SBD/Issue 73/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

F1 driver MICHAEL SCHUMACHER has donated $10M to tsunami relief (Mult., 1/4)....Seven SFX Sports NBA clients, including Lakers G KOBE BRYANT, Rockets G TRACY MCGRADY and Pacers F JERMAINE O’NEAL, will donate $1,000 to UNICEF for tsunami relief efforts for every point they score in a designated NBA game this week (SFX Sports).

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: PRCA Commissioner TROY ELLERMAN said Tuesday the PRORODEO HOF & MUSEUM in Colorado Springs is “closed indefinitely because it lost ‘a substantial’ amount of money during the past three years.” Ellerman, who would not confirm a published report stating the HOF lost $325,000 in ’04, indicated that the facility “will reopen, but he did not give a date” (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 1/5).

Hannigan Joining Cast
Of “In The Game”

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: DAILY VARIETY’s Josef Adalian reports actress ALYSON HANNIGAN has joined the cast of ABC’s “IN THE GAME,” an upcoming comedy featuring JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and ED O’NEILL and exec produced by GABE SACHS and JEFF JUDAH. O’Neill, Hewitt’s boss and father on the show, will play a “MNF” producer who “takes a job running his daughter’s cable sports net.” The comedy will “now take place at an upstart sports cabler called In the Game” instead of being set at ESPN (DAILY VARIETY, 1/5).

TOTAL ECLIPSE: The NTRA announced NBC SPORTS won the ECLIPSE AWARD for National TV – Live Racing for its production of the ’04 Belmont Stakes. ESPN’s EOE won the Eclipse Award for National TV – Features for its documentary, “SMARTY JONES: AMERICA’S HORSE,” which aired October 31 on ESPN. Philadelphia Inquirer writer MIKE JENSEN won the Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Enterprise category for his series on Smarty Jones that ran between May 1-August 6. L.A. Times writer BILL CHRISTINE won the Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Commentary category for his article “KAYAK II” that appeared in the paper on December 24, 2003 (NTRA).

ON CALL: Former FX and FSN PR exec STEVE WEBSTER was sentenced yesterday to three years’ probation “for eavesdropping on more than 100 executive conference calls” at FX after being fired by the company in July ’01. Webster was also ordered to pay $22,607 in restitution to FX parent Fox Entertainment Group for legal costs (L.A. TIMES, 1/5).

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