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John Henry admits he was fined $500,000 for revenue-sharing comments in '09
Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY yesterday said that MLB “fined him $500,000 for comments he made” to the Boston Globe in ’09 regarding revenue sharing, revealing “his fine publicly for the first time.” Henry at the time said seven “chronically uncompetitive teams” received over $1B. He said, “Who except these teams, can think this is a good idea?” He said yesterday, “The large markets aren’t allowed to give their opinions. I made statements which turned out to be true, or at least there were various documents that were leaked after that. But anyway, the large clubs are not allowed to talk about it” (BOSTON.com, 3/1). 

COME BACK SOON: Ft. Worth city officials expect to “pitch a ‘long-term’ partnership to ESPN sometime soon, capitalizing on playing host to the sports network during Super Bowl week.” Ft. Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO DAVID DUBOIS said that the proposal will include “what Fort Worth can do to establish a deeper connection with ESPN for various events at Cowboys Stadium and in the area, such as TCU football games” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/2). DuBois said that a trip to ESPN’s HQs “is already planned for the next month.” He and other city officials “will pitch the network on return visits” for “College GameDay” telecasts of TCU and “MNF” games at Cowboys Stadium. DuBois: “We’re going to talk to them about a long-term relationship. They love Fort Worth so this now becomes a long-term business opportunity” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/2).

THE REAL DEAL: The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Jeff Pearlman profiles Mets VP/Media Relations JAY HORWITZ and writes in “three decades on the job, Horwitz has never taken a vacation.” Horwitz has been with the club for 32 seasons and only missed “two games because of his mother’s death in August of 1990.” Pearlman: “In an era of slick, fast-talking corporate-influenced publicists, Horwitz is raw and gritty and real” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/2).

AWARDS & RECOGNITION: Fast Company magazine has named their 50 most innovative companies for ’11. ESPN is the highest-ranked sports company at 15, followed by Turner Sports at 16 and Nike at 23 (FAST COMPANY, 3/ ’11 issue)....Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter SID HARTMAN was honored during last night's Lakers-T’Wolves game at Target Center. Hartman “was instrumental not only in helping bring the Lakers to Minneapolis but also in putting together the roster that won five NBA championships in six seasons” between ’49-54 (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/2)….The gym at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA in Indianapolis “now carries a special name: ‘MEL SIMON YMCA Gymnasium.’” The late Pacers co-Owner “played basketball in the gym in the 1950s when he was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison and the facility was a military athletic center” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 3/2).

CHARITY STRIPE: USA Hockey announced that Maple Leafs RW PHIL KESSEL has “donated $5,000 to the Brendan Burke Internship” (CP, 3/1)….Cardinals Care, the charitable foundation of the MLB Cardinals, yesterday announced an expanded partnership with St. Louis-based Rawlings Sporting Goods to benefit area kids. Cardinals Care is launching a “Rawlings Replay” program that encourages fans to donate new and gently-used baseball and softball equipment at special bins located throughout Busch Stadium during the upcoming season. All donations will go to support Cardinals Care’s Redbird Rookies program and other St. Louis children’s charities (Cardinals).

NAMES: More than 1,000 students, faculty, alumni and the business community "turned out at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School over the weekend" to hear tennis player ANDRE AGASSI share details about his "vision/commitment to build 100 new charter schools in the next five years" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 3/2)....Blackhawks C JONATHAN TOEWS yesterday was named the official host of the July 14-17 Canadian Tour Players Cup at Pine Ridge Golf Club in Winnipeg (CP, 3/1)....Marlins President DAVID SAMSON "will be inducted into the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida Ultimate Sports Auction Shrine" on March 11 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Marlins Special Assistant to the President JEFF CONINE, who has already been inducted into the HOF, "will introduce Samson at the annual Ultimate Sports Auction" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 3/1)....Patriots coach BILL BELICHICK was seen "hanging backstage" with JON BON JOVI after the rocker's concert at TD Garden last night (BOSTON HERALD, 3/2)….The entire Coyotes team was "spotted having dinner in a private dining room" at Sunda restaurant in Chicago last night (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/2).
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