SBD/Issue 52/Sports Industrialists
Names In The News
Published November 26, 2008
|Vick, In Hopes Of Returning To The NFL, Has
Been Working Out And Is In "Great Shape"
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).
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).