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SBD/Issue 219/Sports Industrialists
Names In The News
Published August 4, 2008
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).
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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).