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Spanos, Chargers Have Given
$2,445,200 To GOP Since '89
A study by the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that since '89, owners and officials on 22 of the NFL's 32 teams "have given more cash to Republicans than Democrats, and that several teams have given more" than 90% of their contributions to the GOP. The Chargers "blew away the rest of the field with $2,455,200 in total money contributed, with most of that coming from" Owner ALEX SPANOS, who has given more than $2M. The Rams were the league's "biggest donor to Democrats, contributing $230,050," 98% of the team's total (POLITICO.com, 9/17).

NOT SO IMPORTANT: In Chicago, David Greising writes PRESIDENT OBAMA "should not go" to the IOC's October 2 vote determining the host city for the '16 Olympics. Obama in saying he likely will not attend to remain in the U.S. to focus on health care "offered up an excuse when he should have given a sound reason." What Obama "should have said is more direct: He has a country to run." Greising: "There is no earthly reason why a president of the United States should take time off from the world's most consequential agenda to pitch for the chance to host what is, at its core, a 17-day swim and track meet" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/18).

BEST WISHES: Texas Motor Speedway President EDDIE GOSSAGE disclosed Thursday that his cancer "is in remission." Gossage, who addressed the media Thursday, "never revealed what kind of cancer he has." Gossage: "I was hoping I could just miss a few weeks in the summer, come back to work, and nobody would know the difference." In Ft. Worth, Gil LeBreton notes Gossage "avoided the spotlight until Thursday's media event to promote the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup," and the only indications of his treatment were "his lack of a full beard ... and a black ballcap that covered his mostly hairless scalp" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/18).

Bernie Williams' Sophomore Album
Nominated For Latin Grammy Award
NAMES: SMI Chair BRUTON SMITH has sued Cabarrus County (NC) and the city of Concord, “demanding that they move more quickly toward paying him for up to $4[M] of road work he’s performed” around Lowe’s Motor Speedway and zMax Dragway. The suit claims county and city officials have “attempted to delay reimbursing him for that work,” which was part of an $80M package agreed upon in ’07. Smith is seeking to be reimbursed for the work in the next three to five years (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/18)....Celtics F PAUL PIERCE on September 27 will formally launch FitClub34, providing children in New England with information on how to become more active and physically fit (THE DAILY)....Golfer FRED COUPLES has sold his 11,000-square-foot Montecito, California, home for $9.56M, “nearly 25% less than the asking price.” Couples bought the five-acre property in ’99 for $4M (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/18)….Cavaliers C SHAQUILLE O’NEAL’s wife SHAUNIE last week in N.Y. was seen “talking to TV executives all week, shopping around a reality show about NBA wives to be set in Miami.” Although she is “likely to cast several of her friends,” she is expected to "remain behind the scenes for this show” (MIAMIHERALD.com, 9/17)….Former MLBer BERNIE WILLIAMS’ sophomore album “Moving Forward” was nominated Thursday for the Latin Grammy Award’s “Best Instrumental Album” (NYTIMES.com, 9/17).

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