NAMES IN THE NEWS
Bucks F RAY ALLEN on the "NBA on TBS" last night served
as a studio analyst and talked about his role in SPIKE LEE's
upcoming film, "He Got Game." Allen, on the film: "Knowing
that DENZEL [WASHINGTON] was part of it and Spike was a part
of it, I said to myself that the movie wouldn't be a flop,
it couldn't be a flop -- even if I acted terribly" (TBS,
3/18). On "Inside the NBA," TBS's Reggie Theus interviewed
Lakers F RICK FOX in a feature titled "Rick Fox Goes To
Hollywood." The piece showed clips of Fox in "He Got Game"
and HBO's "Oz." Fox, on acting: "I just thought it was a
whole art form, it was a way of entertaining people
differently than what I do now" (TBS, 3/18)....Wizards C
GHEORGHE MURESAN, who appears in Billy Crystal's upcoming
film, "My Giant," appeared on the "Late Show." Muresan,
asked if he found acting difficult: "I don't have any idea
about acting" (CBS, 3/18)....MICHAEL JORDAN's new
restaurant, "one sixtyblue," opens tonight in Chicago
(CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/19)....Sports & Sponsorship Founder
SCOTT BECHER is profiled in AD AGE's "On a Roll" section.
Becher's "tip" for clients: "National collegiate
sponsorships remain a relatively uncluttered, cost-effective
marketing platform" (AD AGE, 3/16 issue).