SBD/Issue 154/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

J.C. FRANCE, the grandson of late NASCAR Founder BILL FRANCE SR., "will be behind the wheel of a race car soon, now that a technicality has wiped out" the charges lodged against him in an October arrest. France on Thursday was reinstated to Grand-Am Road Racing and will compete in Rolex Series events after a five-month suspension. A judge "granted a motion to suppress all the evidence collected against" France when he was stopped by Daytona Beach police (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 4/23).

PARTYING FOR A CAUSE: In Boston, Karen Guregian notes Patriots DT VINCE WILFORK every year hosts an NFL Draft party where a "ton of money is raised" for charity. Wilfork has "managed to donate a ton of cash for diabetes research." In the past two years, he has "raised more than $350,000" for the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Diabetes Research Institute at the Univ. of Miami. Wilfork and his wife, BIANCA, "matched all funds raised up to $50,000." Wilfork's father, DAVID, died from diabetes complications in '02 (BOSTON HERALD, 4/23).

"Pelada" Examines Soccer Around The World

GOING TO THE MOVIES: In N.Y., Christopher Clarey notes the new soccer documentary "PELADA," which is "making the festival rounds," is "brimming with energy and optimism." The movie, made by "four Americans in their twenties," was filmed in "25 countries, from the pounding heart of the game in Brazil to the much more obscure playgrounds of Iran" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/23)....Endemol's first feature film, "BLUE MOON RISING," is a "cinematic snapshot of a year in the life of high-profile" EPL club Manchester City. The film, directed by STEWART SUGG, "follows a group of Manchester City fans throughout" the '09-10 season and "in the wake of the takeover by" SHEIKH MANSOUR BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN. It is due out this summer (DAILY VARIETY, 4/22)...."THE PERFECT GAME," which is about the "motley team of Mexican schoolkids who somehow won the 1957 Little League World Series," opened in 417 theatres last Friday, earning around $500,000 (L.A. TIMES, 4/20).

NAMES: IMG Chair & CEO Ted Forstmann and Harvard Univ. professor Niall Ferguson co-authored an opinion piece in Friday's Wall Street Journal under the header, "Back To Basics on Financial Reform. The Case For Limiting Leverage And Regulating Derivatives Is Overwhelming, But That Doesn't Require A New 1,300-Page Law" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/23)....Former NBAer VLADE DIVAC on Tuesday was named Serbia's Olympic Committee President (ESPN.com, 4/21)....The PGA Tour Wives Association, in collaboration with The Players Championship, Valero Texas Open and HP Byron Nelson Championship, has launched Operation Literacy, a three-week campaign to bring awareness to the importance of literacy skills (PGA Tour).

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