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Volume 24 No. 112


The Ravens on Thursday announced a three-year partnership with the House of Ruth Maryland, a shelter for battered women and children, and the deal includes a $600,000 donation "from the team, training for the players and staff and promotional work on behalf of the centers," according to a front-page piece by Childs Walker of the Baltimore SUN. House of Ruth Exec Dir Sandi Timmins said that as one of the "most visible institutions in the state, the team will provide an unprecedented opportunity to educate the community on issues that are too often buried." The Ravens reached out to the House of Ruth following RB Ray Rice's arrest on domestic violence charges this offseason. Timmins said that Ravens President Dick Cass contacted her "shortly after the NFL announced Rice's suspension last month." She then met with Cass and said that she was "impressed at his desire to understand all aspects of domestic violence and to find ways for the Ravens to make a sustained impact." Walker notes though the NFL has "given grants to player foundations that combat domestic violence, the league has never thrown its entire weight behind the cause as it has with the United Way or breast cancer awareness." The Ravens' partnership with House of Ruth "appears to represent a new level of commitment on the issue." Timmins said that it is "telling ... that the Ravens will begin with training sessions for their own players and staff on spotting signs of domestic violence and confronting it in the workplace." Timmins said that the team's $600,000 donation "will go directly to House of Ruth services such as emergency shelters, counseling, child therapy, legal services and the organization's gateway group program for abusers." Walker reports the timing of the announcement was "not directly tied" to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's new domestic violence policy (Baltimore SUN, 8/29).

The Phillies on Thursday announced President & CEO David Montgomery is "taking a medical leave of absence," and Senior Advisor Pat Gillick will "assume Montgomery's responsibilities" during his absence, according to Ryan Lawrence of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. Montgomery was "hospitalized 3 months ago after having cancer removed from his right jaw bone." He "returned to work within a month, however, and has been present at the ballpark as recently as Wednesday night." The club said that Montgomery will "return to work when he is fully recovered" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 8/29). In Philadelphia, Matt Gelb writes the Phillies' "leadership distress has exacerbated the turbulence" for a franchise that will have spent more than $500M in player salaries over a three-year period "without a postseason berth." The future of GM Ruben Amaro Jr., whose contract runs through '15, is a "constant source of public friction." A source said that Montgomery's decision "did not stem from an ownership shake-up or subterfuge." But Montgomery's "stepping aside could soon create permanent change." Respect for Montgomery is "universal in the game." He "served on a seven-man committee" appointed by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig earlier this year to "find his replacement." Despite his "frail state, Montgomery traveled to Washington with the team at the July 31 trade deadline." He also made "trips in conjunction with Selig's committee" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/29).

Devils and 76ers co-Owner Josh Harris has bought 3D technology to "improve the pre- and post-game shows for both teams," according to Jeff Blumenthal of the PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL. The technology, which comes from Virginia-based Quince Imaging, turns the playing surface "into a movie screen, allowing for three-dimensional imagery during player introductions and other pre-game festivities." Scott O'Neil, the CEO for both teams, said that the 76ers will be the third NBA team "to buy the technology," which costs more than $1M per team. Blumenthal noted the Cavaliers and Heat have only used the system once, but the 76ers "plan to use it for each home game, with plans to make it four dimensional by using players and dance team members." The Devils will be the second NHL team to utilize the technology behind the Canadiens. O'Neil said that cameras "have been installed at the Wells Fargo Center but it is specifically set up for basketball and not hockey" (, 8/28).