SBD/August 23, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Names In The News

A fundraising dinner for the re-election campaign of PRESIDENT OBAMA was held last night at Alice Tully Hall in N.Y. “with the help of current and former "National Basketball Association stars.” Obama raised $3M “with the help of the players,” who included Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN, MSG Knicks analyst WALT FRAZIER and basketball HOFer BILL BRADLEY. NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN also was there. The players were “part a day long fundraiser,” as former and current players earlier had “participated in a $250 per person autograph session and in a skills camp priced at for $5,000 for two people” (AP, 8/22). Obama said, "It is very rare I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person.” He added, “This is my ‘Dream Team’” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/23). CNN.com’s Adam Aigner-Treworgy noted the event was “originally scheduled during the 2011 NBA lockout when basketball fans had nowhere to see their favorite players play,” but the event was “canceled after the lockout was resolved and rescheduled for this summer” (CNN.com, 8/22).

SMALL-SCREEN SPORTS: The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’s Michael O’Connell reported Lionsgate is “eying a sports drama for its television stable.” The company has optioned Lacrosse book “Take a Shot! The Remarkable Story of Perseverance, Friendship and A Really Crazy Adventure,” published last week by Hay House. The book was written by former lacrosse player and Warrior Sports Founder, President & CEO DAVE MORROW and Body by Jake founder JAKE STEINFELD (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 8/22).

NOT ALWAYS SUNNY FOR SONNY: In Birmingham, Jon Solomon writes former Nike, Reebok and adidas exec SONNY VACCARO “finds himself in the NCAA's crosshairs again,” and this time it is “over Vaccaro's relationships with aging ex-players, not promising future ones.” Court documents filed in June show that the NCAA “wants records from Vaccaro.” The NCAA said that the documents are “relevant to the players' claims they can't sell their likenesses.” The NCAA “requested all of Vaccaro's communications with New York Times columnist and frequent NCAA critic JOE NOCERA, and copies of every speech Vaccaro made in the past seven years.” The NCAA also “wants Vaccaro's documents regarding movie and book projects.” Vaccaro said that he has “turned down all book offers and scrapped a movie scheduled to have ‘The Sopranos’ star JAMES GANDOLFINI play Vaccaro” (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 8/23).

NAMES: Sharks co-Owner STRATTON SCLAVOS yesterday announced that he is investing $1M in Ann Arbor-based mobile security startup Duo Security. As part of the deal, he will join the company’s BOD. Sclavos spent “a dozen years as CEO of VeriSign, a provider of secure e-commerce services, before stepping down in 2007” (MERCURYNEWS.com, 8/22)….Little leaguer STEVEN DOMALEWSKI, who was “severely injured after being struck in the chest by a batted ball off an aluminum bat” in ’06, yesterday was awarded a $14.5M settlement against the maker of the Louisville Slugger bat and Little League World Series organizers (Bergen RECORD, 8/23)….John Hancock’s ’12 Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program raised a record $6.8M as part of the event in April (John Hancock)….Gold Medal-winning U.S gymnast JORDYN WIEBER threw out the first pitch last night at the Blue Jays-Tigers game (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/23)….Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer MATT GREVERS will be a special guest this weekend at the Maryland State Fair (BALTIMORESUN.com, 8/22)….Boxing HOFer MIKE TYSON is scheduled to “appear at an annual forum of clients of the brokerage CLSA on September 12” (REUTERS, 8/22).
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