SBD/Issue 59/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

In DC, Robert McCartney profiled Redskins Owner DAN SNYDER under the header, "A Look At The Dan Snyder You Don't Hear So Much About." While Snyder "seems to have become the most hated man" in DC, several people "praised Snyder for being sincerely considerate and benevolent and said the toxic reputation he's acquired is incomplete and misleading." He has "given millions of dollars to charitable causes," but his "often-abrasive manner explains in part why his good works haven't inspired the popular affection accorded" to the late ABE POLLIN (WASHINGTON POST, 12/6).

SEE YOU THERE: Comedian STEPHEN COLBERT last Thursday on his Comedy Central TV show said that he "would accept an invitation from the City of Richmond to attend" the Vancouver Games, "but only as a member of the U.S. Olympic team." Officials from the Canadian city invited Colbert "after he labeled Canadians as 'syrup suckers' and 'ice-holes.'" Richmond offered Colbert a chance to serve as an "official ombudsman to monitor the treatment of Americans during the Games" (CP, 12/4).

IN THE MONEY: BENNETT MILLER is "in negotiations to direct" Columbia Pictures' "MONEYBALL," based on MICHAEL LEWIS' book. Columbia, the movie's producers and actor BRAD PITT "met with directors during recent weeks to get the movie back on track after pulling the plug on a STEVEN SODERBERGH-helmed iteration in June" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 12/7). Miller directed "CAPOTE," among other films, and with him in control, the film's budget will likely be "downsized, though no decision has been made yet" (VARIETY.com, 12/4).

 
UNDER REVIEW: In Boston, Karen Guregian reviewed former NFLer ROMAN PHIFER's new documentary "BLOOD EQUITY," which "provides viewers with a stark portrayal about the harsh treatment and cruel realities facing many former NFL players following retirement." The stories "are poignant and informative," and the film "presents a grim view" of the NFLPA and late Exec Dir GENE UPSHAW (BOSTON HERALD, 12/6)....In N.Y., Doree Shafrir reviewed LANCE ARMSTRONG's new autobiography, "COMEBACK 2.0: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL." Armstrong "puts his life as an athlete -- and also as a family man -- on intimate display." The book is a "photographic and narrative chronicle of Armstrong's training regimen as he prepares for the Tour, as well as his relationship with his family" (N.Y. POST, 12/6).

NAMES: Oilers Owner DARYL KATZ has "expanded his reach into Medicentres clinics, a chain of walk-in doctors' offices" in Edmonton. Katz indirectly owns a "majority voting shareholder interest" in Medicentres Holding Corp., formed in February, while his mother IDA owns 10% (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 12/6)....The Kohler Co. has purchased Hamilton Hall, "which overlooks the 18th green and fairway" of the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. Hamilton Hall opened as a hotel in 1895 (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/5)....NHL Kings President of Business Operations LUC ROBITAILLE was honored in a ceremony before Saturday's game that "included a donation of $25,000 by the club's management to Echoes of Hope, the charity for which Robitaille and his wife STACIA work so earnestly" (LATIMES.com, 12/5)....More than 150 members of the Rays organization, including Owner STUART STERNBERG, Friday helped "build a playground at the YMCA Camp Cristina" in Riverview, Florida (TAMPABAY.com, 12/4)....The pen 76ers G ALLEN IVERSON used to sign his contract with the team Thursday is "being auctioned on Sixers.com to benefit Sixers Charities and the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/6).

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