SBD/February 22, 2011/People and Pop Culture

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D Magazine profiles Mavericks President & CEO Terdema Ussery in cover story
MATTHEW RUSH, who operates the website DisplacedFans45.com, said that on "behalf of the approximately 400 fans who held tickets" to Super Bowl XLV that did not get a seat, he "has made a counter-offer" to the NFL. His offer "would be that the NFL pays the fans for their expenses to Super Bowl XLV, plus a ticket to a future Super Bowl." Rush said that he "tried to contact NFL officials to discuss the matter, but had not heard back" (JSONLINE.com, 2/21).

A RISING STAR: D MAGAZINE's Joseph Guinto profiles Mavericks President & CEO TERDEMA USSERY, the "right-hand man" to team Owner MARK CUBAN and "one of the most powerful African-American executives in a league dominated by black players." Under previous Mavericks Owner ROSS PEROT JR., Ussery was "instrumental in getting American Airlines Center designed, financed, and built." Since then, he has "helped Cuban's Mavericks reach lucrative deals with a range of corporate partners, more than double ticket revenue, and reap a windfall from improved TV deals." There has been speculation that Ussery "could succeed DAVID STERN" when the NBA Commissioner retires. Ussery said, "Opportunities have sort of found me, and I've been open to them" (D MAGAZINE, 3/ '11 issue).

NAMES: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Mike Sielski recently followed BOBBY VALENTINE for a day in Stamford, Conn., where the ESPN baseball analyst is the city's Dir of Public Health & Safety. Sielski writes, "Valentine is Stamford's favorite son" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/22)....Yankees 2B ROBINSON CANO said that his switch to agent SCOTT BORAS this offseason "wasn't to get more money from the Yankees." Cano: "They have a great company, a company that can do everything for you, not only on the field but off the field too, so that's why I went there" (NEWSDAY, 2/21)....UFC fighter TITO ORTIZ, musician KEVIN JONAS and actor DJIMON HOUNSOU are among the 13 celebrities set to compete in the celebrity race surrounding the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April (Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM, 2/22)....In L.A., Ryan Vaillancourt wrote the Lakers' JERRY BUSS "may just be the most unlikely owner of a professional sports franchise," considering the "humble beginnings in a one-traffic light Wyoming town, his stint working on a railroad and his doctorate degree in chemistry." Buss spent an hour on Friday at Morton's in L.A. "discussing his life and the unlikely path to the Lakers' corner office" (LADOWNTOWNNEWS.com, 2/18)....Dodgers Spanish-language announcer JAIME JARRIN is among this year's recipients of the AFTRA Media & Entertainment Excellence Awards (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 2/17)....CBS NFL analyst DAN MARINO sold his house in Weston, Fla., for $7.2M, "less than half of his original" $15.9M asking price (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 2/21)....Actor CHARLIE SHEEN said that he would "do a new version" of "MAJOR LEAGUE" if a script for the baseball movie "were greenlighted" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 2/21).
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