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MLPBA Clears Boras Of Union Rules Violations

The AP's Ronald Blum cited a source as saying that the MLBPA "has found agent SCOTT BORAS did not violate union rules when his company made loans to a Dominican prospect." The source said that the union "concluded it had authority over agent matters and that Boras' actions did not break rules in place at that time." Boras' company "made loans worth about $70,000" to SS EDWARD SALCEDO in stages from late '07-09. Boras in an e-mail said, "We are in compliance with MLBPA rules" (AP, 1/3).

COLLECTIVE SOULS: The Nashville Business Journal included NFLPA President KEVIN MAWAE among its "Eleven to Watch in 2011." Mawae's union position is "sure to propel him into the national spotlight" this year, with the NFL's CBA set to expire in two months. While he "retired in September," he "will work for his former colleagues, even though he won't be earning a paycheck himself." NFLPA Exec Dir DEMAURICE SMITH said Mawae has paid a "huge price for leading the union" (NASHVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 12/31 issue). Meanwhile, Ad Age lists NFL Exec VP & General Counsel JEFF PASH among its "21 People Reshaping Media and Marketing in 2011." Pash is "holding in his hands billions of dollars," as he is "leading negotiations for the NFL -- and, by extension, four TV networks, dozens of corporate sponsors, ad agencies and numerous other businesses associated with the league -- as its" CBA expires (AD AGE, 1/3 issue).

ONE TO WATCH: The L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL's David Nusbaum writes former MLB player agent DENNIS GILBERT "may be the most well-connected man in baseball you've never heard of." Gilbert last year "led an unsuccessful bid to buy" the Rangers, and he is "still interested in purchasing a team if the circumstances are right." Gilbert discussed his bid for the Rangers, saying, "There was a lot of upside potential, so I put the money together with investors and went after it. It was a fascinating experience and I enjoyed most of the process." When asked if he is still interested in owning a team, Gilbert said, "It depends on the situation. Baseball is my passion. I had support in my Rangers bid from JERRY REINSDORF as well as support from the commissioner's office." Gilbert, a Dodgers fan, declined to comment on the possibility of buying that franchise (L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/3 issue).

NAMES: Subscribers to Around The Rings named Sochi 2014 President & CEO DMITRY CHERNYSHENKO the "most important person in the Olympic Movement heading into 2011." USOC CEO SCOTT BLACKMUN was second, while IOC President JACQUES ROGGE rounded out the top three (AROUNDTHERINGS.com, 1/3)....Former NFLer DREW BLEDSOE's Bledsoe Capital Group has "provided the venture capital for the Montana Ski Company, a handmade, boutique ski manufacturer in Whitefish, Mont." MSC produces skis manufactured in the U.S. from "sustainable Montana hardwoods using low-toxic resins" (ESPN.com, 1/3)....Stanford Univ. professor and former U.S. Secretary of State CONDOLEEZZA RICE, former Supreme Court Justice SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR and Pro Football HOFer JOHN ELWAY, all alums of Stanford, attended last night's Stanford-Virginia Tech Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium (MIAMI HERALD, 1/4)....Heat F LEBRON JAMES celebrated his 26th birthday last week at the Gansevoort and Coco Deville in Miami. Ciroc Vodka "sponsored the bash." James was "reportedly seeking $10,000 for one party or $500,000 for a 'full-season' sponsorship of his birthday, which would have featured parties in 11 cities" (N.Y. POST, 1/4).

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