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Former Warriors Owner FRANKLIN MIEULI died Sunday due to natural causes at the age of 89, according to Marcus Thompson II of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Mieuli, who owned the NBA team for 24 years before selling it in '85, was the "only owner to bring a championship to the Warriors franchise" after it moved from Philadelphia in '62. He purchased a partial stake in the club when it moved to the Bay Area, and "became majority owner a short time later." He also owned a small stake in the 49ers. Mieuli was "known for his eccentric behavior and his willingness to do what it took to win." NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN in a statement yesterday said, "Franklin was truly one of the innovators in our league, who was so proud of the Bay Area and his ability to maintain a team there" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/26). In S.F., Dwight Chapin in a front-page piece notes Mieuli "refused to let the Warriors bolt from the area during trying financial times, and he was instrumental in making possible the DeBartolo Corp.'s purchase of the 49ers." Mieuli also owned a stake in the MLB Giants, "playing a role in their early San Francisco popularity through his broadcast production company" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/26).
The following lists the agents and their agencies/firms who are repping the NFL’s second-round draft picks. Some players are listed with more than one representative due to the different responsibilities they may have for their client. The list of first-round selections and agents can be found in Friday's issue of THE DAILY.NO.TEAMPLAYERAGENT33)
Rams Rodger Saffold/OT/Indiana Jared Fox, Alan Herman/SportStars34) Vikings Chris Cook/CB/Virginia Hadley Engelhard/Enter-Sports Management35) Buccaneers Brian Price/DT/UCLA Charles Price/4th & 9 Sports36) Chiefs Dexter McCluster/RB/Ole Miss Brian Mackler, Jon Perzley/SportStars37) Eagles Nate Allen/S/South Florida Todd France/France AllPro Athlete Management38) Browns T.J. Ward/S/Oregon Josh Arnold/Synergy Sports International39) Buccaneers Arrelious Benn/WR/Illinois Gary Wichard/Pro Tect Management40) Dolphins Koa Misi/LB/Utah Kenny Zuckerman/Priority Sports & Entertainment41) Bills Torrell Troup/DT/Central Florida Adisi Bakari/Lohnes Sports & Entertainment42) Patriots Rob Gronkowski/TE/Arizona Drew Rosenhaus/Rosenhaus Sports43) Ravens Sergio Kindle/LB/Texas Joel Segal, Chafie Fields/BEST44) Raiders Lamarr Houston/DT/Texas Jordan Woy, Timothy White/Jordan Woy & Associates45) Broncos Zane Beadles/OT/Utah Bruce Tollner, Ryan Tollner, Chase Callahan/Rep 1 Sports Group46) Giants Linval Joseph/DE/East Carolina Bill Johnson, Pat Dye/ProFiles Sports47) Cardinals Daryl Washington/LB/TCU Jordan Woy/Jordan Woy & Associates48) Panthers Jimmy Clausen/QB/Notre Dame Gary Wichard/Pro Tect Management49) 49ers Taylor Mays/S/USC Gary Wichard/Pro Tect Management50) Chiefs Javier Arenas/CB/Alabama Lamont Smith/All Pro Sports & Entertainment51) Vikings Toby Gerhart/RB/Stanford David Dunn, Mark Humenik, Justin Schulman, Joby Branion/Athletes First52) Steelers Jason Worilds/LB/Virginia Tech Jason Bernstein, Scott Smith/XAM Sports53) Patriots Jermaine Cunningham/DE/Florida Jon Perzley, Brian Mackler/SportStars54) Bengals Carlos Dunlap/DE/Florida Todd France/France AllPro Athlete Management55) Cowboys Sean Lee/LB/Penn State Mike McCartney/Premier Sports & Entertainment56) Packers Mike Neal/DE/Purdue Roosevelt Barnes/Maximum Sports Management57) Ravens Terrence Cody/DT/Alabama Alvin Keels Jr./Corporate Athletic Management58) Texans Ben Tate/RB/Auburn Jon Persch, Chad Speck/Allegiant Athletic Agency59) Browns Montario Hardesty/RB/Tennessee Mitch Frankel, Thomas Sims, Leron Rogers/Impact Sports Management, Dynasty Sports Group60) Seahawks Golden Tate/WR/Notre Dame Todd France/France AllPro Athlete Management61) Jets Vladimir Ducasse/OT/Massachusetts Joe Linta/JL Sports62) Patriots Brandon Spikes/LB/Florida Terry Watson/Watson Sports Agency63) Colts Pat Angerer/LB/Iowa Jack Bechta/JB Sports64) Saints Charles Brown/OT/USC Eric Kaufman, Gary Uberstine/Premier Sports & Entertainment
MORE TO COME: For the listing of agents repping third-round picks, please see tomorrow’s issue of THE DAILY.
