Dolphins Owner STEPHEN ROSS is “forming a Florida-based PAC that will support Gov. RICK SCOTT’s reelection effort and make what sources are calling a ‘nonpartisan effort’ in certain state races,” according to Maggie Haberman of POLITICO. Ross is “dropping money into a PAC he’s calling Florida Jobs First.” A source said that the PAC “will play in primaries in both parties and also take on incumbents in all parts” of the state. Haberman writes Ross is keeping the effort “local, but he is doing it with other donors.” The move comes “on the heels of a loss Ross took in an effort to get the state Legislature to approve allowing a public referendum on a one-cent increase in the Miami-Dade County hotel bed tax to fund a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the Dolphins’ stadium.” Florida House Speaker WILL WEATHERFORD “let it die without bringing it to a vote in the House.” Ross is “clearly motivated in part by a desire to hit Weatherford” (POLITICO.com, 6/24).
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Octagon named Lagardère Unlimited Golf Senior VP DAVID YATES Managing Dir. Yates will lead the agency's golf rep practice, sales, sales management and business development. Yates has more than 27 years of experience in the sports industry, including serving at Lagardère Unlimited Golf (formerly Gaylord Sports Management) for 13 years. Prior to that, Yates was IMG VP, where he worked for 15 years and served on IMG Founder MARK MCCORMACK's exec committee (Liz Mullen, Staff Writer).
EXECS: Outdoor Channel named former SportsTime Ohio President JIM LIBERATORE President & CEO, effective immediately. He succeeds TOM HORNISH, who will remain with the company through a transitional period (Outdoor Channel)....Seahawks GM JOHN SCHNEIDER had his contract "quietly extended" through '16. The deal has been "done for more than a year, without fanfare" (ESPN.com, 6/21)....Clippers VP/Communications JOE SAFETY, who just completed his 20th season with the organization, has resigned (ESPN.com, 6/21)....The Nuggets named BEN TENZER Dir of Team Operations (Nuggets)....MLB Giants Enterprises Marketing Manager JENS WEIDEN is "about to become" Rose Bowl CFO (BONNERCOUNTYDAILYBEE.com, 6/21)....L.A. Marathon LLC named Atlanta Track Club Exec Dir TRACEY RUSSELL CEO (L.A. Marathon).
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Basketball scout and writer HOWIE GARFINKEL was honored yesterday with induction into the Capital District HOF in Troy, N.Y., receiving the Barry Kramer Lifetime Achievement Award. Garfinkel made "his basketball name as a scout" and as "an originator of what is now a staple of the basketball development and recruiting universe: the summer camp." Garfinkel and coaches WILL KLEIN and ROY RUBIN in '66 "opened the Five-Star Basketball Camp," which over the years "drew some of the top schoolboy talents in the country," including Basketball HOFers MOSES MALONE, DOMINIQUE WILKINS and MICHAEL JORDAN, and Heat F LEBRON JAMES. The camp also "became a springboard for hundreds of high school coaches," including ESPN's HUBIE BROWN and DICK VITALE. Garfinkel in '05 "sold his stake in the Five-Star Camp," but he is "still in the game." Garfinkel in October "staged his sixth annual Clinic to End All Clinics, in which top Division I college coaches discussed X's and O's with other coaches from high school and college" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/23).
ON THE BLOCK: Former MLBer CHRIS CHAMBLISS will put up for sale the bat and ball from his series-winning hit from Game 5 of the '76 ALCS, in which the Yankees defeated the Royals. Chambliss had “not thought seriously about selling them until he learned that the All-Star Game will be at Citi Field next month and that a memorabilia auction will be part of the All-Star Fan Fest.” Chambliss said, “I’ve enjoyed these pieces for a long time. This is a chance to let the fans enjoy them.” Opening bids for the bat and ball “will be $10,000 to $11,000 each,” but Hunt Auctions President DAVID HUNT said that he “expects more” (N.Y. TIMES, 6/24).
CHARITY STRIPE: Golfer GRAHAM DELAET pledged to donate C$1,000 per birdie and C$2,500 for each eagle he recorded during the PGA Tour Travelers Championship last weekend to aid "flood relief efforts for southern Alberta." DeLaet yesterday had "three birdies to go along with six on Saturday" to raise C$9,000. PGA Tour Canada also "pledged to match DeLaet's contributions, and with donations from ATB Financial and Saskatoon businessman L. DAVID DUBE, C$36,000 had been raised (POSTMEDIA NEWS, 6/23)....The first Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Team Up Challenge saw 20 celebrities at BMO Field "coach about 60 teams which raised more than" C$700,000. The Challenge is a "new charity event created by MLSE in partnership with the Trillium Foundation," with the goal of raising money "needed to send children suffering from cancer to camp for 10 days with their families" (TORONTO SUN, 6/24)....Rams coach JEFF FISHER and Redskins coach MIKE SHANAHAN will be “back helping raise money again for the foundation named for their late friend and former coach MIKE HEIMERDINGER" in the Drive 4 Dinger celebrity golf tournament on Friday and Saturday (AP, 6/22).
NAMES: The Association for Women in Sports Media on Saturday honored LISA OLSON, who received the Mary Garber Pioneer Award at AWSM's 25th convention (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/22)....Yankees P MARIANO RIVERA was honored by the New York Board of Rabbis at its Humanitarian Awards at Capitale last week (N.Y. POST, 6/22)....Actor KEVIN COSTNER yesterday “took a round of batting practice” with the Indians. Costner has been in Cleveland “for weeks” filming the Browns-focused movie “DRAFT DAY” (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 6/24)....FS Ohio broadcaster CHUCK GALETI was “arrested Friday morning for driving while intoxicated” (CLEVELAND.com, 6/21)....SERENA WILLIAMS last Thursday co-hosted a pre-Wimbledon party with fellow tennis players MARIA SHARAPOVA, LAURA ROBSON and HEATHER WATSON to celebrate the WTA’s 40th anniversary (N.Y. POST, 6/22)....The mansion built by former MLBer GARY SHEFFIELD, which appeared in the movie “SPRING BREAKERS," has sold for $2.6M (TAMPABAY.com, 6/21)....CBS’ BILL COWHER yesterday “got into a car accident” on Park Avenue in N.Y. when his car hit “another vehicle that then crashed into scaffolding” (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 6/23).