SBD/Issue 52/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Vick, In Hopes Of Returning To The NFL, Has
Been Working Out And Is In "Great Shape"
Suspended QB MICHAEL VICK Tuesday plead guilty to a state dogfighting charge in Virginia, and under a plea deal, Vick received a "three-year suspended prison term and a $2,500 fine." Vick's agent JOEL SEGAL said of his client's prospects of returning to the NFL, "Mike is working out and staying in great shape." But in Atlanta, D. Orlando Ledbetter notes there will be "controversy surrounding any team that acquires Vick." Chiefs President & GM CARL PETERSON: "I hope they're prepared to face the dog lovers of America" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/26).

CHARITY STRIPE: The NBA D-League, in conjunction with the start of the season on November 28, will launch "Season of Cheering," a league-wide effort to support fans and give back to the D-League communities. During the effort, which runs through the end of the year, D-League players and coaches will participate in over 150 charitable events throughout the 16 team cities (NBA)....Former tennis player ANDRE AGASSI's foundation received a $2.25M grant from Fiji Natural Water Founder & Chair DAVID GILMOUR and his wife, JILLIAN, to "research early childhood education in a state where public funding for pre-kindergarten programs is scarce" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 11/25).

OWNERS IN THE NEWS: Dodgers Owner FRANK MCCOURT is part of an effort to "begin a long-term campaign to remodel or build" 42 baseball fields throughout Boyle Heights, California, and L.A. County. It is unknown how much money McCourt will contribute, but a rep from L.A.-based Friedman Charitable Foundation said that it would "match the Dodgers' efforts" up to $5M (L.A. TIMES, 11/26)....Celtics CEO & Managing Partner WYC GROUSBECK and President RICH GOTHAM, and Bruins Exec VP CHARLIE JACOBS and VP CAM NEELY Tuesday helped serve Thanksgiving dinner to 500 people at the TD Banknorth Garden (BOSTON HERALD, 11/26).

PASS BACK: Former NFLers Jerry Rice and Steve Young Tuesday appeared on NBC’s “THE BIGGEST LOSER: FAMILIES.” The players put the contestants, who were wearing Young and Rice 49ers jerseys, through some of the drills football players go through while training to get ready for the season. The winning team received $5,000 from NFL Play 60 to donate to the school of their choice, with Young and Rice adding another $5,000. Throughout the show, the contestants wore various NFL players jerseys and the NFL shield was visible on banners (“The Biggest Loser: Families,” NBC, 11/25).

NAMES: ESPN/ABC NBA analyst MARK JACKSON has put his five-bedroom mansion in Calabasas, California, on the market for $4,995,000, less than 18 months after purchasing it for $4.7M. The 10,000-square-foot house has a theater, gym, steam room and poker room (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/25)....Retired golfer ANNIKA SORENSTAM will deliver the commencement address at the Univ. of Arizona, her alma mater, on December 20 (MIAMI HERALD, 11/26)....In Dallas, Rick Gosselin reviewed "MY DIRTY, LITTLE SECRETS," a new book by former NFLer TONY MANDARICH, and noted it is a "quick and compelling read." In the "fascinating book," Mandarich paints himself as a "con artist -- someone who cheated his school, the NCAA, the NFL and himself" (DALLASNEWS.com, 11/25).

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