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PepsiCo Acquires PepsiAmericas 
Stake From Pohlad Family
In Minneapolis, Matt McKinney reports Twins Owner the Pohlad family yesterday sold its 9.7% stake in PepsiAmericas, one of PepsiCo's "two largest bottlers," back to PepsiCo. The deal brings an end to a "long run in bottling for the Pohlads" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/5). The pouring rights at the Metrodome currently belong to Coca-Cola, but Pepsi has long been a sponsor of the Twins. Pouring rights at Target Field, which will open for the '10 MLB season, have not yet been awarded (THE DAILY).

ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL: In L.A., Zahniser & Willon report AEG was "credited as one of the sponsors" of a fundraiser held yesterday for L.A. Mayor ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA's Summer Night Lights program, which helps "provide activities for youths." The sponsorship of the event, held at L.A. Live's Grammy Museum, has "sparked complaints" from public safety activist MONICA HARMON, who has "repeatedly called on the mayor and City Council to demand repayment from the company for the $1.4[M] cost of last month's MICHAEL JACKSON memorial." Villaraigosa has "regularly asked AEG for help with his political and policy initiatives, receiving six-figure contributions for his school takeover effort and, more recently, for a telephone tax ballot measure" (L.A. TIMES, 8/5).

KEEPING HIMSELF ENTERTAINED: In Buffalo, Jeff Simon wrote one has to "wonder sometimes if we all wouldn't have been better off" if Sabres Owner TOM GOLISANO had been elected New York Governor when he ran in '94, '98 and '02. Simon: "At least then the Sabres' owner wouldn't be meddling so weirdly in matters of state." Golisano's "solutions to the Billionaire's Problem (i.e. now that I've got all this, what in heaven's name do I do with it?) are sometimes wonderful (buying the Sabres) and sometimes -- well, not so much" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/4).

 
BOOK REVIEW: In Dallas, Rick Gosselin reviewed N.Y. Daily News NFL writer GARY MYERS' book, "THE CATCH," which "hitches the rise of the 1980s 49ers and the fall of the 1970s Cowboys" to the '81 49ers-Cowboys NFC Championship Game. Myers "does a superb job of developing the characters on both sides of the rivalry," and he "paints the Cowboys as arrogant and the 49ers as the upstarts who felt disrespected by America's Team earlier that same season" (DALLASNEWS.com, 8/4).

NAMES: Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona has "teamed up with a nonprofit organization called Malaria No More, and enlisted a roster of international corporations, nongovernmental organizations, [the] MLS Works charity and some of the world’s highest profile players" (NYTIMES.com, 8/3)....MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG and his family have "donated $200,000 to Milwaukee's film festival," which has said that it will "express its appreciation by naming its two film festival audience awards after the family." The awards are for "overall audience favorite film in the feature and short-film categories" (AP, 8/4).

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