SBD/Issue 57/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

MAKING TRACKS: USA TRACK & FIELD's BOD yesterday unanimously approved a resolution calling for a lifetime ban from competition for first-time steroid users under a "Zero Tolerance" policy. If the resolution receives a two-thirds majority vote during USATF's general assembly Sunday, the ban "will likely take effect" on January 1, 2004 (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/4).

GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER: The N.Y. POST's "Page Six" reports that Cablevision CEO JAMES DOLAN and his band, JD AND THE STRAIGHT SHOTS, next Wednesday will perform at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill as part of the third annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash to benefit the LUSTGARTEN FOUNDATION FOR PANCREATIC CANCER RESEARCH. The evening will also "feature a special `Secret Santa' video with unlikely pairs exchanging gifts," such as Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER and Mets Owner FRED WILPON (N.Y. POST, 12/4).

NFL THREATS: In Palm Beach, Joe Schad reports the FBI "is analyzing several pieces of threatening hate mail sent to black NFL players over the past year, including a prominent [Dolphins] player." The NFL's security department last week issued a memo saying that the correspondence all comes from the same person, "with postmarks originating in Erie, Pa.; Cleveland; and Youngstown, Ohio." At least six letters have been sent to players, teams, cheerleaders, and "in one instance a New Jersey amusement park where a player was scheduled to appear" (PALM BEACH POST, 12/4).

BASEBALL: Agents ALAN and RANDY HENDRICKS have repped Cubs P KERRY WOOD since he was a high school senior, but when they left SFX last month, Wood "opted to remain" with the company. He will be repped by SFX agents GREG LANDRY, PAT ROONEY and ARN TELLEM (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/30)....While the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is based in K.C., DWAYNE SIMS is "working to create a Negro League Legends Hall of Fame in Northeast [DC]." Sims has secured enough private donations for a lease "but is still trying to raise $1[M] to fully cover operating costs and other expenses." Yesterday, several former Negro League players "gathered at the Founders Library of Howard University to talk about the project" (WASHINGTON POST, 12/4).

Agassi Investing $5M In
Poster Financial Group

NAMES: ANDRE AGASSI and former Int'l Game Technology Chair CHUCK MATHEWSON are each investing $5M in Poster Financial Group, the company created by TIM POSTER and TOM BREITLING to buy the Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 12/4)....Director JUSTIN LIN is in negotiations to direct and co-write the basketball comedy "STREET" at MGM PICTURES. The movie "follows an NBA expansion team facing slim pickings in the draft, retiring players and a restrictive salary cap. The team elects to staff its bench by hitting urban blacktop streetball courts, with comedic results" (DAILY VARIETY, 12/3)....USA TODAY's Bob Minzesheimer recommends the children's book, "Mount Olympus Basketball," by KEVIN O'MALLEY. Minzesheimer: "O'Malley describes how ESPN would cover a mythic basketball game between the teams of the Greek Gods and the Mortals. ... I can't imagine a better way of introducing mythology to young readers" (USA TODAY, 12/4).

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