SBD/February 7, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Names In The News

Redskins Owner DAN SNYDER on Friday said that his "legal dispute with Washington City Paper could have been averted had the newspaper retracted its Nov. 19 cover story detailing his alleged misdeeds as an owner and businessman." Snyder: "We were hoping (they'd) apologize, hoping they'd say they were sorry. All they had to do was apologize and retract their lies." In more than a half-dozen interviews Friday, the "usually press-shy Snyder repeatedly said that the article ... had defamed him and insulted his wife, TANYA." Snyder alleged that the article "questioned the sincerity of his wife's efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer research and prevention." But City Paper Editor MICHAEL SCHAFFER said, "The words 'breast cancer' never appeared anywhere in the story. The idea that we made fun of his wife in any way is inaccurate and a distraction from the real issue" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/5).

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Former NFLer DAVID TYREE has been "transforming his fame into success as a spiritual role model." Tyree spent the week leading up to yesterday's Super Bowl XLV "assisting with a program for children in Dallas that shares a faith-based message about making positive choices." As part of the program, athletes "visited schools to share their message with thousands of students." Tyree retired from the NFL last summer and "turned his attention to work" with Int'l Children's Support Foundation, started by his mentor RICHARD MAHLER (Bergen RECORD, 2/6).

Heath takes top spot in annual
SBD/SBJ Super Bowl Pick 'Em
AND THE WINNER IS... The Packers knocked off the Steelers in an exciting Super Bowl XLV, and playing the chalk turned out to be the best bet in the SBD/SBJ Super Bowl Pick 'Em, as nearly 28% of the 141 responses correctly predicted the winning team, MVP and TV ad. Synergy Events VP/Brand Experience TIM HEATH came the closest to running the table, as his entry had the Packers defeating the Steelers 31-26, with QB Aaron Rodgers winning Super Bowl MVP and Doritos topping USA Today’s Ad Meter (THE DAILY).

HOT TICKET: In N.Y., N.R. Kleinfield profiled RICHARD EBERS, whose business is the "resale of premium tickets to sporting events and concerts." Ebers, known as The Ticket Man, "counts 6,000 clients, 500 of whom are his core." Ebers estimates that he sold $10M last year, and thinks that he "may sell more premium seats than any other person in New York." Ebers works out of the offices of Inside Sports & Entertainment (N.Y. TIMES, 2/6).

CHARITY STRIPE: Vikings S MADIEU WILLIAMS was "named the 2010 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his charitable endeavors" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/7)....Former golfer LORENA OCHOA Saturday in Phoenix accepted the USGA's Bob Jones Award for "distinguished sportsmanship in golf" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/6)....Minnesota-based American Medical Systems Friday said that it "will be the first new partner in a newly formed network to help" retired NFLers get care. The network, called the NFL Alumni Association Medical Alliance, "aims to address the problems retired players face in not being able to afford or get 'quality medical insurance' due to their injuries, as well as helping them cut through the bureaucracy to get health services." The NFL Alumni Association said that the alliance "will start 'in the coming months' in the New York metropolitan area and later be expanded to other NFL cities" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/5)

NAMES: Brewers Owner MARK ATTANASIO this offseason has "left his position" as TCW Group Inc. Group Managing Dir to "form his own investment company, Crescent Capital Group" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/6)....Yankees 2B ROBINSON CANO is "now a client" of agent SCOTT BORAS (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/5)....Golfer MARK WILSON has signed with SFX World Sports Management for representation (JSONLINE.com, 2/4)....Ravens OT MICHAEL OHER has teamed with DON YAEGER to write "I BEAT THE ODDS: FROM HOMELESSNESS TO THE BLIND SIDE AND BEYOND," which goes on sale tomorrow (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 2/6)....Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN was spotted chatting with BILL FAIRWEATHER, owner of Boston's The Greatest Bar, while in town for the Mavericks-Celtics game, and later was seen eating dinner at Umbria Prime (BOSTON HERALD, 2/7)....Minnesota Gov. TIM PAWLENTY attended last night's Super Bowl, and he was "snapping photos with his phone at halftime to send to his kids back home." Genesco Sports Enterprises co-Founder & CEO JOHN TATUM also was in attendance, and he had his picture taken with WARREN BUFFETT and HARRISON FORD (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/7).

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