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Volume 24 No. 114

People and Pop Culture

JOE GOODE, 45, the longtime communications exec at Bank of America, is leaving to join the USGA, where he will be Managing Dir of Communications. Goode, whose title at Bank of America was Senior VP/Global Media Relations, will start with the USGA in early October. He had been with the bank for 15 years and oversaw brand, advertising and sports marketing communications. “I’m fortunate that a lot of my duties at the bank were in the golf space,” Goode said. “I look forward to helping the USGA promote everything they do for the good of the game. I look at the USGA as the social and cultural conscience of the game, and there’s a strong story to be told there.” Goode will be filling the position formerly held by RAND JERRIS, who was recently promoted to Senior Managing Director of Public Services. The USGA also is searching for a Senior Managing Director of Business Affairs, which it hopes to fill in the next month or two. In the past, Bank of America title-sponsored the Colonial on the PGA Tour and held a presenting sponsorship with the Chevron World Challenge. “We’re looking to expand and evolve the understanding of the USGA brand,” Jerris said. “We had nearly 100 people apply and Joe really stood out.” Jerris also said that the Chief Business Officer position formerly held by PETE BEVACQUA, who left in March and eventually joined CAA, would not be filled. Bevacqua’s old duties are being spread across multiple senior managing directors, including Jerris and the new hire for business affairs.

Canadian Olympic Committee CEO & Secretary General JEAN DUPRE is stepping down from his position after less than 18 months on the job. Dupre is “leaving for personal reasons but will remain as a consultant.” He will be replaced by the organization’s COO & CMO CHRIS OVERHOLT. Prior to joining the COC, Overholt had positions with the Dolphins and NHL Panthers. The COC will "eliminate the position" of COO. In other moves, COC Exec Dir for Corporate & Brand Communications DEREK KENT was promoted to CMO, Exec Manager/Sport & NSF Relations CAROLINE ASSALIAN was promoted to the new position of Chief Sports Officer and JOLAN STORCH was named General Counsel & Business Development Adviser (CP, 8/31)….Mariners GM & Exec VP/Baseball Operations JACK ZDURIENCIK has agreed to an extension. The “length of the contract was not released, per club policy” (, 8/31).

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Golden Boy Promotions President OSCAR DE LA HOYA admitted that he “thought about suicide and has been going to rehab because he has become dependent on drugs and alcohol.” De La Hoya: “Rock bottom was recently. Within a couple of years, just thinking if my life was even worth it. I don’t have the strength, I don’t have the courage to take my own life, but I was thinking about it.” He said that he has “been sober for three months after undergoing treatment and joining Alcoholics Anonymous” (AP, 8/30). De La Hoya said, “I’m an alcoholic. ... I haven’t been truly sober since I was 8.” He added, “It was bad. I’m surprised it hasn’t killed me. Some people can drink. I can’t. In the last few years, it always ended up the same way. I’d black out” (L.A. TIMES, 9/1).

NAMES: Suns President & CEO RICK WELTS has been named a USTA 2011 Icon Award honoree, recognized for having a positive impact on diversity and inclusion in the sport industry and society. A reception to honor Welts will be held in N.Y. next week (Suns)....Dodgers Owner FRANK MCCOURT and his ex-wife, JAMIE, have sold one of their two homes in the L.A. neighborhood Holmby Hills. The “smaller of the two homes -- at 8,385 square feet -- was sold this month for $6.525 million.” The McCourts are “disputing how the proceeds should be used” (L.A. TIMES, 9/1).…Golfer SERGIO GARCIA yesterday practiced with the MLS Revolution. Garcia was given his own soccer jersey, while team Owner ROBERT KRAFT "came by to say hey” (BOSTON HERALD, 9/1)…TIGER WOODS attended last night's Yankees-Red Sox game. Also at Fenway Park, Magic G JAMEER NELSON and Mavericks G JASON TERRY “dropped by the Reebok suite” with Reebok VP/Government & Community Relations PAUL FOSTER (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/1)….Quickish Founder DAN SHANOFF announced he is relocating the company’s HQs from N.Y. to DC (, 8/31)….“CATCHING HELL," ESPN's documentary about Cubs fan STEVE BARTMAN, “is making its rounds at various screenings” and will get the “full court treatment when it airs on ESPN in October.” In Chicago, Ed Sherman wrote “from a production standpoint, the movie shines" (, 8/30)....Former NFLer HERSCHEL WALKER and Creative Food Group, Inc. announced Tuesday that they will “open a ‘high energy’ sports bar called The Greatest Bulldog.” They are “hoping for concession spots on Concourses T and D” at Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/31)….The Falcons and other members of the NFL and NFL Charities yesterday made a $1M gift to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The gift will “support the memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC honoring DR. KING, which will be officially dedicated this fall” (, 8/31)….Colts Owner JIM IRSAY provided every high school head football coach in Indiana a copy of JOE EHRMANN’s book, “INSIDEOUT COACHING: HOW SPORTS CAN TRANSFORM LIVES" (Colts).

IN MEMORY: Former NHLer WADE BELAK "was found dead” yesterday. Police reports indicate that his “body was hanging in a room" in Toronto. The 35-year-old is the “third NHL tough guy to die since the spring” (TORONTO STAR, 9/1). In Toronto, Cathal Kelly writes under the header “After Belak’s Death, NHL Must Finally Take Action.” Kelly: “He is the third man in a very small tribe -- NHL enforcers -- to die in his prime in recent weeks. ... A certain type of purist will always claim that fighting cannot be eliminated. It can be easily. Whether or not it will be is what three fresh graves have forced the NHL to confront” (TORONTO STAR, 9/1). In Montreal, Pat Hickey writes, “It’s now time to look at the physical and mental toll the game takes on players” (Montreal GAZETTE, 9/1).