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Volume 26 No. 111

People and Pop Culture

Celtics F GORDON HAYWARD has put his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on the market for $4.495M. The 7,260-square-foot house has seven bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, and includes a "one-bedroom casita and a one-bedroom pool house." The horseshoe-shaped home "surrounds central outdoor space with an outdoor kitchen and a swimming pool with a raised spa." A tennis court is also on the property (L.A. TIMES, 7/30). Meanwhile, Suns C ARON BAYNES, Hayward's teammate for two seasons in Boston, purchased a home in Phoenix's "coveted Arcadia neighborhood" for $2.54M. The 5,600-square-foot, farmhouse-style home comes with "views of Camelback Mountain" has five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and an outdoor fireplace (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/23).

SOUTH FLORIDA LIVINGROB GRONKOWSKI purchased a 3,850-square-foot double condo in Miami for $1.7M. The unit has "five bedrooms, four full baths, one half bath, and walls of glass with ocean views" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/29)....49ers rookie DE NICK BOSA bought a "new luxury condo near the beach" in Ft. Lauderdale for $1.24M. The unit at 30 Thirty North Ocean includes a private elevator that opens into 2,500 square feet of "indoor and outdoor living areas." The complex offers "ocean views, large open terraces with summer kitchen, a clubhouse and beach club membership" (South Florida SUN SENTINEL, 7/29).

OFF THE GRIDIRON: Chargers DT BRANDON MEBANE bought a newly-built house in Encino, Calif., for $4.85M. There are five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in 7,400 square feet. Out back there are "two cabanas, an infinity-edge pool, spa, wet bar, basketball court, putting green and patio" (L.A. TIMES, 7/30)....Bills RB FRANK GORE is selling his townhouse in Santa Clara, Calif., for $1.298M. The 1,894-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath unit, which was purchased by Gore in '07 for $860,000, has "many fixtures of a modern townhome: hardwood floors, recessed lighting and stainless-steel appliances." It also includes a 350-gallon fish tank and and entertainment center with multiple televisions" (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 7/31)....Former NFLer RYAN CLADY purchased a home Manhattan Beach, Calif., for $4.25M. The two-story house features six bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in a 5,000-square-foot floor plan that "resembles an art gallery with white walls, clean lines and high ceilings" (L.A. TIMES, 7/25).

NOTES: Spurs coach GREGG POPOVICH has put his home in San Antonio on the market for $3.5M. The "Texas-sized estate sits on 2.6 acres in a guard-gated community about 25 miles northwest" of AT&T Center (L.A. TIMES, 7/26)....Former MLBer COCO CRISP bought a house in L.A.'s "guard-gated Calabasas community" for $2.7M. The six-bed, six-bath 6,250-square-foot home has "new wood flooring, a full gym and a saltwater swimming pool with integrated smartphone features" (L.A. TIMES, 7/31).

Holloway (r) and the Fantasy Footballers record their podcast five days a week August-December
Photo: the fantasy footballers
Holloway (r) and the Fantasy Footballers record their podcast five days a week August-December
Photo: the fantasy footballers
Holloway (r) and the Fantasy Footballers record their podcast five days a week August-December
Photo: the fantasy footballers

Over the past five years, ANDY HOLLOWAY has seen his dream become a reality. In ’14, he and Fantasy Footballers co-Founders MIKE WRIGHT and JASON MOORE launched their podcast, which has since grown into a touring product that regularly tops Apple’s fantasy downloads in the U.S. This week, Holloway and his co-hosts traveled from Phoenix to L.A. for a Saturday live show at Largo at the Coronet. Holloway to his credit still can’t believe a crowd of around 400 will turn out to see he and his buddies talk shop. “We know that people are downloading and listening, but when you can meet them in person, it’s a very rewarding experience. It’s really humbling to know that this stupid fantasy football show is a positive influence in their lives and they enjoy their day because of it. We have a lot of fun with it and are super thankful for the opportunity to do something we never could have imagined 6-7 years ago.” Holloway took THE DAILY through what it will be like covering training camp this weekend.

TRAINING CAMP COVERAGE: We’re trying to bring the best analysis to our listeners on a daily basis. We spend most of our day monitoring beat writers and monitoring breaking news. Each morning we have a show-doc that we build out to prioritize the most important stories and items. Our podcast jumps to five days a week from August to December, so we’re walking in the door about 7:45am and recording for about an hour. Then as soon as that’s in the can, our team gets to work on getting the audio posted and video edited. This time of year is pretty crazy because we can record in the morning but then 5-6 big stories will break and we’ll need to either comment on social or get it in the next day.

EXPERT OPINIONS: Without teams in camp and being able to see guys on the field, you just don’t know if the narrative you’ve been pushing all offeason will come true or not. You have to allow your narrative to change because new information means a new decision. August is very fun because from September to December, a lot of our content is written for us so to speak with games taking place. But this month as we move into five days a week, we’re creating show content from the ground up. It’s the most intense it can be for us.

