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Volume 26 No. 28
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Names In The News

KRISTEN LAVIOLETTE, the wife of Predators coach PETER LAVIOLETTE, is a "cheerleader and community builder among the ladies of blue and gold." She "organizes dinners" and leads the spouses and partners of Predators players in "service projects throughout the city." She "makes sure no one is home feeling lost or alone" (TENNESSEAN.com, 4/11).

GETTING A MAKEOVER: The National Fantasy Football Convention, "famously founded" by CBS' TONY ROMO and "initially shut down the first two years by the NFL, is changing its name and has a new game." It is now SportsCon, "billing itself as the Comic-Con for sports, and will focus [on] more than football" when it convenes July 12-14 at Fair Park in Dallas. Meanwhile, SportsCon has added Chargers RB MELVIN GORDON to its "list of owners" that include Romo and Cowboys RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 4/11).

Paul's company will work on a range of projects involving sports and entertainment
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NAMES: Big Fish Entertainment and Rockets G CHRIS PAUL are partnering to "develop and produce TV and digital content." Paul's Oh Dipp!!! Productions has "signed an overall deal with Big Fish," and will work with the MGM company on a "range of projects involving both sports and entertainment, including scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and shortform content" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 4/11)....Animated series "KULIPARI," created by former NFLer TREVOR PRYCE, will be "prominently featured" on his new digital network, which Pryce is "gearing up to launch in partnership" with Cinedigm (VARIETY.com, 4/11)....Eagles DE CHRIS LONG "hasn’t kept it a secret that he's a huge 'GAME OF THRONES' fan." With the show's 8th and final season premiering Sunday on HBO, Long will be doing recaps that "go live every Monday morning on SI.com after each of the season's six episodes" (PHILLY.com, 4/12)....Over 250 students from Magna Elementary and West Valley Elementary came to Vivint Smart Home Arena on Thursday "not to watch the Jazz play basketball, but to receive free dental care" (DESERETNEWS.com, 4/11)....Former Vikings co-Owner IRWIN JACOBS was "found dead next to his wife this week in what police believe to be a murder-suicide." Jacobs and his wife, ALEXANDRIA, were found "unconscious in their bed with a handgun by their side" (TORONTOSUN.com, 4/11).