Pacers President of Basketball Operations LARRY BIRD Monday filed suit in U.S. District Court in New Albany, Indiana, claiming that GEORGIANNA LINCOLN and CHRISTOPHER COOKE "did not have permission to use his name" for their French Lick Resort, a bed-and-breakfast on the property of Bird's former estate that they are advertising as the "former home of Larry Bird.'' Bird also claimed that Lincoln and Cooke are "illegally profiting off his trademarked nickname." The suit seeks a name change and damages (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/14).
NAMES: Sporting News named Celtics Exec Dir of Basketball Operations & GM DANNY AINGE '07-08 NBA Executive of the Year (Sporting News)....MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG yesterday was given the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service at a banquet at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. MLB owners and team presidents, in town for the league's quarterly meetings, were in attendance (MLB.com, 5/14)....Baseball HOFer HANK AARON Saturday will deliver the commencement address at Concordia Univ., and also will receive an honorary law degree during the ceremony (USA TODAY, 5/14)....Tennis Channel Chair Ken Solomon, USTA Chief Exec of Professional Tennis ARLEN KANTARIAN and ESPN Exec VP/Content John Skipper attended the official announcement of ESPN and Tennis Channel's six-year deal for the cable TV rights to the U.S. Open and the Olympus U.S. Open Series beginning in ’09 (THE DAILY)....Red Sox President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO competed in a cooking contest in Fenway Park's EMC Club (BOSTON HERALD, 5/14).
|(l to r) Solomon, Kantarian And Skipper At
Official Announcement Of U.S. Open Deal