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Willie Mays (l) among attendees at White House reception for Giants
DAILY VARIETY's Dave McNary reported Fox yesterday secured the rights to adapt JIM MILLER and TOM SHALES' book, "ESPN: THOSE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN," into a film. Fox "has set the project up with" producers MICHAEL DE LUCA, DANA BRUNETTI and JULIE YORN. No "writers or directors are attached" to the project (VARIETY.com, 7/25).

CHAMPIONS' RECEPTION
: PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday welcomed the Giants to the White House for the "traditional visit from the reigning World Series champions." Giants manager BRUCE BOCHY "presented Obama an autographed jersey bearing the number 44." Giants P MATT CAIN "handed the chief executive a personalized and signed bat." Managing General Partner & CEO BILL NEUKOM and Senior VP & GM BRIAN SABEAN "brought Obama a set of fielder's gloves for him and his family" (MLB.com, 7/25).

SWEET HOME ALABAMA: BASS LLC investor DON LOGAN said that the company "will return to Alabama where it was founded some four decades ago." Logan, one of three partners who purchased BASS from ESPN last year, said, "Our headquarters will be in Birmingham, where I have prior business interests and a lot of talented people already on tap. It also makes sense because it's in the heart of our tournament circuits geographically, as well as in the heart of bass fishing fan density" (HUNTSVILLE TIMES, 7/22).

WORK OF FICTION: In Chicago, Rick Telander noted former Bills coach and GM MARV LEVY has written "BETWEEN THE LINES," in which, "among other things, the Super Bowl is rigged." Levy, who lost four Super Bowls as Bills coach, said the book is "complete fiction." Levy: "It's exaggerated. ... I never have suspected or sensed a whiff of cheating in any of our Super Bowls." The book "won't be out for a month" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/24).

NAMES: The Rays will host their first Tweet-Up on Aug 4 during their game against the Blue Jays. CNBC’s DARREN ROVELL will “sing the national anthem and tweet from different locations inside Tropicana Field during the game.” Rovell will also report live throughout CNBC’s Business Day programming on game day (MLB.com, 7/22). Rovell earlier this year tweeted that he "wanted to sing the National Anthem in a major league stadium," and the Rays gave him the "best offer." Rovell: "A full social media day, a Tweet up with fans and the National Anthem of course, including the Canadian one" (CNBC.com, 7/22)....PBR CEO JIM HAWORTH offers his business advice, saying, “If you try to listen to your customers and give them what they want, you’re going to be OK. If you’re going to make a mistake, then make it following what the customer wants and you still [will] be OK” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 7/26)....MLB Rangers DH MICHAEL YOUNG has launched the Michael Young Family Foundation, which will “focus on improving children’s health, whether it’s physical, social, mental or educational” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 7/26).

BEST WISHES
: Oregon State Univ. AD BOB DE CAROLIS "has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease but he plans to fulfill his contract." De Carolis signed a five-year contract extension earlier this year that "keeps him in the AD's office through June 2016" (AP, 7/25).

IN MEMORY
: Former motorsports exec DON NAMAN passed away yesterday at the age of 75 "after an extended illness." Naman was the first GM of Talladega Superspeedway in '70, and also served as Dir of the Int'l Motorsports HOF & Museum at the track for 12 years (HUNTSVILLE TIMES, 7/26).
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