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Volume 24 No. 154

People and Pop Culture

Boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR tops's "Fortunate 50" list, the "first time since began publishing" the list in '04 that TIGER WOODS is not No. 1, according to Michael McKnight of Woods ranks third this year, with fellow golfer PHIL MICKELSON coming in at No. 2. Mayweather was "unranked a year ago but scored two huge pay-per-view paydays to earn $85 million without a single endorsement." NBA players took up 18 spots last year, but that was cut to 13 this year. NBAers, who have "historically claimed more spots in the Fortunate 50 than any other group, had their salaries slashed" by nearly 20% due to the lockout-shortened '11-12 season. The endorsement estimates for the list "came from Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing, other sports-marketing executives and analysts, and agents." Salary figures "were based on current or most recently completed seasons." The '11 calendar was used for "winnings-based sports" (, 7/16). Meanwhile ROGER FEDERER tops the "International 20" for the fourth straight year, but this year's list "is marked by DAVID BECKHAM's return to the top 5, and MANNY PACQUIAO's fall from it" (, 7/16).

1) Floyd Mayweather Jr.
2) Phil Mickelson
3) Tiger Woods
4) Kobe Bryant
5) LeBron James
6) Alex Rodriguez
7) Peyton Manning
8) Dale Earnhardt Jr
9) Derek Jeter
10) Larry Fitzgerald
11) Kevin Durant
12) Joe Mauer
13) Mario Williams
14) Dwight Howard
15) Carmelo Anthony
16) Dwyane Wade
17) Vernon Wells
18) Jeff Gordon
19) Derrick Rose
20) CC Sabathia
21) Mark Teixeira
22) Prince Fielder
23) Calvin Johnson
24) Amar'e Stoudemire
25) Adrian Gonzalez
26) Tom Brady
27) Kevin Garnett
28) Justin Verlander
29t) Cliff Lee
29t) Tony Stewart
31) Eli Manning
32) Ryan Howard
33) Jimmie Johnson
34) Tim Duncan
35) Roy Halladay
36t) Barry Zito
36t) Carl Crawford
36t) Albert Pujols
39) Arian Foster
40) Chris Paul
41) Torii Hunter
42) Rashard Lewis
43) Kevin Kolb
44) Josh Beckett
45) Jake Peavy
46) Robert Mathis
47) Calais Campbell
48) Chris Bosh
49) A.J. Burnett
50) Charles Woodson

DISSECTING THE LIST: Syndicated radio host Dan Patrick discussed the list on his show yesterday, saying of Mayweather, “How long did he fight, like 35 minutes maybe?” Patrick said of Woods, “Isn’t it amazing ... with all the endorsements that Tiger lost that he would still be in the top five? I think that’s what’s surprising because it was abandon ship there. Now you’ve had some other brands that have come back, some stayed with him.” Meanwhile, he noted that Angels LF VERNON WELLS was the most "surprising" person on the list and said, “Man, it’s surprising that people didn’t think that was a bad deal when they signed it. You know I said, ‘Really, Vernon Wells?’ The Wells family is not going to show up to see Vernon Wells” ("The Dan Patrick Show," 7/17).

Wizards and Capitals Owner TED LEONSIS on Monday announced that he will "'unplug' both his Caps and Wizards e-mail accounts as of Aug. 1," according to Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST. Leonsis said that he has been struck by "the decreasing usefulness of his e-mail exchanges, and by more and more e-mails from out-of-market folks who aren’t fans or customers of his teams." He said, “I’m not learning anything any more. I just found myself spending an hour or two hours every day, and it wasn’t helpful any more. I’m finding that meeting with people one-on-one, being on message boards, reading comments on (The Post’s Web site) -- it’s just a better, more efficient way. And to be honest, e-mail has changed. It just has changed dramatically from the way you communicate to the way you sell." When Leonsis first started "responding to fans, the Caps were a less successful team, and fans unleashed 'pent-up frustration' through e-mail, which helped the owner learn about his base." But now he gets e-mails "from a guy in Vancouver who wants the Caps to trade for [Canucks G] ROBERTO LUONGO, or notes from a mother in Nashville whose daughter needs help with a fundraiser, or queries about what he thinks about the political situation in Cyprus." Leonsis said that the "nuts-and-bolts feedback" about his teams "is more likely to come from season-ticket holder meetings, or Facebook messages, or Twitter, a forum that might replace some of his e-mail exchanges." Leonsis: "I have lots of other ways to get input and interaction; this one just ran its course" (, 7/17).

