SBD/August 7, 2014/People and Pop Culture

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U.S. Reps. TONY CARDENAS (D-Calif.) and CHARLES DENT (R-Penn.) yesterday announced the "creation of a caucus to inform Congressional members about physical, academic and financial issues college athletes face so they're treated fairly." Dent: "I want discussions driven by this Caucus to lead to greater accountability on the part of the NCAA" (, 8/6).

ON THE DOCKET: MARION ZIMMERMAN, the widow of BRIAN ZIMMERMAN, who was killed by a lightning strike at Pocono Raceway in '12, "has sued the track and NASCAR, arguing that they should have stopped the race he was attending or done more to warn fans of the dangerous weather approaching." In a wrongful death suit filed last week, she claimed the track "knew of dangerous weather but continued the race and failed to adequately notify fans." The suit was filed Aug. 1, "just before the two-year statute of limitations on the case expired" (POCONO RECORD, 8/7).

NAMES: NYRA President & CEO CHRISTOPHER KAY will get a 3% raise and $250,000 bonus (Albany TIMES UNION, 8/7)....NHL Rangers G HENRIK LUNDQVIST and NFL Giants WR VICTOR CRUZ have been "named to Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/7)....The Waterford crystal trophy commemorating the Steelers’ Super Bowl victory in ’06 has been loaned to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum “on a long-term basis” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 8/7)....Former NFLer SCOTT MITCHELL and ESPN NFL analyst DAMIEN WOODY will appear on the upcoming season of NBC’s “THE BIGGEST LOSER.” Other former athletes on the show include tennis player ZINA GARRISON, softball player LORI HARRIGAN-MACK and WNBAer VANESSA HAYDEN (, 8/7)....MLB free agent RYAN MADSON put his 4,984-square-foot Temecula, Calif., home on the market for $1.75M (, 8/6).
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