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  • Nicklaus Makes Rare Political Appearance On Behalf Of Romney; Elway Announces Support

    Nicklaus (r) makes rare appearance in political arena during Romney campaign stop

    Golf HOFer JACK NICKLAUS introduced MITT ROMNEY at a campaign stop in Ohio last week, a surprise given that Nicklaus “rarely has publicly voiced his political views throughout many years as a prominent American athlete,” according to Bill Fields of GOLF WORLD. Nicklaus “didn’t hold back” while introducing Romney, as he "spoke in favor of the challenger and sharply against” PRESIDENT OBAMA. Nicklaus said, “When I was competing, I didn’t lean on someone else in tough times. I knew what I had to do on the golf course to succeed, and when I won, I certainly didn’t apologize for my success.” Nicklaus and his wife, BARBARA, have reportedly “donated almost $22,000 to Republicans this election cycle, including $2,500 each” to Romney and U.S. House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER (R-Ohio) and “about $8,000 to the Republican Party.” This comes after Nicklaus a decade ago “responded to criticism” that he and ARNOLD PALMER “didn’t speak out during their primes to make golf more inclusive.” Nicklaus told the S.F. Chronicle, “How can we? Because we made a few putts?” (GOLF WORLD, 10/8 issue).

    DRIVE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
    : The AP reported Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations JOHN ELWAY is supporting Romney. Elway in a statement said that in "tough economic times, the country needs a president who understands how to get America working again.” The statement went on to say that America "needs a comeback team, and Romney and his running mate PAUL RYAN are that team” (AP, 10/2). Meanwhile, POLITICO’s Kevin Cirilli noted syndicated radio host RUSH LIMBAUGH yesterday called Elway “gutsy” for supporting Romney, though Limbaugh wondered whether Elway's endorsement "might hurt the GOP presidential nominee in Ohio.” Limbaugh said that the media "might say the endorsement could hurt Romney in battleground Ohio, where Cleveland Browns fans might still ‘hate’ Elway for ‘The Drive’” (POLITICO.com, 10/2).

    WE'RE NO. 2: NFL Jets Owner WOODY JOHNSON earlier this week said he prefered a Romney win in the presidential election over a winning season for the Jets, and SportsNet N.Y.'s Eamon McAnaney said, “It comes across as the fact that the Jets aren't the most important thing in Woody Johnson's life, and we all know on this show how important the Jets are to Jet fans." McAnaney: "This is a starving fan base that is dying to win another Super Bowl, and when Woody Johnson makes these comments it comes across like it's just his little toy that he goes out and watches on Sundays. I really don't think that's fair." SNY's Marc Malusis said, “It’s about the passion. You own an NFL team to win!” Malusis: “You own a professional team in order to win championships ... and the idea that it's not first at the top of the priority list to me would drive me crazy if I was a Jet fan!” (“The WheelHouse,” SNY, 10/2).

    BIG TIME SUPPORT: Dolphins Owner STEPHEN ROSS has “donated over $125,000 to Republican causes this election cycle, including $100,000 to a pro-Romney super PAC” (MIAMINEWTIMES.com, 10/2).

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  • Executive Transactions

    Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the ATP/WTA BNP Paribas Open named RAYMOND MOORE CEO. Moore, who has “been involved with the event for 25 years as a former owner and managing partner, will continue to be directly involved overseeing the operations of the tournament and the venue.” Indian Wells Tennis Garden COO and BNP Paribas Open Tournament Dir STEVE SIMON will continue in his role (AP, 10/2)….Apparel brand Cutter & Buck named Pebble Beach Co. Private Label Buyer LAURA SAIKI Golf Product Line Dir (Cutter & Buck)….Churchill Downs named former NBAer and Bridgeman Foods Founder JUNIOR BRIDGEMAN to its BOD (KENTUCKY.com, 10/2)….West Virginia Univ. named independent Frontier League Washington Wild Things Account Exec NICHOLAS HALFHILL Assistant Dir of Sports Marketing (THE DAILY).

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  • Names In The News

    Former Billabong CEO MATTHEW PERRIN appeared in an Australian court "charged with defrauding the Commonwealth Bank of [AU]$13.5 million.” Perrin was “charged this week with fraud following a three-year investigation by the State Crime Operations Commands Fraud and Corporate Crime Group.” It is alleged Perrin “defrauded the bank in 2008 by providing false documents and a guarantee relating to mortgages taken out on a home on the Gold Coast.” Police are “alleging Perrin forged the signature of his now ex-wife NICOLE BRICKNELL” (AAP, 10/2).

    SEEKING DAMAGES
    : Former Penn State assistant football coach MIKE MCQUEARY yesterday sued the university, claiming that school officials “discriminated against him and damaged his reputation.” The suit “alleges that his testimony against [JERRY] SANDUSKY led to unfair treatment by university officials” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/3).

    NAMES: The Chicago Advertising Federation on Monday named MillerCoors VP/Media & Marketing Services JACKIE WOODWARD the '12 Advertising Woman of the Year (Chicago Advertising Federation)....The Michigan Sports HOF will present the Gerald R. Ford Award to Western Michigan Univ. AD KATHY BEAUREGARD on Friday (Western Michigan)….The Women's Int'l Zionist Organization plans to recognize Gold Medal-winning U.S. gymnast ALY RAISMAN at an Oct. 17 dinner in Aventura, Fla. (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 10/3)….Former Patriots radio color analyst GINO CAPPELLETTI was honored at the annual Jimmy Fund Golf Classic at the Int’l Golf Club in Bolton, Mass. (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/3)….ESPN's CURT SCHILLING “once again" put his Medfield, Mass., home on the market -- this time for $3.45M. Schilling's family reportedly plans to "remain in their adopted hometown” (BOSTON HERALD, 10/3).

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