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Sport Management Program Speaker Series Welcomes Leslie Alexander, owner, Rockets; Drayton McClane, owner, Astros; and Robert McNair, owner Texans, October 23.

HOUSTON, October 9, 2006—The Rice Undergraduate Sport Management Program and the Jones Graduate School welcome Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets and Houston Comets; Drayton McClane, owner of the Houston Astros; and Robert McNair, chairman and CEO, The McNair Group and majority owner of the Houston Texans to the Sport Management Program Speaker Series on Monday, October 23. The topic of the panel lecture will be “Sports: The $250 Billion Business—Blue Chip Panel Discussion.” The lecture will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Shell Oil Foundation Auditorium, Janice and Robert McNair Hall, Rice University.
 
For more information on the Rice Undergraduate Sport Management Program or the Sport Management Program Speaker Series, visit: sport.rice.edu.
 
About the Speakers

About Leslie Alexander
Leslie Alexander is the owner of the Houston Rockets and Comets and is committed to making a difference in the lives of Houstonians. After acquiring the Rockets in July 1993, the team won the NBA championship giving Houston its first professional sports championship. The Rockets also won the NBA title the following year with Alexander at the helm. Through the Houston Rockets, Alexander has made a positive impact in the community. In 1995, Alexander established the Clutch City Foundation, an organization that funds and operates programs benefiting thousands of children each year. Alexander and the Rockets were awarded the 1997 Pro Team Community Award, and in 1998, the Rockets were honored with the “Leadership Houston” Leadership Action award for outstanding community service in education.

About Drayton McClane
Drayton McLane is the chairman and CEO of the Houston Astros baseball club, and has been for 14 seasons. In 2005, the Astros won the National League Pennant and advanced to the World Series for the first time in the club’s history. McLane has served on many MLB committees including the executive committee, finance committee, legislative affairs, ownership, and realignment committees. In 2000, the Astros In Action Foundation was established as an avenue to reach out to the Houston community—one of McLane’s goals. McLane serves on numerous boards and committees including the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, the Greater Houston Partnership, and the United Way.

About Robert McNair
Robert McNair is the chairman and chief executive officer of the McNair Group and majority owner of the Houston Texans football team. He served on the Rice Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002 and as honorary co-chair of the Rice: The Next Century Campaign. McNair serves as a Rice Associate and member of the William Marsh Rice Society. The newest building at Rice University, the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, was named Janice and Robert McNair Hall by the Rice Board of Trustees in 2006.

Active in the Houston community, McNair is a current or past member of the boards of trustees of a number of institutions in addition to Rice, including Baylor College of Medicine, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Opera, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Free Enterprise Institute, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.