Getting To Know Lawrence Payne
Executive Vice President, Broadcasting
University of Texas at Austin (BA '73 - Psychology)
University of Texas at Austin School of Law (JD '76)
Why did you choose this profession?
When I graduated, I knew that I didn’t want to pursue a career in law. I had no career plans but I figured working for the Spurs would be a good opportunity and I gave it a try.
Marital/ family status:
Married and have two sons.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis with the Spurs?
Currently, I oversee Broadcast/Internet properties of the franchises and all sponsorship and suite sales of the AT&T Center.
What is the best experience you have had with Spurs Sports & Entertainment?
The Spurs championships, both of them were great experiences for me and my family.
What is the one achievement that you are most proud of?
That’s hard to say because our company and the broadcast department have accomplished a great deal over the years. I think it would be best described as being part of a team that collectively has created and maintained progressive, profitable and viable franchises in a small market.
What is the one thing you haven’t accomplished that you would like to?
I could always lose a few pounds. Seriously, I’m a goal driven individual and I never start any project with thoughts of failing. I really can’t think of a specific instance but I certainly examine every endeavor with a view on how I can improve.
What San Antonio community projects do you work with?
My activities include: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation Board member, mentoring for the Churchill H.S. Video Technology Department, Non-Practicing Advisory Council for UT Law School, Clear Channel Public Advisory Board and Baylor Business School Sports Sales and Marketing Advisory Board.
Did you play any sports in school?
I played football and baseball in high school.
I am closet computer/technology geek. I spend a lot of time on the internet and I collect antique technology (radios/TV’s/computers). I also love to read.
What do you like best about San Antonio?
I like the small town feel of it and its causal atmosphere.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would probably visit the Nile River with my wife to see the pyramids because we are both history buffs.
As a child, what was the first career you wanted to pursue?
Like any kid at some point I wanted to be an astronaut because the space program was such a big deal in the early sixties.
What is your favorite movie line?
One of my favorites comes from the film Husbands and Wives, “Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.”
Who is your favorite author?
Right now I’m reading a lot of books by Larry McMurtrey. I also read a lot of non-fiction books about mathematics and science, particularly on the nature of time.
What is your favorite food?
Fried chicken with French fries.
What is your advice to those would want to follow in your footsteps?
The key is a college education. You need a strong educational base to even be considered.
How do you feel about your job?
This is the best job in the world. It’s the only job I’ve ever had and it never fails to challenge me.