Names In The News
USA TODAY's Josh Peter profiles JIMMY GOLDSTEIN, who in NBA circles is "almost as recognizable" as Warriors G STEPHEN CURRY, Cavaliers F LEBRON JAMES and other star players. He has "attended thousands of NBA games -- including every NBA Finals game for more than 20 years -- and turned countless heads with his gaudy outfits and, customarily, young female companions in his courtside seats." Goldstein, who said that he "paid $12,500 for his courtside seat" for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, "spent almost $20,000 on the outfit he wore and said he spends more than $500,000 a year on NBA tickets." He has "two season tickets for the Lakers and Clippers games." He also "attends about 30 playoff games a year." But Goldstein said that his wealth has "been overestimated." He said, "Just say that I’m not a billionaire" (USA TODAY, 6/7).
MATCH PLAY: TIGER WOODS has announced that he will "co-author a book" on his '97 Masters win, "partnering with Canadian journalist LORNE RUBENSTEIN to re-chronicle the story." The book, coming from Grand Central Publishing, is set to be published in '17. Rubenstein certainly "has previous experience with Woods," sitting down with the golfer for Time magazine last year for "an insightful interview where the 40-year-old proved unusually open" (GOLFWEEK.com, 6/6). The book will describe Woods' "history of the game and how golf has changed over the past 20 years." Woods said that he also will "open up about his relationship with his father, EARL WOODS, dispel misconceptions and reveal stories that have never been told" (AP, 6/6).
NAMES: PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday honored the Broncos "with a White House ceremony." In addition to praising the team, he tweaked former NFLer PEYTON MANNING as "this guy from the commercials." Many of the players "flew from Colorado in the morning only to return home" after meeting Obama and taking a tour of the White House (DENVER POST, 6/7)....Crain's Detroit Business named Lions Owner MARTHA FORD to its list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 6/6 issue)....Attorney HIRAM SASSER said that former football analyst CRAIG JAMES’ lawsuit against Fox Sports “stemming from his abrupt departure” in ’13 “has been settled and dismissed.” James “was seeking more than $100,000 in back wages, attorneys’ fees and unspecified monetary damages” (CHRON.com, 6/6)....Auburn football coach GUS MALZAHN and the school “came to terms on a contract extension through” the ’20 season. Under the terms of the new agreement, which was signed on April 1, Malzahn will make $4.725M per year through '20. His previous deal was through ’19, and had the coach earning $4.35M in ’16, “with an increase of $250,000 per year.” In ’16 and ’17, Malzahn “will earn a combined $500,000 more than he would have under his previous amended contract, but he will earn a combined $500,000 less" in '18 and '19, "making the only difference on paper the additional year” in ’20 (AL.com, 6/6)....Apollo Global Management Founder LEON BLACK, Facebook COO SHERYL SANDBERG, CBS Chair, President & CEO LES MOONVES and WME-IMG co-CEO ARI EMANUEL were among the guests at Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT's surprise 75th birthday party on Saturday (NYPOST.com, 6/6).