SBD/Issue 112/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Bulls Presented President Obama With No. 44
Jersey Thursday During Visit To White House
Bulls players, coaches, front office personnel and broadcasters Thursday were at the White House and met with and posed for photos with PRESIDENT OBAMA. The team presented Obama with a Bulls jersey with "Obama" and No. 44 on the back (, 2/26).

LAW & ORDER: Court documents filed in defense of IRL driver HELIO CASTRONEVES in his tax evasion case indicate that his defense “will center on him not controlling” Seven Promotions, the company “at the heart of the alleged scheme.” Castroneves is accused of diverting $5.5M to avoid U.S. income taxes, and the defense will argue that Seven Promotions is owned and operated by Castroneves’ father (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 2/27).

NAMES: Magic C DWIGHT HOWARD has been named the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for January, in “recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work.” Howard recently donated $25,000 to the Parramore Kidz Zone Teen Shack in Orlando to aid in renovations (, 2/26)....Labor arbitrator DON WOLLETT has released a new book, “GETTING ON BASE: UNIONISM IN BASEBALL,” which argues that “minor league baseball players should be organized into a union” (, 2/24)....Director MIKAEL SALOMON has been retained to work on “UNDEFEATED: THE ROCKY MARCIANO STORY,” the first authorized biopic about the boxer (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 2/27)....The Patriots, Hockey HOFer RAY BOURQUE and ESPN's PETER GAMMONS are among the 40,000 businesses, individuals and charities to have unclaimed money or property held by the state of Massachusetts (AP, 2/26)....NBC Olympics Coordinating Producer MOLLY SOLOMON Tuesday was awarded the Individual Achievement Award as Outstanding Producer for an Entertainment Series or Special by the American Women in Radio and Television at the 34th annual GRACIE ALLEN Awards (NBC)....WWE CEO LINDA MCMAHON was approved on Wednesday by the Connecticut state House of Representatives for a seat on the eleven-member state Board of Education. Her candidacy “had raised controversy among some at the state capital” (HARTFORD COURANT, 2/26)....The Tibetan Association of Boston will host the 14th DALAI LAMA at Gillette Stadium on May 2 (BOSTON HERALD, 2/26)....Patriots QB TOM BRADY and girlfriend, model GISELE BUNDCHEN Thursday reportedly wed in L.A. at the St. Monica Catholic Church in a "very small and intimate" ceremony (, 2/26).

IN MEMORY: JOHNNY "RED" KERR passed away Thursday at the age of 76 "after a year-long battle with prostate cancer." Kerr was the first head coach of the Bulls from '66-68 and also served as a Bulls exec, broadcaster and ambassador (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/27)....Former NBAer and CSN Chicago Bulls studio analyst NORM VAN LIER Thursday also passed away at the age of 61. Comcast SportsNet’s MARK SCHANOWSKI said of Van Lier, "He wanted (the Bulls) them to win, wanted them to advance into the playoffs, and that passion always showed through in the broadcasts because you never knew what he was going to say” (“Chicago Tribune Live,” CSN Chicago, 2/26).

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