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SBD/October 30, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published October 30, 2013
SNEAKER WARS: Nike this month has signed lobbying firms Ogilvy Government Relations and Cornerstone Government Affairs "amid a trade dispute" with New Balance. Vietnam is "lobbying for the removal of a U.S. footwear tariff dating back to the 1960s, which would give Nike a boost" over New Balance. Nike shoes are "primarily made in Vietnam." Nike also is represented by Sidley Austin and Alpine Group (POLITICO.com, 10/29).
FAMILY TREE: A's Exec VP & GM BILLY BEANE "learned over the weekend that he has the ingredients for the wackiest family reunion of all-time." His relatives include distant cousins MADONNA, CELINE DION, HILLARY CLINTON and CAMILLA PARKER-BOWLES. Another "distant but verifiable cousin" is ANGELINA JOLIE, a "revelation that prompted Beane to call" BRAD PITT to "alert him to a belated plot twist in 'MONEYBALL'" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/30).
CHARITY STRIPE: The charitable foundation bearing the names of Texans Owner BOB MCNAIR and his wife, JANICE, "will match a donation" to late Oilers coach & GM BUM PHILLIPS' charities "once donations reach $150,000" (ESPN.com, 10/29)....Pistons Owner TOM GORES is donating $250,000 to support the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The funding "aims to boost the growth and development of the public charter high school in Detroit" (AP, 10/29)....The Univ. of Oregon "helped raise more than $200,000" for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund by auctioning 25 pink helmets worn by its football team during a Oct. 19 game against Washington State Univ. (OREGONLIVE.com, 10/29)....Former NFLer and Ohio State Univ. alum ORLANDO PACE gave the school's football program $250,000 "to refurbish the recruiting room" (DAYTON DAILY NEWS, 10/28)....MLL Boston Cannons and NLL Philadelphia Wings MF PAUL RABIL yesterday visited a “group of dyslexic middle schoolers” at the Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Md. Jemicy is a “magnet for college-bound students with language-based learning differences” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 10/29).
NAMES: New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and NFL Jets Owner WOODY JOHNSON yesterday toured the state “on the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.” Goodell and Johnson were there to “announce a second series of capital improvement projects to be completed by the Super Bowl Host Committee’s Snowflake Youth Foundation” (NJ.com, 10/29)....Indiana State Univ. will unveil a 15-foot statue of Pacers President of Basketball Operations LARRY BIRD on Nov. 9 at Terre Haute's Hulman Center. Bird will be honored on Nov. 8 at an ISU scholarship-funding dinner (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/30)....NFL Giants Chair & Exec VP STEVE TISCH on Sunday flew to L.A. to “welcome Hollywood insiders to the annual NYU Tisch School of the Arts gala” (N.Y. POST, 10/30)....PRESIDENT OBAMA's official Twitter account last night posted about Bulls G DERRICK ROSE from injury prior to the Bulls-Heat game: “Welcome back, @DRose. #BullsNation” (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 10/29)....Former MLB manager JIM LEYLAND “will be the grand marshal of America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit next month” (FREEP.com, 10/29)....Pacers F PAUL GEORGE "bought every ticket for alma mater" Fresno State Univ.'s Nov. 16 home opener against Cal State Univ.-Northridge. George purchased 15,596 tickets, and news about the "free seats traveled fast in social media" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/30)....Orioles CF ADAM JONES and girlfriend, AUDIE FUGETT, “have gotten engaged” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 10/29).