so much about myself here. Camp Pouch is part of who I am. Without it, scouting won't be the same." The mass protest was sparked by the Boy Scouts council's announcement last month that it needed to sell the 120-acre park due to severe financial problems. William Kelly, a council spokesman, said it was still looking for ways to avoid releasing the property. "We're doing everything we can," Kelly said. "We don't want to sell the property. We want to keep Pouch open." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Possible sale of Boy Scouts’ William H. Pouch Scout Camp causes outcry

Staten Island Boy Scouts are battling a move by the group's cash-strapped headquarters to sell off a beloved scout camp. Citing financial trouble, the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America approved a plan last month to market the 120-acre William H. Pouch Scout Camp for possible sale to a developer. The move sparked an outcry from scouts, parents and nearby residents. "I can't believe they would think of destroying it," said Chiarina Affronti, 39, of Richmond Town, whose two sons go to day camp and weekend sleepouts at Pouch. "We live in the city so there's no place else to go. The kids are going to be ones hurt the most." "We do archery, we fish, we go on boats on the lake, we go on hikes," added Affronti's son Rickey, 11. "It would be very upsetting [if it closed] because that's like the only camping spot on the island." Scouts officials say they don't want to sell the camp - and won't if they can get as much as $30 million from the state or city in return for keeping it as open space, an arrangement called a conservation easement that they've been pushing for since 2005. "We want to see this property preserved, not only for the scouts but as green space and open space for the city," said spokesman Bill Kelly. "If an easement is something that can't be worked out . . . other options certainly do include a full or partial sale." He said donations are down $5 million over the past 18 months, and the scouts are running a projected $2 million deficit for the third straight year. The group already has slashed staff by 40% and cut its annual budget from $15 million to $10 million, he said. The group still maintains pricey digs in the Empire State Building - but Kelly said they cut their space there by 60% and insisted the rent was "competitive." The 60-year-old Staten Island camp is the only one in the city and draws Scout troops from all five boroughs. "It's frightening," Dominick DeRubbio, 24, an Eagle Scout. "I've Continue Reading

Rangers prospect Max Campbell battling the big boys at W. Michigan

Max Campbell was this close. On the road against Notre Dame, a team that played in the NCAA championship game some eight months ago, Campbell scored his fifth goal of the season 11:06 into the second period to give Western Michigan a 3-2 lead over the Fighting Irish on Saturday night, 24 hours after the Strathroy, Ontario native scored his team's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the Irish. It was the last of three unanswered goals by the Broncos, and it gave them a lead that lasted into the second intermission. As time ticked away in the third, WMU appeared on its way to its biggest win of the season, and with a first-period assist in addition to his potential game-winner, Campbell was poised to be the hero. "When I scored that goal, we were all feeling good," Campbell said. "We were high on ourselves." It was not to be, however, as Predators prospect Ryan Thang scored with 6:27 gone in the third period, a goal that would eventually send the game to overtime. Campbell and his teammates were forced to settle for a tie, with the Irish picking up an extra point in the shootout. If the Broncos could have held on, it would have been the end of Notre Dame's nine-game unbeaten streak, a major coup for WMU, and a memory to last a lifetime for Campbell, not to mention a strong case for Player of the Week honors in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. As it is, the Irish are the No. 1 team in the country this week, the Broncos are headed back to the drawing board, and Campbell will have to settle for a "Notable Performer" nod on the CCHA's weekly press release. Such is life in Kalamazoo. Competing in the CCHA can be a hard road to hoe at a school like Western Michigan, with opposition from perennial front-runners Michigan and Michigan State, emerging powers at Miami University and Notre Dame (the latter coached by former Islanders assistant Jeff Jackson), and former national championship programs at Northern Michigan, Lake Superior State and Bowling Green. Continue Reading

