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Published February 10, 2014
MADE FOR TV MOMENT: The AFL L.A. KISS have "secured a deal for a docu-series on AMC." The show will "follow the arena league team's attempt to turn Los Angeles' first football squad in a half-dozen years into a winning franchise." As yet untitled, the program also will "feature owners and KISS bandmates PAUL STANLEY and GENE SIMMONS." AMC has "ordered 10 hour-long episodes and plans to debut the series this summer." The KISS' regular season ends July 26 (BIZJOURNALS.com, 2/7).
ON THE AUCTION BLOCK: Four significant pieces of Basketball HOFer MICHAEL JORDAN memorabilia "sold at auction early Saturday morning." Three items relating to Jordan's career at the Univ. of North Carolina -- a "diploma and two recruiting letters -- sold for more than $50,000 combined, while a game-used Dream Team uniform drew a $32,682 winning bid" (ESPN.com, 2/8)....The ball that late Baseball HOFer BABE RUTH autographed while "promising to hit a home run for a sick New Jersey boy was sold for $250,641 on Thursday night" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 2/8).
NAMES: The USGA named late golfer PAYNE STEWART as the recipient of the '14 Bob Jones Award. Stewart will be honored during a public ceremony as part of the festivities surrounding the '14 U.S. Open (USGA)....Baseball HOFer HANK AARON's 80th birthday party in DC on Friday brought out guests including fellow HOFers REGGIE JACKSON, RICKEY HENDERSON and OZZIE SMITH, and U.S. Attorney General ERIC HOLDER (N.Y. POST, 2/10)....The Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund, founded by Int'l Tennis HOFer ANDRE AGASSI, has "purchased 4.6 acres" in Southern Nevada. The closing price was $1.5M, or "$300,000 an acre" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 2/8)....Former Temple Univ. basketball players LAMONT FERRELL and DARRIN PEARSALL are producing "THE WISE OLD OWL," a documentary about "famously hard-charging coach" JOHN CHANEY (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/10)....Baseball HOFer ROBERTO ALOMAR is selling his eight-bedroom, 10-bathroom Mediterranean-style Tampa mansion for $6.55M (QMI AGENCY, 2/9)....NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN spent $3.125M for a condo in Highland Beach, Fla. (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 2/9)....The lawyer for former NFLer HUGH DOUGLAS said that he will "plead no contest to a misdemeanor to resolve a Connecticut case that accused him of assaulting his girlfriend" (AP, 2/7).