SBD/Issue 36/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

In N.Y., Peter Applebome writes WWE's Fan Appreciation Day Saturday at XL Center in Hartford was "yet another sideshow to the Senate race in Connecticut between" Republican candidate and former WWE CEO LINDA MCMAHON and Democratic candidate DICK BLUMENTHAL. Applebome: "The main question is this: Did the McMahon campaign really want the last two weeks of the campaign to seem like all-wrestling-all-the-time?" The event, which was "scheduled a month ago, instead of the year or so common for planning most WWE events, was only the most recent of a blur of wrestling-related issues, initiated by one side or the other" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/1).

O'Hara Says Working For Topps Is A Good Fit
Because Of His Passion For Baseball Cards

TOP DOGS: In Baltimore, Jay Hancock profiled Under Armour Chair & CEO Kevin Plank, noting Plank is "worth half a billion dollars." But "unlike many others in the capitalist aristocracy, he deserves every dime" because he "built a business from scratch." Hancock: "He had a brilliant idea. He risked his own money. You can feel, wear and stack his products. There's no fine print. He hasn't been bailed out by anybody. His equity in Under Armour really did come from sweat" (Baltimore SUN, 10/31)....Topps CEO RYAN O'HARA was profiled as part of the N.Y. Times' "The Boss" feature. O'Hara said working for Topps "seemed like a good fit because of my passion for baseball cards, my background with Nestle candy and an interest in media." He added the idea of working with Topps parent company Tornante Co. Founder Michael Eisner was "very appealing." O'Hara: "The real fun of this job is making products that are thrilling to kids" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/31).

HORSE SENSE: Thoroughbred ZENYATTA was profiled on CBS' "60 Minutes" last night, where CBS' Bob Simon said next Saturday at the Breeders' Cup Classic Zenyatta "could become the first great American athlete to retire undefeated in more than a half a century." Simon: "The stakes are extremely high and not just in millions of dollars. Zenyatta is so adored by horse lovers that if she doesn't beat the boys and win one last time, hearts will be broken everywhere." If Zenyatta wins Saturday, she will “for the second year in a row … take home another $3 million.” Jockey MIKE SMITH said Zenyatta "could arguably go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, horse of all-time" ("60 Minutes," CBS, 10/31).

POLITICAL BEAT: In a special to the ORLANDO SENTINEL, Magic Owner RICH DEVOS wrote the federal government for decades "has spent money it did not have for projects it did not need." DeVos: "Stop spending what we do not have. Stop creating programs we do not want or need. Stop destroying this country we have built" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/31)....NASCAR and IndyCar team owner CHIP GANASSI gave $10,000 to Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate TOM CORBETT (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/30).

names: In N.Y., Bob Raissman named MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG his "Dude Of The Week" for "paying for the funeral and burial of" late Mets and Yankees senior official scorer BILL SHANNON, who passed away Tuesday (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/31)....Yankees security guard GONZALO NOY is "facing the ax" after he "hawked his 2009 championship ring for $2,400 to an unidentified sports collector." A Yankees official said, "Nobody is allowed to sell their rings" (N.Y. POST, 11/1)....Nets Owner MIKHAIL PROKHOROV sat in his luxury box with EPL club Chelsea Owner ROMAN ABRAMOVICH during last night's Heat-Nets game at Prudential Center (N.Y. POST, 11/1)....Former NBAer DIKEMBE MUTOMBO recently was "honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which presented him with the Steve Patterson Award for Sports Philanthropy" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/31)....The Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on Saturday included a piece about tolerance by Basketball HOFer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In addition, Stewart awarded Tigers P Armando Galarraga a “Medal of Reasonableness” for his behavior following umpire Jim Joyce’s blown call that cost him a perfect game (OKLAHOMA DAILY, 10/31)....Magic C DWIGHT HOWARD is "planning to cut another album, perhaps this summer." Howard "also is looking for another movie role" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/31)....Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE and Bruins GM PETER CHIARELLI were "supposed to go pheasant hunting" prior to Thursday's Maple Leafs-Bruins game at TD Garden, but Chiarelli "pulled out at the last minute." Instead, Burke and his son, Flyers scout PATRICK BURKE, "bagged a bunch of birds in Eastern Connecticut" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/31). 

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