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Volume 26 No. 207

People and Pop Culture

Former NFLer REGGIE BUSH has listed his home in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of L.A. for $9.995M. Bi-folding walls on two floors "bring in expansive views of the ocean while connecting indoor-outdoor living spaces." The estimated 7,500 square feet of living space includes five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms (L.A. TIMES, 8/24).

ICE CASTLES: Former NHLer BRAD STUART has listed his coastal villa in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for $4.698M. The custom-built home "occupies half an acre in the Estates at Trump National." Within 6,146 square feet of interior are five bedrooms and six bathrooms. An elevator "leads upstairs, where three bedrooms expand to balconies with sweeping ocean and golf course views" (L.A. TIMES, 8/27)....Wild RW MATS ZUCCARELLO has listed his Manhattan condo for $3.2M. The fifth-floor corner unit spans 1,228 square feet and includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms (N.Y. POST, 8/28).

AROUND THE DIAMOND: D-backs RF ADAM JONES has purchased a mansion in Paradise Valley, Ariz., for $3.99M. The home comes with a "'welcoming' front fountain and family room" and includes six bedrooms and six bathrooms. There is also a "five-car garage, a white marble master bathroom and guest casita" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/28)....Cubs Exec VP & GM JED HOYER has sold his home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago for $2.44M. Hoyer on June 25 paid $3.09M for a six-bedroom, 7,500-square-foot mansion in the North Side Ravenswood neighborhood. The five-bedroom, 5,500-square-foot Lincoln Park home includes 4.5 bathrooms and a "lower level with a family room and full bar" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/27)....Former Rockies manager WALT WEISS is selling his home in Castle Rock, Colo., for $2M. The mansion "comes complete with a baseball diamond in the backyard and an indoor hitting cage." The 10,668-square-foot home features six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a heated pool, a hot tub, batting cage and a basketball court on a 35-acre lot (DENVER POST, 8/27).

BUYERS & SELLERS: Rams OT ROB HAVENSTEIN has purchased a custom-built home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for $1.75M. The single-story residence has a 3,912-square-foot floor plan. Outside, a "trellis-topped patio with a fireplace adjoins a swimming pool with sweeping sights of the Conejo Valley." The "scenic hillside property" spans about two-thirds of an acre (L.A. TIMES, 8/26)....Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer DARA TORRES has listed her home in Parkland, Fla., for $1.65M. The 5,400-square-foot, seven-bedroom home has 5.5 bathrooms and "looks onto a fairway and a picturesque water hazard at an adjacent golf and country club" (L.A. TIMES, 8/26).

Octagon has 19 team members on site at the U.S. Open and 21 clients competing
Photo: ALEX ROZIS
Octagon has 19 team members on site at the U.S. Open and 21 clients competing
Photo: ALEX ROZIS
Octagon has 19 team members on site at the U.S. Open and 21 clients competing
Photo: ALEX ROZIS

Tennis is a big deal at Octagon, as the agency manages 16 events around the globe and reps more than 70 players in the sport. That strength in tennis means the U.S. Open is circled on the Octagon calendar long before matches start up at the Billie Jean King Center every summer. This year, the agency has 19 team members on site to help carry out business initiatives and support its 21 clients competing in the event, including FRANCES TIAFOE and KAROLINA PLISKOVA. With the tourney currently in third round action, THE DAILY caught up with two Octagon VPs to get their weekend plans. KELLY WOLF serves as an agent to multiple athletes, personalities, and tennis players (one of only three female agents to rep male tennis players), and also oversees Octagon's efforts surrounding major tennis tournaments. ALASTAIR GARLAND manages the Octagon tennis division.

 

ON THE GO

Wolf: Most days are planned around the match schedule when our clients are playing. We have a base at a small hotel in the city where we have all our staff and a big chunk of our clients. We stay here with a hotel suite we use as an office, and everybody comes and goes as they need to. It’s a good place to get yourself focused on the work you need to do.

Garland: All of the key stakeholders from the tennis industry move into N.Y. for a fourteen-day period. It’s a pretty intense time. You’re doing client meetings, meetings with your various tournament partners around the world, existing sponsors, potential new sponsors, as well as handling appearances for your players. It really runs the gamut.

Wolf: From the hotel we jump on the USTA bus to get over to the site in the morning. Tuesday for example I had two meetings (one with a clothing/shoe manufacturer and one on a new ATP social push), then we’re working in the luxury suite at Arthur Ashe. All of a sudden, three hours have gone by and Tiafoe’s match was coming up on court 17, so I go and watch. Luckily, he won and played really well. Then I hung around and setup his media availability. Then you get back to the hotel and all of a sudden it’s 10:00pm when you sit down for dinner. The day started in the gym at 7:00am and ended at 10:00.

