SBD/Issue 51/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

Simms Fulfilled His Charity Commitments
Last Week Despite Severe Back Pain

In N.Y., Bob Raissman named CBS NFL analyst PHIL SIMMS his "Dude of the Week" for "fulfilling his charitable commitments while dealing with severe back pain." Simms "couldn't even stand up straight but made the scene" last Tuesday night at the Oyster Bar in N.Y. "for an Alzheimer's Research benefit." Simms accepted the Jim Nantz Sr. Tribute Award at the event. Simms on Thursday was "one of the honorees at the annual Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation Dinner on Staten Island" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/21).

FAMILY MATTERS: KATIE BURKE, daughter of Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE, wrote an open letter to the Globe & Mail Saturday responding to columnist Bruce Dowbiggin, who last week "reported a debate as to whether the media in Toronto is holding back criticism of [Burke] out of sympathy, as Brian Burke continues to grieve the loss of his son BRENDAN in a car accident last year." Katie Burke wrote, "I do not take issue with anyone criticizing the Leafs in the win-loss column. That is part of the job, and part of the responsibility my dad eagerly assumed when he joined the team. ... The truth is, if anyone had taken the time to engage someone who knows my dad in this conversation, they would tell you that in this time of incredible loss, hockey is my dad's respite" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/20).

NAMES: A young boy died after falling 50 feet from a luxury suite at Staples Center following yesterday's Warriors-Lakers game. The boy, believed to be two to three years old, was taken to L.A. County-USC Medical Center, where he died (AP, 11/22)....An SEC filing made Friday indicated that Under Armour Chair & CEO KEVIN PLANK "plans to sell up to 1,125,000 personal Class B shares over 10 months beginning in February." Plank also "plans to sell 125,000 shares of the company's Class B stock for his charitable organization." The sales are "being done for asset diversification, tax and estate planning and charitable giving purposes" (Baltimore SUN, 11/20)....GQ selected Saints QB DREW BREES and MLS Galaxy F LANDON DONOVAN as two of the magazine's men of the year. GQ Editor-in-Chief JIM NELSON said Brees was a "no-brainer." Nelson: "His story was about everything that New Orleans had gone through and it just gave you goose bumps to see him triumph." Donovan's "star turn in the 2010 World Cup, particularly his goal against Algeria, landed him a place on the coveted list" (ESPN.com, 11/19)....Former MLBer LENNY DYKSTRA last week lost his Thousand Oaks, Calif., home to foreclosure. Dykstra purchased the 6 1/2 acre home in '07 from Hockey HOFer WAYNE GRETZKY for $18.5M. The winning bid in last week's auction was $760,712 (L.A. TIMES, 11/20)....Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT attended Saturday's Wisconsin-Michigan football game at Michigan Stadium (“Colts-Patriots,” CBS, 11/21).

IN MEMORY: Former NYRA Dir of Media Relations STEVE SCHWARTZ passed away Saturday at the age of 64. Schwartz "started with NYRA in 1979 as assistant manager of sports publicity" and was promoted to director of media relations in '83. He later became Media Dir at The Racing Times, and also served as Exec Assistant to the President of NYRA (TIMESUNION.com, 11/20).

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