Boy Scouts training helped College Point boy save his father’s life

Daniel Foulds had been preparing for the morning of Nov. 10, 2007, since he was 5 years old. That's when Danny, who will turn 18 in September, joined the Boy Scouts of America. He managed to stick with the group even through his junior and high school years, when scouting wasn't considered a cool thing. And because he stayed with it, and followed the Scouts' legendary motto, "Be Prepared," Danny, an Eagle Scout, was one of only 124 Scouts nationally to receive the cherished Medal of Merit award, bestowed by the Scouts' National Council of Honor last year. Only 5,562 such medals were awarded between 1946 and 2006. Danny also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens), a City Council citation from Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), and several other awards. More importantly, Danny got to save his dad's life. Things might have have turned out differently if Danny hadn't gone on the hunting trip, as he originally planned, or didn't have the lifesaving knowledge the scouts gave him. "Most of the skills I used I learned in the Scouts," Danny said of his heroics. "A lot of it I did by instinct, but I fell back on my training." Danny has lived in College Point, Queens, all his life. He went to PS 129, IS 194 in Whitestone, and just graduated from St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows. This fall, he'll head to Queensborough Community College for at least year before transferring to John Jay College, where he plans to major in criminal justice, a step toward a possible career as a police officer. Danny also will take emergency medical technician training classes this fall so he can become a licensed emergency medical technician. "I've been like that since I was a kid," Danny said. "I always want to help people." Danny got involved with College Point Troop 18 ("Pride of the Point") at his mother's urging. He moved steadily through the ranks over the years, becoming an Eagle Scout this year. Continue Reading

From the archives: ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE. Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Running time: 125 minutes. Rated PG-13. This article originally appeared in the May 24, 1989 edition of the New York Daily News. A certain style of illustration appeared in the boys' adventure magazines of the 1940s - those innocent publications now replaced by magazines on punk lifestyles and movie monsters. The illustrations were always about the same. They showed a small group of swarthy men hovering over a treasure-trove with greedy grins on their bearded faces, while in the foreground two teenage boys peered out from behind a rock in wonder and astonishment. The point of view was always over the boys' shoulders; the reader was invited to share this forbidden glimpse of the secret world of men. "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" begins with just such a scene; Steven Spielberg must have been paging through his old issues of Boys' Life and Thrilling Wonder Tales. As I watched, I felt real delight, because recent Hollywood escapist movies have become too jaded and cynical, and they've lost the feeling that you can stumble over astounding adventures just by going on a hike with your Scout troop. Spielberg lights the scene in the strong, basic colors of old pulp magazines, and of course the swarthy men's discovery seems to glow with a light of its own, bathing their faces in a golden glow. This is the kind of moment that can actually justify a line like "It's mine! All mine!" although Spielberg does not go so far. One of the two kids behind the boulder is, of course, the young Indiana Jones. He is discovered by explorers plundering an ancient treasure, and escapes in the nick of time. The opening sequence of this third "Indiana Jones" movie is the only one that seems truly original, or perhaps I should say it recycles images from 1940s pulps and serials that Spielberg has not borrowed before. The rest of Continue Reading

Trump’s Boy Scout speech may have set kids on the right path

Much of the media was shocked and horrified by President Trump’s Boy Scout Jamboree speech on Monday. Many commentators are talking as if Trump’s raucous, free-wheeling spiel exposed underage children to political pornography. Instead of railing against Hillary Clinton and boasting of his victory in last year’s election, Trump supposedly should have delivered the usual “our wonderful political system” speech.Some people will never forgive Trump for telling Scouts thatWashington is a “sewer.” Actually, that message could be an antidote to much of what Scouts hear. Trump’s speech, insofar as it spurs doubts about political authority, could be far more salutary than prior presidential Jamboree speeches.When I attended the 1969 Scout Jamboree in Idaho, President Richard Nixon sent us a message praising our idealism. But the type of idealism that Nixon and the Scouts often glorified was more likely to produce servility than liberty. Before being accepted into the Jamboree troop, I was interviewed by adult Scout leaders in a nearby town. The most memorable question was: “What do you think of the Vietnam situation?” Even 12-year-olds had to be screened for dissident tendencies.The Idaho Jamboree occurred one month before the Woodstock music festival. Instead of tens of thousands of people chanting antiwar slogans, the Jamboree exalted the military in all its forms. Instead of acres of half-naked hippies, the Scouts were protected by “uniform police” who assured that every boy wore a proper neckerchief at all times. Instead of Joan Baez belting out “We Shall Overcome,” the Scouts listened to “Up with People,” a 125-member singing group created as an antidote to “student unrest and complaining about America.”The motto for the 1969 Jamboree was “Building to Serve.” But I later wondered: Building to Serve whom? The Jamboree put one government official Continue Reading

