Names In The News
The Sports Broadcasting HOF announced its '19 class, which will include former ESPNers BOB LEY and STEVE ANDERSON, NBC's DOC EMRICK, ROGER PENSKE, CBS Sports' BOB FISHMAN,late tennis commentator BUD COLLINS, Dome Productions' MARY ELLEN CARLYLE, Fox Sports' JERRY GEPNER, former ABC producer/director DOUG WILSON and camera operator KEN WOO (Sports Broadcasting HOF).
STUNT DOUBLE: Viewers might assume that all of the LEBRON JAMES basketball action in the upcoming "SPACE JAM 2" film "would be done by the four-time NBA MVP," but that is "not the case." Warner Bros. "hired actor SHELDON BAILEY to serve as LeBron's 'basketball double' for the movie." Bailey is 6-foot-6 and played basketball at FIU "before making a jump into film." He has "played the role of LeBron's 'basketball double' in Nike commercials that date back to LeBron's first run" with the Cavaliers (USA TODAY, 8/7).
NAMES: NFL attorneys this week "filed an appeal" to the Louisiana Supreme Court in an "attempt to block" Saints fans' lawsuit against the league for the no-call in the NFC Championship Game (NOLA.com, 8/7)....PRESIDENT OBAMA on Sunday played at Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha's Vineyard in a foursome that included Warriors G STEPHEN CURRY and Basketball HOFer RAY ALLEN (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/8)....The Texans, Bengals and Cowboys yesterday said that they, alongside the NFL Foundation, are "donating to the funds set up to help victims of the El Paso and Dayton shootings." Their donations total $225,000 (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/7)....Univ. of Georgia football coach KIRBY SMART's foundation has "donated approximately $620,000 in the three years since its formation" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 8/8)....A SunTrust Park employee is "behind bars after getting into an argument with his boss and threatening to 'blow up'" the ballpark and "shoot everyone there." JAMAR ANTONIO GOLFIN "has been in jail since Saturday on a felony charge of making terroristic threats or acts" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 8/8).