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SBD/Issue 222/Sports Industrialists
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Published August 15, 2006
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SEX APPEAL: The NCAA has denied the appeal of Univ. of Kansas football player ERIC BUTLER, who sought an extra year of eligibility after missing the ’01 season following the birth of his daughter. Butler has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging the NCAA is violating Title IX since it allows female student athletes time off for pregnancy. NCAA Dir of Public & Media Relations ERIK CHRISTIANSON said, “The pregnancy exception is clearly written for female students whose physical condition due to pregnancy prevents their participation ... and therefore is not applicable in this case” (USA TODAY, 8/15).
BOOK ‘EM: The N.Y. TIMES BOOK REVIEW’s Charles McGrath reviews SETH MNOOKIN’s “FEEDING THE MONSTER,” an in-depth look at the Red Sox’ front office. McGrath: “The real news here the triumph of analysis and statistical study over instinct and sentimentality in the running of a baseball team may be a bit old now, and Mnookin, though an excellent reporter, is not as stylish a writer” as MICHAEL LEWIS, who penned “MONEYBALL.” There “is not nearly enough” details about the players’ lives “to satisfy the true addict” (N.Y. TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 8/13)....USA TODAY’s Bob Minzesheimer reviews “POUND FOR POUND” by the late F.X. TOOLE. Minzesheimer writes the book “is more sprawling and ultimately less tragic than ‘Million Dollar Baby’ but shares many of the same themes and attention to sweet and sweaty details.” It “deals with the corruption and duplicity of boxing promoters and handlers (no surprise there), but is saved by memorable characters, gritty authenticity and spare, energetic writing” (USA TODAY, 8/15)....LARRY TYE is writing a biography about late Baseball HOFer SATCHEL PAIGE that will be published by Random House (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/15).
ON SCREEN: FOX ATOMIC has landed feature rights to “FISHING ON THE EDGE: THE MIKE IACONELLI STORY,” the autobiography of the bass fisherman (DAILY VARIETY, 8/15)....CARL LEWIS appeared on FSN’s “BDSSP” last night, where he said he is appearing in the upcoming film “MATERIAL GIRLS” and can currently be seen in “THE LAST ADAM.” Lewis noted in addition to acting, “I’m just staying busy because I still have a relationship with Nike and Swatch” (“BDSSP,” FSN, 8/14).