jerry seltzer (born june 3, 1932) (also known “the commissioner” or “commish”) sec , final owner of original roller derby league. league , sport of roller derby created in 1935 in chicago leo seltzer, jerry’s father. jerry assumed ownership of league in 1959 , ran until demise in 1973. @ 1 time league broadcast on 120 television stations in united states of america , canada, , filled madison square garden, oakland coliseum (34,000, 1971) , chicago white sox park (50,114, sept 15, 1972).
in 1959, seltzer moved operation san francisco bay area , established fabled team in history of sport, longtime champion san francisco bay bombers. stars included charlie o’connell, joanie weston, , ann calvello.
in 1970, seltzer attempted purchase struggling oakland seals national hockey league (nhl) team. although set in improve offer , had more detailed plan reviving franchise, , had investors 4 of major franchises in american football game league, bulk of nhl owners (the “old establishment”, not younger owners or newer teams) voted sell team charlie o. finley, flamboyant owner of major league baseball’s oakland a’s. finley had little luck convincing bay area residents seals worthwhile attraction, , team pulled stakes in 1976, moving cleveland, ohio , later amalgamating minnesota north stars (now dallas stars).
in 1970s, seltzer co-founded bay area seating service (bass) tickets, san francisco bay area computerized ticket service. 1983 1993, vice president of sales , marketing ticketmaster. on homecoming bay area joined bonjourfleurette.com marketing , sales director , c.o.o. co-founded sonoma valley cinema festival (now sonoma filmfest) , served on number of community boards, including bay area american reddish cross, , helped produce 30th anniversary special cecil williams glide church. employed brownish paper tickets in sales.
as of mid-2010, seltzer serving advisor gotdibbs.com , working volunteer consultant new amateur roller derby leagues.
seltzer has said roller derby father had wanted legitimate sport, , in olympics, farther adding contemporary grassroots motion of roller derby, including women’s flat track derby association (wftda), modern athletic derby endeavor (made) , usa roller sports (usars), thinks roller derby can olympic sport. known “the commissioner” players in modern roller derby. there 2000 leagues in 49 countries encompassing on 100,000 players