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SBD/January 27, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published January 27, 2012
SUPER AGENT: USA TODAY's Jarrett Bell profiles NFL agent TOM CONDON, noting he is arguably the league's "most powerful agent, evidenced by his A-list clients," including Colts QB PEYTON MANNING, Giants QB ELI MANNING, Saints QB DREW BREES, Cowboys QB TONY ROMO, Lions QB MATTHEW STAFFORD and Falcons QB MATT RYAN. Bell notes that Condon "evolved into the agent for so many marquee quarterbacks is a bit ironic." As a player, Condon "was not among the elite and was never voted to the Pro Bowl." He began "thinking of a second career after injuring a knee in his second pro season." He went to "law school during NFL offseasons" and went on to serve as the Chiefs' player rep and then became NFLPA President. After he "retired from football, he served as outside counsel for the NFLPA." Condon joined CAA in '06, and CAA Football now "boasts about 150 NFL players, including 14 starting quarterbacks." In the past three drafts, CAA "has represented 25 first-round picks -- more than any other agency" (USA TODAY, 1/27).
STANDING UP FOR PATERNO: In N.Y., Mark Viera notes in the "most riveting moment" of Thursday's memorial for late Penn State football coach JOE PATERNO, Nike Chair PHIL KNIGHT "lambasted Penn State's board of trustees for firing Paterno." Knight said, "Whatever the details of the investigation are, this much is clear to me: if there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation, not in Joe Paterno." Knight's comments drew an "explosion from the crowd of about 12,000, followed by a sustained standing ovation" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/27).
NAMES: FS North and the Wild last Saturday held a telethon to raise money to support the medical needs of Minnesota high school hockey player JACK JABLONSKI, who suffered a spinal cord injury during a game last month. The day-long benefit raised more than $134,000 and was held as part of FS North's annual "Hockey Day Minnesota" (Fox)....Musical duo LMFAO will join MADONNA for the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on Feb. 5. The group "scored a pair of Hot 100 chart-toppers last year with "PARTY ROCK ANTHEM" and "SEXY AND I KNOW IT" (BILLBOARD.com, 1/26)....U.S. snowboarder SHAUN WHITE said he is "entertaining" several film offers, but declined to give specifics. White played himself in last year's film, "FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS" (OUTTHERECOLORADO.com, 1/26)....ESPN's JEMELE HILL is teaching a class on sports business media for Univ. of Central Florida's sports management program this semester (CENTRALFLORIDAFUTURE.com, 1/25)....Patriots QB TOM BRADY made an appearance at the Seaport Hotel in Boston Thursday to “promote next summer’s Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, the walk, run, and cycle benefiting Best Buddies” (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/27)....Former Dolphins coach DON SHULA opened his first Shula Burger restaurant last month in the Florida Keys (MIAMI HERALD, 1/26)....The Lofts at West Station on its Facebook page Wednesday announced that “a restaurant will be opened on the main floor of the building” by Virginia Tech football coach FRANK BEAMER. The restaurant will be called “Beamer’s 25” (VTEFFECT.com, 1/26)....Celtics G RAY ALLEN and his wife SHANNON had their fourth boy, WYSTAN, on Wednesday (BOSTON HERALD, 1/27).