SBD/January 18, 2013/People and Pop Culture

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Octagon has signed snowboarder JAMIE ANDERSON. The 22-year-old slopestyle competitor, who competed in her first X Games at the age of 16, is preparing for the debut of Olympic slopestyle competition at the '14 Sochi Games. She has won three X Games gold medals in the last seven years. AMEN TETER will represent her. Anderson, a South Lake Tahoe product, currently has deals with Billabong, Monster Energy and Sierra at Tahoe. Octagon's other action sports clients include snowboarders KELLY CLARK and HANNAH TETER and surfer ALANA BLANCHARD (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal).

KICK IT UP: The L.A. Film & Entertainment Soccer Tournament “will hold its first annual entertainment industry soccer event” at The Home Depot Center on March 24. The event “will feature a five-on-five soccer tournament featuring industry professionals, a youth soccer tournament, and the MIA HAMM & NOMAR GARCIAPARRA Celebrity Soccer Challenge, which is in its fourth year.” The event's proceeds “will benefit the Mia Hamm Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for families in need of a marrow or cord blood transplant, and Grassroot Soccer, which uses soccer to educate and empower communities to stop the spread of HIV” (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 1/17).

BRACKETOLOGY: Over the next six weeks, fans will be able to vote for four different NCAA men’s basketball coaches -- “one in each region, NCAA bracket style” -- in the Infinity Coaches Charity Challenge. Winners in “each region gain a spot in the finals, where the victorious coach will receive $100,000 for his charity.” Infinity “will also donate $5,000 to each of the 48 participants’ charities, regardless of the vote” (ESPN.com, 1/16).

NAMES: Knicks F CARMELO ANTHONY has "taken a 10-percent stake in HauteTime.com, an off-shoot of the luxury publisher Haute Living, which is already putting out local editions of its luxury magazines" in N.Y., Miami, L.A. and S.F. Haute Time magazine will debut in April at the Art Basel show "with a circulation of 50,000." A "second print edition is planned for October (N.Y. POST, 1/18)....Four U.S. tennis court officlas sued the USTA in ’11, “accusing it of violating fair labor laws by denying them overtime for workdays that sometimes extended to 12 hours.” The suit is “being played out in depositions and pre-trial hearings before a Federal judge in Manhattan" (NYTIMES.com, 1/17).
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