SBD/February 26, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published February 26, 2013
COURT REPORT: Former USA Swimming VP MIKE SALTZSTEIN claims that the organization's "new screening procedures failed to detect a coach with multiple identities and a felony conviction." Saltzstein yesterday filed a complaint "asking for a review of a person known as JAMES PANTERA." He questioned whether USA Swimming's new screening policies "were doing enough to protect swimmers in the wake of numerous sexual abuse cases involving coaches and underage athletes" (AP, 2/25)....WorkSafeBC last year "imposed penalties for safety violations" totaling C$2.9M, with the "biggest single fine against" Canucks co-Owner FRANCESCO AQUILINI and his family for "failing to maintain some vehicles on their blueberry farm" (CP, 2/25).
SCREEN TIME IN PHILLY: Director JEFFREY BELL is "deep into shooting a feature-length documentary about the rise of the rabid" Sons of Ben, which is the fan club for the MLS Union. The film explores the club's "pivotal role in redefining the local soccer landscape." The movie, titled "Sons of Ben," is expected to premiere in early '14. Sons of Ben co-Founder & First President BRYAN JAMES said, "It's kind of crazy. You do something for a specific purpose, not envisioning its impact beyond its initial goal, which was to get a soccer team here in Philadelphia." One theme of the film is "how the Sons of Ben came to embrace" the city of Chester, Pa., where PPL Park was built (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/25)....Phillies 1B RYAN HOWARD will appear as "an exaggerated version of himself" in the March 28 episode of NBC's "The Office," alongside actors JOHN KRASINSKI (Jim) and CRAIG ROBINSON (Darryl), which will see the "marketing reps at Athlead attempt to sign one of Philadelphia's biggest sports stars" (ESPN.com, 2/25).
NAMES: Under Armour President, Chair & CEO KEVIN PLANK on March 6 will receive the '13 Governor's Int'l Leadership Award (WTCI)....NASCAR team owner RICHARD PETTY and son KYLE "helped dedicate the limited-edition America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever Stamps, which went on sale Friday at post office's nationwide" (NEWS-JOURNALONLINE.com, 2/22)....Golfer BRANDEN GRACE has signed with IMG for representation (THE DAILY)....Boxer CURTIS STEVENS has signed with New Jersey-based promoter Main Events (ESPN.com, 2/25)....Basketball HOFer DENNIS RODMAN is joining three members of the Harlem Globetrotters in North Korea "for a Vice Media production to air on HBO in early April" (AP, 2/26).