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Published April 10, 2012
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COURT REPORT: In Minnesota, Jim Hammerand notes U.S. District Court Judge GARY FEINERMAN has “thrown out a trademark lawsuit" filed by Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN against Supervalu Inc., "ruling that an advertisement congratulating” Jordan on his HOF inclusion was noncommercial speech protected under the First Amendment. Jordan demanded damages of at least $5M, arguing that the ad’s “unauthorized use of his name and number in conjunction” with a Supervalu subsidiary’s logo and slogan “diminished his endorsement earning power.” Jordan will appeal the ruling (MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/6 issue).
WEDDING BELLS: Red Sox GM BEN CHERINGTON married Goldklang Group marketing exec TYLER TUMMINIA on Friday in N.Y. It remains unclear if Tumminia, who “currently lives in New York, will be moving to Boston.” Cherington was previously married to ESPN’s WENDI NIX (BOSTON GLOBE 4/10)….NFL Network’s JEFF DARLINGTON was married on Saturday (SI.com, 4/8).
NAMES: Former NBAer and Oregon gubernatorial candidate CHRIS DUDLEY on Saturday said that he and his family “will soon leave Oregon and move to the San Diego area.” Dudley 18 months ago lost a “close race” for governor. He said that his wife, CHRIS, has “a business opportunity in Southern California, which he declined to name, that he wants her to be able to pursue.” He also said that the move “comes after he decided not to run for office again” (Portland OREGONIAN, 4/8)….Holy Candy, a horse part-owned by Saints QB DREW BREES, was scratched Saturday from the Santa Anita Derby and will run in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington next Saturday (L.A. TIMES, 4/7)….Thunder F KEVIN DURANT is “preparing to open a restaurant in Lower Bricktown, just a short walk from the Chesapeake Energy Arena.” The restaurant is “being developed by RANDY HOGAN and will be operated by the Hall Smith Restaurant Group.” Durant said that the concept “is a mix between an upscale restaurant and sports bar” (NEWSOK.com, 4/6)….Yankees 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ is “being approached to play a drag queen in an upcoming indie movie” on SALVADOR DALI called “THE SURREALIST,” starring ALAN CUMMING (N.Y. POST, 4/10)….Dodgers Team Travel Advisor BILL DELURY is “one of only two current Dodgers employees who has been with the team since it moved” to L.A. in ’58, was profiled by the L.A. DAILY NEWS. DeLury works “primarily as a behind-the-scenes assistant” to announcer VIN SCULLY and the Dodgers broadcast crew (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 4/10)....A celebrity pro-am following The Masters has been “a perennial success in its 10 years” at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club in Myrtle Beach. The Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters host DARIUS RUCKER said, “It’s really amazing 18 years later that we’re still doing this.” Fund-raising figures “aren’t in yet for this year, but organizers said the 2011 tournament and affiliated events raised $350,000 for MAM charities” (Myrtle Beach SUN NEWS, 4/10).