SBD/Issue 238/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Evernham (l) And Crocker Marry In Front
Of Immediate Family In Las Vegas Hotel
Richard Petty Motorsports part-Owner and ESPN NASCAR analyst RAY EVERNHAM married driver ERIN CROCKER Wednesday night "in a Las Vegas hotel in front of immediate family." The couple began dating in '06 when Crocker was a development driver for Evernham Motorsports (ESPN.com, 8/27).

ON THE BIG SCREEN: In N.Y., Manohla Dargis reviews "BIG FAN," a film directed by ROBERT SIEGEL about a 35-year-old man who "sleeps under a poster of his favorite football star while tucked under a coverlet imprinted with the names of NFL teams." Dargis writes "one of the pleasures of this agreeably low-key and modest film," which hit theaters Friday, is that Siegel "isn't selling a message or trying to wring a grand metaphor out of his humble material: he's created a somewhat simple story about a man who turns out to be rather less simple than he first appears" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/28).

LEARNING THE ROPES: In Portland, Jason Vondersmith profiled Univ. of Oregon (UO) AD MIKE BELLOTTI, whose desk "has been filled" with UO business since he took the job on July 1. Bellotti and UO officials "have been tackling certain issues, including the lack of parking at Autzen Stadium with more construction" on a new baseball stadium. UO has been negotiating with the Single-A Northwest League Eugene Emeralds "on a tentative 20-year lease agreement, which would help the UO baseball venture be self-sufficient" (PORTLAND TRIBUNE, 8/27).

NAMES: PRESIDENT OBAMA has been "squeezing in lots of weekend golf of late," Thursday played the "most difficult course" on Martha's Vineyard, the Vineyard Golf Club. Obama's playing partners have included White House Trip Dir MARVIN NICHOLSON, a former caddie at Augusta National Golf Club, Vice President JOE BIDEN and U.S. Trade Representative RON KIRK (USA TODAY, 8/28)....Nets Owner Bruce Ratner has sold his Montauk, New York, house for $10M to art dealer DAVID ZWIRNER (N.Y. POST, 8/28)....Former NFLer JAY RIEMERSMA, who is running for Michigan's 2nd Congressional District seat as a Republican, said that former Univ. of Michigan football coach LLOYD CARR, his college coach, "will campaign on his behalf" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/28)....The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ruled 6-1 against consumer activist COLMAN M. HERMAN, who sued the Admit One Ticket Agency after the company in '05 said that it would "cost him $500 to buy one seat in the loge section" at Fenway Park for a Yankees-Red Sox game while the face value was just $80. The court ruled that Herman is "out because he did not buy the ticket and was not legally injured," and that the ticket reselling business is "too complex for anyone to readily define what fees are justified under the antiscalping law" (BOSTON.com, 8/27)….Former Patriots WR RANDY MOSS' agent LOUIS DANTE DITRAPANO "pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to providing a false statement to a financial institution" (STATEJOURNAL.com, 8/27).

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