SBD/Issue 169/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

COCA-COLA has agreed to purchase GLACEAU, maker of vitaminwater, for $4.1B in cash and stock in a move “to boost its holdings in the enhanced-water and energy-drink markets.” The deal is slated to close this summer (, 5/25).

Father Of Deceased Cardinals
Pitcher Files Wrongful Death Suit
FILING SUIT: DEAN HANCOCK, father of late Cardinals P JOSH HANCOCK, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in St. Louis Circuit Court against Mike Shannon’s Steaks & Seafood, alleging that the sports bar “knowingly served liquor to [him] long after he was drunk.” The suit seeks damages of over $25,000 from the bar, which is owned by Cardinals’ broadcaster MIKE SHANNON (POST-DISPATCH, 5/25).

SPEAKING OUT: Former Rangers City skater COURTNEY PRINCE, who is suing MSG for sexual harassment, is claiming that “sex appeal — not skating ability — won women a spot on a cheerleading troupe that bosses had said featured the ‘ugliest girls in the NHL.’” Prince said that Rangers VP/Marketing JEANIE BAUMGARTNER “decided to remake the look of the ... pep team at an August 2003 tryout by rejecting one skater who lacked sex appeal and another who had the wrong ethnic background” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/25).

NAMES: World TeamTennis CEO & Commissioner ILANA KLOSS was named sports business woman of the year by the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the Univ. of Oregon (World TeamTennis)....Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor TOM BROKAW will be the keynote speaker at the annual NACDA convention, replacing NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Chair DICK EBERSOL, who had to pull out because of an unexpected corporate meeting. Brokaw will speak June 8 at 8:00am at the Marriott World Center in Orlando (THE DAILY)....Heat C SHAQUILLE O’NEAL’s “SHAQ’S BIG CHALLENGE,” where he attempts to educate six obese children about nutrition and exercise, was examined on “Entertainment Tonight” last night. The program will air on ABC with O’Neal serving as Exec Producer. O’Neal: “If we can get 100, 1,000, maybe a million kids to change their thinking process, then I think I’m doing my job” (“Entertainment Tonight,” 5/24)....Former MLBer JOSE CANSECO said that he has “received wild responses from fans who want to participate” in his latest reality show, called “A DAY WITH JOSE.” Canseco is pitching the show to VH1 and started a Web site to accept submissions (USA TODAY, 5/25).

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