SBD/Issue 89/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

An airplane carrying members of the OK St. Univ. men's basketball program crashed in a CO field on Saturday night, killing ten people. Among the victims were players NATE FLEMING and DANIEL LAWSON, assistant Dir of Media Relations WILL HANCOCK, Dir of Basketball Operations PAT NOYES, trainer BRIAN LUINSTRA, student manager JARED WEIBERG, campus radio station engineer KENDALL DURFEY and KWTV-TV commentator BILL TEEGINS (N.Y. POST, 1/29). In Indianapolis, Bill Benner writes Hancock "was considered one of the best in the media relations business and had been honored" by the U.S. BASKETBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION last year (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 1/29)....NFL Giants VP & GM ERNIE ACCORSI will be the first recipient of the JOHN STEADMAN AWARD, given by the ED BLOCK COURAGE AWARD FOUNDATION, and based on professional excellence, courage, character and service to the community (Mult., 1/27)....NBC Sports host HANNAH STORM gave birth to a healthy baby girl Friday morning. RILEY KATHRYN HICKS weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. This is the third child for Storm and her husband, NBC Sports host DAN HICKS (NBC)....In N.Y., Laura Holson profiled CHAMPION VENTURES, an investment group founded by former 49ers RONNIE LOTT and HARRIS BARTON. Holson: "As well as giving athletes access to the likes of KLEINER PERKINS CAUFIELD & BYERS and SEQUOIA CAPITAL, Mr. Lott wants to foster personal relationships with Silicon Valley executives who might want to hire former athletes as celebrity spokesmen or sales executives to woo potential clients" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/27). Lott, on Champion Ventures: "We do have $190 million of committed capital at this time" from athletes "from all sports" ("Market Week," CNBC, 1/26).

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