SBD/Issue 202/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

ESPN’s PETER GAMMONS was released from a Boston hospital on Monday, nearly three weeks after suffering a brain aneurysm. His wife, GLORIA, said in a statement that he was moved to an undisclosed rehab center (Mult., 7/18)....U.S. Olympic Gold Medal-winning swimmer GARY HALL JR. and his younger sister, BEBE, were attacked by a shark during a recent spearfishing trip off the Florida Keys. Hall “emerged unscathed,” but Bebe received 19 stitches after being bitten on her upper arm (L.A. TIMES, 7/18).

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
PAYNE STAKING: Augusta National Golf Club Chair BILLY PAYNE speaking before the Atlanta Rotary Club “challenged the community Monday to build a civil rights museum and promote the teachings of MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. to the rest of the world.” Payne, who served as CEO of ACOG, called the idea “even bigger than Atlanta’s Olympics” (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 7/18).

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).

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