SBD/Issue 156/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Yankees Presented Obama With An Autographed
Jersey, Took Tour Of The White House

PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday honored the Yankees for their '09 World Series title during a 10-minute ceremony at the White House. Several Yankees players and execs "presented Obama with a signed No. 27 jersey, and posed for photos with the President." At one point when Obama held the championship trophy, Yankees VP & Assistant GM Jean Afterman said, "You might not get to hold it again." Obama responded, "You wonder why other teams don't root for you." Yankees SS DEREK JETER joked, "He better be careful with that. There's a lot of Yankees fans that vote" (, 4/26). Yankees front-office officials in attendance included co-Chair & Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner, GM Brian Cashman and President Randy Levine (, 4/26).

POLICE BLOTTER: Federal prosecutors allege that accused Ponzi swindler NEVIN SHAPIRO "used his wealth and prominent connections," including those to Heat G DWYANE WADE and Cavaliers C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL, to "bolster an image of a successful grocery broker selling stakes in lucrative import deals." The prosecutors claim that the scam "cost roughly 60 investors" at least $80M (MIAMI HERALD, 4/24). O'Neal on Sunday admitted that he knows Shapiro, but said that he "did not receive a pair of diamond-encrusted handcuffs from Shapiro as a birthday gift and he never did business with him," as the Miami Herald report alleges (, 4/25).

BOOKSHELF: On Long Island, Neil Best reviews sports radio personality SID ROSENBERG's new book, "YOU'RE WRONG AND YOU'RE UGLY." It is an "entertaining read full of candid admissions and blunt opinions from Rosenberg" and 22 other media personalities who contribute to the book. People with an "interest in New York sports radio and its cast of characters, especially Rosenberg," should read the book. But those "who do not have an avid interest in New York radio and/or Rosenberg" might wonder "about the point of it all" (NEWSDAY, 4/27)....Ravens OT MICHAEL OHER is penning an autobiography, "I BEAT THE ODDS," detailing his life that also inspired the movie and book "THE BLIND SIDE." The autobiography is due out in February (, 4/26)....The Sporting News and the Society for Baseball Research honored author DENNIS PAJOT for his '09 book, "THE RISE OF MILWAUKEE BASEBALL" (, 4/26).

NAMES: Cavaliers Owner DAN GILBERT's plan for casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati is "taking shape." In addition to plans for a $600M casino near Quicken Loans Arena, Gilbert's Rock Ventures LLC holding group earlier this month "bought a 20-acre site in Cincinnati" for $35M (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 4/26 issue)....A bill pending in the Michigan Legislature "would designate a stretch of I-475 through Flint" as the "Mark Ingram Memorial Highway." Univ. of Alabama RB MARK INGRAM, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, went to high school at Flint Southwestern Academy (AP, 4/26)....Suns F GRANT HILL has been awarded the Joe Dumars Trophy as the '09-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner. Hill becomes the first three-time winner of the award, previously earning the distinction in '04-05 and '07-08 (NBA)....Celebrities expected to attend Friday's Barnstable Brown Gala ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby include Patriots QB TOM BRADY, Packers QB AARON RODGERS, former MLBer BARRY BONDS, U.S. figure skater JOHNNY WEIR, U.S. skier BODE MILLER and Univ. of Kentucky men's basketball coach JOHN CALIPARI (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 4/27).

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