SBD/Issue 167/Sports Industrialists

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President Obama Friday Hosted Phillies At
White House To Honor '08 World Series Title
PRESIDENT OBAMA Friday welcomed the Phillies to the White House to congratulate the team on their '08 World Series title. In Philadelphia, Paul Hagen wrote it was "fun to watch the players' faces as they stood on the podium behind Obama during his 7-minute speech, fun to see big-league ballplayers who become accustomed to having others look up to them be just a little in awe of the company they were keeping." Obama, after accepting a Phillies jersey from SS Jimmy Rollins, joked, "Can I have your ring, too?" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/16).

WORDS OF WISDOM: MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG yesterday, delivering the commencement address at the Univ. of Wisconsin, talked about "how he dreamed of living a 'baseball life' while a college student." Selig used his story "as an example for graduates, whom he encouraged to dream big and not be afraid of failure." Selig: "In baseball, as in life ... hope and faith are critical to success. Take advantage of these difficult times because if you have hope and faith, if you are smart and tenacious and dedicated and willing to sacrifice, you can make a difference and make this a better world. And don't be afraid of failure" (AP, 5/17).

BACK ON THE ROAD: In N.Y., Charles McGrath wrote late author JACK KEROUAC "obsessively played a fantasy baseball game of his own invention," a hobby that "even close friends ... never knew about." Kerouac collected stats and notes, which are now part of the Jack Kerouac Archive at the Berg Collection of the N.Y. Public Library, and the library this week will publish "KEROUAC AT BAT: FANTASY SPORTS & THE KING OF THE BEATS." The 75-page collection, written by curator ISAAC GEWIRTZ, will be on sale exclusively at the library's gift shop, "at least for now" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/16).

SITTING DUCK: Ducks GM BOB MURRAY Thursday night after Red Wings-Ducks Game Seven at Joe Louis Arena was interviewed by Detroit police, "but was not charged" after TV stage manager RACHEL PARIS claimed that Murray "hit her in the left chest, arm and shoulder with a chair" following the Ducks' loss. Murray denied throwing a chair at Paris, and said, "It was a complete accident. I've spoken with her and cleared it all up" (L.A. TIMES, 5/16).  

Actors Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Attend
Sunday's Celtics-Magic Game Seven In Boston
NAMES: Hornets Owner GEORGE SHINN Friday chaired a meeting of New Orleans-area business leaders aimed at "generating monies to help save" the Univ. of New Orleans (UNO) athletic program, which "faces a possible" $1.4M budget cut. Shinn had "offered his expertise, as well as financial assistance," to the effort (New Orleans TIMES PICAYUNE, 5/16)....In Providence, Bill Reynolds profiled Red Sox President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO, who often has been the "public voice of the organization." In MLB, most team presidents "are out of sight, and usually are out of mind," but "not Lucchino." He makes a weekly appearance on WEEI-AM and has "few qualms about going after the Yankees" (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 5/17)....NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN, Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT and President JONATHAN KRAFT, Turner President of Sales, Distribution & Sports DAVID LEVY, NBA agent AARON GOODWIN and actors JENNIFER GARNER, BEN AFFLECK and ELIZA DUSHKU were among the many celebrities to attend last night's Magic-Celtics Game Seven at TD Banknorth Garden (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/18)....Former 49ers Owner EDDIE DEBARTOLO JR. will be the first inductee into the team's HOF, and will be honored at halftime of the Seahawks-49ers game on September 20 (, 5/17).

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