Names In The News
The GLOBE & MAIL’s David Shoalts reported that the parents of deceased NHLer DEREK BOOGAARD “filed a lawsuit" in L.A. last Friday seeking $9.8M from the NHLPA for the remainder of Boogaard’s contract with the Rangers “plus punitive damages.” They claim that the union “failed to file a grievance in time to collect" the $4.8M remaining on the final three years of their son’s contract (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/23).
PAY RAISE: N.C. State men’s basketball coach MARK GOTTFRIED “received an automatic two-year extension" when the team made the NCAA tournament last March. Gottfried was “approved for an annual raise of $750,000” on Friday, along with “new valuable bonuses.” He will make $1.95M annually in guaranteed money, a figure that “trails only Duke’s MIKE KRZYZEWSKI and North Carolina’s ROY WILLIAMS in the ACC.” Gottfried’s supplemental income “jumped from $450,000 per year to $1.2 million under the new deal, which runs through the 2017-18 season.” His annual base salary of $750,000 "remains the same, as does the buyout of his contract.” Gottfried would owe $3.75M if he were to leave N.C. State after this season (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 9/22).
NAMES: N.Y. Times columnist THOMAS FRIEDMAN was spotted sitting next to Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT last night at M&T Bank Stadium ("Patriots-Ravens," NBC, 9/23)....Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer MISSY FRANKLIN threw out the first pitch on Saturday at Coors Field (AP, 9/22)….Golfer RORY MCILROY has put his Northern Ireland home up for sale for $3.2M (IRISH TIMES, 9/21)….Wizards G JOHN WALL and rapper WALE were seen on the sidelines during pregame warm-ups for the Redskins' home opener against the Bengals (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 9/23)….CBS NFL analyst BOOMER ESIASON’s Stadium Grill restaurant opened Thursday night in N.Y. (N.Y. POST, 9/23)….Nike Saturday hosted the Special Olympics Oregon Youth Games at its HQs (Portland OREGONIAN, 9/23)….USA Basketball Chair JERRY COLANGELO’s first annual golf tournament at the Wigwam Resort in Arizona to benefit the Basketball HOF was “a huge success, with the event netting $400,000, the second-largest amount any Hall of Fame fundraiser has brought in this year” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/23)....An auction on Saturday of personal items and collectibles belonging to deceased Tigers announcer ERNIE HARWELL "raised $25,000 to $30,000, including one signed baseball that went for $12,000.” Great Lakes Auctions rep RANDALL PAUL said that “turnout was better than expected,” with “at least 200 people” coming to bid and check out the items (DETROIT NEWS, 9/22).
IN MEMORY: JOHN CASHMAN, a member of the Harness Racing HOF and the father of Yankees GM BRIAN CASHMAN, died Saturday at the age of 72 (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/23).