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Volume 24 No. 112

People and Pop Culture

Rockets Owner LESLIE ALEXANDER has put his apartment in N.Y.'s Baccarat Hotel & Residences "on the market" for $21.5M. He "closed on the apartment" for $20.6M in '15. The 4,545-square-foot apartment "includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a powder room." It also "features panoramic views of Central Park and the city skyline." The "spacious living and dining area connects with a chef's kitchen with Miele and Subzero appliances" (, 4/19).

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! JOHN MCENROE has placed one of his three multimillion dollar homes in Malibu "up on the rental market" at $125,000 for the month of August. Located "inside the guarded gates of the fabled Colony enclave," the '30s Cape Cod-style home has "five bedrooms and five full and two half bathrooms" in not quite 3,700 square feet. McEnroe and his musician wife, PATTY SMYTH, "own two non-contiguous properties in the same gated Malibu enclave" (, 4/18).

BUYERS & SELLERS: Galaxy MF JERMAINE JONES has put his Encino, Calif., home "up for sale" for $4.495M. The house was "previously owned" by actors TORI SPELLING and DEAN MCDERMOTT. Jones "bought the house" in '11 for $2.5M. The more than 6,700 square feet of living includes "six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms" (, 4/19)....Former MLBer GARY MATTHEWS JR. has "listed his home" in Corona del Mar, Calif., for $3.995M, a $400,000 "increase from when he last had it up for sale" in '14. Built in '61, the 3,000 square feet of single-story living space "include a dazzling-white kitchen with Calacatta gold countertops, an office, three bedrooms and 2.75 bathrooms" (, 4/18)....AARON HERNANDEZ' former home near Gillette Stadium is "still on the market." The 5,800-square-foot house, with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, was "put on the market" for $1.5M in March '16. The asking price is now $1.3M (AP, 4/20). 

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, our panel chimes in on the NBA's issue with resting players, as well as the joint '26 World Cup bid.

  • Buccaneers Chief Ticketing Officer Ben Milsom
    – Hits the gym at 6:00am every day.
  • Korn Ferry Senior Client Partner Liz Boardman
    – Thinks "Friends" is the best TV show from the '90s
  • Activision Blizzard E-Sports Head of Partnerships & Sales Josh Cella
    – Is a consumer of actual books and newspapers.

Going Off The Grid
  The joint '26 World Cup bid was... Best website (non-affiliated)  for sports news Most inappropriate place you've checked a score The NBA's resting players issue is... First car

Unifying... The Players' Tribune Church A ticket buyer's nightmare Chevy Cavalier

Evolutionary and smart The Players' Tribune Easter service at church this past week Largely self-inflicted Jeep Wrangler circa 1993

A collaboration we can all learn from Instagram for highlights Church for a variety of different occasions Logical but boring Being from Brooklyn, a Metro card

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Boxing promoter LOU DIBELLA has been gearing up for his Premier Boxing Champions event at Barclays Center on Saturday night, one of many things the industry veteran has currently going on. With the event this weekend, the “big thing you’re trying to do the last week or two is really gearing up to try and sell tickets, promoting the event.” He is also currently the Managing Partner of the Double-A Eastern League Richmond Flying Squirrels and is “in the process to do a deal to acquire another team.” DiBella: “I try to do other stuff so you’re not immersed in boxing because you go a little crazy if you were. It’s an emotional sport. I have a love/hate with it.” This is a “crazy week” for him as several of his other fighters under contract have bouts. He said he will drive himself to the fight to have some downtime to listen to music -- oftentimes a GRATEFUL DEAD concert -- to relax and ready himself for a frenzied evening at the venue.

FIGHT NIGHT: On Saturday night at Barclays I’ll probably hobnob more with the Showtime people initially. My staff has an office in the back where the dressing rooms are for the fighters, so my administrative staff will be there doing what they have to do. I generally walk around the back and say hi to the fighters, wish them luck, do all that kind of stuff. The day of the fight usually I’m sort of chilling out because the week’s been crazy so it won’t be an early Saturday morning because it will be a late night Saturday night. By the time the fights are done and the post-fight press conferences and then you leave the arena, there’s a little place across from the Barclays Center called Broccolino that we use if we’re not in the building itself and use that as our headquarters for fight week. We’ll sit there with espressos and work and eat and do what we’ve got to do when we’re not in the building. 

