Names In The News
A development group that includes former NFLer and MLBer BO JACKSON is "responsible for the cost" of constructing a 114,000-square-foot domed sports center in Hilliard, Ohio. Hilliard Economic Development Dir DAVID MEEKS said that Jackson's group is "wrapping up details on financing" for the $5.4M project. The complex will "house training programs for youth in football, baseball and softball." Bo Jackson's Elite Sports "operates a similar center in Lockport, Ill., near Chicago" (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST, 4/26 issue).
SEMINOLE MOMENT: Florida State football coach JIMBO FISHER "made his first public appearance" with former coach BOBBY BOWDEN since Bowden's "controversial ouster three year ago." The two "teamed up Sunday for a fundraiser in Birmingham, Ala." Fisher and his wife, CANDI, were joined by Alabama coach NICK SABAN and his wife TERRY, at an event that benefited Kidz1stFund. The non-profit, led by Terry Saban, "raises money and awareness about the rare disease Fanconi anemia." The event "raised nearly $100,000" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 4/29).
COURT REPORT: A Knoxville judge yesterday decided against blocking Browns Owner and Pilot Flying J CEO JIMMY HASLAM III from "reaching out to trucking companies that might have been victimized by a rebate fraud scheme" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 4/30)....Former MLBer MARK GRACE has "about six weeks left of his four-month sentence" for a DUI conviction. Maricopa (Ariz.) County Sheriff Dept. spokesperson JOAQUIN ENRIQUEZ said, "It is my understand Mark is a 'model' inmate and does a lot of volunteering with cleanup and other activities" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/30).
AWARDS & HONORS: BROADCASTING & CABLE's Top Cable Execs list includes ESPN President of Global Customer Marketing & Sales ED ERHARDT and Turner Broadcasting President of Sales, Distribution & Sports DAVID LEVY (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 4/29 issue)....AD AGE named Nike co-Founder & Chair PHIL KNIGHT to its Advertising HOF (AD AGE, 4/29 issue).
NAMES: Former MLBer MIKE PIAZZA will perform a one-night show with the Miami City Ballet on Friday at the Ziff Ballet Opera House/Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. He plays a hit man in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/29)....Seven-year-old brain cancer patient JACK HOFFMAN, who recently ran for a touchdown during the Univ. of Nebraska spring football game, met with PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday in the Oval Office (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 4/30)....Texans DE J.J. WATT's Charity Classic baseball game on Saturday raised about $300,000 for his foundation (CHRON.com, 4/27)....Hawks C JOHAN PETRO yesterday witnessed the birth of his first child, JACOB, and “after being assured that his child and wife were doing fine, the new father hopped on a private plane" to Atlanta sent by Hawks ownership in time for the team's first round playoff game against the Pacers (AP, 4/29)....Former MLBer CHIPPER JONES will serve as Grand Marshal for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway (Talladega)....Former UCLA basketball coach BEN HOWLAND has “listed his home in a gated Bel-Air neighborhood” of L.A. for $1.9M (LATIMES.com, 4/29)....WWE performer JOHN CENA yesterday celebrated World Wish Day with three kids that attended "Monday Night Raw" live in Columbus, Ohio (THE DAILY).