Louisiana Tech Univ. named Univ. of Florida Assistant Dir of Ticket Operations DOUG SUTHERLAND Assistant AD/Ticket Operations. In addition to the normal day-to-day responsibilities of the ticket office, Sutherland will coordinate all marketing and sales efforts with The Aspire Group (Louisiana Tech)....Canisius College promoted JUDI CASERTA to Assistant AD/Business Operations and MATT REITNOUR to Assistant AD/Communications (Canisius)....The D'Backs have added TRAVIS ROCKEY as Business Intelligence Developer (D'Backs)....The Single-A South Atlantic League Greenville Drive named LEVI PALMER Manager of Ticket Operations (THE DAILY).

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In Chicago, Matt McKinney reported Canton, Mass., resident KATHLEEN KEARNEY was arrested Monday and "charged with two counts of felony stalking" of Cubs President of Baseball Operations THEO EPSTEIN. A Cook County (Ill.) judge yesterday ordered her "held on $75,000 bail." Kearney recently "flew to Chicago and rented a red Ford Mustang," and googled Epstein's "Lake View mansion and plugged the address into the muscle car's GPS." Prosecutors said that around 10:00am CT Monday, Kearney "greeted Epstein's wife, who was in the front yard" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/18). Kearney told officers she "was only inviting Mr. Epstein to go to church" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/18).

TOUGH DECISIONS: In N.Y., Tim Rohan notes Brown Univ. has removed late Penn State Univ. football coach JOE PATERNO's "name from a coaching position and an annual award." The Joe Paterno Outstanding Male Freshman Athlete Award "had been given annually by the university" since '93. Brown also is "debating his status in the university's athletic hall of fame" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/18).

WINE & DINE: In N.Y., Ligaya Mishan reviewed Knicks announcer and former NBAer WALT "CLYDE" FRAZIER's restaurant, Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine, which opened in March. The main dining room is "relatively subdued," and the lounge contains "perhaps the most magical architectural feature of any restaurant in the city: a jewel-box half-basketball court, paneled in oak and encased in glass, for playing horse between appetizer and entree." Portions "are generous, although this does not always correlate with satisfaction." But the food "is beside the point." Mishan: "Notice that everyone around you is having a good time" (, 7/12).

THE CHARLIE HUSTLE SHOW? TLC has begun production on a reality series starring former MLBer PETE ROSE. The show, with a working title of "PETE ROSE AND KIANA KIM FAMILY PROJECT," will follow Rose and his model fiance KIANA KIM "through their daily lives as they try to blend their families." Rose said that the show will "afford him the opportunity to clear up misconceptions that he believes the public has about him." TLC is planning to "air five episodes of the show later this year" (, 7/17)

NAMES: Former NFLer HINES WARD attended the Pittsburgh premiere of "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES," partially shot in the city last summer, at the Byham Theater Downton. Legendary Entertainment CEO & Steelers investor THOMAS TULL, who co-produced the movie, "hosted the screening as a salute to Pittsburgh" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 7/18)....The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee, Calif., had its formal opening yesterday. Among those attending the facility's dedication was NFL Senior Adviser to the Commissioner JOE BROWNE (THE DAILY)....Several Fulton County (Ga.) residents are opposing a push to change the name of Scarborough Road to honor Panthers QB CAM NEWTON, who has family living there. Residents at a hearing last week said that it would "cost them money to change their personal records and that Newton, age 23, is too young to have a thoroughfare named for him" (, 7/17)....Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT yesterday hosted a party at his home to celebrate the launch of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Partners HealthCare (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/18)....BROADCASTING & CABLE has announced is '12 HOF class, and the honorees include Turner President of Sales, Distribution & Sports DAVID LEVY and ESPN Exec VP & Chief Technology Officer CHUCK PAGANO. Honorees will be inducted during a gala on Oct. 29 in N.Y. (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 7/16 issue).