SBD/Issue 19/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Live Earth Producer KEVIN WALL and his company Control Room "have been chosen to organize and produce a three-hour concert to kick off" the FIFA World Cup in South Africa on June 10, 2010. The concert at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg "will take place the day before South Africa begins hosting the soccer tournament." Details of the artist line-up "have yet to be revealed" (BILLBOARD.biz, 10/7).

PepsiCo Featuring Employee's Image On
Breast Cancer Awareness Gatorade Bottles
Inspiration In A Bottle: PepsiCo is featuring employee Lori Tauber Marcus on bottles of Gatorade as a breast cancer survivor as part of "Giving Hope a Hand, a nationwide program led by national grocery chain Kroger Co." PepsiCo also will feature "employees who have survived breast cancer on its 24-can Cube packages of soda and packages of Frito-Lay chips" (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 10/7).

CHARITY STRIPE: Yahoo Sports officials yesterday presented a check for $15,000 to Green Bay Mayor JIM SCHMITT and the Green Bay Children's Museum. The cash was "awarded to Green Bay for its winning of an online popularity poll" sponsored by Yahoo (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 10/8)....Seahawks LB LOFA TATUPU has "pledged to match the first $10,000 that fans donate in a drive between the Seahawks and Medical Teams International to aid survivors of last month's Pacific Rim disaster" (SEATTLE TIMES, 10/8).

NAMES: MLS Red Bulls MF NICK ZIMMERMAN tested out five sets of soccer cleats as part of the N.Y. TIMES' "Physical Culture" feature. Zimmerman said each pair had "something different to offer" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/8)....Hurricanes Owner PETER KARMANOS' Compuware yesterday said that it "would pay $295[M] in cash for" Massachusetts-based Gomez, which "provides Web performance monitoring solutions." The deal is "expected to close in November" (LOCALTECHWIRE.com, 10/7)....Chargers season-ticket holder PATRICK CRONIN has "sued the team and the city of San Diego in Superior Court, alleging he was punched in the face by a fan whom the Chargers and city failed to rein in despite complaints from him and others" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/8)....MLB Rangers President NOLAN RYAN will be inducted into the Texas Cowboy HOF on January 14 (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/8)....Patriots QB Tom Brady has put his penthouse in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood "on the block," listing the house for about $10.9M (BOSTON HERALD, 10/8). 

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