SBD/June 12, 2014/People and Pop Culture

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  • Executive Transactions

    ESPN named The Guardian U.S. Sports Editor STEVE BUSFIELD ESPN FC and ESPN.co.uk Managing Editor (ESPN)....One World Sports named Tribune Co. VP/Affiliate Sales KRISTEN MCNEILL Senior VP/Western Division and Outdoor Channel VP/Distribution Sales & Marketing MARK ROMANO Senior VP/Eastern Division (One World Sports)....S&E Sponsorship Group named DAVID CHONG Senior Dir of Client Services, Valuations & Negotiations and ANDREW SHULMAN Senior Dir of Strategy Development & Planning (S&E)....Kansas Wesleyan Univ. named KYLE WEISER Assistant AD, replacing TAYLOR MCFARLAND (KWU).

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  • Names In The News

    Mickelson still faces an investigation over trades he made in Dean Foods

    In N.Y., Goldstein & Protess report the FBI and SEC have in their investigation of golfer PHIL MICKELSON "found no evidence" that he traded Clorox shares. However, Mickelson and sports gambler BILLY WALTERS "still face an investigation over separate well-timed trades they made in Dean Foods in 2012 just before the company's stock soared." Mickelson "received some assurances from the government itself." Sources said that an FBI agent has informed Mickelson that the government "is seeking information from him about Mr. Walters and has no plans to criminally charge him" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/12).

    GIRL POWER: WNBAers NNEKA OGWUMIKE and CHINEY OGWUMIKE are "two of the most prominent Nigerian-American athletes" in the U.S., and last week they "rolled out the details of their relationship with UNICEF." Creating a competition for middle school and high school girls' basketball teams, the sisters have "hatched a fundraising effort in which teams compete to raise the most money to benefit UNICEF's U.S. Fund, including the Girls' Education Project, which aims to give 1 million girls in northern Nigeria access to quality learning, provide scholarships for female teachers and establish safe spaces for girls." The Ogwumikes will "devote their time and energies to the new program while playing through their WNBA seasons" (ESPNW.com, 6/10).

    TOP OF THE HEAP: The NBA D-League named Ft. Wayne Mad Ants President JEFF POTTER its Team Exec of the Year. Potter oversees all business and basketball operations, and as a member of the BOD for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce helped land the Mad Ants' first presenting sponsorship in team history with the Lutheran Health Network (NBADL).

    ACTING LESSONS: The story of late Univ. of Texas DB FREDDIE STEINMARK, who was "on a national championship team in 1969 and succumbed to bone cancer two years later," will be portrayed in the movie "MY ALL AMERICAN." Steinmark had "his left leg amputated the year his team won the title and then later died." The movie stars actor AARON ECKHART as coach DARRELL ROYAL and actor FINN WITTROCK as Steinmark. It is "scheduled to be ready for theaters by the end of the year." The film is written and directed by ANGELO PIZZO, the screenwriter for sports classics such as "RUDY" and "HOOSIERS" (USA TODAY, 6/12)....Bruins President CAM NEELY, who had "a cameo" in the movie "DUMB AND DUMBER" in '94, "could be back" in the franchise's next film, "DUMB AND DUMBER TO." Neely "confirmed that he did indeed tape a scene, but he's unsure if it'll make it to the big screen" (BOSTON HERALD, 6/12)....Lions DT NDAMUKONG SUH trained with former Univ. of Michigan strength and conditioning coach MIKE BARWIS "for an episode of the upcoming reality TV show 'AMERICAN MUSCLE.'" The show debuts July 9 on the Discovery Channel (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 6/12).

    NAMES: Daytona Int'l Speedway yesterday hosted a sports career summit featuring DIS President JOIE CHITWOOD III, Jaguars Senior VP/Communications DAN EDWARDS and Orlando City SC Owner & President PHIL RAWLINS (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 6/12)....Santa Clara Univ. alumna and trustee MARY STEVENS, and her husband MARK, have made a $7.7M donation to build a new soccer training center and upgrade the current soccer stadium (SCU)....Patriots players TOM BRADY, ROB GRONKOWSKI, JULIAN EDELMAN, VINCE WILFORK, DONT'A HIGHTOWER and JEROD MAYO "strapped on aprons last night and slung food to a couple hundred guests" at teammate DANNY AMENDOLA's first Boston Celebrity Waiter Night at Towne Stove & Spirits (BOSTON HERALD, 6/12)....Packers coach MIKE MCCARTHY and his wife, JESSICA, "helped raise $425,000" for the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisc. (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/12)....The Pirates, Pirates Charities and Root Sports yesterday jointly announced the seventh annual Pirates Charities on Root Sports Auction raised a record of more than $600,000 (Pirates)....A U.S. Federal Judge “batted down” former NFLer WAYNE CHREBET’s lawsuit against five Nassau County (N.Y.) cops and other officials that “claimed they targeted his since-shuttered Long Island nightspot with bogus inspections and violations” (N.Y. POST, 6/12)....Canadiens D P.K. SUBBAN will be a presenter at this weekend’s MuchMusic Video Awards (THESTAR.com, 6/11)....Dodgers P CLAYTON KERSHAW “closed on an oceanfront condominium” in Fernandina Beach, Fla., for $1.95M (LATIMES.com 6/11).

    IN MEMORY: Former Time Warner Cable Chair & CEO GLENN BRITT died of cancer yesterday at the age of 65. Britt retired from the company last year (L.A. TIMES, 6/12). Clippers interim CEO DICK PARSONS, who worked with Britt at TWC, said, “When I became president of Time Warner, he was like my sensei ... Glenn was the guy who taught me the business” (CABLEFAX DAILY, 6/12).

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