SBD/Issue 155/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

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).

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