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Volume 24 No. 157
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Names In The News

William Murray Golf, founded by actor BILL MURRAY and his five brothers, has "raised more than" $1M from a group that includes Cubs Owner TOM RICKETTSANDY RODDICK and actor ED NORTON. It is the "first investment round for the apparel company, which launched late last year with the aim of bringing a lighthearted approach" to golf apparel. Other investors include country singer JAKE OWEN, jewelry designer KENDRA SCOTT and actors MARK PAUL-GOSSELAAR and BRECKIN MEYER (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 9/21).

STARTING THINGS UP: Former MLBer JOHNNY DAMON is "looking to put money" to work in N.Y. area startups, or perhaps "act as a brand ambassador to help up-and-coming entrepreneurs gain exposure." Gig economy company Fiverr, known for "connecting freelancers with clients," recently joined forces with Damon to "give businesses a big-league brand experience by hosting a storytelling competition to win billboard space at Yankee Stadium" (, 9/21).

THE GOOD STUFF: Delaware North made a donation of new clothing to the Salvation Army for hurricane victims. Nearly 43,000 pieces of new sports gear were donated at 18 sports venues across the country (Delaware North)....Boxer CANELO ALVAREZ has donated $1M worth of "supplies, medicine and construction materials toward the earthquake relief efforts in Mexico" (, 9/21)....Heat President PAT RILEY, Dir of Community Affairs STEVE STOWE and equipment manager ROB PIMENTAL were "part of a convoy to the Florida Keys last week to assist with relief." Riley said that his foundation is pledging $1M to Hurricane Irma relief. This is in addition to the $10M "pledged through the Heat Charitable Fund, Carnival Corporation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation" (, 9/21)....Members of the Pistons and Farm Bureau Insurance recently helped create a library at J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy in Detroit, which had not had one "for seven years" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/22).

NAMES: The Univ. of Virginia has “impaneled an eight-person committee and retained the executive search firm Korn Ferry to assists in hiring” the school’s next AD. Current AD CRAIG LITTLEPAGE plans to retire in ’18 (Hampton Roads DAILY PRESS, 9/22)....The organizer behind the failed Boston IndyCar event in '16 has targeted City Hall in a $15.5M lawsuit, alleging Mayor MARTY WALSH “reneged on the deal for political purposes.” Former Boston Grand Prix CEO JOHN CASEY “alleges in a lawsuit ... that the city acted unfairly and deceptively and that the administration ‘never intended to honor’ its contract” (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/22)....Texas A&M is “currently looking at exploring options to retain the eligibility of an athlete who promotes his company on his YouTube channel.” The A&M athletic department is “working with the NCAA regarding the status of freshman RYAN TRAHAN, a cross country and track and field athlete who owns a water bottle company and a YouTube account of more than 14,000 subscribers” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/22)....The California Attorney General’s office on Thursday said that Gatorade has “agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a complaint saying the beverage maker used a mobile game featuring track superstar USAIN BOLT to illegally advertise water as a bad drink for athletes” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/22).