ESPN's BUSTER OLNEY was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me" this weekend in the "Not My Job" segment, in which celebrities are asked questions about subject matter outside their area of expertise. Olney answered correctly for one of three questions about the life of author MARK TWAIN. Host PETER SAGAL introduced Olney by saying, "What EBERT and ROEPER were to movies, or what LARRY KING is to ex-wives, Buster Olney is to baseball." Olney recounted a story about being inadvertently mooned by former Yankees coach DON ZIMMER following his famous run-in with then-Red Sox P PEDRO MARTINEZ. Sagal asked if people in baseball "let you know about it" after something negative is published. Olney said that while covering the Orioles, he would "get cussed out about 20 minutes every day" by Owner PETER ANGELOS, who "didn't like what was written in the Baltimore Sun a lot." Olney: "I'd call him up and I'd hold the phone about three feet from my ear and he would just wear himself out." Guest PAULA POUNDSTONE asked, "Is there a point at which you've said everything that can be said about baseball?" Olney: "Absolutely not. There's a new game, a new story every day." Sagal: "Whenever we hear people talk about baseball, though, they're always saying the same things. If a guy is hitting, they say 'He's seeing the ball well.' If the pitcher is pitching, he's 'really executing his pitches.'" Olney: "That's why I talk about Don Zimmer mooning people" (NPR, 4/24).
By Roush Fenway
STEVE NEWMARK, 38, an attorney for the last 12 years with the Charlotte-based law firm Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, will be the new Senior VP/Business Operations for Roush Fenway Racing beginning this week. Newmark was part of the legal team that worked with the NCAA, CBS and Turner to complete their 14-year, $10.8B media deal last week in Charlotte. At Roush Fenway, Newmark will oversee finance, accounting, human resources, legal and licensing. In addition to working on the NCAA media deal, Newmark also was part of the legal team that assisted the SEC in its media negotiations with CBS and ESPN in '08. His work on the motorsports side has included numerous sponsorship and driver deals, as well as the Motorsports Authentics joint venture between ISC and SMI (Michael Smith, SportsBusiness Journal).
EXECS: Viacom has named MTV Senior VP/Strategic Development & Digital TV Networks Chris McCarthy to the board of the Alliance of Action Sports (Alli). McCarthy fills the vacancy on the board left by Jeff Yapp, who left MTV in August '09. As a board member, he will weigh in on the direction and operation of Alli, which manages the Dew Tour and other action sports properties. Alli is co-owned by Viacom and NBC (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal)....The UFL promoted VP/Operations BILL PETERSON to COO. Peterson will oversee all facets of UFL business with overall responsibility for marketing, revenues, ticket sales, sponsorship, operations and PR (UFL)....Charlotte Collegiate Football named WILL PITTS Dir of Sales. Pitts' primary focus will be the '10 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game and the Meineke Car Care Bowl at Bank of America Stadium (Raycom Sports)....ISP Sports named LORI TAYLOR Associate GM for the UCLA ISP Sports Network, JESSICA WINEMILLER Account Exec for the Blue Hens ISP Sports Network, MICHAEL WARREN Assistant GM for the Pitt ISP Sports Network, BJ PILLING Marketing Assistant for the Elon ISP Sports Network and DENISE DANFORTH Senior Account Exec for Gamecock Sports Properties. ISP's Georgia Sports Properties promoted Marketing Assistant HODGE PATTERSON to Account Exec and Account Exec ED MUNICHIELLO to Senior Account Exec (ISP Sports).
