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Magic Johnson Could Be Interested In Being Part Of Either NBA Or NFL Team Ownership
Magic Johnson Could Be Interested In Being Part Of Either NBA Or NFL Team Ownership

Basketball HOFer MAGIC JOHNSON, who last month sold his 4.5% stake in the Lakers, yesterday said that a "new ownership opportunity is not imminent." Johnson said he is "just exploring, listening." Johnson: "Nothing is going to happen, if I decide anything is going to happen, until after the first of the year." Johnson "has been linked to potential ownership groups in both the NFL and the NBA," but he insisted "nothing ranks higher, either league." Johnson: "I want to definitely be a part of the NFL because I love the game, so, if it comes back to L.A., I want to be a part of it. Now, the NBA, I'm a basketball player. I'm a basketball man. That's a natural thing for me. So, is it something right now? No. Is it something with possibilities? Of course" (, 11/9).

KID'S GAME: In Louisville, Eric Crawford notes national men's basketball recruiting analyst EVAN DANIELS, 25, this year has "taken over one of the nation's major online recruiting publications, including its reporting and ranking efforts." Daniels: "If I told you I ever thought I'd be in a position like this, I'd be lying. Honestly, I had no idea anything like this was possible. I was just doing this because I liked to be around basketball." Crawford noted Daniels' "real passion was getting out on the road and watching the endless series of AAU games," and through that, he met senior basketball recruiting analyst DAVE TELEP, who "professionalized the role of recruiting analyst." Daniels like Telep has "started his own scouting service for college coaches," and "already he has 60 clients" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 11/10).

HONORS & RECOGNITIONS: N.Y. Daily News Yankees beat writer MARK FEINSAND yesterday was named Chair of the N.Y. chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/10). Meanwhile, late Yankees Chair GEORGE STEINBRENNER and official scorer BILL SHANNON yesterday were announced as the recipients of the N.Y. BBWAA chapter's Joan Payson Award for community service and William J. Slocum-Jack Lang Award for Long and Meritorious Service, respectively. The awards "will be presented at the annual New York BBWAA dinner on Jan. 22" (AP, 11/9)....Former NHL Panthers G JOHN VANBIESBROUCK was inducted into the Broward County (Fla.) Sports HOF last night (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 11/10).

NAMES: MSG has "settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit accusing it of continuing to serve alcohol to" CARLOS ZELAYA, who "was then in a crash on the Pulaski Skyway that killed a toddler and left the boy's mother with massive brain trauma." The amount of the settlement "was not disclosed but is estimated to be about" $8M (, 11/9)....Canadian Conservatives are "courting" outgoing CFL Montreal Alouettes President LARRY SMITH "to run in a Montreal riding in the hope of snapping a long cycle of futility" in the city. A Tory riding association said that it has approached Smith, a former CFL Commissioner, "about running for the party" (CP, 11/9)....Vikings Owner ZYGI WILF and his wife, AUDREY, served as Exec Producers for the recently released movie "DOUCHEBAG." Wilf is a "cousin of the film's producer, JONATHAN SCHWARTZ, and financed much of the movie" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/10)....The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation yesterday awarded $425,000 in new grants to 16 local nonprofit organizations (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 11/10)….A new St. Louis-based men’s golf and lifestyle magazine, “Avid,” will debut next Wednesday at a launch party featuring golfer STEVE ELKINGTON. The cover story of the premier issue features golfer and model ANNA RAWSON (, 11/9).

IN MEMORY: Former IMG spokesperson LINDA DOZORETZ died yesterday in L.A. of cancer at the age of 62. Her longtime clients included MARTINA NAVRATILOVA (, 11/9).

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