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Volume 24 No. 117

People and Pop Culture

Columbia Pictures’ “Moneyball” was nominated for six Academy Awards this morning, including being one of nine nominees for Best Picture. BRAD PITT was nominated for Best Actor for his depiction of A’s GM BILLY BEANE, while JONAH HILL was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. STEVEN ZAILLIAN, AARON SORKIN and STAN CHERVIN were nominated in the Adapted Screenplay category for their transformation of MICHAEL LEWIS' '03 best-selling book to the silver screen. The film was also nominated for Film Editing and Sound Mixing (THE DAILY). Pitt said of the nominations, “It means so much considering this film was just dead on the rocks two years ago.” Pitt: “It’s a great honor and a real tribute to Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s organization” (“Today,” NBC, 1/24).'s Matt Snyder writes, "'Moneyball' has made the playoffs, if you will, now let's see if it can do what the real-life Oakland A's of the 2000s could not: Win it all" (, 1/24).

GREAT WEEK FOR THE MARA FAMILY: ROONEY MARA -- the daughter of NFL Giants VP/Player Evaluation CHRIS MARA, the granddaughter of late Giants Owner WELLINGTON MARA and the great-granddaughter of Steelers Founder ART ROONEY SR. -- was nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (THE DAILY).

A memo sent to distributors yesterday stated that A-B InBev President DAVE PEACOCK "is resigning and will be replaced" by North America Zone President LUIZ EDMOND. Peacock "was one of the few remaining holdovers who had stayed with the company after it was acquired in 2008 by Belgium-based InBev." Edmond "will keep his position as zone president while taking on oversight of the U.S. operations." The memo noted that Peacock "will continue to serve in an advisory role." Peacock began working at A-B in '92 and was promoted to President in '08. It is "unlikely that Mr. Peacock's exit will lead to changes in marketing" (, 1/23).

ON CAMPUS: Kansas State Univ. promoted CASEY SCOTT to Senior Associate AD for Operations & Event Management, LAIRD VEATCH to Senior Associate AD for Strategic Initiatives, CHAD WEIBERG to Senior Associate AD for Development and MIKE CLARK to Senior Dir of Development (KSU).... Purdue Univ. has reorganized its marketing, promotions and ticketing operations. Assistant AD CHRIS PELUDAT will now have oversight of the ticket office and be charged with improving customer relations. The school also named NICK O'MALLEY Assistant Ticket Manager and promoted DERICK STOULIL to Dir of Fan Experience (THE DAILY).

EXECS: A Richard Petty Motorsports spokesperson confirmed that COO ROBBIE LOOMIS is no longer with the NASCAR team. He has not been replaced, and Dir of Team Operations SAMMY JOHNS "has assumed some of Loomis' duties" (, 1/22)....YES Network promoted ED DELANEY to Senior VP/Broadcast Operations & Engineering (YES)....The White Sox promoted BUDDY BELL to VP/Player Development & Special Assignments, NICK CAPRA to Dir of Player Development and KIRK CHAMPION to Minor League Field Coordinator (White Sox)....USA Track & Field named Gold Medal-winning track and field athlete JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE, Heat VP/Associate Counsel EVE WRIGHT and Fox News Channel VP MICKEY CARTER to its BOD. The organization also elected current BOD member STEVE MILLER to Vice Chair (, 1/23).

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In Miami, Douglas Hanks notes Costa Cruises “faced outrage Monday over a purported offer by the Italian Cruise line that give survivors of the deadly Concordia capsizing 30 percent off their next voyage.” This is the “latest flashpoint in a public-relations response that has both Costa and Carnival’s Doral headquarters under fire.” The Wall Street Journal led its main Concordia story yesterday “with a blunt question for Carnival Corp.’s CEO: ‘Where is MICKY ARISON?'” It was the “11th day of silence from Arison," the Heat Owner who "has communicated only in written statements and allowed top Costa executives to face the cameras after the Jan. 13 shipwreck off an Italian island.” Critics see Arison “as dodging the spotlight over a deadly accident rattling the entire cruising industry.” Boardroom Communications President JULIE SILVER TALENFELD said, “Micky Arison should come out, and take ownership, and get in front of the story” (MIAMI HERALD, 1/24).

ROLLING THE DICE: The AP’s John Brennan wrote two bills “that would legalize sports betting at New Jersey racetracks and casinos were announced Monday by members of the state’s congressional delegation.” U.S. Rep. FRANK PALLONE is “seeking to add New Jersey to a list of states that would be exempt from a 20-year-old law, known as the Bradley Act, that bans wagering on professional and college sports.” The other bill, proposed by U.S. Rep. FRANK LOBIONDO, “would open a three-year window to allow any state to pass a law -- as New Jersey recently did -- to permit sports betting” (AP, 1/23). Meanwhile, Cavaliers Owner DAN GILBERT is “one of the chief investors in a consortium that submitted paperwork -- along with a $22.5 million application fee -- last fall to build a $310 million casino” in Baltimore. The casino “would be under Caesars’ Harrah’s unit” (, 1/22).

: In S.F., Eric Young notes BeRecruited, a “fast-growing firm, which relocated to San Francisco from Atlanta last year, operates a website that links high school athletes with college teams.” About 1 million high school students from around the country “have accounts with BeRecruited, up from about 600,000 a year ago.” The site “lists about 27,500 college coaches or about 79 percent of coaches nationwide, up from about 68 percent last year.” The privately held firm said that sales “have grown at 30 percent for the past two years” (S.F. BUSINESS TIMES, 1/20 issue).

ON THE MEND: Burton Snowboards Founder & Chair JAKE BURTON last week sent a note to all of his employees saying “it appears that my cancer is toast. … There is still the possibility of surgery or some radiation down the road, but it will be clean-up in nature and I’m not too stressed about it” (THE DAILY).

NAMES: Churchill Downs Inc. yesterday “agreed to continue payments to The Jockeys’ Guild, the riders’ trade association.” The announcement said that CDI “will make payments to the guild to subsidize health and life insurance and disability benefits for its riders” (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 1/23)....The Celtics have named U.S. Rep. EDWARD MARKEY (D-Mass.) a “Hero Among Us” for a “lifetime of pioneering work promoting the rights of people with disabilities” (Celtics)....ESPN Event Production News Editor SANDY ROSENBUSH was named the ’12 Mary Garber Pioneer Award winner by the Association For Women in Sports Media (ESPN)....Ohio State Univ. football coach URBAN MEYER, “who agreed last October to be the keynote speaker” for the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce's 92nd annual dinner, "recently notified chamber officials via the agency that books his speaking engagements he could no longer honor his commitments" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 1/24)....Two anonymous donors “gave gifts totaling $1.05 million toward a basketball development center” at the Univ. of Connecticut (, 1/20)....Capitals RW ALEX OVECHKIN paid $4.28M on Jan. 3 for an estate in McLean, Va. (WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/20 issue).

: Former Phillies broadcaster ANDY MUSSER, 74, died of a heart condition Sunday at his home in Wynnewood, Pa. Musser retired in ’01 after serving as a broadcaster for Phillies games for 26 years. He also did play-by-play “for other pro sports ... as well as college games.” Musser “most famously” teamed up with late Phillies broadcasters HARRY KALAS and RICH ASHBURN (, 1/24)….Former Packers radio announcer JIM IRWIN, 77, passed away Sunday following a battle with cancer. Irwin was inducted into the Packers HOF in ’03 (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 1/24).