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Volume 24 No. 154

People and Pop Culture

Fox Sports Regional Networks promoted JEFF KROLIK to President. In his new role, Krolik will add oversight of Fox Deportes to his duties, which already included running the company's 22 RSNs. Krolik joined Fox Sports in '07 as an Exec VP. He will report to Fox Sports President & COO ERIC SHANKS (John Ourand, Staff Writer)....Monumental Sports & Entertainment added Accountable Health Solutions CEO DAVID BLAIR as a Partner (MSE)....Competitive Sports Analysis named NFL Football Operations Consultant MIKE HAGEN Strategic Consultant (CSA)....The 49ers named Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporate Partnerships Dir BRENT SCHOEB to the same position (THE DAILY)....Learfield Communications named Dallas-based London Broadcasting Co. CFO & VP/Finance MATT HUPFELD CFO (Learfield).

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RM Capital Management President & CEO and Atlanta Public Schools Chair REUBEN MCDANIEL III is "among those being considered to succeed" former NBPA Exec Dir BILLY HUNTER. McDaniel yesterday said that he has been "screened by an executive" at Chicago-based exec search firm Reilly Partners. NBPA interim Exec Dir RON KLEMPNER in an e-mail wrote that the selection process "is under way and declined further comment" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 11/18).

ACT LIKE A TOURIST: The state of New York yesterday gave $5M to the N.Y./N.J. Super Bowl Host Committee "to encourage visitors to see New York-area attractions, boost interest among local fans and entertain journalists." Half of the funds "will go toward the Super Bowl Boulevard" fan attraction in Times Square, while $1M "will be used for a touring vehicle that will make 24 stops" in the N.Y. area to promote the game. Also, $500,000 each will be "spent on advertising, a media party for 5,000, and volunteer expenses" (NEWSDAY, 11/19).

ZEKE THE BUILDER: Basketball HOFer ISIAH THOMAS in November "made his first foray into investment real estate" by buying a six-story, 20-unit apartment building in Evanston, Ill., for $7.3M. Thomas is now seeking investment opportunities "in far more distressed areas of Chicago." Thomas said that he is "looking at properties on the city's West Side to purchase or refurbish." Thomas is CEO of River North-based Isiah Int'l Co., whose holdings "include private equity, waste removal, film production and even gourmet popcorn." But real estate "likely will be his new focus as a way of giving back to his old neighborhood" (, 11/18).

NAMES: Ravens GM OZZIE NEWSOME yesterday was back at work "less than 24 hours after a health scare" caused him to be hospitalized overnight in Chicago. Newsome said, "I'm fine" (Baltimore SUN, 11/19)....The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans will induct Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES as a member next spring (Horatio Alger Association)....Lightning Owner JEFF VINIK recently paid $10M “to buy 3 acres of empty downtown real estate across the street from the Tampa Bay Times Forum” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 11/19)....Basketball HOFer KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR yesterday was at the Sacramento Convention Center to “kick off the first-ever California STEM symposium, a two-day event designed to help K-12 educators improve how they teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics” (, 11/18)....Golfer DEWEY ARNETTE said that he was “the one who spent $1,200 to buy an ad” in yesterday’s Florida Times-Union asking Owner SHAHID KHAN to sign former NFLer TIM TEBOW (, 11/18)....Atlanta resident LAQUETTA THEUS early this month “had her lawsuit tossed out,” after claiming in August that Bobcats Owner MICHAEL JORDAN had “fathered her child” (, 11/18).