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National Football Foundation President & CEO STEVE HATCHELL "is playing a key role" with the College Football HOF & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in Atlanta. Hatchell will not move there "personally this time -- the NFF is based in Irving, Texas -- but his endorsement of Atlanta figured prominently" in the NFF board’s '09 decision to relocate the HOF from South Bend, Ind. Hatchell: "You’re going to see the Hall of Fame, but you’re also going to have a fan experience" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 7/26).

Former NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks will serve as
one of the league's two appeal officers
MOVERS & SHAKERS
: Pro Football HOFer elect DERRICK BROOKS "will serve" as one of the NFL's two appeal officers, specifically as an "arbitrator for on-field discipline against players" (TAMPABAY.com, 7/25)....Former U.S. Olympic figure skater MICHELLE KWAN "is part of a 30-second ad for her husband," Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate CLAY PELL (D), which has the "specific aim of reaching out to female voters" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 7/25)....California state Sen. LELAND YEE, who in March was charged with campaign improprieties, on Friday was hit with additional charges, including one related to "an offer to help" an unidentified NFL owner "with a vote on legislation making it harder for professional athletes to collect workers compensation" in the state (LATIMES.com, 7/25)....PRESIDENT OBAMA on Saturday played golf with ESPN's TONY KORNHEISER and MICHAEL WILBON "on the president's first visit to Congressional Country Club" in Bethesda, Md. A White House aide "completed the foursome" (AP, 7/26).

AWARDS & HONORS: The Yankees and MLB Comissioner BUD SELIG "co-hosted a private party for JOE TORRE Saturday night at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown." Torre "was saluted by Yankees managing general partner HAL STEINBRENNER and the commissioner." Also on hand were MLB COO ROB MANFRED, former MLBer RON GUIDRY and comedian BILLY CRYSTAL. Yankees GM BRIAN CASHMAN and Special Adviser GENE MICHAEL "didn't arrive until Sunday" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/28)....The MLB Cardinals will name their next Cardinals Care Redbird Rookies field for Baseball HOFer TONY LA RUSSA. Tony La Russa Field will serve the children residing within the Clinton-Peabody Public Housing Complex in the Near Southside neighborhood of St. Louis (Cardinals).

AGENT ACTION: The NFLPA last week made a “fee hike” for agents to retain membership. The hike is “from $1,200 to $1,500 for agents with fewer than 10 clients, and from $1,700 to $2,000 to agents with more than 10.” The NFLPA “explained that the increase is because of rising costs of maintaining the agent regulation system and upgrades to the union’s website.” This should “add about $200,000 to the NFLPA’s coffers, which seems like an awful lot” (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/27).

NAMES: Auburn AD JAY JACOBS last week announced that the school will “enter a partnership with the End Child Hunger in Alabama campaign, spearheaded by Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute.” Jacobs, Lt. Gov KAY IVEY and golfer JASON DUFNER “joined together to announce the new partnership” (247SPORTS.com, 7/25)….NBA free agent JASON COLLINS “tweeted a great pic of himself with ETHEL KENNEDY from Cape Cod on Saturday” (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/28)….Former Univ. of Miami football coach HOWARD SCHNELLENBERGER “has an autobiography coming out” Sept. 1 titled “PASSING THE TORCH” (PALM BEACH POST, 7/28)….Cal men’s basketball coach CUONZO MARTIN in June purchased a 4,100-square-foot home in Piedmont, Calif. for $2.5M. Martin, the former Tennessee coach, “continues to shop” his 4,985-square-foot home in Knoxville for $849,000 (LATIMES.com, 7/25).
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