Names In The News
ESPN.com's Steve Etheridge profiles JAY-Z in the wake of the launch of Roc Nation Sports and writes the entertainer is an "embodiment of control, whether over the indignity of the streets or the staggering demands of ruling an empire." Though his stake in the Nets "amounts to only one-fifteenth of 1 percent, he has leveraged it with his local clout to seize a much more public role in sculpting the Nets’ identity." From overseeing the new logo design to "curating the music that’s played during games, nearly everything about the team now bears his distinct watermark." And the organization has "now learned to revere his counsel. And players listen to him, too. They come to him for advice." If anything, it "makes his foray into sports management seem instinctive." Just as rap music "feeds off of drama, Roc Nation Sports stormed onto the scene in devastatingly dramatic fashion, swiping one of the world’s most coveted clients from under the nose of the game’s reigning heavyweight champ" (ESPN.com, 4/4).
BACK, BACK, BACK: Wednesday night's edition of Showtime's "60 Minutes Sports" profiled ESPN's CHRIS BERMAN. Berman said of his three decades with the net, "They're not smart enough to get rid of me yet, (but) it's coming." Berman added of beginning at ESPN on the overnight broadcast, "Nobody did sports for half an hour, so there was no mold for any of us. So at 3:00am there were really no rules as long as you didn't curse, as long as you weren't stupid, and you spoke in complete sentences." Berman noted some critics may say he is "a little too much." But he added, "Not everybody orders the same meal off the menu" ("60 Minutes Sports," Showtime, 4/3).
FASHION SENSE: Wizards G JOHN WALL is on the cover of D.C. Modern Luxury magazine's latest issue as part of the "Men of Style" feature. Also featured are Redskins WR JOSH MORGAN, Capitals D MIKE GREEN, MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks MF KYLE DIXON, MLS DC United MFs DWAYNE DE ROSARIO and CHRIS PONTIUS, and ESPN "Around The Horn" host TONY REALI (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 4/4)....Members of the MLS Revolution modeled looks from Ted Baker London's spring/summer line at a "benefit" for America SCORES (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/5)....Patriots coach BILL BELICHICK and his girlfriend, LINDA HOLLIDAY, attended the Spring Scene fashion show this week at the Revere Hotel in Boston (BOSTONHERALD.com, 4/4).
CHARITY STRIPE: The PGA Tour announced Thursday that charitable contributions from the PGA, Champions and Web.com Tours "established a record" by surpassing $130M for '12. The previous record was set in '10 at $124.5M. All-time charitable contributions now are at $1.86B, with "more than" $1.5B of that coming in since '94. The Tour "expects to surpass" the $2B milestone in early '14 (JSONLINE.com, 4/4).
NAMES: The OWN Network is going to air a "reality show" based on the relationship between Nuggets C JAVALE MCGEE and his mother, former WNBAer PAMELA MCGEE (DENVERPOST.com, 4/4)....West Loop apartment ventures in Chicago, in "cahoots" with Bulls and White Sox Owner JERRY REINSDORF, has "closed on the purchase of five separate development sites within roughly a 10-square-block area" (CHICAGOCURBED.com, 4/4)....Former astronaut JOHN GLENN and Reds Owner BOB CASTELLINI will be "among four people" receiving honorary degrees from the Univ. of Cincinnati this month (AP, 4/4)....U.S. Rep. (D-N.Y.) GREGORY MEEKS is “hosting a fundraiser” at the Belmont Stakes in June (POLITICO.com, 4/4)….Police said that while Heat F CHRIS BOSH was “out celebrating his birthday” on Wednesday, thieves “made off with about $340,000 in jewelry” from his home (AP, 4/4)….Patriots QB TOM BRADY and his wife, supermodel GISELE BUNDCHEN, are “looking to buy a new NYC pad.” The couple was spotted “hunting for a luxe dwelling in the West Village” (N.Y. POST, 4/5).
IN MEMORY: The Hurricanes announced longtime employee DORIS BARKSDALE passed away on Wednesday in Raleigh at the age of 77. Barksdale joined the organization as a motivational consultant is ’94, and took on additional responsibilities with the community relations department when the team relocated to North Carolina in ’97 (Hurricanes).