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Volume 26 No. 60

People and Pop Culture

Grizzlies F CHANDLER PARSONS has put his mansion in the Bel-Air neighborhood of L.A. on the market for $13.5M. The gated property spans three quarters of an acre and "centers on a modern farmhouse" built in '16. The home holds six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 11,864 square feet. Parsons added a basketball court in the backyard, and the space also holds a "covered patio, a turf lawn and a zero-edge swimming pool and spa with LED lighting" (LATIMES.com, 5/29)....Former MLBer MARK ELLIS has listed his "amenity-loaded" mansion in Scottsdale, Ariz., for $7.95M. The 9,771-square-foot home sits on one acre and holds a "game room, batting cage, gym and rock climbing wall," while the backyard "adds a swimming pool, spa, putting green and in-ground trampoline." Celebrity designer NATE BERKUS "handled the interior" of the home, which has six bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms (LATIMES.com, 5/26)....Panthers QB CAM NEWTON has listed his condo in uptown Charlotte for $3.2M. The 3,267-square-foot condo is located in The Trust building and has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The listing "describes high-end finishes throughout, a luxury master bath and a gourmet kitchen" (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 5/23).

Hradek (l) pictured during a loose moment on the set of "NHL Now" with Mike Rupp
Photo: NHL Network

NHL Network's E.J. HRADEK had a quick turnaround from Boston to St. Louis after Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night. Credit to him for still finding time to catch up with THE DAILY while on the tarmac at the St. Louis airport. Hradek, who co-hosts “NHL Now” each day on-site throughout the Finals, dished on the Bruins-Blues series so far, plans to sneak in a Cardinals game Friday night and where he'll score a steak on his visit to the Midwest. 

THOUGHTS ON SERIES SO FAR: Two distinctly different games. Boston played much better in Game 1 -- really dominated the last 40 minutes. But then St. Louis was able to find a way to win Game 2. Being in Boston was fun. They’ve won about 100 championships there in the last 15-20 years. It’s a fun city, easy to get around and people are obviously really into the sports scene. Fun few days there, but I will say for late May we didn't have much luck with the weather. Mostly just cold and rainy. We were hoping to get out to Fenway Park Tuesday night. The Red Sox ended up playing but I was not going to sit there in 45-degree rain. 

WEEKEND AGENDA: Thursday we had some down time and I watched Game 2 over again to get another look for our show. Friday night my former partner STEVE MEARS and I are going to head over to Busch Stadium for Cubs-Cardinals. Then Saturday is Game 3. We’ve got the morning skate and then our show comes on 3:00-5:00pm CT. Once that wraps, I go down and do a bench interview as well as a hit for the NHL Int’l broadcast. I’m covering the Bruins, so after the game, if they win, I’ll do walk-off interviews with them. If the Blues win, I do some work with BARRY MELROSE and then that’s that. We get into Sunday, and by then who knows what’s going on. Might be time for a good dinner somewhere. 

GATEWAY TO THE WEST: It’s funny, I haven’t spent much time here in St. Louis. Now that I do a studio show throughout the season, I don’t get to as many arenas as I used to in my previous life with ESPN Magazine. Then I would do a lot more traveling and get to many more rinks. Now I'm doing a show five days a week. The last time I was here was for the Winter Classic a couple years ago, and that was just a day-and-a-half trip. We’re in the Midwest. I’d love to get a good steak. I think there’s a Ruth's Chris somewhere near our hotel, so that’s a possibility. But the big thing for me is to go the Cardinals game. That should be a lot of fun, and looks like we have good weather.

OUTSIDE THE RINK: I don’t get to the offseason until maybe mid-July with our coverage of the league. But this summer, I’ll be an assistant coach for my 15-year-old BROOKSTier 1 Jersey Shore Whalers. We’ll have some summer tournaments taking up some of my time. Then the last five or six years, I’ve gotten bitten by the golf bug. If I get a chance I’ll get out there and play. But I have three children, so we'll see how that goes.

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The Grizzlies named Browns Senior Dir of Corporate Partnerships & Suite Sales NICHOLAS FRASCO Senior VP/Revenue. Frasco spent six years with the Browns before joining the Grizzlies in April (BIZJOURNALS.com, 5/29).

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE: Longtime CBS Sports Exec Dir of Communications ROBIN BRENDLE is retiring (TWITTER.com, 5/30)....Oilers Broadcast Dir DON METZ is "officially ending his 40-year association with the organization" (EDMONTONSUN.com, 5/30)....Northwestern State Univ. Assistant AD/Media Relations and SID DOUG IRELAND retired after 30 years with the school (NSU).

EXECS: USA Triathlon elected JACQUELINE MCCOOK President and JOEL ROSINBUM VP of its BOD. The NGB also named Denver-based attorney NELLIE VINER Senior Legal Counsel (USA Triathlon)....Peloton named former HSN Exec VP/Content, Television & Programming JENNIFER COTTER Chief Content Officer and Scripps Networks Senior VP/Int'l Content & Brand Strategy KEVIN CHORLINS Senior VP/Content. The pair will begin their new roles June 3 (Peloton)....UCF's DeVos Sports Business Management program named Magic Dir of Premium Activation ASHLEY TURNER Dir of External Affairs & Partnerships. Turner will become the first alumna of the program to join its leadership team (THE DAILY).

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Hundreds of people gathered Thursday at Auburn Arena to pay their respects to longtime Auburn radio play-by-play man ROD BRAMBLETT and wife, PAULA, who both "died last Saturday from injuries" sustained in a car crash. Attendees included former Auburn AD JAY JACOBS, CBS broadcaster GARY DANIELSON and Alabama broadcasters ELI GOLD and CHRIS STEWART (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 5/31).

The Bucs event on Thursday raised more than $100,000 for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Photo: BUCCANEERS

THE GOOD STUFF: The Buccaneers on Thursday held their seventh annual Cut for a Cure event, as team staff and players, including COO BRIAN FORD and coach BRUCE ARIANS, "received buzzcuts and had their hair colored to benefit pediatric cancer awareness and research." The event "raised more than $100,000 for the Tampa-based National Pediatric Cancer Foundation" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 5/31)....Redskins coach JAY GRUDEN and several players "participated in the #CrackCancer initiative for Brain Cancer Awareness Month" by "smashing an egg onto their heads" (NBCSPORTSWASHINGTON.com, 5/30)....The Oilers made a C$1M donation to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (Oilers)....Eagles QB CARSON WENTZ on Friday night will host the second annual AO1 Foundation charity softball game at Citizens Bank Park (PHILLY.com, 5/30).

NAMES: BILL RUSSELL will receive ESPN's Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on July 10 (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/31)....A committee of Ohio State trustees voted to "revoke the emeritus status of a team doctor found to have sexually abused young men throughout his two decades there." The full BOT could vote Friday on "canceling the mark of distinguished service for RICHARD STRAUSS," who died in '05. It "would be a symbolic rebuke, removing only an honorary label" (AP, 5/30)....Cavaliers F KEVIN LOVE, Clippers F LUC MBAH A MOUTE and Pelicans F JULIUS RANDLE are among the athletes taking ANITA ELBERSE's four-day "Business of Entertainment, Media & Sports" class at Harvard Business School this week (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/31).