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Volume 24 No. 112

People and Pop Culture

Nike President & CEO MARK PARKER's compensation "totaled $35.2 million for the year ending May 31 and was more than 200 percent higher than his $11 million compensation" in FY '11, according to a regulatory filing cited by Allan Brettman of the Portland OREGONIAN. Parker's compensation "includes salary, stock awards and other payments." On May 18, the Nike BOD "granted Parker a $20 million 'restricted stock unit retention award,' intended to keep him at the company for at least another five years when he can get hold of that $20 million." The regulatory filing also included total compensation for other Nike execs, including Nike Brand President CHARLIE DENSON ($10.8M, +40% over previous year), VP & CFO DONALD BLAIR ($4.34M, +33%), President of Global Operations GARY DESTEFANO ($4.7M, +30%) and VP/Merchandising & Product ERIC SPRUNK ($4.44M, +37%) (, 7/20). Brettman in a separate piece noted Nike on Friday recommended that its shareholders "vote against a proposal that would force the company to issue a semi-annual report detailing its political contributions" (, 7/20).

Former Vikings GM MIKE LYNN passed away Saturday at the age of 76, and Lynn's son ROBERT LYNN said that his death was "due to a combination of medical issues." In St. Paul, Jeremy Fowler wrote Lynn was "an ambitious executive who made 10 playoff appearances and one of the NFL's most controversial trades during his 16 seasons" with the team. The Vikings won seven NFC Central titles, and played in two Super Bowls while Lynn was GM. Lynn "played a role in PAUL TAGLIABUE's rise to NFL commissioner in the late 1980's and spearheaded the charge to land the 1992 Super Bowl." He also "was a key figure in the building of the Metrodome, which earned Lynn between $14 million and $20 million in suite revenue over the past three decades." The Vikings in a statement said, "The Vikings are deeply saddened by the passing of Mike Lynn. He was instrumental in the success of the Vikings for many years" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 7/22). Lynn's son MIKE LYNN JR. said that his father "had been in frail health for some time and had been admitted to the hospital near his home in Holly Springs, Miss., after a heart-related incident." In Minneapolis, Jim Anderson wrote Lynn's influence on the Vikings "was greater than that of most general managers." He "handled almost all contract negotiations and policy decisions," and was "responsible for amassing rosters full of Pro Bowl players." In '89, Lynn traded seven "prime draft choices and five players" for former NFLer HERSCHEL WALKER, in what "came to be seen as one of the most one-sided and vilified deals in NFL history" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/22).

NFL GODFATHER: Also in Minneapolis, Patrick Reusse wrote, "As an individual, Lynn wrote an amazing underdog story: Going from running movie theaters in Memphis to becoming enough of an NFL powerhouse to be perhaps the most influential person in getting the 1992 Super Bowl played in Minnesota." Reusse: "The Walker trade (Lynn lost), the fight with IRWIN JACOBS and CARL POHLAD for control of the Vikings (Lynn won), the maneuvering for an NFL 'Northern Super Bowl' resolution and then landing it for Minnesota (Lynn won), the WLAF (Lynn lost), getting the Dome built (Lynn won) ... those were the Remarkable Mike headlines remembered by the masses" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/22). In St. Paul, Tom Powers wrote, "Lynn was a king-maker, a mover and a shaker, and a behind-the-scenes puppet master." He was "the closest thing ever to being an NFL godfather." Lynn "truly was one of the most colorful figures ever to grace our humble tundra" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 7/22). In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman writes, "There is no doubt that the Metrodome would not have been built had it not been for Lynn's great ability as a salesman." Nobody "thought it would happen," so it was former Vikings Owner MAX WINTER who "agreed to give Lynn 10 percent of luxury suite revenue if the Dome was built." The Lynn family "will continue to get the $500,000-plus per year as long as the Vikings play in the building." Lynn "did a lot of positive things, including bringing the Super Bowl here, but he did a bad thing when he got NFL owners to prevent the selection" of JIM FINKS as commissioner after PETE ROZELLE's retirement in '89, "ultimately engineering the appointment of Paul Tagliabue instead" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/23).

The PGA Tour named TOM CLARK Exec Dir of the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Clark has worked for the PGA Tour since '02, most recently as Exec Dir of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (PGA Tour)....Sonoma Raceway named NBA Kings Marketing Dir GRACE CHEN to the same position (Sonoma Raceway) named JENNIFER ZICK VP/Business Development. Zick spent the past five years with New Era Tickets ( Double-A Southern League named LORI WEBB President, effective Aug. 1. Webb becomes the first female league president in the history of Minor League Baseball. She replaces the late DON MINCHER (MiLB)....The Penguins "have fired their longtime team physician," DR. CHARLES BURKE. He said that he "was informed July 10 that he and the team's medical staff were being dismissed." Sources said that the Penguins are replacing their medical team “as part of a proposed move by 2014 to a hockey facility in Cranberry that will be in conjunction with UPMC.” Three UPMC specialists “will oversee medical treatment of personnel next season,” led by DR. CHRISTOPHER HARNER, President of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. The Penguins will be "only the second NHL team with a traveling road physician," joining the Blackhawks (, 7/20).

