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Published November 14, 2012
FREQUENT FLIERS: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Maremont & McGinty examine the use of corporate jets by WNBA Dream co-Owners MARY BROCK and KELLY LOEFFLER under the header, "Lines Blur Over Wife’s Use Of CEO’s Jets.” In regards to Brock, whose husband, JOHN, is Coca-Cola Enterprises Chair & CEO, a review of “flight records found that on at least 15 dates over the past two years” when the Dream was playing “distant road games, CCE jets flew to the locations where the games were being played.” Mary Brock confirmed she has flown to Dream games aboard Coca-Cola jets, but said it was always with her husband, and "only if it fits in with what John's doing." Loeffler is married to IntercontinentalExchange Founder & CEO JEFFREY SPRECHER. ICE’s corporate jet “made two trips to cities on the same days” with Dream away games in those markets (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/14).
CHARITY STRIPE: Panthers QB CAM NEWTON yesterday gave $150,000 through the Cam Newton Foundation to three Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/14)….The WTA on Monday announced that it had donated $25,000 to USANA Health Sciences’ “Ace Out Hunger” program. All funds will go to the Children’s Hunger Fund (THE DAILY)….Bengals DT DOMATA PEKO and six teammates yesterday visited Woodland Elementary School in Liberty Township (Ohio) to "promote being active and good health." They also presented a check for $10,000 to "go towards the school’s mission to build a new playground” (WESTCHESTERBUZZ.com, 11/13)….Ravens LB JAMEEL MCCLAIN “made a deal with Wal-Mart where in exchange for a couple off-season appearances at the store, they'd provide the gear" for 300 needy kids (BALTIMORESUN.com, 11/13)….Former NFLer CARL BANKS “handed out new coats and jackets from a Daily News truck to residents of a Brooklyn housing project that has been without heat since” Hurricane Sandy struck (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/13)….Cowboys TE JASON WITTEN and QB TONY ROMO yesterday were among 12 players who “worked the food line and brought plates out to clients at the Salvation Army’s Collins Social Services Center in Dallas.” It is part of the “kickoff to the team’s annual Thanksgiving holiday drive for the charity” (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 11/13)….The Brewers and their charitable arm, the Brewers Community Foundation, raised more than $3.5M during the ’12 season (JSONLINE.com, 11/13)….The PGA Tour Travelers Championship has “set a record for the most money generated for its annual charities.” More than 100 charities benefited from the $1.2M raised by the event (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/14).
NAMES: EPL CEO RICHARD SCUDAMORE is "understood to be high on a list of potential candidates" to succeed F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE (London DAILY MAIL, 11/12)….Under Armour President, Chair & CEO KEVIN PLANK plans to sell up to 1.3 million shares of UA stock on his behalf and on behalf of his charitable foundation (STREETINSIDER.com, 11/13)…. D'Backs President & CEO DERRICK HALL last Saturday was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Univ. of Phoenix (D’Backs)….A celebration of legendary boxing trainer EMANUEL STEWARD at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple yesterday was attended by singer ARETHA FRANKLIN and boxers LENNOX LEWIS, TOMMY HEARNS, SUGAR RAY LEONARD, ROY JONES and EVANDER HOLYFIELD (MLIVE.com, 11/13)….Ole Miss AD ROSS BJORK will deliver a keynote address at Paciolan’s annual PACnet community conference on Feb. 11 at the Newport Beach (Calif.) Marriott Hotel & Spa (Paciolan)….Celtics G RAJON RONDO and F JARED SULLINGER joined Celtics Managing Partner WYC GROUSBECK at the unveiling of a “music clubhouse” at the Jordan Boys & Girls Club in Chelsea, Mass. (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/14)….TNT’s SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, along with musician NICK CANNON, will host Cartoon Network’s “Hall of Game” Awards in Feb (Turner)….Heat G RAY ALLEN is “living in a $50,000-a-month rental” in the Coral Gables, Fla., neighborhood of Tahiti Beach (GOSSIPEXTRA.com, 11/9)….Yankees 2B ROBINSON CANO yesterday became a U.S. citizen (USATODAY.com, 11/13)….Falcons TE TONY GONZALEZ on Nov. 19 is partnering with Disney XD to “launch a series of interstitials dubbed ‘Ninja Moves,’ to encourage kids to make fun, healthy choices in their lives” (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 11/12 issue)....Soccer legend PELE is in “good condition after undergoing surgery” on his hip (AP, 11/13).
IN MEMORY: Grizzlies Assistant GM KENNY WILLIAMSON passed away yesterday at the age of 65 "after a yearlong battle with cancer.” Williamson had “35 years of experience as a basketball coach, scout and executive on every level.” He was “in his sixth season with the Grizzlies.” Team GM CHRIS WALLACE said, “Anybody who has met him will never forget him” (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 11/14).