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Volume 24 No. 178

People and Pop Culture

Former NFLer VINNY TESTAVERDE is putting his Hillsborough County, Fla., home on the market for $5M. The 12,000-square-foot house has a basketball court, tennis court, putting green, pool and deck. Inside there is a full bar, wine cellar and multiple gathering areas for media viewing and cards. There is a virtual golf room and full-size gym, ice tub and sauna and rooftop dance/yoga room (Berkshire Hathaway). In addition to the sports-related amenities, the seven-bedroom, eight-bath home built in '07 boasts an "oversized laundry room with movable island and 'wrapping station' and a separate casita or in-law suite" (TAMPABAY.com, 6/5).

CALIFORNIA SELLING: Former NBA player and coach PAUL WESTPHAL sold his home in Palos Verdes Estate, Calif., for $3.4M. The 4,500-square-foot hacienda-style house, built in '58, "features a rotunda entry, beamed ceilings and stone and hardwood floors." Living spaces "include an updated kitchen, an office, four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms" (LATIMES.com, 6/2)....Former MLBer JERMAINE DYE sold his home on "more than four acres" in Poway, Calif., for $2.85M. Within a "guard-gated community, the property centers on a 9,200-square-foot main house with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms." The outside of the house includes a "lagoon-style swimming pool, a basketball half-court, a putting green and a turf field" (LATIMES.com, 6/7)....UFC HOFer ROYCE GRACIE sold his 2,300-square-foot home in Torrance, Calif., for $1.61M. Built in '49 and since remodeled, the home includes "three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms." The kitchen has been updated with a "tiled backsplash and Carrara marble countertops" (LATIMES.com, 6/7).

BUYERS & SELLERS
: FS1's DOUG GOTTLIEB listed his home in Westport, Conn., for $1.94M. The 4,651-square-foot "five-bedroom, 4 1/2-bathroom pad, without surprise, is 'a sports lover's' dream." It comes with a "tennis court and a sports bar with multiple TVs, a fireplace and a pool table" (NYPOST.com, 6/1)....Rams RB TODD GURLEY has bought an estate in a gated Chatsworth community in L.A. for $1.825M. The Mediterranean-style house, built in '05, has "five bedrooms and five bathrooms." The upstairs master suite "takes in mountain views and has a soaking tub and walk-in closet." The 5,200 square feet of living space has "front and back staircases." Outside, "mountains and rocky outcrops form the backdrop for a resort-style swimming pool and waterfall slide." There also is a "built-in barbecue" (LATIMES.com, 6/2)....Former Bears coach DICK JAURON listed his Lake Forest, Ill., home for $729,000. The 3,204-square-foot home has three bedrooms (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 6/5).

NYRR President & CEO MICHAEL CAPIRASO has been on the go this week, leading his organization’s Global Running Day on Wednesday and then laying the groundwork for several events around the city this weekend. As head of the community running organization that has been around since ’58, Capiraso participates in almost all of its races, but this weekend represents a rare chance for him to sit back and cheer on his daughters in their own event. Capiraso, who started running about 30 years ago, is also set to run in his 26th consecutive TCS New York City Marathon coming up this year. 

OFF & RUNNING: Global Running Day was Wednesday, with millions of people pledging to run all across the world. I got up early and went for a group run with some folks from the office, then hit City Hall and ran over the Brooklyn Bridge with some city officials. There’s rarely a weekend when we don’t stage a race of some kind. This weekend we have the NYRR New York Mini 10k in Manhattan, and outside of the NYC Marathon it is the oldest race we have. We started it in ’72 and it’s the world’s original women-only road race. So that’s Saturday morning with a professional field, complete with both the winners from the Boston and London Marathons competing. We roll into Friday with a lot of preparation, media events with the athletes and then we have a fun gathering at our run center with some past racers leading into the race. 

FAMILY FIRST: I’ll get up early Saturday morning and head over for the Girls Run that will take place ahead of the Mini 10k. It’s a little shorter distance, and my daughters will be running in that one. My daughter GWYNNE will even be singing the national anthem as well, so I get to introduce her and then cheer on my girls. I’ll be at the finish line ready to congratulate them. It’s a great day of seeing people of all abilities and ages run. 

STAGE IS SET: We do an annual family reunion this weekend as well. My uncle comes up from Georgia and we always go to a Yankee game. Saturday afternoon, my wife is actually going to see “HAMILTON,” which my daughters and I have already seen, and that evening we’ll have a big meal together as a family. Sunday morning, I’ll do a long run and start my training for the marathon later this year. Then later that day, we’ll go to the Yankee game all together. It’s a nice balance of staying on the go and bonding with family all in the same weekend.

IN THE RIGHT PLACE: My wife and I are big fans of Broadway shows, and even my kids are big into musical theater, so we’re lucky to be here in NYC. We go pretty often. It’s old fashioned, but we also like to do family dinners after really taking advantage of the city. There’s so many festivals and performing arts that we try to see on a regular basis. When we do stay home, I’ll watch a rerun of “SEINFELD” any time, and I’ve also gotten my family into “SHARK TANK.” I was a big “SPORTS REPORTERS” guy as well, and I’ll miss that now that it’s off the air.

