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Volume 26 No. 5

People and Pop Culture

The Nicklaus family has long supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

JACK NICKLAUS and his wife, BARBARA, are assisting in a "charitable drive that will involve the global golf community," according to Steve DiMeglio of The Play Yellow campaign aims to raise $100M in the "next five years for children’s hospitals." The Nicklaus family has "long supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which have been reliant on donations to fund pediatric care for millions of children." Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, has "benefited Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other charities since its inception" in '76. When the Honda Classic moved to Palm Beach County, Jack and Barbara "created the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation" in '04 (, 3/13).

FUNDING FROM DC: POLITICO's Dan Diamond noted under PRESIDENT TRUMP's fiscal '20 budget proposal released Monday, Health & Human Services would steer $20M "toward a mobile children's hospital project at Miami's Nicklaus Children's Hospital." Sources said that Nicklaus had "lobbied Trump on the golf course in Florida," and he met with HHS Secretary ALEX AZAR and Office of Management & Budget Dir MICK MULVANEY in DC, to "request funds." A source said that Trump personally directed HHS to "earmark the funds." Nicklaus has lobbied some lawmakers, such as U.S. Reps. MICHAEL BURGESS (R-Texas) and GUS BILIRAKIS (R-Fla.), about "funding the mobile hospital pilot" (, 3/11).

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, our panelists debate the best cities hosting college basketball conference tournaments and their favorite ways to deviate from their diets.

  • PGA Tour Chief Legal Officer Len Brown
    -- Never looks forward to the first workout of the week.
  • Clemson Associate AD/Event Operations Jon Allen
    -- Proud to be a "Saved By The Bell" junkie.
  • SiriusXM Senior VP/Sports Programming Steve Cohen
    -- A lousy golfer, but loves the game.
  • AAF Birmingham Iron VP/Marketing Randy Campbell
    -- Started a nonprofit teen center in Tennessee.
Going Off The Grid
 Best conference hoops tourney location Bryce Harper's impact in Philly will be... Favorite cheat meal Mobile or paper tickets?
Summer vacation plans yet?
Big Ten in Chicago -- WE ARE!
Inspire youth to abstain from drugs/alcohol like himself
Gluten-free pancakes w/ King Syrup
Not environmentally friendly, but paper
Had to cancel trip to Turks & Caicos, will probably go to Philly or N.Y.

Happy to see ACC back in Charlotte
Surge of kids in Delaware Valley named Bryce
Have a weakness for Big Macs
Paper -- old school
Outer Banks, N.C.
Big East at the Mecca is always exciting
Really bad haircuts
Cheeseburgers; Pizza close 2nd
Old school ticket stub
Cape Cod & Saratoga. Working on trip to Italy
Bridgestone Arena & Nashville is great for the SEC
Ticket Sales
Cocoa Pebbles
Mobile for myself, paper for sponsors
Disney World & Universal Studios

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The Rockets and GM DARYL MOREY have "agreed on a five-year contract extension" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/14)....Endeavor named Vox Media Senior Communications Manager CARLY RULLMAN WALSH Dir of Communications for Global Marketing (THE DAILY)....Rich Baseball Operations named Triple-A Int'l League Buffalo Bisons GM MIKE BUCZKOWSKI President. Buczkowski will remain in his role as GM, and will now "oversee day-to-day operations" of the Double-A Texas League Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Single-A New York-Penn League West Virginia Black Bears (, 3/14).

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Osaka watched clips of her past news conferences and did not like some of what she saw: the "ums," the "likes"

In N.Y., Christopher Clarey profiles tennis player NAOMI OSAKA, who in a little more than six months has become a "multicultural star with global reach, fired the coach who helped her zoom to No. 1 by winning two Grand Slam singles titles in a row, and hired a new coach who had yet to be a head coach at this level." Osaka has also sounded a "bit wiser." The meandering, sometimes "cryptic interviews" of '18 have "given way to something more considered and open with occasional dashes of her trademark whimsy." This is "not a coincidence." She watched clips of her past news conferences and "did not like some of what she saw: the 'ums,' the 'likes.'" Now, she "greets questions, of which there are many, with respect, giving the impression that she is weighing each one before answering" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/14).

NAMES: In New Jersey, Jerry Carino profiles Big East Associate Commissioner for Sports Media Relations JOHN PAQUETTE, who has been on the job since '90 and was recently "elected to the College Sports Information Directors of America's Hall of Fame." Playing "traffic cop between coaches and reporters is hazardous work ... but both sides appreciate the guy in the middle." Asked what the key is to managing postgame press conferences, Paquette said, "You want to try to keep it moving. You have a lot of people, and a lot of times there's another game about to start. So you want to get as many questions as you can in a short amount of time" (, 3/13)....The Pittsburgh City Council yesterday approved Steelers C MAURKICE POUNCEY’s “gift of $7,500 for the purchase of a 7-year-old Percheron” horse for the Pittsburgh Police Department (, 3/13)....NWSL Orlando Pride D ALI KRIEGER and G ASHLYN HARRIS are engaged (, 3/13).

As the CAA World Congress of Sports returns to Dana Point, Calif., we examine the critical issues on the agenda of the sports business industry’s leaders — attendance and ticketing, facilities, sponsorship and media — and gauge their outlook on areas of growth. Our stories and research will paint a picture of where the industry is heading in the next decade.

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