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Volume 24 No. 114

People and Pop Culture

PRESIDENT OBAMA’s re-election campaign is “planning a fundraising ‘shoot-around’ and dinner in N.Y. on Aug. 22 featuring several NBA stars,” including Knicks F CARMELO ANTHONY, Celtics G RAJON RONDO and Wizards G JOHN WALL, according to Ken Thomas of the AP. Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN and NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN “are co-hosting a $20,000-per person fundraising dinner with the president later in the day.” The "shoot-around" will be held at the Chelsea Piers sports complex, and also will include Celtics F PAUL PIERCE, Cavaliers G KYRIE IRVING, Nets G JOE JOHNSON and Basketball HOFers PATRICK EWING and ALONZO MOURNING. WNBAer SHERYL SWOOPES and DAWN STALEY are “also participating in the event, which will cost $5,000 for a parent and child or two people to have a ‘shoot-around skills session’ with the players.” A $250 donation “provides an autograph session with the players” (AP, 8/8). For a $3 donation, a supporter “will enter the chance to win the $3,200 grand prize that includes round-trip coach-class tickets, a one-night stay at a hotel and tickets for the game” (, 8/7). In Ft. Lauderdale, Ira Winderman notes the "Obama Classic" fundraising game “originally had been scheduled for last Dec. 12 amid the NBA lockout, but was postponed when the lockout was settled” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 8/8)....In Charlotte, Tim Funk notes city Mayor ANTHONY FOXX and Jordan are “teaming up to co-host a ‘Welcome the World and Celebrate Charlotte’ reception on Labor Day night” during the Democratic National Convention. The reported location for “the corporate-funded and nonpartisan affair will be one of those lounges at Bank of America Stadium” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/8).

The Jazz formally named Spurs VP & Assistant GM DENNIS LINDSEY GM, while KEVIN O’CONNOR will remain Exec VP/Basketball Operations (Jazz)….MSG Entertainment named Bacon Theatre GM NICK SPAMPANATO VP & GM for the Forum arena in Inglewood, Calif. (MSG)….The Blues named VP/Hockey Operations AL MACINNIS Special Advisor to GM DOUG ARMSTRONG, Dir of Player Personnel DAVE TAYLOR VP/Hockey Operations, ROB DIMAIO Dir of Pro Scouting and KEVIN MCDONALD Assistant GM and GM for the club’s AHL Peoria Rivermen affiliate (, 8/7)….Manhattan College named NYU Facility & Event Manager AMANDA MCENTIRE Assistant AD/Facilities & Event Management (Manhattan)….Texas Tech Univ. named Duke Univ. Intercollegiate Facilities Dir. MICHAEL RYAN Associate AD/Facilities & Event Management. He replaces RON DAMRON, who retired in June (Texas Tech).

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In Daytona Beach, Sean Kernen notes Cubs Chair TOM RICKETTS yesterday spoke to the Single-A Florida State League Daytona Cubs before a home game. Daytona Cubs manager BRIAN HARPER said, "I've been in baseball for 35 years and I've seen an owner visit his minor league teams twice, and both times it was Tom" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 8/8).

PITCHING IN: MLB made an undisclosed donation to the Baseball HOF's new education outreach program, BASE. An acronym for "Be A Superior Example," the HOF effort encourages youth athletes to sign a national pledge to participate without using performance-enhancing substances, and promotes healthy living. The league's contribution was not revealed, but the startup costs for the BASE program totaled nearly $450,000 (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

ON BROADWAY: In N.Y., Larry Rohter noted “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” a one-man show featuring former world heavyweight champion MIKE TYSON, opened officially last Thursday for a limited run that ends next Sunday and "performed solidly, bringing in $624,496, or 78 percent of its potential gross" (, 8/7).

NAMES: Baseball HOFer CAL RIPKEN, JR. yesterday was inducted into the Triple-A Int'l League HOF (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 8/8)....Former NHLer MIKE MODANO and his wife, WILLA FORD, "have decided to divorce" (, 8/7)....Boxing HOFer MUHAMMAD ALI "will be a special guest at the Norman Mailer Center benefit gala Oct. 4, where the first Ali Award for Writing on Ethics will be presented" (, 8/8)....Clippers F BLAKE GRIFFIN, MLS Galaxy MF DAVID BECKHAM and Dodgers CF MATT KEMP were announced as guest hosts for upcoming episodes of PBS' "Sesame Street" (, 8/7).

PAYING RESPECTS: NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, Browns President MIKE HOLMGREN and Patriots coach BILL BELICHICK yesterday "were among more than 900 people who packed a Mormon church for the funeral service of GARRET REID, son of Eagles coach ANDY REID" (AP, 8/7).

IN MEMORY: Former NBAer DAN ROUNDFIELD "drowned off the Caribbean island of Aruba while helping his wife as she struggled in rough water." Roundfield, who played 11 NBA seasons, died at the age of 59 (AP, 8/7).