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Volume 25 No. 177

People and Pop Culture

F1 driver LEWIS HAMILTON purchased a penthouse in Manhattan's Tribeca district for $40.7M. It has "four bedrooms" and spans about 6,547 square feet, plus more than 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. The building, which is also home to Patriots QB TOM BRADY and wife GISELE BUNDCHEN, features an "82-foot-long swimming pool, a fitness center, a squash court, a library and a lounge where residents can host seated dinners and cocktail parties" (WSJ.com, 1/9).

ISLAND RETREAT: NCAA President MARK EMMERT is selling his home in Clinton, Wash., for $2.6M. The home is located on Whidbey Island and is "accessible by car or ferry." Built in '10 on 15 acres, the 3,243-square-foot house has "four bedrooms." The landscaped grounds include "views of the mountains and water, and feature two fire pits, a bocce court, pond and waterfall" (REALTOR.com, 1/9).

BEST UNIT ON THE BLOCK: Baseball HOFer RANDY JOHNSON will auction his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., "without reserve," meaning he will "sell it to the highest bidder no matter how low the price goes." The five-acre estate features "hand-laid stone and Chicago brick exteriors, custom wrought iron accents, soaring coffered ceilings, stone columns and arched doorways." The home has over 25,000 square feet of living space, including "seven en-suite bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and a separate master wing." The amenities include a "gourmet chef's kitchen, a home theater, an entertainment wing with a recording studio, a live performance stage and collector's music instrument showroom." Outdoors, there is a "resort-style pool area, cabana, two-story waterslide, fire pit and a basketball court" (MANSIONGLOBAL.com, 1/8).

BUYERS & SELLERS: T'Wolves F LUOL DENG is selling his home in Brentwood, Calif., for $7.45M. Folding glass doors "expand to a wealth of patio space, and there are balconies extending from six of seven bedrooms." A "rooftop deck" creates 1,000 square feet of additional space. The 6,500-square-foot home features a "media room, a separate gym and a multi-room master suite." An elevator "services each floor." Deng bought the property in July '16 for $6.15M (LATIMES.com, 1/7)....Seahawks WR TYLER LOCKETT purchased a newly built home in Sammamish, Wash., for $1.97M. The 4,572-square-foot home features a "foyer with sweeping staircase, a living room with a built-in fireplace, a dining room and an office" (LATIMES.com, 1/6)....VENUS and SERENA WILLIAMS have listed a home they co-own in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for 2.695M. The 8,489-square-foot dwelling has "six bedrooms and eight bathrooms" (LATIMES.com, 1/5).

Prior to joining CBS Sports Network, Kaliski served as Senior Producer at NFL Network from '07-12
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CBS is home to next month's Super Bowl LIII, and these next couple weeks represent a chance for "NFL Today" Producer DREW KALISKI's team to fine tune its playbook for the Feb. 3 game. This weekend, the net will bring Sunday's Chargers-Patriots AFC Divisional matchup to viewers at 1:05pm ET, with "NFL Today" going an hour earlier. Kaliski spent this past week mapping out his team's preparation and eventual coverage for the battle between TOM BRADY and PHILIP RIVERS. Kaliski spoke to THE DAILY ahead of the game to touch on how the broadcast comes together and what viewers can expect for the divisional round and beyond. 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: By Thursday I have my format in place for our show, while still maintaining the ability to make changes as news breaks. Friday is fine-tuning everything where we begin our edits for Sunday’s show. I have several producers working on various pieces where that editing will begin. Then I have a 2:00pm ET conference call with all the talent. We get on the phone for about an hour and go over the show in that environment. Really we’re running through what I’m thinking, make sure we’re all on the same page and obviously hear what they’re thinking about certain aspects of the game -- whether it’s a strategy, a feature segment or opinions on the respective game plan. We talk as a group to make sure we’re not stepping on each other’s toes come Sunday. We work through that, and our set is open on Friday as well. So we rehearse our cameras and make sure everything is looking good and in place. 

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Saturday I’ll spend the morning with my three children, I’ll try to catch a game with them or whatever they have going on before I head into N.Y. around noon. Then I’ll put the finishing touches on all of our pieces and look at everything that’s being done for the show. We have a meeting late in the day with the production team, and we also do another conference call Saturday night with all the producers. It’s a lot slower this week because we only have one game this weekend, but it still takes me to about maybe 8:00pm that night. Then I usually get home and try to get to bed as early as I can for Sunday. I usually have a really early morning where I’ll get to the studios about 5:30am to get everything setup. We then have a talent meeting at 8:00am, then we start rehearsing at 10:00. On the air at noon, then the show’s over at 1:00. During the regular season we gear up for updates and halftime. It’s a little different this week with only one game as we obviously won’t be in update mode. So when we finish we dig into the game, and talent will give me ideas for their halftime packages. So it’s a little less intense in terms of the rapid fire updates we provide in the regular season.