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The Magic promoted the following: CATHERINE CARLSON to Senior VP/Corporate Partnership & Premium Activation; DIANE CICARELLI to Dir of Special Events; MICHELLE JENKINSON to Dir of Fan Experience & Operations; CHUCK LICHTY to Dir of Season Tickets & Plan Sales; DANTE MARCHITELLI to Assistant Dir of Broadcasting; HALEY MEIER to Dir of Tourism & Group Sales; PAUL MOLETTEIRE to VP/Ticket Operations; ERIN QUIGG to Manager of CRM Strategy; DAN SAVAGE to Dir of Digital Content; ASHLEY TURNER to Dir of Premium Activation and KESHIA WOODIE to Corporate Partnership Account Manager (Magic). 

EXECS: The Warriors named 49ers VP & Exec Dir of Community Relations and the 49ers Foundation JOANNE PASTERNACK Exec Dir of the Warriors Community Foundation and VP/Community Relations (Warriors)....Penn promoted Dir of Major Gifts TIM FOLAN to Senior Associate AD/Development & Alumni Relations (Penn)....East Carolina Univ. named JUSTIN BEHR Assistant AD/Marketing & Fan Engagement (ECU)....SMG Canada named NICK DELUCO GM of its Moncton Downtown Centre in New Brunswick, scheduled to open in September '18. DeLuco previously served as Assistant GM for the SMS-managed Rogers K-Rock Centre in Ontario (SMG).

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U.S. taekwondo athletes STEVEN and JEAN LOPEZ were "allowed to participate in last summer’s Rio Games even though they were being investigated for sexual misconduct, and the allegations against them have since drawn the interest of the FBI." USA Taekwondo "began investigating the Lopezes more than two years ago after receiving complaints that they had allegedly sexually assaulted multiple women." No hearings were held and USA Taekwondo, after consulting with the USOC, "agreed to put the inquiries on hold before the Rio Games." FBI special agent SHAUNA DUNLAP said that the FBI "would neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation." In separate interviews, Steven and Jean Lopez "denied allegations of sexual assault made by four women" (USA TODAY, 6/9).

INVESTIGATION UNDER WAY: Sources said that the USADA has "sent an official notice of rules violations to an endocrinologist who has treated several Olympians in the Nike Oregon Project stable of elite runners." The notice is a "formal signal that officials are pursuing sanctions in the case." Officials are "believed to be building cases against athletes and ALBERTO SALAZAR, the leader of the prominent team, who has trained some of the most decorated track athletes in the world." Dr. JEFFREY STUART BROWN is "accused of violating antidoping rules and colluding with Salazar to cover it up" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/9).

PATRIOTS IN THE NEWS
: The Patriots Charitable Foundation presented their Community MVP Awards Thursday night. The event was emceed by Patriots Foundations President JOSH KRAFT, the youngest son of Patriots Owner BOB KRAFT (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/9)....The Boston Symphony Orchestra "held its 36th annual Presidents for Pops fund-raiser Wednesday night," and Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT "came on stage at the end of the show to give conductor KEITH LOCKHART a break" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/9)....Patriots QB TOM BRADY on Wednesday "stopped by a benefit for the Ellie Fund." The charity "provides support services -- free of charge -- to breast cancer patients" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/9)....Patriots WR DANNY AMENDOLA "threw out the ceremonial first pitch" before Thursday's Triple-A Int'l League Pawtucket Red Sox game (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 6/9).

NAMES: Miami football coach MARK RICHT was honored by the city on Thursday with a "ceremonial key to Miami" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 6/9)....Former MLBer CHRIS LEROUX will be the "next star" on “THE BACHELOR CANADA” (CP, 6/8)....ESPN’s TONY KORNHEISER on Thursday night was at The Palm in DC for a “party honoring” longtime maître d’ TOMMY JACOMO (POLITICO.com, 6/9)....TNT’s CHRIS WEBBER said that he and his wife, ERIKA, “welcomed twin daughters to the world recently after years of trying to become parents” (MLIVE.com, 6/8)....Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer RYAN LOCHTE and his fiancée, KAYLA RAE REID, have “welcomed their first child,” a son named CAIDEN ZANE LOCHTE (NEWSDAY.com, 6/8).

Speaker Faculty Announced for the '17 CSM / LeadDog Thought Leaders Retreat. For a listing of the SPEAKERS and information on how to REGISTER, please go to www.Thought-Leaders-Retreat.com. The CSM / LeadDog Thought Leaders Retreat is an off-the-record program that includes learning, networking and action. The Retreat promises to be two days that will motivate and inspire. It is by-invitation-only, and exclusively for current and past recipients of the following SBJ/SBD awards:

• Forty Under 40 Award 
• Champions: Innovators & Pioneers in Sports
• Game Changers 
• Lifetime Achievement Award