SBD/Issue 216/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Carson Addresses Retirement Benefits,
Minority Hiring In HOF Induction Speech
HARRY CARSON’s Pro Football HOF induction speech on Saturday “served as a platform for him to implore the NFL to do two things: Improve benefits for former players and increase diversity throughout coaching staffs and front offices.” Carson: “I would hope the leaders of the NFL, the future commissioner and the players’ association do a much better job of looking out for these individuals. If we made the league what it is, you have to take better care of your own” (CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 8/6).

HEADING INTO THE TURN: ROBERT EVANS, who officially takes over next week as President & CEO of CHURCHILL DOWNS INC., said of the company’s future, “We’re going to stay in the entertainment gaming space, but that is the challenge that leadership is — to get people to adopt a new way of thinking about the future and then execute against that future” (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 8/6).

NAMES: Penguins ’04 draft pick EVGENI MALKIN has fired his agent, Newport Sports Management’s DON MEEHAN. It is “believed that Malkin has returned to” former IMG agents PAT BRISSON and J.P BARRY (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 8/6). The Web site of Malkin’s Russian team, METALLURG MAGNITOGORSK, states that Malkin has “signed a new contract” to play for the team in ’06-07. Malkin had a contract that ran through ’08, “but that has reportedly been replaced” by the new one-year deal, “after which Malkin will become a free agent and presumably able to sign with the Penguins” (, 8/7).... Sixty-three South Florida firms have signed up for the NFL’s EMERGING BUSINESS PROGRAM, “an effort to give minority- and woman-owned businesses a chance to work with the NFL, its contractors and affiliates and the array of hotels, venues and event producers that” will hold events around Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium (PALM BEACH POST, 8/7).

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