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Howard Reportedly Has Left His
Long-Time Agent, Aaron Goodwin
YAHOO SPORTS' Adrian Wojnarowski cited sources as saying that Magic C DWIGHT HOWARD "has left his long-time agent," Goodwin Sports Management CEO AARON GOODWIN. Howard's next move is "unclear," but sources said that he "planned to lean more toward letting some extended family and friends manage his business." Goodwin, who had repped Howard since he was drafted No. 1 overall in '04, "helped to turn Howard's gregarious and good-natured way into marketing gold." Goodwin "constructed an impressive platform of endorsements for Howard, including a believed [$6-7M] annual shoe deal with adidas and major national campaigns with McDonald's, T-Mobile, Vitamin Water and others." No NBA player is "believed to have as many major sponsors" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/25).
OWNER'S BOX: In California, Doug Krikorian profiled Lakers Owner JERRY BUSS, writing it is "indisputable that Buss is not only the best athletic owner in L.A. history ... but one of the best ever to grace the American scene." Buss is a "fascinating individual, and not just because he's a Wyoming native who came out here in his early 20s to pick up a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at USC." He is a "gentleman who has gone through dramatic incarnations across the decades" (Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM, 4/25)....Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES Friday said that he was "diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat after he purchased the team in 1989." He "noticed when he was talking to people he was experiencing a shortness of breath." But Jones said, "At least 30 percent of the country has what I have" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 4/23).
DOWN IN FRONT: In L.A., T.J. Simers joined AEG President & CEO TIM LEIWEKE to watch last night's Canucks-Kings Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game Six, which the Canucks won to eliminate the Kings. Leiweke "has a suite for his own use" at Staples Center, but he has "bought four seats to every game." He "might be the team's best season-ticket holder, as well as its most passionate fan," as Leiweke is a "mad man once the puck is dropped" (L.A. TIMES, 4/26).
GETTING INVOLVED: In Toronto, Randy Starkman wrote free agent RW GEORGES LARAQUE "may have been boxed into a role as a hockey pugilist, but he's hard to pin down off the ice." Laraque is a "philanthropist, a guy who not only put his heart and soul into helping" Haiti, his parents' homeland, after the January earthquake but "used his head, too." He "spent two weeks doing research" with the NHLPA "before settling on the charity World Vision, which he says will spend less than" 8% of the money raised to build a new C$3M hospital on administration fees (TORONTO STAR, 4/25)....MLS Real Salt Lake MF JEAN ALEXANDRE "helped RSL coordinate the shipment of soccer equipment and clothing to children" at the Y-fo-Lov School in Haiti, and he "has for some time been sending money" to relatives still in Haiti. Alexandre said that he "has now stepped up the pace because the need has grown since the earthquake," and "now that the rainy season's coming, many Haitians are in renewed danger" (DESERET NEWS, 4/25).
Cubs' 5th Annual Race To Wrigley Charity Run
Drew Record 8,300 Runners On Saturday
NAMES: Rays announcer KEVIN KENNEDY was "among a group of passengers who helped subdue a crazed man on a cross-country flight" Friday. Kennedy and "several others grabbed deranged flier STANLEY SHEFFIELD, 46, and tied him up with seat belts." Sheffield "had tried to open a cabin door and threatened to crash the LA-to-Tampa Delta flight" (AP, 4/23)....Broadcasting & Cable magazine will induct Ponturo Management Group CEO TONY PONTURO into the '10 Class of its HOF on Oct. 27 at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in N.Y. (THE DAILY)....Steelers VP ART ROONEY JR. will be inducted into the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports HOF Saturday at the Sheraton Four Points in Warrendale, Pa. (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 4/26)....The KRAFT family has sold a 1.6-acre property in Palm Beach, Fla., for around $19M. The undisclosed buyer reportedly “may be a part-owner” of the Phillies (BOSTON HERALD, 4/26)....The Cubs’ 5th annual Race to Wrigley charity run on Saturday drew a record 8,300 runners and raised more than $150,000 to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities and Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital (Cubs).
IN MEMORY: Former Jets Assistant GM MICHAEL MARTIN, who served in that role during the team’s Super Bowl season, died earlier this month of cancer at age 68. Martin was the son of TOWNSEND MARTIN, one of the Jets’ founding owners (AP, 4/25).