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Volume 25 No. 151

People and Pop Culture

Cardinals WR LARRY FITZGERALD has placed his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., on the market for $5M. Set on nearly two acres, the grounds hold "two houses, a sports court, a batting cage, a putting green and a pair of resort-style pools connected by a lazy river." Located in the 8,125-square-foot main home is a "movie theater, wine cellar, salon and sauna." The guest house, which adds another 1,135 square feet of living space, "holds two bedrooms" (LATIMES.com, 9/11).

OFF THE GRIDIRON: Former NFLer DEMARCO MURRAY listed his home in Franklin, Tenn., for $3.3M. The 9,600-square-foot home has an "elevator, theater and gaming rooms, a gym adjoining the master suite, six bedrooms, seven full baths, and three half baths" (TENNESSEAN.com, 9/12)....Former NFLer DOMINIQUE FOXWORTH listed his home in Pikesville, Md., for $1.495M. The 8,000-square-foot home has "six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-baths." The home "includes a theater, fitness and wine rooms" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 9/11)....Former NFLer NICK ROACH sold his home in Northbrook, Ill., for $730,000. The 3,087-square-foot four-bedroom home features 3.5 baths, "newer windows, hardwood floors, recessed lighting, a master suite with a large walk-in closet and an oversized shower, a finished lower level with a game room and storage" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 9/11).

BUYERS & SELLERS: MMA fighter ANDERSON SILVA listed his home in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., for $4.9M. The 7,100-square-foot home has "two kitchens, an open-air gym and a sauna room." The living space also includes "six bedrooms and eight bedrooms." There are living rooms with "motorized glass doors on each level" (LATIMES.com, 9/6)....DALE EARNHARDT JR. and his wife, AMY, have a sale pending on their "refurbished home" in Key West, Fla. The renovation was part of their DIY Network series, "RENOVATION REALITIES: DALE JR. & AMY." The listing shows the home going for $2.6M. The couple added numerous features including an "outdoor kitchen, deck, pool and spa" (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 9/5)....Former college basketball coach HENRY BIBBY sold his home in Palm Desert, Calif., for $620,000. The 2,339-square-foot single-story home includes a "dining room, three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms" (LATIMES.com, 9/12).

Lampley was inducted into the Int'l Boxing Hall of Fame back in '15 after decades of covering the sport
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HBO's JIM LAMPLEY will be calling the shots for Saturday's PPV CANELO ALVAREZ-GENNADY GOLOVKIN rematch at T-Mobile Arena, and the longtime broadcaster earlier this week took THE DAILY behind the scenes on how he preps for the sport's biggest weekend of the year. Lampley, who entered the Int'l Boxing HOF back in '15, touched on his expectations for the fight, why it means so much to the boxing world and if he'll manage to keep an eye on the day's college football scores in the anticipated leadup. Lampley said of the main event card, "Their first fight a year ago was a see-saw battle between two dedicated sportsmen ... who respected each other. That's over with. This is a blood-feud grudge match." 

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: These weekends are pretty regimented in terms of the work schedule. Friday is a day of preparation. We meet with every fighter on the card, and in this instance we're covering four fights. So there will be sit-down meetings with them to go over their résumés and prep, and to also get a look at them physically. Then there's a long detailed meeting with producers and the commentary team. We prepare conversationally for all the various things that can take place during the course of the telecast. How do we fill each level of the broadcast if a fight runs short? The single most unpredictable thing in any boxing broadcast is how many rounds are you going to get from each fight. All of that is used to help prepare the audience for the main event. Once all of that is over, which includes a half-hour to go into the weigh-in, then it's dinner with a large group of my family members who are coming to the fight. We'll have about a dozen of us. Then there's a stack of reading material. I'm familiar with a lot of it just from having covered several of the fighters on the card in the past. But there's still something to be said for glancing over it. You never know when something might pop up that you haven't looked at. 

FIGHT NIGHT: Saturday I'll get up and have a haircut, get breakfast with my wife and then I'm at the arena by 12:30pm PT. Then I'm doing a lot of voice-over recording for certain elements of the broadcast that are prerecorded such as the commercial billboards. Then MAX KELLERMAN and ROY JONES arrive, and we rehearse whatever on-camera segments we're thinking of doing during the broadcast. Things to help keep the viewers engaged as we get closer to the main event. Then there's the crew meal, where all 60-70 of us eat in a room together. If there are any last minute details that have to be covered usually they are addressed in that room. Then I go ringside, get makeup and prepare to do the show. It's obviously several hours long and our goal is to get the fighters for the main event into the ring at the right time. You manipulate that by using all of your fill segments and covering up areas where there are knockouts. If those don't happen you'll push along from spot to spot and make sure ultimately the main event goes on as close to when it's supposed to as possible. Then it's the fight. Afterward I have a dinner for 18 people at a restaurant near T-Mobile. After that I'll relax for the evening and then Sunday morning will fly out to my home in California. 

