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Volume 24 No. 155

People and Pop Culture

Engine Shop President & Founding Partner ED KIERNAN truly lives the jet life -- traveling back and forth every weekend from his offices in N.Y. to his home in Poland, Ohio. Now back in Poland for Labor Day, Kiernan has a full weekend of family and friends ahead of him -- but as with so many people in the industry these days, he is having trouble truly going off the grid.

TIME TO UNWIND: I’m back here in Ohio this week trying to have fun a little bit, but it’s probably been 80% work, 20% vacation. I have a hard time unplugging on vacation and I’ve probably always been bad at that. But it’s just how I’m wired. We’ve been unwinding, going to my son’s football practices and just hanging out. It’s been relaxing, just getting caught up on a lot of different things. We spend most weekends in Ohio. Most people don’t know this: We’re in the city Monday through Friday and then we’re in Ohio Friday through Monday morning. We have a place here in Ohio and my son’s here and we fly back every weekend to see the family. This weekend, what we have going on is my son’s got a football game on Saturday; we’ve got the Buckeyes kicking off against Navy, so we’ll obviously be glued to the set. And then just a lot of grilling; we’ve got family and friends coming over on Sunday and Monday. I’ll be manning the grill with all the fixings and probably have a few cold ones in between.

RUNNING WILD: I’ll go for a three-mile run Friday and Saturday -- not sure if I’ll get any runs in Sunday or Monday, but at least two of the days I’ll go running. On Friday night, we’re going to a high-school football game; a buddy of mine is having a tailgate that overlooks the field. It's the first game of the year.

GRIDIRON GREATS: My son TRIPP, who’s a quarterback, has a football game. He’s been playing for a number of years. He’s a big kid. He’s like a BEN ROETHLISBERGER -- he’s 11 years old and wears size 11-and-a-half shoes. So we’ll watch him play his first game. The Buckeyes kickoff, I think, at noon, and the rest of my day will be spent around the house just keeping up with "College GameDay," watching all the games unfold. I’m a huge college football fan. I’ll be watching in the rec room -- we’ve got a couple of flatscreens on the wall, a pool table and a bar -- everybody will just be there hanging out and watching the games. Family and a couple of my buddies -- we’ll probably have 10 to 12 people watching the games. We have a good couple of diehard viewers come over, have a couple beers and my wife, MICHELE, makes the usual fixings and the hors d'oeuvres. She’s a Patriots fan; I’m a Jets fan. But she’s quickly become a Buckeyes fan, so that’s a good thing.

: We’ll do church. If we’re not traveling, we try to get the family to church every Sunday morning. Trying to instill the same values in our kids. We’re heading to the Reds-Pirates game that afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh; we’re about 45 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. It’s probably my favorite stadium in the country; it’s awesome. I’m a Yankee fan and so is my son; Michelle is a Red Sox fan. We’re an hour from Cleveland and an hour from Pittsburgh -- right in between. So we’ll catch a couple Indians games a year and a couple Pirates games. They’re both great sports towns, so we’re fortunate that we’re an hour from both. I’m a New York sports fan -- Jets, Yankees, etc. -- but my second teams are the Browns, Steelers -- I root for both Pittsburgh and Cleveland teams.

GRILLIN' & CHILLIN': Everybody’s coming over to grill. We’ll do steaks, bleu cheeseburgers, portabella-mushroom burgers, chicken kabobs and always do Nathan’s hot dogs -- and even a little Vidalia onions on the sideburner.

Churchill Downs Inc. promoted President & COO BILL CARSTANJEN to the role of CEO, while former CEO BOB EVANS remains BOD Chair. Carstanjen becomes CDI's 12th CEO since the company was founded in 1874. He had been in his former role since March '11, when Evans became BOD Chair and "relinquished the president's title." Evans "will continue to have a full-time, daily role with the casino and racing company." Meanwhile, CDI CFO BILL MUDD will now add the title of President that Carstanjen held (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 8/28).

EXECS: FIBA elected USA Basketball CEO & Exec Dir JIM TOOLEY to its Central Board for '14-19. FIBA also named FIBA Americas President HORACIO MURATORE as President for '14-19, succeeding YVAN MAININI, who served in the capacity since '10 (FIBA)...The Int'l Tennis HOF named BNP Paribas Open Founder CHARLES PASARELL as Int'l Committee Chair (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 8/29)....Portland State Univ. AD MICHAEL "TORRE" CHISHOLM is leaving after more than seven years to pursue other opportunities, effective Oct. 31 (PSU)....Holy Cross named BILL BALL AD/Ticket Sales & Operations (Holy Cross)....Stillman College names CASSANDRA "CC" MOORER interim AD, effective Aug. 26 (Stillman)....Gannon Univ. named LISA GODDARD MCGUIRK AD (Gannon)....Wells College named Ithaca College Associate AD MICHAEL LINDBERG AD (Wells)....Westwood One Senior VP & Dir of Corporate Sports MICHAEL SCHRECK is leaving the company after eight years (THE DAILY).

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America's Cup organizers have appointed HARVEY SCHILLER Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America's Cup, effective immediately. The role will give Schiller responsibility for supervising, managing and protecting the commercial interests of the America's Cup. He has served on the America's Cup Advisory Board since '10. Schiller starts the role with immediate effect. Items on the to-do list include finalizing the America's Cup World Series schedule, format and venues (America's Cup).

NAMES: RON ILITCH, the son of Tigers and Red Wings Owner MIKE ILITCH, was arraigned Thursday "after being charged with possession of cocaine following his arrest Wednesday afternoon." Ron Ilitch was charged with "possession of less than 25 grams of cocaine, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison." He has a preliminary examination hearing scheduled for Thursday (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/29)....Former MLBer RANDY JOHNSON on Monday will list his Mediterranean-style estate in Paradise, Ariz., for $25M. The house "frames views of the surrounding five-acre parcel" (L.A. TIMES 8/29)....Heat G MARIO CHALMERS listed his two-story, 5,475 square-foot Miami condo at the Marquis Residences across the street from American Airlines Arena for $4M (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/29)....Buccaneers coach LOVIE SMITH listed his 13-room brick house in Lake Forest, Ill., for $1.999M (, 8/28).

IN MEMORY: Former Steelers PR Dir ED KIELY, who worked for the team for more than 40 years and was a confidant of late Steelers Owner ART ROONEY SR., died Thursday morning of natural causes in DC. He was 96 (, 8/28).