SBD/Issue 87/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

When former Home Depot CEO BOB NARDELLI “left the company earlier this month,” new President & CEO FRANK BLAKE “reached out to” Falcons Owner and Home Depot co-Founder ARTHUR BLANK, who has “been estranged” from the company since Nardelli became CEO. Blake told Blank that he “wanted to go back and rebuild the unique culture that Blank and fellow co-founder BERNIE MARCUS had established” (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/25).

COUNTER POINT: Japanese nationalists “plan to produce a film on the massacre known as the Rape of Nanking to contradict a series of films to be released this year, its 70th anniversary.” The film is tentatively titled “THE TRUTH OF NANJING” (N.Y. TIMES, 1/25). Capitals Owner TED LEONSIS financed one of the aforementioned films, a documentary titled “THE RAPE OF NANKING,” which is being screened at the Sundance Film Festival (THE DAILY).

Crosby Accepts Leadership
Award From Messier
HONORS & AWARDS: Penguins C SIDNEY CROSBY won the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which recognizes NHL players for their athletic performance, leadership skills and efforts in their community (Mult., 1/25)....NBC’s JOHN MADDEN will receive the AP TV-Radio Association’s Stan Chambers Award for Extraordinary Achievement (Mult., 1/25)....Raptors Senior Basketball Advisor WAYNE EMBRY, a former President & GM of the Cavaliers, was honored by his former team as part of their Black Heritage Celebration last night. When asked if he had any advice for Cavaliers GM DANNY FERRY, he replied, “Yeah. Don’t give anyone a 10-year contract.” Embry signed Ferry to a ten-year deal as a rookie (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/25).

CHARITY STRIPE: The PGA TOUR this week donated $250,000 to each of three military charities during a luncheon held in conjunction with the Buick Invitational. In ’06, the Tour raised $750,000 for AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU — a nationwide program launched by the U.S. Dept. of Defense (PGA Tour)....The REDS will pay to renovate several baseball fields in Louisville this year after spending about $30,000 to upgrade fields last year as part of its Community Fund outreach project (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 1/25).

BEST WISHES: Yankees COO LONN TROST is recovering after suffering a mild heart attack last Thursday during the MLB owners’ meeting in Arizona. He “could return to work as early as next week” (Bergen RECORD, 1/25).

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