SBD/Issue 73/Sports Industrialists

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Roger Staubach Will Hand
Lombardi Trophy To Goodell

North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee Chair and Pro Football HOFer ROGER STAUBACH "will help present the Lombardi Trophy" to the winner of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. Staubach "will carry the trophy to a stage at midfield and hand it to NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL who presents it to the Super Bowl champions" (DALLASNEWS.com, 12/27).

A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT: SI.com's Peter King reported PRESIDENT OBAMA recently called Eagles Owner JEFFREY LURIE to discuss the "redemption of MICHAEL VICK and the alternative-energy plans Lurie unveiled this fall for Lincoln Financial Field." Lurie: "He was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall" (SI.com, 12/27).

AWARDS & HONORS: Jazz G DERON WILLIAMS yesterday received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the first month of the season, a recognition that "highlights his community charity efforts and philanthropic work accomplished through his Point of Hope Foundation." Williams and his wife, AMY, "hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner at EnergySolutions Arena the day before the holiday for 3,300 people in Salt Lake City" (DESERET NEWS, 12/28)....The Minneapolis Star Tribune named Populous Senior Principal EARL SANTEE as its '10 Sportsperson of the Year for his work on Target Field. Santee's "skills turned what he calls his most challenging project into his most rewarding professional triumph, a locus of limestone, glass, steel and grass that gleams in the sun and glows under lights." In one season, Target Field "became to downtown Minneapolis what the North Star is to the night sky" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/27)....The GLOBE & MAIL named VANOC CEO JOHN FURLONG as its "nation builder" for '10 for "making Canadians feel joyful, patriotic and confident that they can not only hold their own but kick butt on the international stage, by bringing the country an outstanding Olympics" (GLOBE & MAIL, 12/24).

BANNER DAY: In N.Y., Judy Battista notes yesterday "marked the re-establishment of the New York chapter of the NFL Alumni Association, which was dormant for three years." NFLAA Exec Dir GEORGE MARTIN "has changed the mission of the group to supporting former players on qualify-of-life issues like pensions and medical benefits as well as being a charity for children's causes," which has "put him at odds with" the NFLPA. Martin said of the union, "We know they have multiple issues. At the same time we don't want to be viewed as second-class citizens. I have nothing but the highest respect for the NFLPA office. That's an organization I helped build. That doesn't necessarily carry over to its current leadership. I would say it's a cold war" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/28).

Roman Abramovich Having Black Eyed Peas
Perform At Private New Year's Eve Party

NAMES: EPL club Chelsea Owner ROMAN ABRAMOVICH is "flying the Black Eyed Peas out to perform at his lavish New Year's Eve party at his private St. Barts estate" (N.Y. POST, 12/28)....Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN "has purchased and combined the two top-floor penthouses at The Trust, a luxury uptown condominium building" in Charlotte near Time Warner Cable Arena. He closed on the $3.15M property Thursday. Jordan also has "installed a private elevator from the lobby to his condo" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/25)....Buccaneers and Manchester United co-Chair BRYAN GLAZER spent $8.6M "on a 53rd-floor condo" in The Elysian Hotel in Chicago, the "priciest condo sale in Chicago for 2010" (CURBED.com, 12/23).

BEST WISHES: Former SI NFL writer PAUL ZIMMERMAN, who "had a series of three strokes 25 months ago," is "now scheduled to undergo a back operation to improve the feeling in his right leg." It is hoped that if Zimmerman "gets that procedure done, he'll have a better shot to be more aggressive in his physical rehab" (SI.com, 12/27).

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