SBD/Issue 163/Sports Industrialists

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Kaline Accepts Vin Scully Lifetime
Achievement Award For Harwell

Late Tigers broadcaster ERNIE HARWELL last night was "posthumously awarded the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in sports broadcasting." Baseball HOFer AL KALINE accepted the award on Harwell's behalf. Kaline's "emotions were visible as he spoke." When asked about his feelings, Kaline said, "I don't know how to answer that. I'm so proud to have known him and be able to celebrate what kind of man he was. But on the other hand, I'm sad that I'm not going to be able to see him again." Kaline said of Harwell's death on Tuesday, "We all expected it, but it's just like losing a parent. You know they are sick, you know they are going to leave, but you're never ready when it happens. We're very lucky we were able to have Ernie for so many years" (, 5/5).

INCENTIVE-LADEN DEAL: New San Diego State Univ. AD JIM STERK's contract states the school "shall pay $7,500 for each NCAA postseason tournament in which the men's or women's basketball team participates," as well as $10,000 "for each NCAA postseason bowl game in which the football team participates and $15,000 for each postseason BCS bowl game." He also can make $5,000 for "each year that all SDSU intercollegiate athletics teams' Academic Progress Rate is at or above the NCAA-specified APR minimum." Sterk "could make a maximum incentive compensation of $50,000 every year until June 30, 2015, when his five-year deal expires" (DAILY AZTEC, 5/5).

CASE STUDY CHAMPIONS: A group of Howard Univ. students has won the NASCAR Kinetics program's Spring 2010 Case Study Competition, which "pitted teams in the NASCAR Kinetics program -- which is akin to an internship in which they learned about promoting and marketing the stock car racing circuit -- at six universities with the grand prize being a trip to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star week." NASCAR said that the Howard group "stood out for incorporating M&Ms eating and colorful fan face painting contests, a NASCAR educational component and live entertainment" (, 5/5).

NAMES: Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES yesterday was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Alumni HOF at the group's 64th annual Southwest Region Youth of the Year function at Cowboys Stadium. Meanwhile, Cowboys Exec VP/Brand Management and President of Charities CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON was presented the Chairman's Award, recognizing the team's "long support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/6)....ESPN was named Broadcaster of the Year for the third consecutive year at the New York Festivals Int'l Television & Film Awards. The network also was presented with the Grand Trophy for ESPN Films' "30 for 30" documentary "MUHAMMAD AND LARRY" (ESPN)....Magic C DWIGHT HOWARD "has a role" in the film "JUST WRIGHT," which is scheduled for release on May 14. Howard previously "had a bit part in the movie, 'VALENTINE'S DAY,' but his role was cut for the big screen and he only appears in the DVD version." Howard said that the "only thing that bothers him about making movies is the long days on the set and the reshooting of scenes" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/6)....ABC Family’s “Make It or Break It” has recruited U.S. Olympic gymnast NASTIA LIUKIN to “make a special appearance” in an upcoming episode (, 5/4)....A Miami-Dade County jury yesterday awarded former NFL WR O.J. MCDUFFIE $11.5M in his “professional malpractice suit” against former Dolphins team physician DR. JOHN URIBE, one of “several suits stemming from the handling of McDuffie’s injured big toe in 1999 that led to the end of his career.” Uribe called the decision “a travesty and an appeal is likely” (MIAMI HERALD, 5/6)....The Dolphins on Saturday are sending a contingent to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, including VP & Senior Advisor NAT MOORE, to aid in earthquake relief efforts (Dolphins)....The Butler Univ. men’s basketball team will serve as grand marshals at this year’s Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, and JEWEL will perform the national anthem before the race (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/6)....Celtics CEO & Managing Partner WYC GROUSBECK will deliver the keynote address at Suffolk Univ.’s Sawyer Business School commencement on May 22. Grousbeck will receive an honorary doctorate of Commercial Science (BOSTON HERALD, 5/6).

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