SBD/Issue 162/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

A 2:00pm ET press conference has been scheduled today at which LPGA member ANNIKA SORENSTAM will announce her retirement, effective at the end of the season (AP, 5/13).

FRONT PAGE NEWS: In a USA TODAY front-page cover story, Jill Lieber Steeg writes under the header, “Disputes Reflect Continuing Tension Over Title IX: Ruling Fuels New Lawsuits On Gender Equality In Sports.” The U.S. Supreme Court in '05 ruled that “whistleblowers who allege retaliation in Title IX cases can sue for monetary damages.” The disputes “reflect the ongoing tension over the law that bans sex discrimination at schools receiving federal funds” (USA TODAY, 5/13).

POLITICS' DIRTY SIDE: HBO's "Real Sports" last night examined former NBAer KEVIN JOHNSON's candidacy in the Sacramento mayoral race. After announcing his intentions to run for the office, several allegations of sexual misconduct involving Johnson came to light. But when asked whether Johnson is a favorite to win, HBO's James Brown said, “He still looks pretty good. He’s got the backing of a number of major organizations there” ("Real Sports," HBO, 5/12). 

Duno Says She Might Consider Acting An
Option Following "Speed Racer" Experience
ACTING OUT: Cowboys WR TERRELL OWENS is “serious about launching an acting career after his football days are done.” Owens, who has done “numerous cameos” in movies and TV, has a guest spot on tomorrow's “Under One Roof” on MyNetworkTV. The show’s producers “have already talked about a recurring role” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/13)....IRL driver MILKA DUNO plays KELLIE GEARBOX in the movie “Speed Racer.” Duno said that the experience “might make her consider acting as an option” (USA TODAY, 5/13).

NAMES: Steelers WR HINES WARD’s Locker Room Bar & Grille will be auctioned off May 23 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Bidding on the bar will start at $920,000. Ward “will buy the business for $900,000 if no one bids more than $920,000” (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 5/13)….Suns Vice Chair SAM GARVIN, nearly three years after he sold his interest in Continental Promotion Group, is “working to launch a new promotions-and-rebates business that will compete with his former company” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 5/13)….Hendrick Motorsports Owner Rick Hendrick and his wife, Linda, today at Central Piedmont Community College’s commencement will be presented with the school’s Distinguished Service Award (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/13)....Actress SALMA HAYEK yesterday in Boston helped christen Puma’s new racing boat the II Mostro (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/13).

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