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Formers Kansas AD Lew Perkins has started his own consulting business
In K.C., McCollough & McGraw profile former Univ. of Kansas AD LEW PERKINS, who just weeks after leaving KU last September formed The Lew Perkins Team, LLC. The Kansas-based business "generated some Division I consulting fees in April for helping" George Washington Univ. finds its new AD, PATRICK NERO. A GWU spokesperson “would not reveal how much Perkins was paid.” Neinas Sports Services Founder CHUCK NEINAS noted that the "college sports consulting field is growing rapidly” (K.C. STAR, 9/9).

NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: Lionsgate Entertainment “has been hit with a quirky copyright infringement lawsuit over a piece of music" used in the documentary "MORE THAN A GAME," which chronicles Heat F LEBRON JAMES’ high school basketball days. Songwriter MASON HALL filed suit Tuesday in Georgia federal court, claiming that he "authored a copyrighted composition entitled, 'We Ready'” (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 9/8)....The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’s David Rooney reviewed “THE LAST GLADIATORS,” a documentary from ALEX GIBNEY about the "toughest guys in ice hockey." For audiences "with little knowledge of professional hockey, Gibney’s sharply crafted film offers an exhaustive education, particularly about the decades before changes in the rules diminished the importance of enforcers" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 9/8).

FASHION FORWARD: Knicks F AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE Thursday at N.Y. Fashion Week sat “front row at Richard Chai.” Stoudemire's new shoe, the Nike Air Max Sweep Thru, debuts Oct. 1 and he said, "It’s stylish and clean, and I like playing basketball in a shoe with a strap” (NEWSDAY.com 9/8)....Coyotes RW SHANE DOAN, Lightning C STEVEN STAMKOS and RW MARTIN ST. LOUIS appeared at an NHL-sponsored event at the Versace store during fashion week (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 9/8)....Fox Business' Chris Cotter profiled former NFLer CARL BANKS' foray in fashion as the President of G-III Sports by Carl Banks. Noting he has been involved in fashion "for a while," Banks said, "The company that started it and inspired me was Starter Corporations and that was way back in the 80s. They really embraced the culture of sports and fashion.” He added, “I started in outerwear. … Now, I am the number one outwear manufacturer of sports licensing in all major sports” (Fox Business, 9/7).

NAMES: Former softball player JENNIE FINCH will team with Timex to run the ING N.Y. Marathon on Nov. 6. in support of NYRR Youth Programs (THE DAILY)....Boston's WBZ-FM host ANDY GRESH has teamed up with writer MICHAEL CONNELLY for “THE GREAT BOOK OF BOSTON SPORTS LISTS,” a 272-page, “no-holds-barred jock-athon.” The two enlisted "other local sports fans" to help with the book, including announcers GIL SANTOS and MIKE GORMAN and Bruins Owner JEREMY JACOBS (BOSTON HERALD, 9/9)....Lakers F LAMAR ODOM, a spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month, appeared in a “recent PSA on behalf of the nonprofit Life Foundation” (LATIMES.com, 9/8)....Cubs P RYAN DEMPSTER "has once again lowered the asking price" for his five-bedroom, 5,300-square-foot home “near Wrigley Field, this time to $1.8 million from $1.899 million” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/9)....Mets VP/Media Relations JAY HORWITZ “was hospitalized Thursday after breaking his right ankle while walking to work.” In 32 years with the club, Horwitz “hadn’t missed a game since August 1990, when his mother died.” In addition, Mets Dir of Media Relations SHANNON FORDE “was walking on crutches Thursday after fracturing her ankle a day earlier” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/9). Horwitz “will undergo surgery Monday” (N.Y. TIMES, 9/9).

PAYING THEIR RESPECTS: Hundreds of guests on Thursday came “from all walks of life to honor the memory" of former Univ. of South Florida AD and Pro Football HOFer LEE ROY SELMON, who passed away Sunday (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 9/9). As part of their efforts to honor Selmon, the Buccaneers will have players "wear his No. 63 on their helmets all season." Also, there will be a "moment of silence in honor of Selmon" at Raymond James Stadium before Sunday's season opener against the Lions (TAMPABAY.com, 9/8).
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