SBD/Issue 128/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Former MLBer JIM LEYRITZ yesterday was "hit with a wrongful-death suit" for his role in a December car accident in Florida that led to the death of Fredia Ann Veitch. Authorities said that Leyritz slammed into Veitch's car after running a red light. A blood test three hours after the incident revealed Leyritz "had a blood-alcohol level of .14, almost twice the legal limit." The lawsuit calls for damages "in excess of $15,000," but "could be worth millions" (N.Y. POST, 3/26).

FORE: New Orleans-based chef PAUL PRUDHOMME yesterday morning was setting up his tent on the practice range at the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans when a bullet "cut the skin on [his] arm and left a hole in his white chef's coat." Prudhomme, who was cooking for players, caddies and guests at the event, was "undeterred and kept cooking" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 3/26).

BOOK SHELF: The BOSTON GLOBE's Nick Cafardo wrote of former MLBer Jose Canseco's new book "Vindicated," while Canseco's first book "Juiced" "seemed credible and somewhat shocking, this one lacks the meat needed to make the charges significant." Canseco writes about steering Yankees 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ "toward a steroids dealer but has no proof that Rodriguez ever took steroids." Canseco also writes that his suspicions about free agent P ROGER CLEMENS were "edited out" of the book (, 3/25).

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Former WTAer Monica Seles was eliminated from ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” last night. Judge Bruno Tonioli told Seles, “You really are a legend ... and you threw yourself into the deep end. You’re not a performer and it is very hard for you.” After being eliminated, Seles said, “I’m huge fan of dance now and I look forward to continuing” ( ABC, 3/25)....DAVID MAMET's MMA drama "Redbelt" has been chosen as the gala premiere at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival April 25, followed by a May 2 bicoastal release and a national release the following week (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/25).

NAMES: Sporting News has selected Packers GM TED THOMPSON as its George Young NFL Executive Of The Year (, 3/25)....Patriots LB TEDY BRUSCHI yesterday met with Massachusetts Gov. DEVAL PATRICK and legislative leaders at the State House "urging them to spend more on stroke-awareness programs" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/26)....ERNIE BANKS is "launching his own wine labels" with fellow Baseball HOFers MIKE SCHMIDT and EDDIE MURRAY. All of the players' proceeds will go directly to the charity of their choice. The wines are produced by California-based Eos Estate Winery, and will be available in May for about $17 per bottle (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/26)....ESPN Senior VP/Marketing KATIE LACEY and Rogers Communication Chief Strategy Officer MIKE LEE were named co-Chairs for CTAM Summit '08, which will be held November 9-11 in Boston (CABLEFAX DAILY, 3/26).

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