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SBD/July 5, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published July 5, 2012
CAUGHT ON FILM: In Portland, Allan Brettman notes sports agent MARK BLOCK, who the USADA banned from track and field in '11, "was shown in a photograph leaving the Nike skybox at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field" in a story posted on letsrun.com. Nike said in a statement Tuesday that Block "should not have had that access and, as a result, the company is examining its policies and procedures for vetting people in the future." A USADA arbitration panel last March found Block "guilty of trafficking in performance-enhancing drugs" (Portland OREGONIAN, 7/5).
ALL IN: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Alexandra Berzon noted professional poker player ANTONIO ESFANDIARI Tuesday became the "biggest winner in poker tournament history" by taking a "first-place prize of more than $18 million." After three days of play, Esfandiari finished "with all the chips in The Big One for One Drop, a charity event in the World Series of Poker." The previous record for a poker tournament first-place prize "was $12 million in the 2006 World Series of Poker main event" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/4).
KID FRIENDLY: In N.Y., Claire Atkinson notes the Whistle, a new sports media company aimed at kids, has raised $8M "from a group of all-star investors that includes" Yankees SS DEREK JETER, Broncos QB PEYTON MANNING and U.S. Gold Medal-winning soccer player MIA HAMM. The new funding will "help the company launch a host of digital tie-ins along with a programming block on NBC Sports Network, starting Sept. 21." The Whistle is also backed by Clear Channel Communications Chair of Media & Entertainment Platforms BOB PITTMAN and former MLB President & COO BOB DUPUY (N.Y. POST, 7/5).
NAMES: Eagles Owners JEFFREY and CHRISTINA LURIE yesterday announced the end of their 20-year marriage. They said that their split "would have no impact on the ownership, business or operations of the Eagles" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/5)....T'Wolves F KEVIN LOVE, who co-Founded the website 12Society, has launched the site's blog, which features content from Clippers F BLAKE GRIFFIN, host NICK CANNON and others (TIME, 7/16 issue)....The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix has received a $3M donation from Celebrity Fight Night that will be used to help expand the facility and its programs (THE DAILY).
IN MEMORY: MARY MALONE SULLIVAN, the widow of Boston Patriots co-Founder BILLY SULLIVAN, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at the age of 92 (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/4).