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Volume 24 No. 156

People and Pop Culture

An admitted insomniac, YES Network President & CEO TRACY DOLGIN's life is jam-packed with work, family and all things Yankees. But this weekend, he'll be celebrating his daughter’s birthday, perhaps making an appearance on the links and enjoying some family time.

DADDY DEAREST: I have two daughters who are in college. One of them, HANNAH, is a junior at Cornell and she is in Rome doing her semester abroad. … But every single day, I have a pact with my daughter Hannah and ISABEL is the same way, that they call me so I hear their loving voices. Isabel is also up at Cornell.

GET THE POPCORN READY: Isabel is on spring break so she has been visiting her grandparents down in Florida. I haven’t seen her. She is coming home on Friday and I’m taking her to go see, and this shows you how much I love my daughter Isabel, I’m taking her on Friday to see “THE HUNGER GAMES.” … It’s her birthday over the weekend so I’m going to take her on Sunday to our favorite restaurant in Westchester.

CHEERS TO YOU: I love to eat and I love to drink wine, collect wine. But we have one restaurant in Westchester owned by MARIO BATALI called Tarry Lodge which almost every weekend we go to. ... My daughter and her friend and my wife and I are going for a nice three-hour meal. I’m going to have a Gibson. A Gibson is a martini with onion, not olive. And we’re going to open up a really good bottle of wine. That’s going to be my Saturday night.

SUNDAY VICE: All my TV watching during the week either occurs on Sunday night or I’ve TiVoed it for Sunday night other than sports. I have a few shows that I’m addicted to. One of them just ended last Sunday, I’m heartbroken, which is “THE WALKING DEAD.” I love that show. But good news is “MAD MEN” is coming. ...and a show called, “BREAKING BAD.” I have my AMC shows and I also watch shows on Showtime or HBO. They just canceled “LUCK,” I’m really upset about that. … There’s too many of those shows, because they put them all against each other, so I watch TV from like eight at night until two in the morning because those are my vice shows.

BOOK CLUB ANYONE? I’m an absolutely voracious reader and I do that in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. I love reading and there’s so many incredible books right now, I'm finishing “THE ART OF FIELDING.” Someone just gave me a book that they thought I would like because I love nonfiction also which came out a couple years ago. It’s called “POLIO.” It’s about life in the world when there was polio and my dad had polio when he was a kid. It’s fascinating, not just the cure, but the whole world when polio existed was just a different world.

DON’T TELL ME THE SCORE: I watch basically every game that we have on the air, so it depends on what season we’re in and my life sort of revolves around either watching the game live or if I have something I really got to do, I watch the game DVRed. If I’m watching the game DVRed my wife is usually ready to shoot me because, whoever we’re with, they know that I’m a Yankee fanatic, and they know that if anybody tells me what the score is of the game...Fisticuffs are up. It’s very difficult in the world of new media. It’s also very difficult because everybody in New York is a Yankee fanatic. There’s like seven Mets fans and 10 million Yankee fans so it’s really really tough. …Seventy five percent of the games I watch live. I’m one of those few people, everyone says nobody DVRs sports, I do it because A) it’s part of my job and B) I would probably would watch the game if I knew the score, but I wouldn’t enjoy it.

Churchill Downs Inc. Exec VP/Technology Initiatives and President ROHIT THUKRAL resigned his positions on March 19 “to pursue other opportunities.” Thukral joined CDI in Dec. ’06. CDI VP/Racing Communications JOHN ASHER said that the “resignation was amicable” (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 3/23)….Sportsman Channel Dir of Business Development GRAIG HALE was promoted to VP/Business Development (CABLEFAX DAILY, 3/23)….Brazil’s MARCO POLO DEL NERO has been “selected to FIFA’s executive committee as the replacement for RICARDO TEIXEIRA.” Polo del Nero is also the Sao Paulo State Soccer Federation President (AP, 3/22).

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In N.Y., Mark Leibovich in a front-page piece notes President BARACK OBAMA's "image makers see sports as an opportunity to exploit what they regard as the president's advantage" over Republican presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY. In addition to filling out his annual NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament brackets on ESPN last week, Obama also "boasted in a podcast that he knew about the Knicks sensation JEREMY LIN before everyone else did ... and chomped on a widely photographed hot dog" alongside U.K. PM DAVID CAMERON during the Western Kentucky-Mississippi Valley State First Four game in Dayton, Ohio. Obama advisor DAVID AXELROD said, "I don't think anyone will be elected president by filling out an NCAA bracket. But I do think that that accessibility to a person is important. People want to support people they can relate to and are comfortable with" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/23).

ON THE RIGHT: FORBES' Clare O'Connor noted several "behind-the-scenes billionares" with sports ties are helping to fund Republican presidential campaigns by supporting right-leaning political action committees. The list includes New Balance Chair & CEO JIM DAVIS ($500,000 to Restore Our Future), Dolphins Owner STEPHEN ROSS ($100,000 to Restore Our Future) and Texans Owner BOB MCNAIR ($100,000 to Make Us Great Again) (, 3/22).

HEATING UP: In Atlanta, David Markiewicz notes Morris Manning & Martin Partner and '13 Atlanta Basketball Host Committee Chair JOHN YATES has spent the last year "getting Atlanta ready" for the '13 NCAA men's basketball tournament Final Four. The South Regional of this year's tournament is being played in Atlanta, and Yates said, "It's a great opportunity for us to have a preview of the Final Four. Obviously, it's on a smaller scale. But it's a real event that will prepare us for when the Big Dance comes next year." Yates estimated that he has "spent seven to 10 hours a week to date on the job, but that will increase dramatically in the coming year, particularly as March Madness approaches." He said, "It will be a very active second job" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/23).

: Warriors C ANDREW BOGUT "has moved into sports management" by buying into his agent BRUCE KAIDER's company One Management Group & Consulting (AAP, 3/23)....Trail Blazers and Seahawks Owner PAUL ALLEN is donating $300M to fund new projects to map and observe the human brain (, 3/21)....Driver DANICA PATRICK Thursday participated in a photo shoot in Santa Monica, Calif., for Tissot watches, one of her sponsors (L.A. TIMES, 3/23)....Celtics Managing Partner STEVE PAGLIUCA has offered to help Boston's Charles Street AME Church "pay off debts that pushed it to the brink of foreclosure." Pagliuca said that he is willing to raise money for the church and provide matching funds of his own (BOSTON HERALD, 3/23)....Actor SAMUEL L. JACKSON announced the starting lineups for Thursday's Clippers-Hornets game and quoted a biblical passage as he did in his role in "PULP FICTION" (, 3/23)....Former L.A. Memorial Coliseum GM PATRICK LYNCH and former Events Manager TODD DESTEFANO were arrested yesterday. The Coliseum Commission sued Lynch and DeStefano in November, alleging that the pair "mismanaged funds and diverted money for their own use" (, 3/22).