SBD/Issue 31/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

In Raleigh, Andrew Curliss reported documents released Friday "after weeks of requests" indicated that "three people associated with agents or financial advisors provided benefits" to Univ. of North Carolina football players. Agent-related benefits were provided by CHRIS HAWKINS, a former UNC football player who is "considered a 'runner' for agents or advisers," TODD STEWART, who is believed to be from DC, and Rosenhaus Sports Dir of Marketing & Client Services MICHAEL KATZ. Rosenhaus Sports President DREW ROSENHAUS said, "At no time did my employee provide any benefits to any college player" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 10/23).

Arum Finding Ways To Cope After
Death Of His Son Last Month

DEALING WITH TRAGEDY: In L.A., T.J. Simers profiled Top Rank Chair BOB ARUM, whose son, JOHN, died in a mountain-climbing accident in September. Arum knew "right away" what it meant when told his son was missing, saying, "He's dead." Arum said of coping with his son's death, "Work takes your mind off of it, but every four or five hours there's a flashback. But at least for four or five hours you're occupied." He added, "When I think of John now I do so in the present tense. It keeps him alive. That's the important thing to keep him alive in my mind. We had some pictures of him blown up and I have them in my office at home. It comforts me to look at them. I find I can even have conversations with him" (L.A. TIMES, 10/24).

UNDER INVESTIGATION: In DC, Cindy Boren reports although the findings of an autopsy have not been released, “preliminary reports indicate” swimmer Fran Crippen, 26, died of a heart attack near the end of the 10-kilometer race off the shore of the United Arab Emirates over the weekend. Maddy Crippen, the sister of the former Univ. of Virginia star, said her brother had voiced concerns about safety. She said this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," "My goal is to talk to everyone who was there and to hear exactly who was there and what safety measures were there." A "high water temperature could also have contributed to his death, with several swimmers complaining of dehydration and disorientation" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 10/25). U.S. Swimming Federation authorities “expect to receive the body” of the swimmer Monday (CNN.com, 10/25).

PLAYING HARDBALL: ABC's "World News" last night examined how many athletes are leaving the field of play and "are battling in the political arena." Former NBAers CHRIS DUDLEY, DAVE BING, KEVIN JOHNSON and SHAWN BRADLEY, along with former NFLers HEATH SHULER and JON RUNYAN, are all either running for or already elected to public office. Dudley: "It is the idea of the role of leadership and being in the spotlight and working with a team." ABC's John Berman noted, "They also come with a huge built-in advantage." Oregon State Univ. Prof. BILL LUNCH: "Name recognition is very valuable. Not enough to win, but it's enough to get a good head start" ("World News," ABC, 10/24).

NICE GESTURE: NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN Friday, "soon after" handing Canucks C RICK RYPIEN a six-game suspension for grabbing Wild fan JAMES ENGQUIST, called Engquist and "offered him dinner and some tickets." Engquist recalled Bettman saying, "Sorry about the events, and players should never ever put their hands on a fan." Engquist was "appreciative of Bettman's gesture," but he was "disappointed by the length of Rypien's suspension" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 10/24). Engquist Friday said that he "had yet to hear from the Canucks or Rypien" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/23).

Woodfork Could Move
From MLB To NFL

NAMES: Filmmaker MICHAEL MANN talked to the FINANCIAL TIMES about his new project, "Luck," a 10-hour series for HBO "set in the murky world" of L.A. horseracing. Mann's "ability to crank up the tension" is evident in a preview of "Luck," as the viewer is "thrown into the middle of a horserace at the Santa Anita track, horses panting, hooves pounding the dirt." The series is due to air in late '11 or early '12 (FINANCIAL TIMES, 10/23)....In Boston, Nick Cafardo writes of former D’Backs Assistant GM Peter Woodfork: “The Harvard-educated Woodfork may have some NFL options after resigning in Arizona once Kevin Towers took over as GM. Woodfork, who had a year remaining on his contract, could join the Miami Dolphins . … There’s even word that Woodfork could join the NFL office” (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/24)....The Spurs have pledged $50,000 in support of a $515M bond issue for the San Antonio Independent School District (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 10/25)....RAFAEL NADAL and ROGER FEDERER will play charity tennis matches in Federer's native Switzerland on Dec. 21 and Nadal's native Spain on Dec. 22 (AP, 10/22)....NCAA President MARK EMMERT attended Saturday's Purdue-Ohio State college football game "as the guest" of OSU AD GENE SMITH. Emmert said that it was his "first football game at OSU" (Willoughby NEWS-HERALD, 10/24)....The Univ. of Minnesota has hired Parker Exec Search to help find a new football coach (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/25)....Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE and Bruins GM PETER CHIARELLI prior to Thursday's Maple Leafs-Bruins game at TD Garden are expected to "pick up arms and head out for some early a.m. pheasant hunting." Burke's son, Flyers scout PATRICK BURKE, is "expected to join the hunt" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/25)....Yankees RF NICK SWISHER and actress JOANNA GARCIA plan to wed on Dec. 11 at The Breakers in Palm Beach (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 10/22).

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