Garland: You get up early and get a couple emails out before you go on-site. At the end of the day it’s a lot of work-related dinners, and then you send a few more emails before getting up and starting it all over again the next morning. I view it like going to the gym. You’re not necessarily looking forward to it, but once you’ve done it you definitely feel like it’s been a productive time. It’s a great opportunity to get a lot done over a 14-day period. Everybody that you need to see is here, and nothing substitutes being able to sit in front of someone versus emails or phone calls. This is my 15th U.S. Open with Octagon and my 17th overall after a previous run with Adidas. It gets bigger every year. There are site upgrades, more fan experiences, more prize money -- it’s come a long way.

 

NOTABLE FACES

Wolf: I also have a couple clients outside of tennis, one of whom is BILL COWHER. He loves tennis and is coming out this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. He’s very self-sufficient, but he likes to say, "Hey let’s go do this, walk with me over to watch this match." It’s great.

GOOD EATS

Garland: When it comes to dinners, I go wherever the client wants to go. They’re very used to routine. Outside of that, you often end up going with convenience because you don’t have a ton of time. Something close to the hotel usually. But personally, I do like Nobu Sushi on 57th and Tuscany Steakhouse on 58th.

Wolf: We stayed in Murray Hill for over 10 years, and we have our favorite spots. Last weekend we did a staff dinner at El Rio Grande on 38th and 3rd. Then we also get a good burger at Rare Bar & Grill in the Shelburne Hotel. Tiafoe loves this hole-in-the-wall spot called Sam’s Place on 39th that we found years and years ago. He’s pretty superstitious so we ate there on Monday night before his match and we went back Wednesday. Park Avenue Tavern is our go-to-place when it’s really late.

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The Warriors promoted the following: GSW Sports Ventures VP KIRK LACOB to Exec VP/Basketball Operations; Pro Scout MIKE DUNLEAVY JR. to Assistant GM; G League Santa Cruz Warriors GM KENT LACOB to Dir of Team Development; and JACOB RUBIN to Assistant Video Coordinator (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/30)....The Penguins named MIKE VELLUCCI GM of the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Vellucci was also named coach of the team in June (TRIBLIVE.com, 8/29).

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Twitch has "courted another big name in live streaming to its platform: NICHOLAS 'NICK EH 30' AMYOONY." While Amyoony -- who has more than 4.6 million followers on YouTube -- will "continue to post vlogs and videos to his YouTube channel, the streamer has signed an exclusive live-streaming deal with Twitch, migrating to the Amazon-owned platform to bolster his competitive play and reach a new audience." Twitch's deal with Amyoony "comes just weeks after the platform's biggest star, TYLER 'NINJA' BLEVINS, opted to jump ship for Microsoft's Mixer streaming service" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 8/29).

GETTING PAID: Univ. of Kentucky football coach MARK STOOPS has "received a raise." Kentucky AD MITCH BARNHART announced a "restructuring of Stoops’ current contract that calls for the coach to receive an increase in pay of $500,000 over each of the remaining years on the contract, which extends through June 30, 2025." Barnhart, Stoops and UK President ELI CAPILOUTO "signed the agreement Monday" (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 8/30).

NAMES: Some USWNT players "met on Tuesday with representatives of Time's Up, an advocacy organization," in conjunction with the team's match on Thursday against Portugal at Lincoln Financial Field. The gathering included Philadelphia Mayor JIM KENNEY (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/30)....JACK NICKLAUS posed for a picture with former MLBer ROGER CLEMENS at the 8th annual Creighton Farms Invitational in Virginia on Monday. Also "on hand for the event" were golfers K.J. CHOI and TODD HAMILTON (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/28)....Former NFLer MARSHAWN LYNCH joined other riders from SE Bikes for a ride in Seattle which "began at the Space Needle and snaked through downtown, along the waterfront, and eventually ended up back at Seattle Center" (SEATTLE TIMES, 8/30)....COLIN KAEPERNICK and KOBE BRYANT sat in tennis player NAOMI OSAKA's player box at the U.S. Open on Thursday (CNN.com, 8/29)....Supermodel GIGI HADID was "cheering on her pal" SERENA WILLIAMS at the U.S. Open on Wednesday (N.Y. POST, 8/30).

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