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Caray Dies At Age Of 68
LASTING IMPRESSION: In Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote Caray "wasn't from the neo-announcer's school of happy talk." In an industry "predicated on likeability, he really didn't care if you liked him or not. He said what he thought -- near the end of a lopsided game, he famously intoned: 'If you promise to patronize our sponsors, you have permission to go walk the dog'" (AJC.com, 8/3). Also in Atlanta, Carroll Rogers notes news of Caray's passing "hit the Braves family hard." Braves P JOHN SMOLTZ: "I will always remember Skip for his humor and his ability to go about life the way he did." Braves P TOM GLAVINE: "For so long, he was what people associated with the Atlanta Braves. Turn on TBS, and there was Skip. Good times, bad times, that was the constant. The voice people identify the Braves with is Skip Caray. That's going to be missed" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/4). In Albany, Pete Dougherty wrote, "Caray probably was at his best when the Braves were at their worst in the 1980s, using a dry wit to enlighten otherwise-dull games" (TIMESUNION.com, 8/3). WWAY-ABC's Kevin Wuzzardo writes, "When you spend years painting the picture of a horrid team, you have to be colorful. Skip Caray was MICHELANGELO, MONET and MAGRITTE rolled into one" (WWAYTV3.com, 8/4). AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Brian Powell writes, "The Baseball community lost a good one yesterday. ... I grew up watching Braves games on TBS and he was always one of the guys I enjoyed listening to" (AWFULANNOUNCING.BLOGSPOT.com, 8/4).
EliteXC President GARY SHAW and Pro Elite Inc. Exec Chair DOUG DELUCA have resigned from the company, effective immediately. Both Shaw and DeLuca will remain with the company in a consultant’s role that will pay them a salary until the contract ends in ’09. Shaw “had been the public face of EliteXC since its inception, but he has seen a diminished role over the past few months.” There has been no announcement from Pro Elite or EliteXC as to who will lead the company “now that both of the most prominent public figures have stepped down” (MMAWeekly.com, 7/30)....Fox Sports promoted VP/Field Operations JERRY STEINBERG to Senior VP/Field Operations (Fox Sports)….FSN South and SportSouth Senior VP & GM JEFF GENTHNER was named Chair of the Atlanta Sports Council (Atlanta Sports Council)….The National Association of Collegiate Directors Association (NACDA) named KATIE NEWMAN Assistant Administrator/Association Liaison (NACDA).
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In N.Y., Thompson & O'Keeffe reported federal investigators on Thursday and Friday crashed the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, "delivering subpoenas to several hobby executives to appear before a grand jury that is hearing evidence about fraud in their industry." Hobby execs who have spoken to the agents in the past year said that the agents "have asked about 'shill bidding,' when an auction house or a consignor enters fake bids on an item in order to drive up the price" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/2).
Judge Denies Bush Motion To Settle
Lawsuit In Confidential Arbitration
NAMES: Two NBA sources said that agent JOSH NOCHIMSON "has been decertified as an agent by the [NBPA] in large part because he has been accused of stealing about $500,000 from" Pistons G RICHARD HAMILTON. Nochimson also is no longer the agent for Bulls F LUOL DENG (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/3)....ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli was named the '08 recipient of the Dick McCann Memorial Award presented by the Pro Football Writers of America in recognition of pro football reporting. Pasquarelli received the award at a Hall of Fame ceremony Friday night in Canton, Ohio (ESPN.com, 8/2)....QUEEN ELIZABETH named Steelers Chair DAN ROONEY Honorary Commander of the British Empire for "his contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 8/2)....NASCAR driver DALE EARNHARDT JR. in about two weeks will visit Naval Station Great Lakes to perform "one of the duties laid out in his $800,000 speaking-appearance contract with the Navy" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/4)....CINDY MCCAIN, the wife of presumptive Republican presidential candidate JOHN MCCAIN, yesterday visited Pocono Raceway and shook hands with drivers during prerace introductions ahead of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 8/4).