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SBD/Issue 88/Sports Industrialists
Names In The News
Published January 20, 2010
|Writer Says "Love Affair" Between
Manning, Indianapolis Like None Other
THINKING BIG: BROADCASTING & CABLE's David Tanklefsky profiles Base Productions co-Founder & co-CEO JOHN BRENKUS, the host of "Sport Science," which ESPN recently acquired. The show "challenges long-held assumptions about what makes athletes successful, and utilizes Base's signature fast-paced visual production techniques." Brenkus on the show "plays the Everyman foil, often putting himself in harm's way to illustrate a point" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 1/18 issue).
DON'T FORGET ABOUT US: Jewish charity Areivim has sued the estate of late Pistons Owner BILL DAVIDSON for "refusing to pay the charity" money that Davidson pledged before his death. Davidson pledged to contribute $5M to the charity, but had contributed only $200,000 before his death. Areivim is suing in Oakland County (MI) Probate court for the remaining $4.8M (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/20).
BEST WISHES: Thirty officials, coaches and referees from the Haitian soccer federation died in last week's earthquake, while "another 20 remain missing." FIFA is donating $250,000 to relief efforts, and FIFA CONCACAF President JACK WARNER has pledged $100,000 (MIAMI HERALD, 1/20)....MLS Crew President & GM MARK MCCULLERS was "injured in a personal watercraft accident yesterday while vacationing in Puerto Rico." McCullers, who was transported to the ER, said, "I'm OK. My arm is in a sling, but I'm able to walk. I feel pretty lucky" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 1/20).
James (l), Brown (r) Kick Off Celebration
Of Black Heritage At Quicken Loans Arena
IN MEMORY: ALASTAIR MARTIN, who was the top executive of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association from '67-70, "when the distinction between pro and amateur was abolished," died last week at the age of 94 (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/20).