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Published September 9, 2010
In Chicago, Paul Sullivan reports Cubs co-Owner TODD RICKETTS will appear on CBS' reality show "UNDERCOVER BOSS." The Cubs "closed Wrigley Field to the media Wednesday to film the final segment where Ricketts, the brother of Cubs Chairman TOM RICKETTS who actually owns a bicycle shop in Highland Park, reveals himself during a pizza party." The team "even placed a blue tarp over the knothole in the right-field corner so people passing by couldn't watch the filming." Ricketts "grew facial hair and donned glasses during the nine-game homestand, where he was followed by film crews while working on the grounds crew, as a vendor, in the Captain Morgan Club and even emptying trash outside the ballpark" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/9).
TIME CAPSULE: Daytona Int'l Speedway President JOIE CHITWOOD III yesterday "helped stuff mementoes and information about this era into a silver canister and buried it at the start-finish line" at the track. The time capsule "will remain buried at least 20 years," but Chitwood said that the container is "designed to withstand the elements for 100 years." The contents "range from a modern-day cell phone to a McDonald's menu to several copies of The [Daytona Beach] News-Journal to a piece of material used to fill the infamous Daytona 500 pothole" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 9/9).
BET ON IT: The state of Delaware for the '09 NFL season earned net proceeds, before expenses, of over $3.1M from its parlay betting operations. The money was divided among the state (50%), tracks (40.2%) and horse racing purses (9.2%). The second year of NFL parlay betting is "under way -- with a new bet that the Delaware Lottery, which administers the parlay betting, hopes will increase overall handle." In the "Ultimate Pro Football Challenge," for a one-time entry fee of $250, players "pick six NFL games per week against the spread," and whichever player "picks the most winners at the end of the regular season, gets a $50,000 first prize." There also will be four-week "stage" prizes of $5,000 (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 9/8).
FIGHTING CHANCE: Former New York State Athletic Commission Chair RON SCOTT STEVENS has "landed a position with the Bronx-based promoter JOE DEGUARDIA, who is looking to start a monthly series of local boxing shows at the outset of 2011." DeGuardia's new series "will compete directly with Golden Boy Promotions' three-year deal to do boxing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012 and with LOU DIBELLA's Broadway Boxing series." DeGuardia is "in the process of finalizing a venue for the series." He said that he is "looking at several sites in and around Manhattan and that Madison Square Garden is a possibility" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/9).