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Leonsis is not eligible to participate in the company’s plan for non-employee directors
Groupon in a regulatory filing said compensation for Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder, Chair & CEO TED LEONSIS and Groupon Chair ERIC LEFKOFSKY, who were recently named co-CEOs of the company, “will match the amount that they would have received ... if they had continued to serve solely as directors.” In Chicago, Wailin Wong noted Leonsis and Lefkofsky are “not eligible to participate in the company’s compensation plan for non-employee directors, though they will be able to join the plan when a new CEO is appointed.” The filing added that “each director will receive his stock grants on the timetable laid out for them as directors” (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 3/19).

AGENT NEWS: Agent MARTY MAGID, who was recently fired by free agent DE ELVIS DUMERVIL “after a failed contract execution” with the Broncos, has “retained DAVID CORNWELL" for representation. The hiring comes "most likely as a preemptive move in the event Magid should face any future litigation or be subject to discipline” by the NFLPA (ESPN.com, 3/19)....Agent DREW ROSENHAUS will be the keynote speaker at Radio Ink’s Sports Radio Conference on May 14-15 at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami (Radio Ink).

CHARITY STRIPE: Baseball HOFer CAL RIPKEN JR. “enlisted his foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to draft guidelines using the research and input of leading sports scientists, pediatricians and advocates for screening coaches and volunteers.” The goal is to “empower child athletes and expose predators.” The abuse prevention standards will be “finalized -- and available at Safetocompete.org -- in about a week, after a two-day summit” that began yesterday in Alexandria, Va. (Baltimore SUN, 3/20)....Univ. of Cincinnati football coach TOMMY TUBERVILLE will donate $300,000 over the next five years to “benefit the school’s Olympic sports programs” (CINCINNATI.com, 3/19)....Golfer STACY LEWIS, after winning the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday, announced that she will “add a bonus” to the $500,000 the event gives to the LPGA-USGA Girls’ Golf program (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 3/18).

AWARDS & HONORS: Univ. of Tennessee women's basketball coach emeritus PAT SUMMITT, former Arizona men's basketball coach LUTE OLSON and former Georgia Tech assistant coach and player MARK PRICE were honored yesterday at the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Naismith Awards banquet (AJC.com, 3/19)….Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named Vikings P CHRIS KLUWE one of its “40 under 40” for ’13 (MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/15 issue).

NAMES: Pacific Crest Securities analyst EVAN WILSON “speculated” that Electronic Arts COO PETER MOORE is the “most likely internal candidate to succeed” former CEO JOHN RICCITIELLO, who resigned Monday (LATIMES.com, 3/19)....The Green Bay City Council yesterday gave final approval to rename a downtown street after retired NFLer DONALD DRIVER (GREENBAYPRESSGAZETTE.com, 3/19)….Pro Football HOFer DEION SANDERS has “won full custody of his daughter, SHELOMI, 9, in a nasty battle with his estranged wife, PILAR” (N.Y. POST, 3/20).
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