Names In The News
The website Democracy.com has "officially been sold" to Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN after it went up for auction last month. Cuban said that he has "no plans for the highly symbolic address and had purchased the domain to protect it from abuse -- or, in his words, 'to make sure someone didn't do something crazy with it.'" Cuban: "Someone sent me a cold email. I gave them a price I would be willing to pay. They said yes." The minimum bid "had been set at $300,000, but the auction was called off" after Cuban made his offer (N.Y. TIMES, 11/23).
SPLIT CUSTODY: NFL agents JOEL SEGAL and CHAFIE FIELDS have "shared a listing" on Cowboys WR AMARI COOPER's Standard Representation Agreement, but recently, Segal and Fields "parted ways." Fields left Lagardere Sports to "join Wasserman Media Group" as Exec VP & COO. Cooper said that between Segal and Fields, he "hasn't determined how he'll proceed with his representation." Cooper: "I haven't talked to any of those guys about that yet, so I don't know." He added, "That's not my business. I haven't really been aware of that, whatever that has been going on" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/23).
THE GOOD STUFF: Chiefs QB PATRICK MAHOMES attended his 15 and the Mahomies Foundation's gala at the Marriott Downtown K.C., where it "distributed $15,000 grants to 15 local charities." The foundation's "15 For 15" program will "support 15 youth charitable initiatives that focus on academics, science, the arts, classroom supplies, athletics, children with disabilities, after-school programs and more" (K.C. STAR, 11/23)....Free agent LF CURTIS GRANDERSON and his organization, Chicago Baseball and Educational Academy, "teamed up with Baseball For All to provide a training camp for girls ages 10-18." The camp "consisted of six weekly, two-hour sessions at Curtis Granderson Stadium at UIC" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/24).
NAMES: Toronto Sun sports writer STEVE SIMMONS was honored yesterday with an induction into the media wing of the Canadian Football HOF, along with longtime CFL reporter LARRY TUCKER (POSTMEDIA NEWS, 11/24)....On Nov. 5, Radius Book Group published "DON’T BE AFRAID TO WIN: HOW FREE AGENCY CHANGED THE BUSINESS OF PRO SPORTS," in which trial lawyer and mediator JIM QUINN takes the reader inside the meetings between owners, players and league unions to explain the intricacies of free agency. Quinn was at onetime lead counsel for the MLBPA, NHLPA, NFLPA and NBPA (Smith Publicity)....ANDREW LUCK and his wife, NICOLE, welcomed a daughter named LUCY on Nov. 12 (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 11/22).