SBD/Issue 177/Sports Industrialists

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Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Taking Over
Pittsburgh Youth Football Camp

Steelers QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER "has been booted from a youth football camp in Pittsburgh, with coach MIKE TOMLIN taking over as his last-minute replacement." Formerly known as the Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp, it is now being called the Coach Tomlin Football Camp. The camp, run by ProCamps Worldwide, will be held June 21-23 at Mars Area High School outside of Pittsburgh. ProCamps Dir of Sales & Media JULIE ROBERTS said that the company "worked together with the other parties involved to make the change from Roethlisberger to Tomlin" (AP, 5/25).

STAND BY YOUR MAN: The MLB Cardinals yesterday launched "Stand for Stan," a campaign to get PRESIDENT OBAMA to award Baseball HOFer STAN MUSIAL the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Cardinals plan to use "social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to fuel a grassroots movement for Musial," and several Missouri politicians, including Gov. JAY NIXON, are "expected to get involved with letters of support." Baseball HOFers TED WILLIAMS, HANK AARON, ROBERTO CLEMENTE and JACKIE ROBINSON previously have been honored with the Medal of Freedom (STLTODAY.com, 5/25).

FIT AS A FIDDLE: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir profiles ESPN NBA analyst JACK RAMSAY, the lead NBA analyst for ESPN Radio. Ramsay, 85, is "lean and muscular -- his biceps bulge from a short-sleeve shirt -- the result of swimming a mile a day in the ocean near his home in Naples, Fla., and a regimen of crunches, push-ups, jogging and stretching that he takes from hotel to hotel." Ramsay,  a "triathlete until he was 70" and a jump-roper, said of his routine, "Usually, 100 crunches and 100 push-ups" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/26).

NAMES: The Dodgers Monday sued comedian JON LOVITZ and filmmaker STEVE MARLTON for "allegedly failing to pay for season tickets." Lovitz owes the team $95,400 for three premium seats for this season. The Dodgers "canceled Lovitz's agreement for this year in April because of non-payment, but still want the money owed the team." Marlton owes $304,800 (DAILYNEWS.com, 5/25)....Colts QB PEYTON MANNING Friday hosted the third annual Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent Celebration of Caring gala at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. About 680 people attended the event, which was emceed by ESPN's MIKE TIRICO and featured a performance by VINCE GILL (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/26)....Rockies 1B JASON GIAMBI has filed suit after he "sank more than $1 million into Afingo.com, a combination social network and fashion retailer" that is "striking out." Giambi in the suit claims that Vancouver businessman MOE SOMANI "charged $184,000 for a substandard site that also launched months behind schedule in February." Giambi, his wife, KRISTIAN, and partner LIZA DEYRMENJIAN are suing Somani for $3M in damages (N.Y. POST, 5/23)....U.S. soccer MF FREDDY ADU, who "ditched his representatives at Wasserman Media Group for IMG a few years back," reportedly has "rejoined agent RICHARD MOTZKIN and WMG" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 5/25)....Boxer ZAB JUDAH has signed a promotional contract with Main Events, which will co-promote Judah with his own Super Judah Promotions. Judah is "slated to return to the ring on July 16 at Newark's Prudential Center" (FANHOUSE.com, 5/25)....A group of "illegal immigrants sneaked into Britain by hiding in" F1 Management Chair BERNIE ECCLESTONE's "convoy returning from the Monaco Grand Prix." The drivers were "oblivious to the stowaways hiding in one of their big TV trucks which carried them across the Channel until they arrived at their depot in England" (London TELEGRAPH, 5/25)....Pirates prospects RINKU SINGH and DINESH PATEL "attended a reception hosted by President Obama Monday, among 150 guests from Asia and the Pacific Islands invited as part of the White House's Heritage Month" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/26)....Titans rookie S MYRON ROLLE yesterday "presented a pair of $1,000 donations" to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund and the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund (AP, 5/25).

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