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Published June 7, 2011
STILL KICKING: The AP reported since retiring from professional soccer in February, RONALDO "has stayed active with a sports marketing agency and a career managing young players." Ronaldo owns a 45% stake in 9ine Sports & Entertainment, which "also has deals outside soccer." He has signed young stars NEYMAR and LUCAS, "touted as the future of Brazil's national team." Ronaldo said that he is "not an agent, that he is not in the business of making money by signing young talents and then selling them" (AP, 6/5).
MUSIC TO MY EARS: Opera singer PLACIDO DOMINGO is "considering an invitation from FIFA President SEPP BLATTER to help clean up world football's governing body." Blatter yesterday said that he "wanted the 70-year-old Spanish-born tenor to sit on a 'council of wisdom' alongside" former U.S. Secretary of State HENRY KISSINGER and former Netherlands soccer star JOHAN CRUYFF. But the singer said that he is "not committing to the role until he receives more information from Blatter about the committee being formed in the wake of the worst corruption scandal in FIFA's 107-year history" (AP, 6/6).
IN MEMORY: In Jacksonville, Chet Fussman wrote it is "hard to imagine a sports journalist who had more influence over a city" than former Tampa Tribune sports editor and columnist TOM MCEWEN, who passed away Sunday. McEwen "did more for sports in Tampa than any mayor, councilman or public official could." He knew "just about everybody, befriended the most powerful people in sports and never stopped writing, even after his retirement in 2001." McEwen's name is "already on press boxes and street signs," and his "legacy of helping build and chronicle sports in the Tampa area is unmatched" (JACKSONVILLE.com, 6/6). SI's Peter King wrote, "People in Tampa, and NFL people everywhere, will miss him" (SI.com, 6/6). Former NFL exec Jim Steeg tweeted, "McEwen was one of the true giants. Without him there are no Bucs" (TWITTER.com, 6/5).
NAMES: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Ben Cohen profiles restaurateur DANNY MEYER's love for horse racing. On the morning of May's Preakness Stakes, Meyer "tweeted a promotional offer: If Shackleford, a 12-to-1 longshot, won the race that afternoon, he would give away free cups of frozen custard at Shake Shack." That Saturday "turned out to be the busiest day in the popular chain's history," and Meyer decided that the "offer would stand" for the Belmont Stakes this weekend (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/7)....Former WWE CEO LINDA MCMAHON "gauged her interest level as high in taking another stab" at the U.S. Senate after her unsuccessful bid last year. Outgoing Connecticut GOP Chair CHRISTOPHER HEALY predicted that McMahon "will declare her intentions in the next month" (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 6/7)....Federal authorities yesterday charged former MLBer LENNY DYKSTRA with "nearly two dozen felony counts related to a scheme to obtain luxury cars and possession of cocaine, human growth hormone and Ecstasy." The charges come one month after Dykstra was "indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bankruptcy fraud and obstruction of justice" (L.A. TIMES, 6/7)....MONICA PUIG, a 17-year-old tennis player from Puerto Rico, is turning pro and has hired Legardere Unlimited agent KEY MEYERSON (MIAMI HERALD, 6/7)....The NFL announced yesterday that 16 former players will take part in the annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in New Jersey. The program from June 20-23 includes instructors from each of the NFL's broadcast partners (NFL).