SBD/Issue 202/Sports Industrialists
Names In The News
Published July 18, 2006
LEGAL MATTERS: BetOnSports CEO DAVID CARRUTHERS appeared Monday in federal court in Ft. Worth, “a day after federal agents arrested him during a layover” at Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport. He was indicted June 1 by a federal grand jury in Missouri on charges of racketeering conspiracy. The indictment includes three additional companies and nine other people, including BetOnSports Founder STEPHEN KAPLAN (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 7/18)....Former Big Ten football referee JAMES FILSON has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that he was fired by the conference in ’05 because he has sight in only one eye (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/18).
|Reiner (l) To Voice Talking
Baseball In Animated Film
MEATHEAD OF THE ORDER: The animated film “EVERYONE’S HERO,” the story of a boy’s 1,000-mile journey to return BABE RUTH’s bat, “which was stolen on the orders of the maniacal owner” of the Cubs before the deciding game of the ’32 World Series, features voices including actor and director ROB REINER as a talking baseball named Screwie, actress WHOOPI GOLDBERG as Ruth’s bat, actor BRIAN DENNEHY as Ruth, and Yankees manager JOE TORRE as the Yankees manager. The film, which was originally directed by the late CHRISTOPHER REEVE, opens September 15 (USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY, 7/13 issue).
IN MEMORY: Former Chicago Sun-Times college sports reporter BOB PILLE died at his home in Tucson at the age of 80. His 45-year career included 22 years covering Big Ten sports for the Sun-Times before retiring in ’88 (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/18)....Former Angels investor STANLEY SPERO died at the age of 86. Spero was involved in the team’s operations as the General Sales Manager and GM of KMPC-AM and KABC, which aired Angels games (L.A. TIMES, 7/18).