Boy Scouts of America president ponders lifting hiring ban for gay adults

The president of the Boy Scouts of America said Thursday the organization should consider lifting its ban on openly gay adult leaders — before the courts make them do it. “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” Robert Gates said at the Scouts’ National Annual Meeting. “The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.” RELATED: LEADERS ASK BOY SCOUTS TO END BAN ON GAY ADULTS Noting that the New York and Denver chapters have already defied the BSA’s ban, Gates warned “we can expect more councils to openly challenge the current policy.” “Moreover dozens of states — from New York to Utah — are passing laws that protect employment rights on the basis of sexual orientation,” he said. This, said Gates, “makes us vulnerable to the possibility the courts simply will order us at some point to change our membership policy.” “The one thing we cannot do is put our heads in the sand and pretend this challenge will go away,” he said. Gates, the former Secretary of Defense under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, stopped short of asking the BSA’s board to lift the ban. Gates’ words were received with stony silence in the main room where most of the BSA big shots were sitting, but there was cheering in the overflow room where the other participants watched the speech on video feed. “It was one of the few things that the room actually applauded,” Michael Schuenemeyer, a United Church of Christ liaison to BSA, said of Gates’ remarks about the gay leaders. “They were sitting on their hands until that moment.” Any move by the BSA to lift the ban is likely to face stiff opposition from the conservative religious groups that sponsor many Scout troops. Continue Reading

New York branch of Boy Scouts of America hires gay adult employee — defying national leadership

The New York chapter of the Boy Scouts of America has made history by hiring an openly gay adult — and telling bigotry to take a hike. They have hired a gutsy 18-year-old Eagle Scout named Pascal Tessier to work as a camp counselor this summer at the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in upstate New York. And nobody is prouder than his mom. “I am,” said Tracie Felker, who lives in Hagerstown, Md., when asked about her boundary-breaking boy. “It’s not a brave thing he is doing,” she added. “It’s something necessary, something that needs to be done.” Legal eagle David Boies, best known for leading the fight against California’s anti-gay marriage law, said Tessier “embodies the best qualities of an Eagle Scout, and of America.” “Permitting him to continue his service to scouts and to scouting is the right decision for the Boy Scouts, and for our community,” said Boies, who is also a former scout. “In the past, barring boys and adults from being scouts and scout leaders solely based on their sexual orientation hurt them, hurt scouting, and hurt our communities. Ending that discrimination is an important step in putting an ugly chapter of American history behind us.” Zach Wahls of Scouts for Equality called the hiring of Tessier a "watershed moment." "For the first time in the history of the Boy Scouts, an openly gay adult will join their ranks as a camp counselor," he said. “Pascal Tessier was the first out gay scout, and now it appears that he will also be the first out gay leader.” New Yorkers interviewed said Tessier deserves a special merit badge. “It’s like the civil rights movement all over again,” said Kimathi McKay, a 20-year-old St. John’s University student and a former scout from Framingham, Mass. “I’m really happy the New York chapter is standing up against the national Continue Reading

Rick Ducommun, ‘The ‘Burbs’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ actor, dies at 62

Rick Ducommun, a comic actor best known for playing shlubby loudmouth types in '80s and '90s comedies like "The 'Burbs" and "Groundhog Day," has died at 62. Ducommun's wife, Leslie, told the Hollywood Reporter the actor died on June 12 in hospice in Vancouver from complications due to diabetes. Director Joe Dante, who worked with the Canadian actor in "The 'Burbs," "Gremlins 2" and other movies, broke the news in a tweet late Wednesday, honoring his friend with a black and white pic from the set of the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy. Ducommun was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and started out in showbiz as a stand-up comic in clubs around Canada, where he starred on the children's show "Zig Zag." In the early '80s, he moved to L.A. and continued to work as a standup while landing bit parts in sitcoms including the short-lived "The Last Precinct" and "Max Headroom." His big break came when he was cast as Hanks' annoying, suspicious neighbor Art Weingartner in the "The 'Burbs." According to Dante, Ducommun beat out two better-known actors, SCTV vets Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, for the role. "[He] knocked it out of the park," Dante tweeted. "Lots of the funniest stuff he says was totally ad libbed," Dante said. "Too young to go!" Ducommun was also known for small, scene-stealing roles in "Groundhog Day," in which he played a local Punxsutawney slob, "Die Hard," "The Hunt for Red October," "The Last Boy Scout," "Last Action Hero" and "Scary Movie." He also starred in HBO stand-up specials in 1989 and 1992. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH VIDEO HERE Continue Reading