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Trudeau sets the metrics for judging the success of the Storm's business
In Seattle, Jerry Brewer profiles Force 10 Hoops Chair & Managing Partner DAWN TRUDEAU, whose company owns and operates the WNBA Seattle Storm. She “sets the metrics for judging the Storm’s business, and she’s the part-owner who takes the closest look at how the franchise functions from end to end.” The former Microsoft exec is “learning the nuances of sports business, and she’s doing it in her typical fashion: feeding the expectations of instant gratification in a competitive arena while absorbing practical lessons.” If Trudeau “figures out how to make the Storm a financial success, it just might be her capstone achievement” (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/25).

OLYMPIAN EFFORTS: Retired Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer MICHAEL PHELPS sold his condo in the Fells Point area of Baltimore for $1.25M. Phelps in '07 bought the residence for $1.69M (BALTIMORESUN.com, 9/24)….Gold medal-winning U.S. swimmer RYAN LOCHTE attended Sunday’s Jets-Dolphins game, spending most of the game at Sun Life Stadium’s Club LIV. A source said Lochte spent “all night” partying at the club, and had an “instant bromance” with reality TV star MIKE “THE SITUATION” SORRENTINO (MIAMI HERALD, 9/24)….Gold medal-winning U.S. beach volleyball player KERRI WALSH JENNINGS “was five weeks pregnant” during this summer's London Games. Walsh Jennings’ third child with husband CASEY JENNINGS is due April 9 (DAILYNEWS.com, 9/24).

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION: NASCAR Chair & CEO BRIAN FRANCE today will be in a North Carolina appeals court seeking to “keep the public out of hearings and documents related to a battle with his ex-wife over their high-dollar divorce settlement” (AP, 9/25)….The Baltimore City Council yesterday approved a deal in which the city will sell up to $35M in bonds to “fund infrastructure projects under Under Armour’s Tide Point headquarters.” UA officials “sought the city’s support as they planned to double the size” of the campus. In the project’s first phase, “expected to complete next year, the company plans to build an 80,000-square-foot office building and a retail outlet” (Baltimore SUN, 9/25).

NAMES: Cowboys QB TONY ROMO “has switched agents.” Romo left KEN KRAMER and signed with CAA’s R.J. GONSER (ESPN.com, 9/24)….N.Y. Times columnist JOE NOCERA is “working on a book about college sports and the NCAA.” Penguin Group’s Portfolio imprint yesterday announced that Nocera’s book, “currently untitled, is scheduled for 2014.” It will “cover the Penn State scandal and academics for college athletics among other controversies” (AP, 9/24)….USADA CEO TRAVIS TYGART yesterday told French publication L’Equipe “that he received three death threats as he was conducting the LANCE ARMSTRONG doping investigation” (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 9/24)….Former Reebok CEO PAUL FIREMAN next week is hosting a $2,500-per-person reception at his home in Chestnut Hill, Mass., for MITT ROMNEY and running mate PAUL RYAN. Meanwhile, Patriots President JONATHAN KRAFT will host a $75,000-a-plate dinner for Romney and Ryan (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 9/21).

IN MEMORY: AP reporter MARY FOSTER passed away yesterday at the age of 68 following complications from cancer that was diagnosed earlier this year. Foster joined the AP’s New Orleans bureau in ’88 and started covering Louisiana sports for the AP in ’92 (AP, 9/24).
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