SBD/Issue 56/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

In Connecticut, Kate King reported Yankees GM BRIAN CASHMAN will join Sunday's Heights and Lights event in Stamford, Conn., "as a celebrity guest elf, accompanying Santa Claus on a 22-floor rappel" of the city's Landmark Building (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 11/30). Stamford Downtown President SANDY GOLDSTEIN said that Cashman, "wearing a full harness and dressed in a full elf costume," will "jump off the 22-floor building." There is "no protective netting" below. Cashman "will have a rehearsal on Friday morning that will be aired" on N.Y.'s WNYW-Fox, and on Sunday he will "jump off the ledge at 4:30 p.m. for the actual event" (ESPNNEWYORK.com, 11/30). Goldstein said that people "have been rappelling for Heights and Lights for more than a decade, but Cashman is the first celebrity participant" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/1).

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: In L.A., T.J. Simers profiled USC student TEAGUE EGAN, the "country's first certified NFL student agent." Egan's goal is to "represent four to six of his friends, who also happen to be USC football players, in the upcoming NFL draft -- signing them as clients as soon as Sunday." Egan: "Like DREW ROSENHAUS who represented every Miami kid after going to school at Miami, I intend to represent every USC kid." But Simers wrote Egan has the "potential to destroy USC's hopes of recovering from NCAA sanctions." Under NFLPA guidelines, once Egan "became certified Oct. 1 as an agent, he could no longer have any relationship with his 'friends,' if they were underclassmen football players." Simers: "As ambitious as Egan is, the NFLPA essentially legitimized a 'runner' in certifying a USC student an [an] agent. It's a dreadful precedent at a time when officials are already talking about the need for more control over agents and runners" (L.A. TIMES, 11/30).

FX To Premiere New Boxing Series
"Lights Out" On Jan. 11

NAMES: The CP noted Canadian magazine Maclean's has chosen Penguins  C SIDNEY CROSBY "as its newsmaker of the year." Crosby was "chosen for his gold medal-winning goal" for Canada against the U.S. at the '10 Vancouver Olympics. The magazine said that Crosby's overtime goal "was on a 'higher plane' than the wars, natural disasters and political upheavals of 2010" (CP, 11/30)....FX on Jan. 11 will debut "Lights Out," a new scripted series starring HOLT MCCALLANY as a "former heavyweight boxing champion trying to make a life for himself after retiring from the ring" (MULTICHANNEL.com, 11/30)....A $3M gift from the Mario Lemieux Foundation enabled the Univ. of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cancer Centers "to conclude a five-year, $100 million capital campaign" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 12/1)....Saints FB HEATH EVANS' foundation raised more than $200,000 Monday night "at the inaugural 'Rendezvous with the Saints' event held at Harrah's Theater" in New Orleans. Saints players were "auctioned off" for charity (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 12/1)....Ryan Braun's Waterfront Grill, which opened last spring in Milwaukee, "has closed temporarily." The restaurant "plans changes to its menu, its management team and its interior" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/1).

IN MEMORY: In Utah, Molly Farmer reports SHERRY BLACK, the mother-in-law of Jazz CEO GREG MILLER, was "found dead Tuesday with 'obvious' stab wounds." Black was "killed at a business owned by her and her husband," B & W Billiards and Book in Salt Lake City (DESERET NEWS, 12/1).

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