SBD/Issue 103/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Swindal Arrested On
Suspicion Of DUI
Yankees General Partner STEVE SWINDAL, son-in-law of Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER, was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of DUI. MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG called it a family issue but said, “I will continue to monitor the situation and will review the ultimate disposition.” In N.Y., Kepner & Curry write Swindal is a “direct representative of Steinbrenner as the successor to a booming family business, and the stain on his reputation could put that status in jeopardy” (N.Y. TIMES, 2/16).

STOP PAY: Since the resignation of NJSEA CEO GEORGE ZOFFINGER this month over a conflict of interest related to his son working for the NJSEA’s law firm, authority lawyers “have been combing through the state's ethics rules to try to prevent other commissioners from voting on anything that might put them in conflict.” The NJSEA has decided “not to pay any of its bills until members are certain they won’t run afoul of conflict-of-interest rules” (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 2/16).

NAMES: Mets Owner FRED WILPON donated $12M to the Univ. of Michigan, which will name its baseball/softball complex after the alumnus (NEWSDAY, 2/16)....BETSY NAGELSEN MCCORMACK, the widow of late IMG Founder MARK MCCORMACK, is asking nearly $13M for her home in Windermere, Florida (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/16)....A Ravens preseason scrimmage in early August “apparently sacked Baltimore’s chance to land” a date on THE POLICE’s reunion tour (Baltimore SUN, 2/16).

BOOK SHELF: NEWSDAY’s Neil Best writes “TRIUMPH,” a book by ESPN’s JEREMY SCHAAP about JESSE OWENS competing in the ’36 Olympics, “gets off to a slow start,” but it is a “revealing account of perhaps the most politically and racially charged event in sports history” (NEWSDAY, 2/16)....NEW YORK magazine’s Sam Anderson writes MARK KRIEGEL’s book, “PISTOL: THE LIFE OF PETE MARAVICH,” “skillfully pulls off the balancing act required of good sports biography. It plays large historical forces (segregation, the rise of televised sports) against the individual magic of its subject” (NEW YORK, 2/19 issue).

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