SBD/Issue 219/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

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
LAW & ORDER: In L.A., David Wharton reported San Diego Superior Court Judge JOAN LEWIS Friday denied a motion from attorneys for Saints RB REGGIE BUSH to "settle a lawsuit against him through confidential arbitration." The decision means the suit, brought against Bush by New Era Sports exec LLOYD LAKE over a failed business deal, now will move closer to trial. The ruling is "good news for NCAA investigators hoping to gain access to potential evidence in the case," as they "want to know if Bush or USC broke college rules" (L.A. TIMES, 8/2)....Fox' TERRY BRADSHAW Friday filed suit in Tarrant County (TX) against California-based RWC Fashion Apparel. The suit claims that the company "never had permission to use Bradshaw's name or image in advertisements and that in any case, Bradshaw typically charges at least $100,000 for such permission." The suit seeks a "temporary restraining order forbidding RWC Fashion Apparel from continuing to use Bradshaw's image; $509,000 for damages and to cover overcharges on Bradshaw's American Express card; and $100,000 for the use of Bradshaw's likeness and assorted other costs" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/3).

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)'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 (, 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).

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