SBD/Issue 89/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Six Flags President & CEO MARK SHAPIRO indicated that the company could attract visitors to its SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA theme park “by perhaps holding” a Falcons or Braves day with past and present members of the teams. Shapiro: “We need buzz. Theme parks are all about marketing” (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/26).

X BOX: BRIGITTE LARSEN is suing X Games Exec Dir JACK WIENERT for more than $100,000, alleging he “tumbled into her during a bar brawl in Aspen” just hours after the end of last year’s Winter X Games. Larsen said that she “injured her wrist, neck, back and body” (ASPEN TIMES, 1/25).

Parker (l) And Longoria To
Make Appearance On “Oprah”
CHARGED: KEITH MILLS, a sports anchor at Baltimore’s WMAR-ABC, was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing prescription pain killers from his neighbor. Mills, who has been arrested before on pain killer charges, was released on $250,000 bond and could face 43 years in prison. WMAR GM DREW BARRY did not comment (Baltimore SUN, 1/26).

DOUBLE TAKE: Take-Two Interactive BOD member BARBARA KACZYNSKI has resigned, citing the “increasingly unhealthy relationship between senior management and the board.” In N.Y., Roddy Boyd notes Kaczynski, who joined the BOD in ’04 after having served as NFL CFO, was “brought on to help woo the NFL in an unsuccessful bid” for a videogame license. A Take Two spokesperson said Kaczynski’s opinion “is not shared by other board members” (N.Y. POST, 1/26).

NAMES: TIGER WOODS completed a $38M purchase of ten acres of residential property on Jupiter Island, Florida, the “largest single residential sale in Martin County history.” The property includes a 13,207-square-foot home, guest houses and two docks (AP, 1/25)....Spurs G TONY PARKER will tape an appearance on “OPRAH” today with girlfriend EVA LONGORIA. Parker “thinks the episode will air sometime in February” (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 1/26)....The rock band STAIND will perform after the Budweiser Shootout on February 11 at Daytona Int’l Speedway. Admission to the concert is included with race tickets (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 1/26).

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