SBD/Issue 161/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Didier Drogba Included In
TIME Magazine's Heroes List

TIME magazine features golfer PHIL MICKELSON, India cricket player SACHIN TENDULKAR, tennis player SERENA WILLIAMS, EPL club Chelsea F DIDIER DROGBA and figure skater KIM YU-NA among its Heroes list as part of a special issue on the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Golfer JACK NICKLAUS in a contribution to the magazine writes he has "long enjoyed the engaging personality" of Mickelson and the "smile that has endeared him to many fans." Nicklaus: "Family has always been my priority, and their presence outside the ropes has underlined every win. After he won this year's Masters, I imagine that slipping into a third green jacket would not have meant nearly as much to Phil had he not first slipped into the embrace of his family." Author DEEPAK CHOPRA writes sports heroes such as Tendulkar "stand for national dignity in a way that perhaps only a postcolonial nation can understand." Int'l Tennis HOFer BILLIE JEAN KING writes Williams is "committed to making a difference in the lives of others." Her work with children in Kenya and the U.S. "stresses the importance of education" (TIME, 5/10 issue).

SCREEN PLAYS: A forthcoming documentary about the baseball career of PETE ROSE, "4,192: THE CROWNING OF THE HIT KING," will premiere July 14 at a Cincinnati movie theater. Director, Editor & Exec Producer TERRY LUKEMIRE said that the film focuses on Rose's "on-field performances and achievements which have been overshadowed by his banishment from baseball." The documentary also will be screened at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival in July (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/4)...."BALLHAWKS," a documentary narrated by actor BILL MURRAY about the "dedicated, prowling folks who chase baseballs outside Wrigley Field," will premiere May 28-30 at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Director & Producer MIKE DIEDRICH filmed the documentary with "no financial backing and a donated camera," and he "got Murray to do the voiceover as a favor to JOEL MURRAY," Bill's brother and the film's Exec Producer (MLB.com, 5/3)....U.S. Figure Skating Saturday announced that "RISE," a film recounting the story of the '61 U.S. Figure Skating team that perished in a plane crash on its way to the World Championships, will premiere nationwide on February 17, 2011 (U.S. Figure Skating).

NBA's Perez Lists
Snowboarding As Hobby

WIRED FOR SOUND: BROADCASTING & CABLE's David Tanklefsky profiles NBA Digital Senior VP & GM BRYAN PEREZ, who oversees the NBA's "vast digital partnership with Turner." After getting his MBA from Stanford, Perez worked at MSG as Dir of Business Development, and later worked for the Stars. He joined the NBA in '08 after serving as Live Nation Global Digital CEO. Perez said, "This position is really a culmination of all my experiences." Perez has three kids, and "enjoys snowboarding and a glass of wine" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 5/3 issue).

NAMES: Michigan State Univ. men's basketball coach TOM IZZO Sunday delivered the commencement address at Adrian College in Michigan. He "addressed 200 graduates and a crowd of roughly 3,000 on Sunday for about 17 minutes," and he "encouraged graduates 'don't be afraid to dream big,' sharing the story of ... his own rise from a small town as inspiration" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/3)....Portland Oregonian sports columnist JOHN CANZANO yesterday won first place in the '09 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism (OREGONLIVE.com, 5/3)....Golden Boy Promotions President OSCAR DE LA HOYA will be awarded Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News' annual Lifetime of Achievement in Hispanic Television Award on September 29 in N.Y. (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 5/3 issue)....Celtics Dir of Special Projects JOJO WHITE's Boston-area sports bar has "filed for bankruptcy after running up more than a half-million dollars worth of debt." JoJo's West "remains open while in the throes of Chapter 11 reorganization, which was filed on April 22" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/4).

IN MEMORY: Former USATF President PATRICIA RICO died Sunday at the age of 76 from pulmonary fibrosis. Rico served as president from '96-'00, the first female to serve in the position. She inherited more than $3M in debt when she assumed the USATF role and "spent her tenure as president imposing fiscal discipline that eventually stabilized the organization." Rico also "led the organization through a contentious transition to a new chief executive and instituted a broad restructuring" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/4).

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