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: It basically is a Thursday-Sunday type of intensity. Thursday you get the rundown in place, Friday you get all the talent on board with the plan, then Saturday you make your rounds in the edit rooms and make sure your pieces look the way you want them too. Then Sunday is the show. Monday you look back on what was and try to get better the next week. You’re always taking ideas. Tuesday and Wednesday I’ll have individual calls with the talent to see what they’re thinking. 

IN THE MEANTIMEI’m a Rams fan, as I grew up an all-things-L.A. fan as a kid (Dodgers, Lakers and Rams). I love coaching Little League baseball in the spring, I have two sons and a daughter who are all active in different sports and activities, so in the offseason I really just try to enjoy those with them as much as I can, whether it’s baseball, basketball or dance.

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The PGA of America promoted Senior Dir of Diversity & Inclusion SANDY CROSS to Chief People Officer and Senior Dir of Global & Corporate Strategy ARJUN CHOWDRI to Chief Innovation Officer. Both are newly-created roles in the organization (PGA)....POV Sports Marketing named former Lagardère Sports & Entertainment VP/Consulting GREG COLEMAN Senior VP/Brand Strategy & Activation (POV Sports Marketing).

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Former Centaurus Energy CEO JOHN ARNOLD was named Chair of Houston's "bid committee to land a host spot" for the '26 World Cup. Arnold is also Chair of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, which is "focused on social, economic and government systems and improving lives of individuals" (HOUSTONCHRONICLE.com, 1/10). Houston is "among 17 American cities vying to become one of 10 host cities selected when the finalists are trimmed" in '21 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/11).

Brenner (front) and his legal team are seeking $11.5M in damages from the Univ. of Oregon
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ON CAMPUS: Former Oregon football player DOUG BRENNER is "suing" the school, former coach WILLIE TAGGART and the NCAA "for negligence." Brenner and his legal team are seeking $11.5M in "damages," alleging that the school was "negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as 'physical punishment regimens'" (OREGONLIVE.com, 1/9)....Oklahoma State football coach MIKE GUNDY's "rolling, five-year contract has been extended" through the '23 season. Gundy's "annual $125,000 raise will take his salary up" to $5.125M in '19 (TULSAWORLD.com, 1/10)....Longtime UConn supporter CHRIS FRASER recently pledged $1M to the school that will be used for “renovations to the football team’s on-campus facilities” (COURANT.com, 1/10).

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Two members of the NLL San Diego Seals were "rescued from heavy surf Thursday morning at Sunset Cliffs," Calif. Seals D GARRETT EPPLE and T NICK OSSELLOasked a "bystander to film them jumping off the cliffs and into the Pacific Ocean at a well-known spot called 'The Arch.'" After jumping in, they were "overcome by roiling, 60-degree water at a time when high surf warnings have been issued for much of the county's coastline" (SANDIEGOUNIONTRIBUNE.com, 1/10).

NAMES: Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES, NBA Commissioner ADAM SILVER and Turner President DAVID LEVY were in Las Vegas this week for CES. Golden Knights President KERRY BUBOLZ said that NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN and Deputy Commissioner BILL DALY were in town as well. Bettman will attend Friday’s Sharks-Golden Knights game at T-Mobile Arena (LVSPORTSBIZ.com, 1/9)....Epic Games, the creator behind video games like “FORNITE,” has been “given an ‘F’ rating from the Better Business Bureau after failing to address hundreds of complaints from concerned customers.” The BBB said that over the past year, it has “received more than 270 complaints” about the Cary, N.C.-based company. Epic Games in a statement said that the company is “not affiliated with the BBB” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/10)....TIM TEBOW on Thursday “announced his engagement” to '17 Miss Universe DEMI-LEIGH NEL-PETERS (AP, 1/11)....Amazon CEO JEFF BEZOS and MACKENZIE, his wife of 25 years, are divorcing, and sources said that Bezos has been “dating” LAUREN SANCHEZ, the wife of Endeavor Exec Chair PATRICK WHITESELL (NYPOST.com, 1/9).

The Super Bowl returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2000, with the gleaming new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank playing host. We examine the impact that the new stadium has had on the community and how the city will welcome the biggest of the big events in sports. We look back on how much has changed since Atlanta hosted the Super Bowl in 1994 and 2000.

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