Names In The News
DEADLINE.com's Nellie Andreeva reported Showtime is developing a "one-hour scripted drama set behind the scenes of a pro basketball team and the family that runs it." Writer/Director RON SHELTON is "set to pen, helm and executive produce the project" Street Reason Entertainment, which is run by Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations JEANIE BUSS and LINDA RAMBIS, the wife of Lakers Assistant coach KURT RAMBIS. Basketball HOFer PHIL JACKSON also will produce (DEADLINE.com, 9/10).
BAY MAN: SportsMark Management Group President KEITH BRUCE will "take over as the first CEO of the Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee." Bruce is the "first staff hire announced since NFL owners in May awarded the committee with the February 2016 title game." Bruce and his firm were "in charge of selling hospitality packages for the America's Cup this summer" in S.F. (MERCURYNEWS.com, 9/10). Bruce has worked on the Olympic Games, the Super Bowl, the FIFA World Cup and NCAA Final Four. He will be responsible for "managing the region's efforts to deliver on the elements of its bid to the NFL, including event operations and logistics, fan experiences, marketing, fundraising partnerships, hospitality and security." Another thing that "needs to be done is to set up a philanthropic giving committee to give some of the money raised to local charities." The committee also named several advisers, including former Secretary of State CONDOLEEZZA RICE, Yahoo CEO MARISSA MAYER, Pro Football HOFer STEVE YOUNG, 49ers President GIDEON YU and former 49ers coach GEORGE SEIFERT (BIZJOURNALS.com, 9/10).
CHARITY STRIPE: The Univ. of Kentucky men’s basketball team on Monday night held the ’13 UK Alumni Charity Game at Rupp Arena and “raised $1,005,000 for 17 charities” (KENTUCKY.com, 9/10)….The Manulife Financial LPGA Classic generated $309,000 in donations to the St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation (Manulife)….The Ottawa Senators Foundation on Monday raised C$138,000 during the Bell/Ottawa Senators Charity Golf Classic (Senators).
NAMES: Golden Boy Promotions President OSCAR DE LA HOYA yesterday announced his would not be at the FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.-CANELO ALVAREZ fight on Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena. De La Hoya, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction, said that he "voluntarily" checked himself into a treatment center (USA TODAY, 9/11)....U.K.-based retailer Tesco is selling a "majority of its struggling Fresh & Easy stores" to Penguins co-Owner RON BURKLE (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/11)....Former NFLer BOOMER ESIASON will be the subject of the next Friars Club Roast on Jan. 30 at a luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in N.Y. (THE DAILY).
IN MEMORY: Construction worker JOHNNY VALEK was killed yesterday at the site of the new independent American Association St. Paul Saints' ballpark “when a concrete portion of the two-story building that he was helping to demolish crashed down on the cab of his backhoe” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/11).