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Volume 26 No. 7
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Names In The News

Hawks Senior VP/PR GARIN NARAIN was named an Atlanta Business Chronicle "Forty Under 40" honoree for '18. Narain, in his seventh season with the Hawks, "serves as the organization's primary media spokesperson and heads up responsibilities from media training for players and executives to one of his recent achievements -- creating the communications plan" to announce the $192.5M "transformation" of State Farm Arena (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/16). The Atlanta Business Chronicle also named Hawks Senior VP/Community & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer NZINGA SHAW one of three honorees for its inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Awards (BIZJOURNALS.com, 11/16).

CADILLAC COLLECTION: Bulls F JABARI PARKER, after having "purchased his first car" in '15, now owns nine of them, his "latest purchase" being a '54 Cadillac Coupe. Parker also owns a pink '65 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, but "ask him which is his favorite car, and you'll get a smirk." Parker said, "That's just like asking you who's your favorite child. But if I had to say, I'd probably say one of my Cadillacs. Maybe my '64 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. That's probably my bread and butter" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 11/19).

Betts last night spent time with Michael Jordan during the Celtics-Hornets game in Charlotte
Photo: MOOKIE BETTS

NAMES: Red Sox RF MOOKIE BETTS was in attendance at last night's Celtics-Hornets game in Charlotte (TWITTER.com, 11/19)....N.Y.-based law firm Skadden, on behalf of the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, secured the complete dismissal of a $150M claim brought by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Men's Association related to damages resulting from an injunction barring the NJTHA from conducting sports betting operations (THE DAILY)....Cavaliers G J.R. SMITH and his brother, former NBAer CHRIS SMITH "teamed up" to write a children's book called "HOOPSMITHS." The Mascot Books release, illustrated by KRIS CARTER, "tells the true story of two young brothers who dream of playing in the NBA but learn they need each other to succeed" (CLEVELAND.com, 11/19)....Whistle Sports "signed with CAA" shortly after raising $28M in "additional funding through a Series D round" (DEADLINE.com, 11/15)....Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club announced the expansion of its corporate portfolio by introducing Crunch Fitness to the British Columbia market. The organization will open five Crunch locations across BC in '19 (SNFW)....ESPN’s JOE TESSITORE will emcee the 61st National Football Foundation annual awards dinner Dec. 4 in N.Y. (TIMESUNION.com, 11/19)….Yankees P CC SABATHIA and wife AMBER renewed their wedding vows in Napa Valley last weekend. Several baseball players were among the 250 guests in attendance (PAGESIX.com, 11/19).