CAN'T LOSE SIGHT OF THE GRIDIRON: I don't have to keep an eye on college football scores because Roy Jones never has a single moment where he doesn't have a mobile device of some kind in his hand, and this time of the year on Saturday he's watching college ball all day. So Roy is my college football monitor. He's watching games even at our ringside table while we're in preparation for the live broadcast. He does have to stop once we begin, but I don't miss a thing having him there. 

THE MATCHUP: It's practically impossible to imagine better circumstances. These guys are two of the four or five most significant fighters in the sport. Golovkin is the sport's most-revered, supreme power attacker. He is a knockout machine who is uncompromising with his offensive approach. Alvarez is the number one power counter-puncher, an equally aggressive fighter whose mindset is different only in the sense that he doesn't move first. In other words, they could not be better matched, tactically, for each other. It's also setting up to be as angry a fight as I can remember.

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SMI promoted VP/National Sales & Marketing BRAUN SMITH to Senior VP/Corporate Sales & Partnerships, continuing to report to Chief Strategy Officer MIKE BURCH. Additionally, Burch is now overseeing corporate sales efforts at all SMI speedways. Meanwhile, Stewart-Haas Racing Dir of Business Development MIKE DINERMAN has left the team (Adam Stern).

EXECS: FC Dallas promoted Assistant Technical Dir LUIZ MUZZI to VP/Soccer Operations with Technical Dir FERNANDO CLAVIJO "taking a leave of absence as he recovers from cancer treatment" (DALLASNEWS.com, 9/13)....FleishmanHillard promoted Senior VP & Senior Partner DIANNA KRAUS to Global Managing Dir of FleishmanHillard Sports. The PR firm also promoted STEVE HICKOK to Senior VP & Partner (Americas) and SUKI ZHAO to Senior VP (Asia) (FleishmanHillard)....The Astros promoted Senior Dir of Baseball Operations, Research & Innovation BRANDON TAUBMAN to Assistant GM (Astros)....Fox Networks Group Exec VP/Global Solutions DANIELLE MAGED is leaving her position after three years to explore new opportunities (THE DAILY)....The Wild hired former player RYAN CARTER to their business staff, working with the team's digital content, community relations and marketing departments (Wild).

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Monroe's proposed school would likely be mostly made up of students from poorer neighborhoods
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Basketball HOFer EARL MONROE wants to open an "unusual charter high school" in N.Y. devoted to exposing teenagers to "potential careers in the sports industry, including scouting, coaching, nutrition, marketing, finance and law." Only some students "would play on school teams." NBA Commissioner Emeritus DAVID STERN "would be on the board" and film director DAN KLORES "would be a founder." A state oversight committee "decides Oct. 4 whether to approve the proposal." The proposal for the Lewis Katz New Renaissance Basketball Academy Charter School said that "most of its students will likely be poor and black or Hispanic, reflecting its South Bronx neighborhood" (WSJ.com, 9/13).

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Nationals Assistant GM & VP BOB MILLER, formerly D-backs Dir of Baseball Operations, has placed his '01 World Series ring up for auction to raise money for his colleague, Nats Assistant GM & VP/Player Personnel DOUG HARRIS, who is "undergoing treatment for leukemia" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/14)....JORDAN SPIETH attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to open an "all-inclusive, state-of-the-art playground" at Flag Pole Hill Park in Dallas, partially funded by Spieth's foundation (DALLASNEWS.com, 9/13).

WISE Tampa is supported by founding partners including the Buccaneers, Rays and Lightning
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STRONG START: The Tampa Bay Chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE) held its launch event Thursday in Tampa. WISE Tampa is supported by founding partners including the USF Vinik Sports & Entertainment Management Program, the Buccaneers, the Rays, Lightning and Tampa Bay Sports Commission (WISE Tampa).

NAMES: PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH attended the funeral of late Magic Owner RICH DEVOS in Michigan on Thursday (MADISON.com, 9/13)....Ravens assistant coach RANDY BROWN, the longtime mayor of Evesham, N.J., announced he will "not seek re-election in November." Brown, 51, has "served in the post for 12 years and will now pursue professional opportunities" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 9/13)....Lakers President JEANIE BUSS received the Champion of Business Award from the city of El Segundo, Calif., on Wednesday at the Lakers' new training facility (DAILYNEWS.com, 9/13)....NFL Cardinals President MICHAEL BIDWILL was named the grand marshal of the 48th Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade (AZCENTRAL.com, 9/13)....Richmond Raceway named its new infield media center the “Randy Hallman Deadline Room” after former Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter RANDY HALLMAN. Track Dir of Communications BRENT GAMBILL said that the naming was a “recognition of Hallman’s journalism career and his commitment to racing." Track President DENNIS BICKMEIER said that it had been in the works "probably since they started designing the center, a little over a year ago” (RICHMOND.com, 9/13)....ESPN’s DAN LE BATARD recently “became engaged” to his girlfriend VALERIE SCHEIDE, and they “plan to marry” in late ’19 (MIAMIHERALD.com, 9/13).

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