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Volume 25 No. 85

People and Pop Culture

NFL Senior VP/Communications NATALIE RAVITZ is no longer with the league after less than two years in the role. Combined with the departure of NFL Exec VP/Communications JOE LOCKART earlier this month, the top two communications execs at the NFL will have left. The league is using Korn Ferry to conduct a search for Lockhart’s replacement. Ravitz prior to the NFL had been with 21st Century Fox, where she handled publicity for RUPERT MURDOCH. NFL COO TOD LEIWEKE in a statement to THE DAILY wrote, “Natalie brought a unique perspective to the NFL and we are grateful for her contributions these past two years. We also understand her desire to go back to work in the media business, which is her true passion." Ravitz attended Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, but people who spoke to her said she did not say at that point that she was leaving the league (Daniel Kaplan, Staff Writer).

EXECS: Concessionaire SSP America named Aramark Head of Business Development GARY JACOBUS Senior VP/Business Development. Jacobus was with Aramark's sports and entertainment division for the past five years. He will be based in the N.Y. suburbs. Jacobus has had previous stints with the NFL, NBA, USTA and IMG (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 2/19 issue)....Northern Arizona Univ. named Washington State Univ. Associate AD & Exec Dir of the Cougar Athletic Fund URI FARKAS Senior Associate AD/External Operations & Development (NAU)....The NBPA elected Pistons F ANTHONY TOLLIVER as Secretary-Treasurer, while Trail Blazers G CJ MCCOLLUM was elected to replace Tolliver as Exec Committee VP. Tolliver replaces former NBAer JAMES JONES, who retired from the league (NBPA).


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Celtics G KYRIE IRVING "worked with Lionsgate Entertainment Company to turn" his Pepsi commercials into the new movie, "UNCLE DREW," set for release in theaters on June 29. In the TV spots, Irving "dresses as an elderly man who schools hoopers in the playground young enough to be his grandsons." The film was shot in Atlanta, and Irving said, "For me, 'Uncle Drew' has given me inspiration in terms of being able to convey my old soul through who he is and what he embodies as a character" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/18).

CHARITY STRIPE: The Bruins Foundation and C PATRICE BERGERON "teamed up this week to host the team's first-ever charitable ping pong tournament, Pucks and Paddles." Others at the event included Bruins RW DAVID PASTRNAK and LW BRAD MARCHAND, as well asWBZ-FM radio hosts FRED TOETTCHERRICH SHERTENLIEB and JON WALLACH. Proceeds from the event at Royale Boston "benefited Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/19)....About 200 donors "showed up Saturday afternoon to the annual Tackle Sickle Cell Blood Drive" at Robert Wood Johnson Univ. Hospital. The charity, founded by Patriots S DEVIN MCCOURTY and Browns CB JASON MCCOURTY, later hosted its Casino Night fundraiser inside Brown Recruiting Pavilion at High Point Solutions Stadium. The charity reached a "major milestone" and now has "raised a net of more than $500,000" for the Embrace Kids Foundation (, 2/19)....T'Wolves C KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS and his parents have launched the KAT Team foundation, which will "create scholarships for young adults nationally and work to increase literacy in underserved communities” (, 2/17).

NBA ALL-STAR NAMES: Bucks co-Owner MARC LASRY participated in the NBA Celebrity Game on Friday "with confidence." Lasry said of his goal for the game, "Really all you want to do is you don't want to embarrass yourself" (, 2/16)....Actor JACK NICHOLSON, rapper SNOOP DOGG, singer RIHANNA and comedian CHRIS ROCK were “among the many celebrities sitting courtside” at last night’s NBA ASG at Staples Center, along with FERGIE and ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER. ABC’s JIMMY KIMMEL, actor ANTHONY ANDERSON, Giants WR ODELL BECKHAM JR., CHANCE THE RAPPER, and film director SPIKE LEE were also in attendance. Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT “was also seen” (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/19).


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