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Names In The News

USA TODAY's Steve Berkowitz reports the NCAA yesterday asked U.S. District Court Judge CLAUDIA WILKEN "to delay by nearly 15 months the scheduled trial date" in the ED O'BANNON lawsuit. The trial is scheduled to begin June 9, 2014, but the NCAA wants to push it back to Aug. 28, 2015. NCAA co-defendants EA and the CLC "proposed a five-month delay." The plaintiffs want Wilken "to leave the date unchanged." Meanwhile, EA yesterday "stated its intention to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take up two other cases involving the use of college athletes' names and likenesses." One of those cases, led by former Arizona State QB SAM KELLER, "has been consolidated with the O'Bannon case and was set to be returned to Wilken." However, EA has asked the Ninth Circuit of Appeals "to delay that action pending its request to the Supreme Court" (, 8/20).

Tyson admitted he wanted to be a trainer rather
than be a promoter
RING MASTERS: MIKE TYSON yesterday discussed his new promotional company, Iron Mike Productions, and its first show on ESPN. Tyson "admitted he probably didn't really want to be a promoter but a trainer instead." It is not clear what role Tyson will have with his namesake company "other than to make appearances," and he was "vague in discussing it." Tyson and partner Acquinity Sports "renamed the company after deciding to join forces" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/20)....Golden Boy Promotions yesterday announced a deal with boxer ZAB JUDAH and Super Judah Promotions to promote his fights (, 8/19).

FROM THE OWNER'S BOX: Attorney AUBREY HARWELL, who represents the Pilot Flying J business of Browns Owner JIMMY HASLAM III, yesterday "touted a proposed settlement" in the rebate fraud scandal at the company. Harwell called the tentative agreement an attempt "to do 100 percent of what is right for Pilot Flying J's customers as soon as possible with the least costs and disruption to everyone's business as possible" (, 8/19)....The Securities & Exchange Commission yesterday said that hedge fund manager and Wild Minority Owner PHIL FALCONE had "agreed to admit wrongdoing and to be banned from the securities industry for at least five years to settle market manipulation accusations." Falcone and his fund, Harbinger Capital Partners, as part of the settlement "must also pay" more than $18M (N.Y. TIMES, 8/20).

NAMES: Arent Fox attorneys JARED BARTIE, MARYLEE JENKINS and ERIC HAMBURG represented the Trail Blazers in the team’s arena naming-rights deal with Moda Health (THE DAILY)….The World Poker Tour Foundation will hold the Frank Mariani & Jerry Buss No Limit Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament Aug. 25 at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, Calif. The tournament is in memory of the late Lakers owner and his longtime business partner and close friend (, 8/18)….Former NFLer DOUG FLUTIE last night urged Lowell, Mass., residents to “support Penn National’s drive to build” the $200M Merrimack Valley Casino (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/20)….Actor DENZEL WASHINGTON attended the Yankees-Red Sox game Sunday night (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/20)….Blackhawks D BRENT SEABROOK and wife, DAYNA, had a baby boy, CARTER SEVEN SEABROOK, on Friday (, 8/19).

IN MEMORY: NASCAR and IndyCar team owner CHIP GANASSI’s father, FLOYD, died yesterday at the age of 87. He was “among the most beloved men in the IndyCar Series paddock” (, 8/19)….Late Jazz Owner LARRY MILLER’s son, ROGER MILLER, died Sunday at the age of 45. A family statement did not detail the cause of death (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/19).