SBD/Issue 81/Sports Industrialists

Names In The News

CHRISTINA TAYLOR GREEN, the daughter of Dodgers scout JOHN GREEN, was "among the six people killed in the Saturday shooting in which Arizona Rep. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS was critically injured." Green also was the granddaughter of former Phillies manager DALLAS GREEN (LATIMES.com, 1/9). In N.Y., Pete Thamel reports a "moment of silence will be held" before tonight's Tostitos BCS National Championship Game "in honor of the victims of Saturday's shooting" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/10).

Robert Kraft Gave $20M Gift
To Partners Healthcare

GIVING BACK: In Boston, Liz Kowalczyk in a front-page piece reported Partners Healthcare is "launching a program to attract doctors and nurses to Massachusetts community health centers" with a $20M gift from Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT and his wife, MYRA. The program is the "cornerstone of the push to reduce health costs and care for newly insured patients." Kraft said that he "intends the donation to serve as seed money that will inspire other philanthropists as well as states to support similar programs to increase the number of internists, family practitioners, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and obstetrician/gynecologists dedicating their careers to community medicine rather than to higher-paying, more glamorous specialties and private practices." Partners President & CEO DR. GARY GOTTLIEB estimated that "over the next five years ... the Kraft donation will support more than 100 physicians, nurse practitioners, and other providers caring for about 200,000 patients." The gift "will create the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health to oversee the programs" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9).

GREAT SCOTT: The N.Y. TIMES' Pete Thamel profiled Pac-10 Commissioner LARRY SCOTT, who has overseen a "swift and stunning transformation of the conference." Scott has "shaken up college athletics and forced the other major conferences to rethink their futures." There have been "critical behind-the-scenes changes." The presidents of Pac-10 Conference schools "now meet three times a year for five hours, instead of once a year for two hours." Scott also "has aggressively marketed the conference and has said he is exploring the idea of playing a preseason basketball tournament in China." Univ. of Oregon AD ROB MULLENS: "There's a new direction. It's energizing and exciting where we're heading." Scott "knows he will ultimately be judged by the television contracts the conference signs in the next few months." The Pac-10's current deals with Fox and ESPN/ABC are worth $53M annually, and sources close to Scott said that $170M a year is a "good benchmark for the new contract" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/8).

POWER PLAYER: In Boston, Greg Bedard profiled Professional Sports Representation Inc. Owner BOB LAMONTE, who "could make a strong case for being the most powerful person" in the NFL. LaMonte reps six current or former GMs and 14 current or former head coaches, as well as Browns President MIKE HOLMGREN. He "prepares for the craziness" of offseason hirings and firings "during the season by setting up a board with potential openings on one side and the top candidates on the other." LaMonte "doesn't recruit," as his business is 100% "referral." And "not everyone gets accepted" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9).

NAMES: Former NBA referee TIM DONAGHY said that he "hasn't seen a penny" from his tell-all book, "PERSONAL FOUL." A Las Vegas casino "asked him to be its NBA handicapper for $10,000 a month," and it "even offered to pay him $7,500 just to use his image and reputation." But Donaghy's probation officer "forbade him from accepting the gig" (N.Y. TIMES MAGAZINE, 1/9 issue)....Haier, one of the NBA's "biggest corporate sponsors," called on Basketball HOFer BILL WALTON "for some promotional help" last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/7)....MLB Rangers P C.J. WILSON “visited patients at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital during his vacation” to Cape Town, South Africa. Wilson, who reportedly “has an interest in haemophilia,” was a guest of the Haemophilia Foundation (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/8)....Golfers DUSTIN JOHNSON and NATALIE GULBIS “are an item,” with the LPGAer traveling to see Johnson play in this past weekend’s PGA Tour Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 1/10)....Vice President JOE BIDEN attended Friday’s Eastern Washington-Delaware FCS title game at Pizza Hut Park and Saturday’s Devils-Flyers game at Wells Fargo Center (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/9)....Patriots QB TOM BRADY on Saturday attended the Broadway production “LOMBARDI” and went backstage after the show to meet the lead actor, DAN LAURIA (ESPNNEWYORK.com, 1/9)....NHL Rangers G HENRIK LUNDQVIST is profiled as part of the N.Y. TIMES’ “Sunday Routine” feature, and he noted he “dresses down, relaxing at the movies or playing his guitar” (N.Y. TIMES, 1/9).

BEST WISHES: Cavaliers radio announcer JOE TAIT is "recovering after double bypass heart surgery and an aortic valve replacement Friday at the Cleveland Clinic." Tait "will be in the cardiac intensive care unit for a few days" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/8).

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