SBD/Issue 57/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

TIGER WOODS will develop his first golf course in Dubai, called Tiger Woods Dubai, that will feature a 7,700-yard, par-72 golf course, a 60,000-square-foot clubhouse, a golf academy, 320 villas and an 80-suite boutique hotel. The joint venture between Woods and Tatweer, a member of the government-affiliated Dubai Holding, is scheduled to be finished in late ’09 (AP, 12/3).

BRIEF CASE: The S.F. CHRONICLE, challenging a judge’s contempt-of-court order to imprison reporters MARK FAINARU-WADA and LANCE WILLIAMS for refusing to reveal who leaked grand jury testimony in the BALCO case, “told a federal appeals court Friday that the public interest and evolving legal doctrines require recognition of a journalist’s right to protect confidential sources.” The brief argued if the order was upheld, it would be “an unprecedented extension of subpoena power against the press.” It also noted that the “only comparable cases in the past have involved national security” (Bob Egelko, S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/2).

Seeing Stars: Ford Becomes
Engaged To Mike Modano
LAND GRAB? As part of a breach-of-contract lawsuit against VENUS, SERENA and RICHARD WILLIAMS, promoter CAROL CLARKE testified that Williams “had a list of demands if he and his daughters were going to participate in a Battle of the Sexes” tournament in ‘01. Clarke testified that she and her partner “were to buy Williams a home, a car, some land and a duplex in addition to giving him 80[%] of the profit — with his take estimated at $37[M] — from the proposed match” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 12/2).

NAMES: The Magic will pay for the funeral of 14-year-old DAVID RYAN GALLANT, who was hit by an SUV while riding his bicycle last week. The family “didn’t have life insurance for David and couldn’t afford the funeral and burial costs” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 12/3)....Univ. of Oregon AD BILL MOOS “acknowledged that Nike representatives were involved in research and planning” for an athletic academic center “that will cost at least” $4M. Moos said that the money “has yet to be raised and that the athletic department’s largest donor, Nike founder PHIL KNIGHT, had not contributed to the project” (OREGONIAN, 12/2)....Stars C MIKE MODANO and singer WILLA FORD are engaged (PEOPLE.com, 12/1).

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