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Blue Jackets fans donate more than $5,000 after win Friday
NFL Senior VP/PR GREG AIELLO said that the "theft of an NFL employee's laptop containing artwork that was to appear on credentials for the Super Bowl does not compromise security for the game." Arlington, Texas, police spokesperson TIARA RICHARD said that the computer contained artwork "for 'pre-event and event' credentials," but that the credentials "had not been printed, so new artwork was created and will appear on the credentials." Aiello added that the laptop "contained no information about any individuals," and he "credited Arlington police with helping make sure no security information was compromised" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/16).

FANS CHIP IN: In Columbus, Tom Reed noted Blue Jackets fan TYLER SCHWEINFURTH on Twitter "promised $20 to the Jackets player who delivered a winning goal" during Friday's Red Wings-Blue Jackets game as part of an effort to "rouse the Jackets from a five-game losing streak." By game time, "nearly 150 people, including several Red Wings fans, got behind the drive and pledged $5,327 to the 'money on the board' campaign." Blue Jackets C R.J. UMBERGER revealed that the players were "matching the fans' sum and donating their portion to the Blue Jackets Foundation," meaning that more than $10,000 Friday was "pledged to local charities and nonprofit organizations" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 1/15).

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: In North Carolina, Monica Chen profiled ROBBIE ALLEN and his company, StatSheet, which "turns vast amounts of sports data into automated sports articles." StatSheet in November "launched 347 websites devoted to every Division I college basketball team in the country." The company "has two writers who don't write stories, but instead, enter phrases into spreadsheets that are then input into different story formats." StatSheet's "data is free, so its revenues will come largely from advertising, sponsorships, tickets and merchandise sales." Allen also is "looking into expanding into more sports and syndication of the content" (Durham HERALD SUN, 1/16)....In N.Y., Greg Bishop profiled Jets GM MIKE TANNENBAUM, and wrote Tannenbaum "reads voraciously, most often about leadership, or business practices, from authors like JAMIE DIMON and JIM COLLINS." Tannenbaum each offseason also "meets with experts he finds interesting, from a basketball coach like JIM CALHOUN to JIMMY LEE, known as JP Morgan's 'trillion-dollar man'" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/15).

PLAYERS IN THE NEWS: Steelers LB LAMARR WOODLEY is "part of a new partnership announced Friday" by RALPH MARTIN, President & CEO of Trib Total Media, the parent company of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Woodley is "expected to do some social network posting for Trib Total Media, and he will be involved with the upcoming TribLive Radio online venture" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 1/15)....MLB Giants CF ANDRES TORRES' life is "being made into a bilingual film" titled"GIGANTE." The documentary, "targeted for a July release, is being produced and directed" by Plan A Films' CHUSY HANEY-JARDINE (MIAMI HERALD, 1/15).

NAMES: Steelers QB CHARLIE BATCH "has filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors," listing $8.29M in liabilities and $2.3M in assets. Court documents indicated that Batch Development Co. Inc., of which Batch is the "sole shareholder, had 25 properties turned over to a court-appointed receiver earlier this month after defaulting on a $1.15 million mortgage with Dollar Bank" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 1/15)....Red Sox GM THEO EPSTEIN and MLB Network's PETER GAMMONS Friday hosted the Hot Stove Cool Music roundtable discussion, a fundraiser for a Foundation To Be Named Later. Panelists included Red Sox Dir of Player Development MIKE HAZEN, C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, trainer MIKE REINOLD and P RICH HILL; Reds P BRONSON ARROYO; Blue Jays manager JOHN FARRELL; and former MLBers CURT SCHILLING and BOB TEWKSBURY (BOSTON.com, 1/14)....Nationals P STEPHEN STRASBURG Saturday in San Diego hosted the Stephen Strasburg 5K with San Diego State Univ. baseball coach TONY GWYNN. More than 1,500 people attended the former SDSU pitcher's "first annual 5K fun run and walk," which benefited the SDSU baseball team (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/15)....The Salvation Army Saturday made $12,930 off the auction of 161 items donated by former Univ. of Michigan football coach RICH RODRIGUEZ. The rest of the 400-plus items donated by Rodriguez were "put up for sale" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/16)....Attendees at yesterday's Jets-Patriots AFC Divisional game at Gillette Stadium included singers DONNIE WAHLBERG and JON BON JOVI, former boxer MICKY WARD, Celtics C SHAQUILLE O'NEAL and U.S. Sen. SCOTT BROWN (R-Mass.). Celtics Managing Partner STEVE PAGLIUCA also was in attendance, and he "got a 'Happy Birthday' from the Kraft family on the scoreboard during the second half" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/17).
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