SBD/Issue 55/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

K.C. STARS: The K.C. STAR ranks the top five most influential sports figures in K.C. No. 1 is Chiefs/MLS Wizards Owner LAMAR HUNT, who "isn't the most visible or vocal sports figure in town, but there's little doubt that he carries the biggest hammer." Hunt's decision "to bring the Dallas Texans to Kansas City 40 years ago accomplished something few other sports figures in town have — he gave us an identity." No. 2 is CAROL MARINOVICH — Mayor of the United Government of Wyandotte County and K.C., KS — followed by Royals Owner DAVID GLASS, Champions Tour player TOM WATSON and MLB HOFer GEORGE BRETT (K.C. STAR, 12/1).

NAMES: SERENA WILLIAMS has purchased a $1.4M, 2,000-square-foot condo in L.A. Williams "wanted to have a California condo so she could have a second home closer to the entertainment industry." Serena and sister VENUS "also had a nine-bedroom home built in Florida" (Ruth Ryon, L.A. TIMES, 12/1)....WTA Tour CEO KEVIN WULFF has moved his family from the Portland (OR) area to St. Petersburg, where the WTA is located. Wulff: "The commute was just too much." But Wulff plans to keep a home in the Portland area (PORTLAND TRIBUNE, 12/1)....The COLTS continued their support of the INDIANA UNIV. CANCER CENTER, donating $70,000 for cancer research during yesterday's game against the Texans. Colts Owner JIM IRSAY started the four-year program, and the team has donated $210,000 the past three years (INDY STAR, 12/2)....Real estate mogul and former UNIV. OF ND hockey player RALPH ENGELSTAD, who was one of the school's largest benefactors, passed away last Tuesday at 72. Among Engelstad donations was the $104M he gave for the RALPH ENGELSTAD ARENA on the school's campus (STAR TRIBUNE, 11/28)....TIGER WOODS appeared on last Thursday's "Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson" and said of the controversy surrounding the Masters: "It's frustrating. We just did a press conference, and each and every one asks the same question: `We've heard your opinion before, but...' They are just waiting for you to say something controversial, or something that is different from what you've already said, but my opinion is my opinion. I've said it a million times, and I will continue to say it. I would like to see a woman member in Augusta, but it's not my decision. I don't run that golf club" (TNT, 11/28).

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