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Names In The News

Iger stopped short of a run for the White House in '16, though he did seriously consider campaigning
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VOGUE's Rob Haskell profiles Disney Chair & CEO BOB IGER, who before the '16 election "thought about running for president himself." But the thought "nagged at him, and with his wife’s reluctant permission, he was in the process of seriously exploring a run" when the Disney-Fox deal "sealed his fate." Though a "political next act is unlikely, Iger continues to stick his neck out." Last June he left PRESIDENT TRUMP’s Advisory Council after the president "decided to withdraw from the Paris climate deal." Iger has also "expressed support for athletes who kneel in protest during the national anthem and spoken out against Trump’s decision to rescind DACA" (VOGUE, 5/'18 issue).

POWERFUL PEOPLE: THINK450 -- the innovation engine of the NBPA -- announced the formation of its first BOD. Former YES Network Chair & CEO LEO HINDERY JR., media agency Macro Founder & CEO CHARLES KING, Citigroup Global Head of Corporate & Investment Banking RAYMOND MCGUIRE, Adtalem Global Education President & CEO LISA WARDELL, NBPA Exec Dir MICHELE ROBERTS, THINK450 President and NBPA CMO JORDAN SCHLACHTER and THINK450 General Counsel CLARENCE NESBITT were elected to the board (NBPA)....NBC Broadcasting & Sports Chair MARK LAZARUS, CBS Sports Chair SEAN MCMANUS and ESPN President JIMMY PITARO were named to the Hollywood Reporter's "35 Most Powerful People In New York Media" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 4/13).

GIVING GIFTS: The Coyotes donated $250,000 to Phoenix Children's Hospital's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/12)....Oklahoma State football coach MIKE GUNDY donated $35,000 to Stillwater, Okla., public schools to "put armed security officers in the city's 10 public schools." The donation "covers the remainder of the school year" (TULSAWORLD.com, 4/12).

NAMES: Sources said that Panthers Owners JERRY RICHARDSON will “run his post-NFL business interests from a South Park office building” in Charlotte that he “owns under a separate holding company” once he sells the franchise (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/12)....Play by Play Sports Broadcasting Camps has “raised an undisclosed amount of funding” from Pennsylvania-based venture capital firm SeventySix Capital (FORTUNE.com, 4/12)....NBA Draft prospect LANDRY SHAMET has signed with agents HAPPY WALTERS and GEORGE LANGBERG of Catalyst Sports (KANSASCITY.com, 4/12)....JAMI GERTZ, wife of Hawks Principal Owner & Chair TONY RESSLER, will “represent the team at the NBA Draft Lottery” on May 15 in Chicago (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 4/13)....When DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON “learned his character in the movie ‘RAMPAGE’ would have ties to a Nigerian family,” he asked if the character’s name could be “in honor” of former Chiefs RB CHRISTIAN OKOYE (K.C. STAR, 4/13).