MANNY PACQUIAO’s adviser MICHAEL KONCZ confirmed that the boxer and entertainer 50 CENT are “going to move forward with a joint promotional venture,” according to Rick Reeno of BOXING SCENE. Sources previously had advised that TMT Promotions, the promotional company recently started by 50 Cent, was “already closing shop.” 50 Cent back in July “announced the formation of TMT Promotions, and quickly signed" boxers YURIORKIS GAMBOA, BILLY DIBB, CELESTINO CABALLERO and ANDRE DIRRELL. 50 Cent also obtained a “promoter's license in New York, and submitted paperwork to get a license in Las Vegas.” Koncz said that Pacquiao and 50 Cent are “going to come together to form their own promotional company.” Boxer FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. was “initially discussed as a partner -- but he doesn't appear to be involved.” Koncz said, "50 Cent and I have been talking now for maybe the last two months. They approached us with the idea to form a promotional company. Initially it was going to be 50 Cent, Manny and Floyd. But right now I don't think Floyd is going to be a part of it.” He added, "I think with 50 Cent, with his entertainment connections and his popularity there, combining that with Manny's popularity and expertise in boxing -- we can bring a new flavor to boxing -- we can excite some young boxers and I think we can sign some top quality boxers” (BOXINGSCENE.com, 9/13). YAHOO SPORTS’ Kevin Iole noted there is “a chance” that a Pacquiao-50 Cent promotional company could “wind up putting on some shows, or even a big show.” It “wouldn't be out of the question for it to last a couple of years, though the smart money would be heavily against that.” Boxing history “would suggest its chances of long-term success are virtually nil.” What is "most likely is that [50 Cent] sees the opportunity to promote, or co-promote, a bout involving either Pacquiao or Mayweather (or the two against each other) as a simple way to make a lot of money in a short period of time” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/13).
People and Pop Culture
Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES has “become more visible than nearly all of his current players, except maybe much-maligned" QB TONY ROMO,” according to a profile by Jarrett Bell on the cover of the sports section of USA TODAY. Jones has appeared in “countless commercials” and made an appearance on HBO’s “Entourage.” Jones sees his persona “as a window to the NFL.” Jones said, "I've never had one thought that I'm going to upstage the Cowboys. I'm well aware of what TEX (SCHRAMM), TOM (LANDRY), TROY (AIKMAN), ROGER (STAUBACH), (TONY) DORSETT have contributed. That's why I'll never upstage that." Pro Football HOFer MICHAEL IRVIN said, "I didn't believe there was another level after what Tex Schramm, Tom Landry and GIL BRANDT built. Jerry has taken their ceiling and made it his floor." Bell writes if induction into the Pro Football HOF “was merely about fame, Jones would have already been enshrined.” Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT “appreciates Jones’ skill as a businessman.” Kraft said, "He's one of the greatest salesmen ever" (USA TODAY, 9/14).
SEEING EYE-TO-EYE: In Dallas, David Moore reported Jerry Wipes, the product Jones’ son-in-law SHY ANDERSON created after being spotted during a game broadcast cleaning Jones’ eye glasses, “temporarily disappeared from the team’s website Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after it appeared, because the Cowboys sold their complete inventory.” A second order “has been placed and is now available for purchase” (DALLASNEWS.com, 9/13). In Ft. Worth, Clarence Hill reported the Cowboys are “donating all the money for charity” from the sale of Jerry Wipes. Each purchase from the Cowboys’ website for the $2.99 product is going to the Salvation Army (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 9/13).
Cubs Exec VP and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer WALLY HAYWARD’s weekends often play out as a “Where in Chicago is Wally” game, with the exec striving for that elusive work/life balance. This weekend, Hayward will put that balance to the test as he juggles his daughters' swim meets with the beginning of a 10-game homestand, all while still finding the time to paddleboard and cheer on his alma mater Northwestern. And to cap it off? Throwing a pizza on the grill.
EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM: Life as a swim parent -- I have two high school varsity girl swimmers, one’s a freshman and one’s a senior -- our mornings start during the week really early. I wake up at 5:10, 5:15 and they get up at 5:20. I get them a light breakfast and then I drop them off at the pool about 5:40. I come into work from there. It’s great for me to get up with them because of our busy schedule, especially with baseball and 81 home games. This is the best time in the morning for me at work because really no one is in the office yet, it’s quiet. I can do my best thinking.
RUSH HOUR: After the game ends, I rush out because my daughter will be in a swim meet up in the suburbs of Lincolnshire. So I will rush out to try and make a 5:30 swim meet. Only my freshman HOPE is swimming because my oldest daughter is on a recruiting trip, an official visit to a college. Now at the swim meets, I do have a lot of superstitions. I have to wear Johnny O shirts, and I either have to wear a green one or a blue one, because those are the colors of our team. For home meets, I have a specific bench and seat that I sit in on the last row on the aisle. And even for away meets, I need to be on the aisle. I don’t like being stuck in the middle of sections.
HERE’S A COFFEE, JUST FOR YOU: Saturday I will get up, sneak out of the house and try to get a run in. Then I go to Starbucks and pick up three drinks for my girls. I do not drink coffee, I have never had coffee, but everyone at Starbucks knows who I am by name. They know what drinks I want, but they know none of them are for me and I’m just picking them up for the girls. So then I come back, I wake them up and their drinks are waiting for them. We’ll grab them a light breakfast, I’ll drop ‘em at the pool and then head back down to the ballpark first thing in the morning because Saturday we have a 12:05 start.
