Names In The News
Four women are "suing Nike, claiming their former employer has for years perpetuated a culture of unequal compensation and sexual harassment." The class-action lawsuit, "filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Portland, is among the first to hit" Nike since a "wave of complaints about pay disparities and bullying managers became public earlier this year." The plaintiffs "accuse Nike of violating the Federal Equal Pay Act; the Oregon Equal Pay Act; and the Oregon Equality Act." They "don't ask for specific monetary damages." Rather they "seek a court order requiring Nike to pay its employees fairly without regard to gender" (OREGONLIVE.com, 8/10).
OWNERS IN THE NEWS: NFL Jets Chair & CEO CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON and IMG Business Affairs exec DORIS WONG were "married last month in an uber-private ceremony" in Montana. The couple then "celebrated with a Manhattan party at the Bowery Hotel for 250 guests" (NYPOST.com, 8/9)....North Carolina-based Novant Health this week released designs of a Charlotte health clinic being paid for with a $7M donation from MICHAEL JORDAN. The 7,400-square-foot facility is "expected to open in the third quarter" of '19 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/10).
NAMES: Kansas State football coach BILL SNYDER has agreed to a new five-year contract that will run through '22. Snyder, 78, is the "oldest active coach in college football," and he will be 83 "when this contract expires." The new deal "will increase Snyder's pay" from $3.2M to $3.45M this season and his annual pay "will increase by $300,000 at the conclusion" of '19 and '20 (K.C. STAR, 8/10)....The ’18 ESPYs week benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research raised more than $5.5M, beating last year’s fundraising numbers. This includes $1.8M that will be directed to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund (V Foundation)....PATRICIA ROONEY, the wife of late Steelers Owner DAN ROONEY, has donated the couple's collection of "435 books about Irish history, poetry, literature, art, architecture and antiques,” plus the work of Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, to Duquesne Univ. (POST-GAZETTE.com, 8/9)....Pistons C ANDRE DRUMMOND's debut rap EP "FOR YOUR INFORMATION," under the pseudonym DRUMMXND,is now “available on all streaming services” (THEATHLETIC.com, 8/9)....ESPN’s SEAN MCDONOUGH hosted the two-day Sean McDonough Celebrity Golf Classic, which “kicked off with a bash” at the Ritz-Carlton Boston on Monday night. The event, which “supports cardiac amyloidosis research at Brighman and Women’s Hospital," raised $300,000 (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 8/9).