Names In The News
Former NBC Sports Group Chair DICK EBERSOL yesterday received the WISE Champion Award "for his support of women in sports." WISE was to present the award at its awards luncheon in N.Y., honoring Ebersol for "expanding TV coverage of women's sports during the Olympics since the mid-1990s." The award is given annually to a male exec. Coca-Cola's SHARON BYERS, StubHub's DANIELLE MAGED and espnW's CAROL STIFF received Women of the Year awards (AP, 6/18).
ARMCHAIR QUARTERBACK: S.F.-based startup digital sports outfit Sqor has named former NFLer BRETT FAVRE to its BOD. Sqor is a sports social platform that seeks in part to forge a niche with unfiltered, original content from pro athletes. The alignment was brokered in part by Favre's agent, BUS COOK, who also is connected to Sqor CEO BRIAN WILHITE. Favre, like other Sqor BOD members, will have an equity stake in the company, and will serve as a product ambassador and counselor. Favre earlier this spring contributed NFL Draft analysis for Sqor (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).
NAMES: UFL Sacramento Mountain Lions Owner PAUL PELOSI has "dumped as much as" $50M into the defunct league, including $4.4-9.5M last year (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 6/18)....Cavaliers Owner DAN GILBERT will return as a speaker at the Techonomy conference in Detroit on Sept. 17 (FREEP.com, 6/18)....49ers QB COLIN KAEPERNICK last night was the keynote speaker at the Rochester Press-Radio Club's annual charity dinner. Kaepernick said, "Chase your dreams. No matter how big they are, no matter what people say about your dreams, chase 'em" (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 6/19)....NBC's TONY DUNGY is writing a book with his wife, LAUREN, and author NATHAN WHITAKER titled "UNCOMMON MARRIAGE: WHAT WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT LASTING LOVE AND OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TOGETHER." The book is "expected to be available" on Feb. 11 (INDYSTAR.com, 6/18)....Tigers P JUSTIN VERLANDER congratulated his brother BEN with a new Range Rover last week after signing a new contract with the team (DETROITNEWS.com, 6/18)....Orioles P MIGUEL GONZALEZ and his wife, LUCIA, on Monday gave birth to a baby girl, named LEAH (BALTIMORESUN.com, 6/18).