SCHOOL TIES: People know that I am totally connected to my iPhone. So if you ever need to get a hold of me, never send me an email because on game day I’m running all over the ballpark. People send me texts or give me updates. I will also check in with my daughters and my wife. … I will also be checking the Northwestern-Boston College score. I try to follow them on my iPhone when we are here at the game. Once the game is over, I will try on my way home to go through Evanston and if the Cats are still playing, I will pop in and hopefully see the fourth quarter and a Cat victory.
LAKESHORE DRIVE: If the weather is nice, one thing we like to try and do on a Saturday is take paddleboards down to the beach. Hopefully the weather is nice and it might be our last weekend to do it. … My girls bought me a paddleboard probably five years ago for Father’s Day. We got hooked down in the Florida Keys, which is where we go on vacation. It’s just a great thing to be able to go out on the lake, especially after a game and all the craziness that we have going on. To be out on the lake, it’s peaceful. Just you, the board, the water and it makes it a lot of fun and you get a good workout when you do it.
PLANES & AUTOMOBILES: Sunday we don’t have swimming, but I have to pick my oldest daughter up early at the airport. So I will again try and get up and get a run in, go pick her up at the airport, debrief with her and then go home and we will all go out to breakfast as a family, which we try to do on Sunday morning at Fuel in Wilmette. It's a quick breakfast because I will then go directly from there to the ballpark for a 1:20pm game.
GRILL & CHILL: Sunday night is grill and chill in our house. It’s kind of a family ritual. Basically it’s our one night to chill out as a family. The girls don’t go out with friends. They hopefully have all their homework done. We’ll watch a show: either one of their favorite TV shows or a sporting event. I will grill out -- whether it is grilled pizza or chicken or whatever -- we’ll do it on the grill. My signature dish is grilled pizza. It’s the best. Now that we’ve had grilled pizza, it’s tough for them to actually have pizza that comes out of ovens now.
CBS Sports named BESS BARNES VP/College Sports Programming, in addition to announcing expanded programming roles for Exec VP/Programming ROB CORREA and Senior VP/Programming DAN WEINBERG. Barnes comes to CBS after serving as ESPN Programming & Acquisitions Dir. Reporting to Weinberg, she will be responsible for day-to-day management of college sports programming for CBS Sports' broadcast and cable properties, including scheduling and acquisitions (CBS Sports).
EXECS: Retiring UConn men’s basketball coach JIM CALHOUN “will become a special assistant” to AD WARDE MANUEL, “providing services to the university in support of men’s basketball, the Division of Athletics, the UConn Health Center, and the university at large.” The agreement runs through March 21. Upon Calhoun’s full retirement, he “will become Head Coach Emeritus” (HARTFORD COURANT, 9/14)….Troy Univ. named Ole Miss Senior Exec Associate AD JOHN HARTWELL AD (MOBILE PRESS-REGISTER, 9/13)….The Univ. of Montana promoted Associate AD/Development for the UM Foundation KENT HASLAM to AD (Montana)….Montana State Univ. named Associate AD KRISTA MONTAGUE interim AD (MSU)….Northwest Nazarene Univ. named BILL RAPP AD. Rapp previously worked for Sharks Sports & Entertainment as ATP World Tour SAP Open Tournament Dir (IDAHOBUSINESSREVIEW.com, 9/12)….Daktronics promoted Corporate Controller SHEILA ANDERSON to CFO & Treasurer, replacing BILL RETTERATH, who recently departed the company (Daktronics)….Excel Sports Management hired Mets Dir of Sales DAVID OXFELD as Senior Dir of Client Sales (THE DAILY).
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The GLOBE & MAIL's Walton & Maki report Senators D CHRIS PHILLIPS has filed a C$7.5M lawsuit "in connection with alleged shoddy investments and unauthorized real estate deals, which he blames on his former agent, who is also being sued by" Wild LW DANY HEATLEY. Phillips accuses STACEY MCALPINE, as well as McAlpine’s parents, GERALD and EUGENIA, of "breaches of contract, trust and fiduciary duty as well as conversion, fraud, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, conspiracy, oppression and unjust enrichment" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/12).
AWARDS & HONORS: Mets P R.A. DICKEY Thursday was named winner of the Brand Rickey Award for humanitarian efforts. Dickey will be honored at a Nov. 10 banquet in Denver (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 9/13)....Eagles CB NNAMDI ASOMUGHA Friday will receive the "Role Model of the Year" award from the National Conference on Citizenship (Eagles)....White Sox Chair JERRY REINSDORF Thursday "led a club contingent on a day trip" to accept the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, honoring the team's Volunteer Corps (MLB.com, 9/13)....Boxing HOFer MUHAMMAD ALI Thursday was honored with the Liberty Medal as "a fighter for humanitarian, civil rights and religious freedom" (AP, 9/13).
NAMES: The Twins Thursday released a video featuring C JOE MAUER aimed to "discourage bullying and encourage those being bullied to seek help" (STARTRIBUNE.com, 9/14)....Red Sox 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA and his wife, KELLI, Thursday "welcomed a new baby boy" (BOSTON HERALD, 9/14)....Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT and Vogue Editor ANNA WINTOUR attended the inaugural dinner for the charitable foundation of tennis player NOVAK DJOKOVIC (BOSTON HERALD, 9/14)....Steelers LB JAMES HARRISON "has donated $100,000 to his alma mater," Kent State Univ. (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 9/13)....Yankees GM BRIAN CASHMAN was "able to reach an amicable divorce settlement with the estranged wife he allegedly cheated on." Details of Cashman's settlement with MARY BRESNAN "were not made public" (N.Y. POST, 9/14).