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  • Steelers Investor Thomas Tull Gets Team, City Highlighted In Latest Batman Movie

    Legendary Entertainment CEO & Steelers investor THOMAS TULL, whose company co-produced the movie "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES," said that he and Steelers President ART ROONEY II worked "actively with the Pittsburgh Film Office and with Warner Bros." to make the city "one of five primary backdrops" for the film, according to Gene Collier of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. The film, which is being released nationwide this week, includes the "screen debuts" of former Steelers WR HINES WARD, Steelers QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER, S TROY POLAMALU, WR MIKE WALLACE, former Steelers coach BILL COWHER and Pittsburgh Mayor LUKE RAVENSTAHL. Tull joined the Steelers ownership group three years ago, and Ward said, "You can see he loves the city and tries to do as much as possible to put the city on the map. ... Being asked to be in the Batman movie was just such a big honor." Collier writes the Rooneys "have enjoyed the relationship Tull has cultivated with the players, and don't think they've forgotten how investors like Tull helped them execute a rather urgent financial reconstruction that did little else but save the Steelers as we know them." Rooney said, "There is no question that this group of partners that came on board allowed us to continue to own and operate the franchise; we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to them. Everyone really enjoys the relationship and all of them bring something to the table. Thomas really enjoys Pittsburgh." Tull said, "When I was growing up, it was like [former Steelers] JOE GREENE, JACK LAMBERT, TERRY BRADSHAW, FRANCO HARRIS, they all came from Mount Olympus. That's why it's such a privilege to call myself a partner of the Rooney family; it's unbelievably humbling. They're the classiest people you'll ever meet" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 7/17).

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  • Executive Transactions

    The Redskins named SHRIPAL SHAH Senior VP & Chief Strategy Officer. Shah returns to the club after a stint as Catalyst PR Chief Digital Strategist (Redskins)….The Stars named TONI MAY VP/Finance & Administration. May was previously Alliance Data Dir of Corporate Accounting (Stars).

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  • Names In The News

    Slive's contract was set to expire on July 31, five days after he turns 72

    SEC Commissioner MIKE SLIVE said he will run the conference for "at least a couple more years." The AP's John Zenor noted Slive's contract "was set to expire July 31, five days after he turns 72." Slive is "negotiating new TV deals that figure once again to be the most lucrative in college athletics." The SEC is also "trying to assimilate Texas A&M and Missouri into the now-14-team league." Slive makes "just over" $1M annually (AP, 7/16).

    LITTLE COLT: In Indianapolis, Bill McCleery reports Colts Vice Chair CASEY IRSAY FOYT and her husband, A.J. FOYT IV, yesterday welcomed son LOCKEY JAMES FOYT. The baby's middle name "is in honor" of his grandfather, Colts Owner JIM IRSAY, who yesterday offered a contest to his Twitter followers: "Guess weight of my new grandchild, $1000 n Colts Hat n box of fine cigars, 1 guess only, Abby's hatpick, must have guess n by 1215pm!" (INDYSTAR.com, 7/16).

    CHARITY STRIPE: NASCAR driver JEFF GORDON joined former U.S. President BILL CLINTON, Rwanda President PAUL KAGAME and Partners In Heath co-Founder Dr. PAUL FARMER for the opening of the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence in Butaro, Rwanda. Gordon was scheduled to leave yesterday and return after the ceremony (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 7/15)....Texans QB MATT SCHAUB and his wife, LAURIE, on behalf of their Gr8 Hope Foundation, yesterday presented a check for $200,000 to Texas Children's Hospital. Over the last two years, the Schaubs have donated $308,000 to the hospital's Child Life Playroom (CHRON.com, 7/16).

    NAMES: Former NFLer JASON TAYLOR is being sued by his former money manager, ERIC KIM, who is seeking $1M in damages. In August '11, Taylor sued Kim, claiming Kim "misappropriated" $275,269 (TMZ.com, 7/16)....Denver-based car dealer MIKE SHAW sold his Chevrolet dealership to Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations JOHN ELWAY "for an undisclosed amount." It is Elway's "third dealership with partners MITCH PIERCE and TODD MAUL" (DENVERPOST.com, 7/16)....The USTA, in conjunction with American Express and Fulton County (Ga.) yesterday had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a dozen youth tennis courts at the Burdett Tennis Center. The city this week is hosting the ATP World Tour BB&T Atlanta Open (AJC.com, 7/16)....Former NFLer CHRIS CHAMBERS on Aug. 5 will open The Chamber, a multi-discipline sports performance and athletic training center he founded (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 7/17)....Toronto Sun baseball beat reporter BOB ELLIOTT, in honor of his induction into the Baseball HOF this Saturday, threw out the first pitch before Sunday's Indians-Blue Jays game (TORONTOSUN.com, 7/16)….The Baseball Bloggers Alliance named NBC's HardballTalk.com lead blogger CRAIG CALCATERRA the winner of the Joe Posnanski Award, honoring the top internet writer of the year (NBC)....MLB honored the Orioles' production department with an award for the “Best Overall Video Display in Baseball” (Orioles)….Golden Boy Promotions President OSCAR DE LA HOYA, former boxers BERNARD HOPKINS and PAULIE MALIGNAGGI and Lakers F METTA WORLD PEACE attended the AMIR KHAN-DANNY GARCIA fight at Mandalay Bay on Saturday (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 7/16)….Bruins LW MILAN LUCIC proposed to his girlfriend BRITTANY CARNEGIE (BOSTON HERALD, 7/17).  

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