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In Denver, Lindsay Jones noted survivors of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting "who were taken to Medical Center of Aurora and remain there since Thursday got a visit Sunday" from several Broncos players. Broncos WR ERIC DECKER, OT RYAN CLADY, G CHRIS KUPER, LB JOE MAYS, TE JACOB TAMME, DE BEN GARLAND and recently retired S BRIAN DAWKINS "met with four survivors and their families." The players also "talked with emergency room and ICU staff, thanking them for their response and care" (, 7/22). Broncos QB PEYTON MANNING on Sunday "called four patients" who were taken to the Medical Center of Aurora after the shooting (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 7/23). Meanwhile, the Rockies "wore black wristbands against the Padres to honor those affected by the tragedy." A moment of silence "was held prior to Friday's first pitch in San Diego." The Rockies also "hung a black jersey in the dugout, with 'We Remember 7-20' to symbolize the victims and their families" (DENVER POST, 7/21).

COOPERSTOWN REPORT: Fox MLB analyst TIM MCCARVER during his induction into the Baseball HOF Saturday said that he "would make a 'significant' contribution to his hometown of Memphis." McCarver said that the money -- "exactly how much was not announced -- will be used to help fund a planned baseball park for inner-city kids." McCarver said that the hope is that parks "such as this one will help rejuvenate interest in the game among black youths." City officials said that the money "hasn't been donated yet ... but is pledged." In Memphis, Jody Callahan notes although the facility "is planned for the Fairgrounds area, exactly where on that complex remains to be decided." The Fairgrounds formerly "hosted Tim McCarver Stadium, which was torn down some years ago" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/23). Meanwhile, actor and Reds fan CHARLIE SHEEN was in Cooperstown Sunday for former MLBer BARRY LARKIN's induction into the Baseball HOF (Albany TIMES UNION, 7/23).

NEW AGENT FOR JACKSON: Nationals P EDWIN JACKSON has left MLB agent SCOTT BORAS and hired The Legacy Agency, GREG GENSKE, president of the baseball division of TLA confirmed today. “Our entire team is excited by this opportunity and confident that our capabilities in both baseball contract negotiations and best in class sports marketing will greatly assist Edwin in achieving his goals throughout his career,” Genske said in an e-mail. Boras did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Fox Sports first reported the agent switch over the weekend, citing unnamed sources. Jackson selected TLA agents Genske, BRIAN PETERS and SCOTT PARKER after meeting with other agents, sources said (Liz Mullen, SportsBusiness Journal).

AWARD-WINNING: ESPN college basketball analyst BOB KNIGHT will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics HOF (, 7/20)....ESPN "COLLEGE GAMEDAY" analyst LEE CORSO was the guest of honor as he received the AutoZone Liberty Bowl's 41st annual Distinguished Citizen Award at a dinner in Memphis last night (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/23)....Browns President MIKE HOLMGREN was inducted into the Packers HOF Saturday at the Lambeau Field Atrium (, 7/22).

BOOKSHELF:'s Roger Bennett noted The Guardian soccer writer DAVID CONN in his new book, "RICHER THAN GOD: MANCHESTER CITY, MODERN FOOTBALL AND GROWING UP," captures the EPL club's "journey from its 1968 championship victory through decades of suffering" to its "startling last-minute title victory on the final day" of the '11-12 season. Bennett wrote, "Expertly intertwining economics, history, soccer and memoir, Conn explores the evolution of English soccer in the Premier League era" (, 7/19).

NAMES: The Salvation Army, the charity sponsoring Super Bowl XLV's major legacy project in Arlington, Texas, has "finally approved plans for Arlington's Youth Education Town." The nearly $2M expansion of the Salvation Army's community center "could start construction in the next couple of months and potentially open" by spring '13 (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 7/23)....Syndicated radio host DAN PATRICK will appear in the film "GROWN UPS 2" dressed as Basketball HOFer LARRY BIRD (, 7/20)....Film dir RON HOWARD will drive the pace car at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the Brickyard 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (AP, 7/20)....CHRISTINE MARA, daughter of NFL Giants President & CEO JOHN MARA, married CHRISTOPHER WARD on Friday. Christine Mara is a kindergarten teacher at the Dalton School in N.Y. (N.Y. TIMES, 7/22).