Action Performance named EDWARD BAUMAN to its Board of
Directors. Bauman is the former Chair & of Blue Bell Inc.
(Action Performance)....CBS named TONY TARANTO as its Dir of
NFL Sales, a new position. Taranto will report to CBS
VP/Sports Sales SCOTT MCGRAW (MEDIAWEEK, 3/30 issue).
Among DAVID LETTERMAN's "Top Ten Signs You Won't Be
College Basketball Player Of The Year": 10) You've made more
turnovers than Betty Crocker; 9) You keep asking the coach
what inning it is; 6) The referee calls you for "just plain
sucking;" 5) Though the coach discourages it, you show up
every game dressed as an astronaut; 4) Your strategy: Take a
shot, do a shot; 3) After every game, you receive a "Thank
You" note from the other team; 1) Frequently called for
hand-checking yourself ("Late Show," CBS, 3/30).....PAUL
ALLEN donated $800,000 to the Clark County, OR, YMCA (YMCA).
...CAMMI GRANATO will be a presenter at Nickelodeon's 11th
annual Kids' Choice Awards, Saturday at 8:00pm ET (HOLLYWOOD
REPORTER, 3/31)...The WASHINGTON POST's Kevin Merida
continues his season-long profile of Raptors rookie TRACY
MCGRADY, today focusing on McGrady's earned income. Money
from his endorsement deal with adidas "is funneled" through
his CA-based agent ARN TELLEM, who then sends it to GA-based
CSI Capital Management. CSI puts McGrady's money in an
investment account at Charles Schwab & Co. That's where
McGrady's paychecks from the Raptors are deposited as well.
A separate firm pays his bills (WASHINGTON POST, 3/31).
....Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER, as quoted on CBS on
Sunday: "There is no owner in sports -- be it football,
baseball, basketball, or hockey -- that is going to sit and
tell me he's not in it for the ego" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/31).
Demand for sports motivational speakers has risen 25%
in the last year, according to CNBC's Garrett Glaser.
Glaser: "Many companies are willing to pay almost any price
to hear the words of a sports legend." Glaser called former
Bears LB MIKE SINGLETARY a "rising star in the world of
motivational speaking." Glaser: "Singletary charges around
$15,000 per speech, and that doesn't include things like
airplane tickets and hotel rooms if he has to travel." Top
speakers include GEORGE FOREMAN, who gets "close to" $75,000
a speech, while Celtics coach RICK PITINO gets $50,000 for a
two-hour talk, and Heat coach PAT RILEY gets "upwards of"
$45,000 a speech ("Business Center," CNBC, 3/30).