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Valley company gets unique requests when helping pro sports stars move

PHOENIX -- It's been a struggle so far this year for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Often times, teams in the D-Backs' situation make a trade and bring in new players to try and turn the season around. When that happens, a Valley company helps the sports stars and their families to move and get settled with their new city and team.

And, sometimes, it gets some unusual requests.

Scottsdale's Ted Petersen is a real estate agent with Russ Lyon Southeby's. He is also a vice president with a company called SportStar Relocation.

On KTAR'S Arizona's Morning News Weekend Show on Saturday, he told co-hosts Becky Lynn and Bob McClay that his job is to help players get relocated fast.

"Ultimately, we want them (and their families) to get settled," Petersen said. "We want their children and wives to be happy. Everyone knows that a happy wife is a happy life."

Petersen added that, many times, players want swimming pools and other special things in their new place.

"Movie theaters are a big thing with a lot of the professional athletes," said Petersen.

When Becky Lynn asked him, "They want a movie theater in their house?"

Petersen replied, "A lot of them do."

Comfortable furniture is also important.

"One of the main things that they're concerned about is having a very comfortable chair to sit in after a practice or game," Petersen said.

Another request he's dealt with is a six-car garage.

Pets are important to the players.

One time, a player that Petersen helped move from Green Bay to California was told by an airline that the cargo hold would be too cold for his dog to make the flight in. A ground transportation company provided the answer.

"They picked up his dog and literally put a seat belt on him in the back seat of a deluxe minivan, and transported the dog from Green Bay to California in about 48 hours," Petersen said.

Petersen expects to be busy this week. That's because the NFL draft is happening, and he expects a lot of business from the draftees moving to their new city. He did not say how much he charges for his services. Other than former D-backs left fielder Jason Kubel, he did not name who his clients were, either.

He said that the goal is to help the player get settled soon, so he can start learning the plays and performing for his new team.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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