SBD/Issue 48/Sports Industrialists

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Richardson Establishes Scholarship Fund
At Winthrop University In Honor Of Wife
NFL Panthers Owner JERRY RICHARDSON has created a scholarship fund at Winthrop Univ. that “will allow one senior a year to attend the school for free.” Richardson established a $500,000 endowment to “permanently fund” the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Senior Scholarship in honor of his wife, who attended the school in the '50s. Winthrop spokesperson AMANDA STEWART said that the award of roughly $20,000 will “cover all expenses for a student’s senior year, including tuition, expenses and room and board” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/18). Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL on Monday said that Richardson is “actively involved in the NFL’s negotiations” for a new CBA. Goodell: “He’s played a very valuable role for us and continues to talk to all 32 teams on a regular basis” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/17).

WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME: In Denver, Aldo Svaldi in a front-page piece reports Colorado-based Speed of Wealth LLC, which federal authorities have accused of helping raise $30M in a “Ponzi-like scheme,” hired Pro Football HOFer John Elway to “attract investors to its seminars.” Elway’s agent JEFF SPERBECK said Elway “did not promote specific investments, endorse the company or invest personally” in Speed of Wealth (DENVER POST, 11/18).

COURT REPORT: The Charlotte Observer yesterday asked that the “secret court records” in the case of NASCAR Chair & CEO BRIAN FRANCE and his ex-wife, MEGAN, be unsealed. The newspaper also has “asked that court hearings in the case be kept open to the public.” The case “apparently involves domestic issues and a contract dispute.” In a motion filed yesterday, attorneys for the Observer and news partner WCNC-NBC “argued that the public has a constitutional right of access to the judicial proceedings and to the records” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/18).

STEEL RESOLVE: In Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel profiles Pittsburgh sports attorney CHUCK GREENBERG, who is teaming with MLB Rangers President NOLAN RYAN to bid for ownership of the team. Greenberg's "laid-back, open style" has become "his trademark." And in the "span of a decade," he "went from being someone who helped other people buy sports teams -- in 1999, he brokered [MARIO] LEMIEUX's deal to acquire the Penguins -- to the owner of three" minor league baseball franchises (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 11/18).

Crystal Joins Cowboys Players In Helping Serve
Over 200 People At Salvation Army In Dallas
NAMES: Converse has asked a federal judge in Boston for a “protective order so it won’t have to respond to a subpoena” from L.H. Equity Investments, a Florida firm that is suing Heat G DWYANE WADE over a failed restaurant venture. Wade endorsed Converse before switching to its parent company, Nike, in July (BOSTON HERALD, 11/18)…. The Colts last night at their practice facility hosted 130 women for their Women's 201 Clinic, in which the women "put on their sweats and passed, caught, kicked and learned defensive drills" with former Colts players. The class is an "advanced level of the Women's 101 beginners' class, which began four years ago." The $70 course also included "dinner and Colts memorabilia to take home" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 11/18)....CBC Sports' SCOTT MOORE has confirmed that the “Battle of the Blades” reality TV show will return for a second season in ’10 (TRUTHANDRUMOURS.net, 11/17)….Comedian BILLY CRYSTAL yesterday joined Cowboys players to help serve "more than 200 people" at The Salvation Army's Carr P. Collins Social Services Center in Dallas (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/18).

IN MEMORY: Former Penn State Univ. AD ED CZEKAJ passed away Monday at the age of 87. Czekaj "became an employee of the athletic department in 1953 and held several positions before becoming" AD in '69. He held that job until '80, when football coach JOE PATERNO took over. Czekaj retired in '82 (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 11/18).

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