IN THE MEANTIME: We’re on the road Tuesday-Sunday this week. Then as soon as I get back it’ll be school starting for the kids. I’m excited to be in town for my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. Our boys are also starting second and fifth grade, respectively. Most of my weekends are focused on just having good times with the kids. My boys definitely love my job, but they’re more into it when our sponsors send us free things from time to time. They’re big fans of a package arriving at the house -- especially if it’s a food or tech product.

THOUGHTS ON THE LIVE SHOWS: The energy is huge. It’s so cool to be with people who have built this relationship with us over years of listening. It’s 350-400 people who are all so excited about fantasy football. It’s great to connect and hear stories about their respective leagues, but also put faces to the numbers.    

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Nike named Under Armour Senior VP/Global Brand Management ADRIENNE LOFTON VP/North American Marketing. Meanwhile, the company announced several promotions: VP/Brand Marketing NICOLE HUBBARD GRAHAM as VP/Global & Direct Marketing; VP/Brand Marketing for North America GINO FISANOTTI to the newly created role of VP/Global Brand Creative; Jordan Brand VP/Design DAVID CREECH as VP/Brand Creative in North America and VP/Global Brand Design MARTIN LOTTI as Jordan Brand VP/Design. Nike VP/Marketing for Asia Pacific and Latin America PAOLO TUBITO is parting ways with the company, and will be replaced by VP/Global Brand Communications ADAM ROTH (FOOTWEARNEWS.com, 8/1).

EXECS: Sources said that CAA Global CEO STEVE HASKER is leaving the firm after a tenure of less than two years. Hasker was named to the role in November '17. Hasker is exiting effective immediately and will become a senior advisor to private equity firm TPG (L.A. TIMES, 8/1)....Villanova named A's VP/Strategy & Business Operations ASHWIN PURI Senior Associate AD & Chief Athletics Operating Officer. Puri was an SBJ "Forty Under 40" honoree in '17 (Villanova)....Exec search service firm Direct Recruiters named Syracuse Assistant AD BRETT WALLACE Dir of its Sports & Entertainment Practice (Direct Recruiters)....Recently retired NHLer MATT CULLEN will "join the Penguins’ hockey operations department in a player-development role." He will "work closely" with Penguins Exec VP & GM JIM RUTHERFORD (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 7/1).

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TOM BRADY has signed with WME for "off-the-field representation." The Patriots QB "continues to be represented by Yee & Dubin Sports for his NFL contracts, and by marketing and management agency Jonesworks." Brady's off-field activity includes his performance lifestyle brand TB12, which he co-founded in '13. It currently has physical locations in Boston and Foxboro and "plans to open sites" in N.Y., Miami, Chicago, L.A., S.F., London and Toronto (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 8/1).

The Kelly's have formed a 50-50 partnership with the Pro Football HOF to produce the movie
Photo: getty images
The Kelly's have formed a 50-50 partnership with the Pro Football HOF to produce the movie
Photo: getty images
The Kelly's have formed a 50-50 partnership with the Pro Football HOF to produce the movie
Photo: getty images

TO THE MOVIES: In Buffalo, Vic Carucci in a front-page piece reports there are "plans for a major motion picture" to tell the story of Pro Football HOFer JIM KELLY and his wife, JILL. The untitled project is in development. The Kellys have "formed a 50-50 partnership with the Hall ... to put together the movie with the hope of releasing it within the next two years." HOF President DAVID BAKER described the movie as "faith-based," depicting how the family's "strong Christian beliefs allowed it to overcome challenges" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/2).

NFL CHARITY STRIPE: Redskins rookie G WES MARTIN created Brave Breed Rescue Inc., which takes care of dogs, and he raised $1,600 for the rescue with bench presses at his pre-draft workout day. He "hopes to entwine his passion for dogs with his NFL career that could give Brave Breed a major boost" (AP, 8/2)....The Cleveland Browns Foundation is launching an effort to "tackle chronic absenteeism statewide." The "Get 2 School, Stay in the Game!" initiative is designed to connect the public school districts with each other. Browns co-Owner DEE HASLAM said that combating absenteeism has become the "centerpiece" of the Browns Foundation (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/2)....The 49ers on Thursday “hosted the family of fallen police officer TARA O’SULLIVAN at their training camp practice and were greeted” by coach KYLE SHANAHAN, GM JOHN LYNCH and DE ARIK ARMSTEAD, among others, to “offer their condolences” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 8/2).

NAMESDAVID ORTIZ is “going ahead with plans to host his annual charity golf tournament in November.” The event, held in the Dominican Republic for 11 years, has been “moved to Miami in the wake of the June 9 shooting in Santo Domingo” (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/2)....Tennis player COCO GAUFF on Thursday met First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA. The two posed for a photo, with Gauff showcasing a “personalized copy” of Obama’s ‘18 memoir, “BECOMING,” while Obama “held up an autographed racquet” (TENNIS.com, 8/1)....Alabama-based spirits company Redmont Distilling said that it is “now owned by a group led by CHARLES BARKLEY, and its new distillery is set to open” in the Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham (AL.com, 8/1)....Actor JASON CLARKE will play JERRY WEST in “SHOWTIME,” director ADAM MCKAY’s HBO pilot about the ‘80s Lakers (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 8/1).