SBD/Issue 20/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

In Maryland, Danielle Ulman profiled attorney DAVID PESSIN, who prepares prenuptial agreements for pro athletes. Prenups "generally take about six months to complete and the work can come in at any time of the year," but Pessin said that his "busiest times are between seasons." To show clients "what's at stake without a prenup," Pessin said that he "often bounces financial figures off a divorce lawyer, asking the attorney to play judge and figure out what a court might give a spouse in a divorce." Pessin: "It's fascinating to see the divorces. I've had three prenups with athletes where they got divorced. All of them held water. There was no wiggle room there" (Maryland DAILY RECORD, 10/4).

HOPING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Thursday’s edition of NBC's "Today" featured correspondent JENNA BUSH HAGER travelling to Haiti with Haitian native and Kings C SAMUEL DALEMBERT to survey the recovery of the country following the devastating earthquake it suffered almost nine months ago. Dalembert "was shocked to find a very different country from the place where he grew up." Bush Hager: “His goal is to shine a spotlight on the desperate situation and the place he calls home." The Samuel Dalembert Foundation is "working with UNICEF to sponsor programs, like Sports For Peace, that help children cope with their loss and fears through sports" ("Today," NBC, 10/7).

Yormark Says He Has Not Had Anything But
Water To Drink For The Last Three Years

LEAN, MEAN, MARKETING MACHINE: In Ft. Lauderdale, David Raterman examines the fitness habits of NHL Panthers President & COO MICHAEL YORMARK, who works out "seven days a week." Yormark said he gets to the gym at 3:45am, and training "starts at 4:15." He has not had "anything to drink except water for three years," and he estimated his body fat percentage at 7-8% (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 10/8).

NAMES: Primo Water Corp., owned by Single-A Carolina League Winston-Salem Dash Majority Owner BILLY PRIM, is "moving forward ... with an initial public offering that it expects to yield up to" $115M. The Dash "received nearly $28 million in financing from Winston-Salem to help build a $48.7 million downtown baseball stadium," which opened this past season (WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, 10/7)....Former NFLer ARCHIE MANNING "has teamed up with Harrah's New Orleans Hotel & Casino to open a restaurant on Fulton Street, in the casino's entertainment corridor." Groundbreaking is "scheduled for January" and the restaurant "will open in fall 2011" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 10/8)....Former Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers Owner WAYNE HUIZENGA "has bought the Federica Club, an upscale" golf club in St. Simon's Island, Ga., "built by Sea Island Co. before it went into bankruptcy" (, 10/7)....Celtics C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL "plans to spend an afternoon sitting like a statue on a bench in Harvard Square so fans can take photos with him" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/8).

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