WORK THE ROOM: Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment CEO BRETT YORMARK has a chairman’s room that I’ll usually stop in a few times during the course of the night, but I’ll watch the majority of the fights. When it gets on in terms of televised fights, I’m sitting in my seat like everybody else. I want the seats filled for TV purposes. I don’t want the great seats being empty. You’re available in case there’s a business issue that has to be attended to but for the most part at that point you’ve done what you can do.

DOWN TIME: I attempt to find pockets to get away from the boxing for a couple of hours. Generally I’ll go out to suburbia the night before the fight just to chill out because I know the next night is going to be 3:00, 4:00 in the morning and after the fight, by the time you leave the building it’s hours after the show has really ended and then your adrenaline is rushing. When I do have an off-weekend, it’s a huge problem to turn off the phone and totally relax. It can be a burden on the people you care about. But if you don’t learn how to do it you’re going to have a miserable personal life. Spending time on my boat is where I will turn the phone off for an hour or two to be surrounded by the Long Island Sound and zip around with a couple of buddies and relax.

Kings VP/Basketball Results ROLAND BEECH is leaving the team after two years. Beech was the "second basketball analytics expert to be hired by the Kings, and the second to leave the team in the past four years" (, 4/20). Meanwhile, the Kings named LUKE BORNN VP/Strategy & Analytics. He is the “third analytics expert to join the franchise” since ’13. Bornn has been a “visiting scholar and professor” at Harvard Univ.’s Department of Statistics. He also was previously the Head of Analytics for Serie A club AS Roma (, 4/20).

EXECS: Long Beach State named UC Santa Barbara Deputy AD & Chief Development Officer ANDY FEE AD. He replaces VIC CEGLES, who left in May ’16. Senior Associate AD and Senior Woman Administrator CINDY MASNER had been serving as interim AD (LBS)....The World Surf League named Discovery Communications Senior VP/Digital BETH GREVE Chief Commercial Officer (WSL)....The Capital Athletic Conference named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Associate Commissioner JEFF LIGNEY Commissioner (, 4/19)....The NASL Jacksonville Armada FC promoted Senior VP/Operations MARSHALL HAPPER to COO (, 4/20).

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NHL linesman DON HENDERSON filed a $10.25M (all figures C) lawsuit Tuesday in Calgary court against Flames D DENNIS WIDEMAN "more than a year after Wideman hit Henderson from behind" during a game against the Predators. Henderson "seeks general damages of $200,000, special damages to pay for housekeeping, yard work and hospital expenses of $50,000, and damages for loss of income and future loss of income" of $10M. The Flames are also "listed as a defendant" (, 4/20).

NAMES: Former NBAer STEVE NASH is behind a new series, "DR. JAMES NAISMITH: THE REINVENTION OF BASKETBALL." Nash's production company, Meathawk, produced the series featuring Grizzlies F VINCE CARTER, Warriors G STEPHEN CURRY, Raptors G KYLE LOWRY, Mavericks F DIRK NOWITZKI and Heat G GORAN DRAGIC. The themes of each episode include innovation, legacy, toughness, evolution and opportunity. The five-part series began airing Monday on the NBA's Global and Canada Facebook pages (, 4/20).

NAMES: Several Titans players "walked arm-in-arm with children who have fought or are fighting cancer during a fashion show Thursday night." Titans RB DEMARCO MURRAY, LB BRIAN ORAKPO and OT TAYLOR LEWAN were among the players who were involved (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 4/21)....The Pitt football program on Thursday received a $2M donation from UOVO Fine Art Storage Founder & Chair STEVEN GUTTMAN and his wife KATHY. It is the “single largest donation” made to the Pitt Football Championship Fund (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 4/21)....Retired volleyball player MISTY MAY-TREANOR was “presented with a key” to Long Beach by Mayor ROBERT GARCIA on Tuesday (, 4/18)....RONDA ROUSEY recently got engaged to fellow UFC fighter TRAVIS BROWNE. Browne “popped the question” in New Zealand “about a week ago” (, 4/20)....Under Armour Founder, Chair & CEO KEVIN PLANK and his wife D.J. were at the opening Thursday of the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore (, 4/21).