Names In The News
In Boston, O'Ryan Johnson reports a sculptor "has been selected to design and create a statue honoring" Basketball HOFer BILL RUSSELL. Sculptor ANN HIRSCH said that she "plans to depict 'the whole man' -- Russell as an athlete, coach, human rights advocate and mentor." The Celtics "did not explain why the previous design was scuttled." The statue will feature Russell as a "basketball player on the court in mid-pass, with columns inscribed with quotations that relate to different parts of Russell’s life." There will be "11 columns -- one for each of the NBA championships Russell won as a player." The statue will be placed at Government Center in downtown Boston (BOSTON HERALD, 1/16).
HOUR OF POWER: Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ BRAD KESELOWSKI on Jan. 25 will "take over for one hour" as radio DJ from 5:00-6:00pm ET on WEND-FM in Charlotte. Keselowski said, "This is something I've wanted to do since I was a kid. I always thought that radio deejays, along with race car drivers, had one of the coolest jobs around. Why wouldn't you like fast cars and rock and roll?" Keselowski will take requests via Twitter, but "only if the requests are accompanied by a donation to his Checkered Flag Foundation, which benefits wounded military members and first responders" (USATODAY.com, 1/15).
COURT REPORT: Attorney LARRY MCGUINNESS on Monday "filed a class-action suit in Miami-Dade County, stating Spurs coach GREGG POPOVICH 'intentionally and surreptitiously' sent their best players home without the knowledge of the league, the team and the fans attending the Nov. 29 game" against the Heat. McGuinness contends that "he, as well as other fans, 'suffered economic damages' as a result of paying a premium price for a ticket that shouldn't cost more" (ESPN.com, 1/15)....S.F.-based investment banker THOMAS WEISEL has been "subpoenaed in connection with the doping scandal" surrounding LANCE ARMSTRONG. Federal investigators are "looking into allegations of fraud committed by Armstrong." Weisel's company, Tailwind Sports, which received $40M in "team sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service, is also the target of legal actions" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/16)....Former Syracuse Univ. Athletics Dir of Media Properties & Productions ROGER SPRINGFIELD yesterday was "charged with filming male players on the football, soccer and lacrosse teams in the locker room of the Carrier Dome following four games dating as far back as 2010" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/16).
BACK TO SCHOOL: NFL Panthers QB CAM NEWTON yesterday had his “first day back in school at Auburn as he works to complete his sociology degree.” Newton is not the “only Panthers player back at school this offseason.” LB LUKE KUECHLY is “back at Boston College to finish his marketing degree” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/16).
NAMES: Travel Channel has “greenlit” the reality show “Tailgate Takeover,” which follows host ADAM RICHMAN as he “explores the best tailgate parties around the nation.” The channel “ordered 13 half-hour episodes for summer” (VARIETY.com, 1/15)….Former NBAer JAMAL MASHBURN has acquired an undisclosed stake in privately held Spokane-based hospitality services firm FairBridge Hotels Int'l (Mashburn Enterprises)….Former MLBer BARRY BONDS has put his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., “on the market" for $25M. The house has “seven bedrooms and 14 bathrooms” and the 1.85-acre property includes a pool (WSJ.com, 1/14)….Model KATHERINE WEBB announced yesterday on her Twitter account that she has been “chosen to cover Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans” for “Inside Edition” (AL.com, 1/15)....Thunder Owner CLAY BENNETT yesterday was announced as a member of the '13 Oklahoma Sports HOF (TULSA WORLD, 1/16)....Actor JESSE WILLIAMS yesterday became the eighth owner in the PBA League, taking over the Brooklyn Styles (PBA).
IN MEMORY: Edelman PR Founder DANIEL EDELMAN yesterday died of heart failure in Chicago at 92. Burson-Marsteller Founder & Chair HAROLD BURSON said Edelman was a "real pioneer in marketing communications." Burson added that Edelman's Chicago-based firm, which is “now the largest in the PR industry, was one of the first to leverage TV and talk shows because of Edelman's creativity in promoting products” (PRWEEK.com, 1/15).