Names In The News
A federal judge yesterday "dismissed RICK PITINO's lawsuit against Adidas ... siding with the apparel company's claim that arbitration is required out of court." The former Univ. of Louisville men's basketball coach filed a federal lawsuit in October '17 "alleging that Adidas deliberately damaged his reputation." Adidas "terminated its personal services contract with Pitino mere hours after he was fired" by the UL Athletic Association as the school was "ensnared in the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 8/15).
EXPANDING HORIZONS: The Bloomberg Players Technology Summit took place yesterday in S.F., and the panels "included tech platforms for sports content, the future of sports betting" and a discussion of esports, "including the lack of gender diversity in that field." Warriors F ANDRE IGUODALA said, "This is a new age for athletes. We understand our platforms. That we have a voice, that our influence carries. The data is there to show it." Warriors F KEVIN DURANT was "part of the day's closing panel," along with his business partner, Thirty Five Media co-Founder RICH KLEIMAN. Durant said that he had "some regrets about simply trying to emulate his predecessors, looking for deals with sports drink and fast-food companies" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/15).
HONORS & AWARDS: NFLPA Exec Dir DEMAURICE SMITH was selected by Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center to receive its annual leadership award. Smith, whose wife, KAREN, is a breast cancer survivor, will "receive his Lombardi award during its annual gala" on Nov. 17 (THEUNDEFEATED.com, 8/14)....The A's will honor the seven inaugural members of their new Athletics HOF in a "pregame ceremony" prior to their game against the Yankees on Sept. 5. The inductees include DENNIS ECKERSLEY, ROLLIE FINGERS, RICKEY HENDERSON, JIM "CATFISH" HUNTER, REGGIE JACKSON and DAVE STEWART, along with late Owner CHARLIE FINLEY (MERCURYNEWS.com, 8/14)....ALEX RODRIGUEZ, RAY ALLEN, BOB GRIESE, jockey MIKE SMITH and Silver Medal-winning U.S. Paralympic snowboarder AMY PURDY will be honored by The Buoniconti Fund at its 33rd Annual Great Sports legends Dinner on Sept. 24 in N.Y. (Bouniconti Fund)....Ravens DT BRANDON WILLIAMS was honored with the '18 Tim Wheatley Award, created by the Baltimore Sun Media Group to “single out a local coach or athlete who contributes on and off the field” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 8/14).
NAMES: DC-based artist TAYLOR KAMPA has “taken her love” for the Capitals and “turned it into works of art.” Kampa has paintings of Capitals LW ALEX OVECHKIN, RW TOM WILSON, C NICKLAS BACKSTROM, RW T.J. OSHIE, D JOHN CARLSON and G BRADEN HOLTBY on “display at Circa Chinatown -- a restaurant neighboring Capital One Arena -- along with other DC celebrities” (NBCSPORTSWASHINGTON.com, 8/14)....The Undefeated's JEMELE HILL is “one of the speakers” at the TEDxDetroit event at the Masonic Temple on Sept. 26 (DETROITNEWS.com, 8/14)....Bengals QB ANDY DALTON and his wife, JORDAN, are “expecting a girl in January,” which would be their third child (CINCINNATI.com, 8/14).