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After three plus decades in Boston, DAN SHAUGHNESSY knows the city's sports landscape like the back of his hand. He’s already an accomplished author, and his most recent collaboration with TERRY FRANCONA looks at the manager's tenure with the Red Sox. But between penning his latest book, meeting deadlines for the Boston Globe, making TV appearances and appearing on guest panels, Shaughnessy finds it hard to carve out time to stick his nose in a book. Prior to the AARON HERNANDEZ arrest, he thought this weekend might be a quiet one to catch up on some summer reading. Perhaps he needs to think again?
CATCHING UP ON OLD TIMES: On Friday, I'm probably having lunch with my friend JOEL FELD. He used to run the local Red Sox flagship station NESN. We’ll probably have lunch somewhere in the Back Bay. We’ve been going to a place in Chestnut Hill called Legal Sea Foods. There’s several of them here. He lives close to where the marathon bombings happened. I expect to go to Post 390. I’ve done a lot of interviewing and I’ve met Francona there a lot. It is a regular spot for me.
WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND: By Friday afternoon, I will have read all the local papers and checked all my messages, returned my calls. And then I’ve got to drive up to Burlington, Massachusetts, about 20 miles from downtown. From there, I have a television regular thing on Comcast SportsNet New England. I know that at 5:30pm, I’ve got to participate in some sort of video special that they’re doing on the 20th anniversary of the death of former Celtics All-Star REGGIE LEWIS. We were all around covering it at that time. So like JACKIE MACMULLAN and myself, people who were covering the team will be videotaped for this special. After that, I’m on this panel show from 6:30-7:00pm. That will be on the topics of the day, which might be what’s going on with the departure of DOC RIVERS, where do the Bruins go from here or the Red Sox in first place and where is that going. And of course, the ever-changing Aaron Hernandez murder mystery. When that’s over, I will go back to my house in Newton, Massachusetts, and I’ll probably just read and watch the Red Sox on TV. Maybe catch up on some old episodes of "MAD MEN" or stuff that I’ve missed during this Bruins playoff run. Saturday I have another TV obligation and it’s in the same studio at CSN New England. It’s called "THE BASEBALL SHOW," and it’s a three-hour show with three other panelists. My seat’s on the far right as you look at the TV on the floor. I like being off in the wings.
SAVE THE PAGE: Once I get done with the papers, I’ve got a book on DWIGHT EISENHOWER and RICHARD NIXON called “IKE AND DICK.” I have been in and out of that. I’ve got an unpublished book on TED WILLIAMS for which I have to write a blurb. It’s written by BEN BRADLEE JR. and it’s a very large book and I need to get started on that. I don’t read fiction. There’s too much to learn and I like biography history. I don’t read as much as I should.
SLOW & STEADY: I run a mile every day … like really slowly. That’s the first thing of every day. I’ve only missed like five times since 1983. Yeah, 365 miles every year. It adds up, probably around the world now. Very slow, like 12 minutes to run the mile. It’s a regular path. I’m not a creature of change. So everyone in the neighborhood, they all roll their eyes … here he comes, there he goes. Some of the people walking to school with their kids are going faster than me, so it’s a little bit annoying.
INK STAINS: Things should promise to slow down by Sunday. I go to movies by myself a lot. So it’s going to be pretty boring. The Sunday papers are a big delight to me -- the N.Y. Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald. If we’re involved with any N.Y. teams, I’ll go down and get the N.Y. Post and the Daily News at the 7Eleven, but the other three are home delivered. That’s going to be a leisurely day, a day of rest. I haven’t had many. I’ve just been at so many games.
NBC Sports Group named Comcast SportsNet California GM LARRY ELDRIDGE CSN Northwest VP & GM. CSN Northwest launched in '07 with games from the Trail Blazers and has had some trouble getting carriage in the market, as Charter, DirecTV and Dish Network do not carry the RSN (John Ourand, Staff Writer). NBC Sports Group also named NFuse Marketing Sales & Business Development Dir JIM PRENDERGAST and Tough Mudder Head of Global Sales DAN WEINBERG Dirs of Sales for NBC Sports Ventures. Both will report to NBC Sports Ventures VP/Sales STEVEN JUSTMAN (NBC).Do you have an executive announcement? If so, please send to email@example.com.
EXECS: Sports Authority CEO DARRELL WEBB has retired "two years after he took the position" and will be replaced by Petco Animal Supplies VP & CFO MICHAEL FOSS (DENVERPOST.com, 6/27)....Louisiana Tech AD BRUCE VAN DE VELDE "will step down" July 1. Deputy AD and Senior Woman Administrator MARY KAY HUNGATE will serve as interim AD (SHREVEPORTTIMES.com, 6/27)....South Dakota State Univ. named ADAM HEEMEYER Assistant AD/Ticket Operations and DAN HAVERKAMP Ticket Sales Coordinator (SDSU).
In London, Owen Gibson reported Gold Medal-winning Great Britain distance runner MO FARAH on Wednesday "broke All England Club rules" by using his mobile phone. The club said that it was "looking into the matter" after Farah "uploaded footage from the court on to Twitter Thursday night after his trip to Wimbledon." Wimbledon rules state that phones "must be switched off in and around the courts during play." There is "unlikely to be any action against Farah" (GUARDIAN, 6/27).
DOES BO KNOW LITIGIATION? In Portland, Matthew Kish reported photographer RICHARD NOBLE, who took the "iconic picture" of BO JACKSON posing with baseball and football gear, has sued Nike "over its use of the image." Noble in a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in N.Y. alleges he "snapped the iconic image in 1987 and subsequently licensed it to Nike for use in its 'Bo Knows' advertising." Noble also alleges that Nike "violated his copyright on the image" in '07, '09, '11 and '12. He seeks "damages in addition to attorney costs" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 6/26).
HONORS & AWARDS: MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG on Thursday night received B'nai B'rith's Int'l Distinguished Humanitarian Award at a ceremony in N.Y., recognizing him for personal and professional commitments to improving the lives of others. Among Selig's various commitments through MLB are Stand Up 2 Cancer, Welcome Back Veterans, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer)....Dodgers broadcaster CHARLEY STEINER will be inducted into the National Radio HOF on Nov. 9 in Chicago (DAILYNEWS.com, 6/27)....Spartan Sports Network co-Owners WILL TIEMAN and WENDY HART have been inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting HOF (FREEP.com, 6/27)....Marie Claire magazine named MLS Soccer United Marketing President KATHY CARTER, ESPN's SAGE STEELE and Cowboys Exec VP/Brand Management CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON as "The New Guard" of women in pro sports (MARIE CLAIRE, July '13 issue).
NAMES: Former MLBer CHIPPER JONES and Braves Exec VP & GM FRANK WREN were “on hand Thursday morning for the unveiling of a refurbished baseball field at West Manor Park in southwest Atlanta.” The Braves over the coming months “plan to overhaul 10 youth fields around the city as a retirement gift to the former third baseman, who will have his No. 10 retired by the franchise before Friday night's game against the D-backs” (MLB.com, 6/27)….Cavaliers G KYRIE IRVING and actress OLIVIA HOLT have signed on for an ownership role with PlayMG Android gaming system. The duo will play a role in the creative direction of the system, working with the company on specifics including device and case design, app recommendations, marketing campaigns and its social media platform (PlayMG)….Actors ADAM SANDLER, KEVIN JAMES and TNT NBA analyst SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, who all star in the upcoming comedy “GROWN UPS 2,” will serve as grand marshals for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Int’l Speedway on July 6 (DIS)….Rapper WALE revealed that he would be performing at Redskins QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III’s wedding (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 6/26).