SBD/Issue 245/Sports Industrialists

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Documents filed in San Diego Superior Court indicated that Padres Owner JOHN MOORES and his wife BECKY, who filed for divorce in January, have "resolved their dispute over access to the owner's box at Petco Park," though the documents did not reveal the outcome of the resolution (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/11).

Hornaday Admits To Taking
Testosterone From '04-06 
OFF TRACK: ESPN.com's Shaun Assael reported NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver RON HORNADAY from December '04 to January '06 received "shipments of testosterone and [HGH]" from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center, an "anti-aging center that has been linked to drug-related scandals in the NFL" and MLB. Hornaday acknowledged taking testosterone, though he "denied using growth hormone that was sent to his home for his wife's use." Hornaday, referring to a tube at his house "half-filled with a cream," said, "I never knew that was a steroid." NASCAR Managing Dir of Corporate Communications RAMSEY POSTON said that Hornaday "had not informed anyone in the league that he was using testosterone," and noted that officials "would seek more information" from Hornaday prior to this weekend's Camping World RV Rental 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (ESPN.com, 9/10).

BOOKS & FILM: SI's Alexander Wolff writes N.Y. Times sports writer JERE LONGMAN's new book, "THE HURRICANES," which profiles Louisiana's Port Sulphur high school football team immediately following Hurricane Katrina, is the "richest, most engrossing treatment of high school football and community" since BUZZ BISSINGER's "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS." Longman "conveys the pride of place felt by a people determined to live where and how they always have" (SI, 9/15 issue)....Anonymous Content, an L.A.-based production company, will make the Dakar Rally the subject of a documentary-style feature film entitled "DAKAR THE MOVIE" next year. The movie will follow four teams from different parts of the world to Dakar for the 16-day race. Charlotte-based motorsports agency Leverage Sports will handle sponsor procurement and branding of the teams, event and the film. Sponsors will be integrated into the film with guaranteed exposure, said Leverage CEO RYAN KUREK (Michael Smith, SportsBusiness Journal). 

FISH OUT OF WATER: A source indicated that Dolphins RB RICKY WILLIAMS owes the team an "$8.1[M] judgment that wasn't broached" in his recently signed contract extension. The Dolphins "could garnish Williams' salary and his assets at any time" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 9/10)....The 17th Circuit Court of Broward County (FL) Tuesday entered a judgment that Dolphins CB WILL ALLEN owes CAA Sports $209,012, after Allen failed to respond to the agency's suit that claimed Allen did not follow through "with a settlement agreement" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 9/11).

NAMES: English Premier League club Newcastle United Owner MIKE ASHLEY, while in N.Y. for Fashion Week, "spent an inordinate sum of money" at Manhattan's Pink Elephant. A source said Ashley "spent $200,000 in the club and ordered well over 200 bottles of champagne including Cristal and Dom Perignon -- buying a bottle for every patron in the club" (N.Y. POST, 9/11)....Angels CF TORII HUNTER and rapper CHRIS "LUDACRIS" BRIDGES have collaborated on a "hip-hop tune called 'Luv of Da Game,' which they hope will promote baseball among disadvantaged youths" (L.A. TIMES, 9/11)....ESPN Regional TV has signed a deal for former NFLer MIKE ALSTOTT to be the honorary chair at the '08 St. Petersburg Bowl (ESPN).

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