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SBD/Issue 76/Sports Industrialists
Names In The News
Published January 4, 2010
|Clippers Owner Sterling An "Easy Target"
For Criticism Despite Charitable Efforts
REACH FOR THE GOLD: Suns Chair and USA Basketball BOD Chair JERRY COLANGELO has written a new book entitled "RETURN OF THE GOLD: THE JOURNEY OF JERRY COLANGELO AND THE REDEEM TEAM." Colangelo said the book is "about that journey" in terms of the U.S. men's basketball team winning the Gold Medal at the '08 Beijing Games, "but it's somewhat of a life story regarding my own journey." Colangelo: "It's meant to serve as an encouragement for people trying to make it, and I share personal experiences about reaching for the stars and not being afraid to fail. Second, it's a strong look at leadership and building a company" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/3).
A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME....: CNBC's Darren Rovell listed the most influential sports figures in '09 in regard to their use of Twitter. Cavaliers C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL topped the list of influential athletes, as he has used the social networking site "to interact with his fans better than any other athlete." Golfer STEWART CINK, cyclist LANCE ARMSTRONG, Bengals WR CHAD OCHOCINCO and Magic C DWIGHT HOWARD were also noted among players. Other sports figures making the list include ESPN.com columnist and author BILL SIMMONS, ESPN's ADAM SCHEFTER, N.Y. Times reporter PETE THAMEL and player agent EVAN MORGENSTEIN (CNBC.com, 12/30).
Shawne Merriman Has Signed
With EAG Sports Management
IN MEMORY: Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist BILL GLEASON, 87, died Sunday of complications related to Parkinson's disease. Gleason, a "proud South Sider, worked for more than 60 years in Chicago journalism and helped launch the genre of talk sports broadcasting" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/4).