SBD/Issue 185/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Krzyzewski's Compensation Likely Makes Him
Highest-Paid College Hoops Coach

Duke Univ. men's basketball coach MIKE KRZYZEWSKI earned total compensation of $4.19M for the '08-09 FY. Krzyzewski earned $3.76M in taxable income -- $1.96M in base pay and $1.75M in bonuses or incentives. Because Duke "doesn't release to the public its coach contracts, it is not clear what incentives were met." Duke also paid Krzyzewski $418,172 in "deferred compensation and he received about $14,000 in nontaxable benefits." Krzyzewski's compensation "appears to make him the top-paid college basketball coach in the nation for the 2008-09 fiscal year and clearly puts him among the highest-paid of all college officials" (NEWSOBSERVER.com, 6/8).

CHARITY STRIPE: In Miami, Linda Robertson notes U.S. sprinter LAURYN WILLIAMS has a new sponsorship deal with Saucony, prompting her "to shed her Nike gear, a trove of 250 swoosh-adorned items, gently or never used." Williams is "selling the workout clothes and donating all proceeds to the charity Fun 4 Kidz." Williams is "offering packs of five items (three tops, two bottoms) for $50," and has "raised nearly $1,000 so far" (MIAMI HERALD, 6/9)....Cavaliers F LEBRON JAMES has donated the two Kias he received for his NBA MVP awards the past two seasons. James "donated the first car to the Akron Urban League," and "donated the second to the Summa Foundation." The Urban League is raffling off the first car to raise money (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 6/8)....UnitedHealthcare has donated $35,000 to Cowboys TE JASON WITTEN's SCORE Foundation, which presented the money to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dallas and Ft. Worth" The foundation has been purchasing "equipment known as HOP Sports, which is a multimedia physical education system," for the Boys & Girls Clubs (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/8).

AWARDS & RECOGNITION: Saints QB DREW BREES has received the Professional Football Writers of America's Good Guy Award, given to the player who "best helped the media do their job." NFL.com draft expert GIL BRANDT received the Horrigan Award, also honoring the person who "helped the media best do their job." New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist PETER FINNEY received the McCann Award, which "honors a PFWA member for long and distinguished service to the profession" (AP, 6/8). Also, the Texans for the third time in six years have won the PFWA's Pete Rozelle Award for "having the NFL's outstanding media relations staff." The team also won in '04 and '07 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/9).

NAMES: The Ironman Foundation, the charitable arm of the World Triathlon Corporation, has earmarked a total of $100,000 to support the oil spill relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico (THE DAILY)....FAST COMPANY included the following on its '10 list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business: Nike VP/Sustainable Business & Innovation HANNAH JONES (No. 8), ESPN Exec VP/Content JOHN SKIPPER (No. 27) and adidas Head of Digital Marketing, Sport Style Division CHRIS BARBOUR (No. 76) (FAST COMPANY, 6/ '10 issue)....Twenty-five current and former NFLers will take part in the annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J. The program from June 21-24 is directed by the NFL Broadcasting Department with instructors from each of the NFL's broadcast partners -- CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC, NFL Network, Sirius Satellite Radio, Westwood One Radio, as well as local radio and TV (NFL)....Former Seton Hall Univ. men's basketball coach BOBBY GONZALEZ has signed with RLR Associates for broadcasting and marketing representation (RLR Associates).

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