SBD/April 16, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published April 16, 2012
FINDING HIS NICHE: In L.A., Ben Bolch noted sports agent and Iran native MAYAR ZOKAEI, who co-represents Grizzlies C HAMED HADDADI, travels to Memphis “every month and attends about a third of the Grizzlies' road games.” He also has “spearheaded Iranian Heritage Nights for Grizzlies games.” Zokaei “hopes to add more high-profile players -- Iranian and otherwise -- to a stable that also includes entertainment clients such as Persian singer ARASH.” Zokaei said, "The byproduct of me finding my niche is that I'm able to endorse Iranians playing in the U.S. but also Americans playing in Iran, which is an untapped and evolving basketball market" (L.A. TIMES, 4/15).
NAMES: CBS President & CEO LES MOONVES “received total compensation valued at $69.9 million in 2011, up from $57.7 million the year before.” The increase was “due to a significantly larger option award, valued at $27.3 million, compared to $14.89 million a year earlier.” CBS Chair SUMNER REDSTONE received a “total compensation package of $20.3 million, also largely unchanged from the year before” (WSJ.com, 4/13)....Bobcats G GERALD HENDERSON received the NBA Kia Community Assist Award prior to last night's game against the Celtics. The award, which “comes with a $10,000 gift to the charity of his choice, recognizes Henderson for reaching out to wounded Iraq war vets in the community.” He intends to give the money to Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/15)....Knicks G CARMELO ANTHONY met privately with the family of TRAYVON MARTIN in the team’s locker room and “posed for pictures” before the Wizards-Knicks game on Friday. The family did not stay for the game “fearing additional media attention” (ESPNNY.com, 4/15)....The Buccaneers Friday gave Player Benefits & Alumni Programs Manager JILL HOBBS a check for $35,000 and a "framed No. 35 Buccaneers jersey bearing her last name" to mark her 35th anniversary with the team. Hobbs "took a temporary job with the organization in the summer of 1976" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 4/14).... About 2,000 people turned out for an afternoon parade yesterday to celebrate Giants WR VICTOR CRUZ’s Super Bowl victory in his hometown of Paterson, N.J. (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 4/16)….Ohio State F JARED SULLINGER, who declared for the NBA Draft, has selected DAVID FALK as his agent (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 4/16)….Giants QB ELI MANNING will host “SNL,” on May 5, with musical guest RIHANNA. Manning’s brother PEYTON hosted the show in ’07 (N.Y. POST, 4/15).