Names In The News
In N.Y., Scott Cacciola profiles former longtime Clippers TV voice RALPH LAWLER, who is "keeping tabs" on the team from afar with his NBA League Pass subscription. It is "not lost on Lawler that the Clippers are championship contenders" now that he is gone, but he "still has no regrets about stepping aside when he did." Lawler said that he is "often reminded of a piece of advice his father gave him: Better to retire a year too early than a year too late." He added that it "helps" that he "left the broadcast in good hands with BRIAN SIEMAN" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/27).
LEGAL MATTERS: Pro Football HOFer KELLEN WINSLOW is "pursuing a workers compensation complaint alleging that he sustained brain injuries from repeated head trauma during his playing days." Winslow filed his claim with the California Workers Compensation Appeals Board in January '18. The claim is against the California Insurance Guarantee Association, which "handles claims for insolvent insurers." Winslow has "asked the workers comp appeals board to step in." The claim states that Winslow's camp "extended a settlement offer but received no response" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/27).
NAMES: The Cowboys, on behalf of RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, are "donating $150,000 to The Salvation Army," with the donation coming from proceeds of the "Zeke Who?" shirts printed earlier this year. Cowboys Exec VP & Chief Brand Officer CHARLOTTE JONES said, "With that T-shirt we decided 'Well, why don't we just print them, sell them -- because we're the Cowboys, that's what we do -- and donate all the proceeds on behalf of Zeke to The Salvation Army" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/27)....Celtics G GRANT WILLIAMS "surprised each team employee with a thoughtful gift," giving out candles with labels that read, "Appreciate all you do for us. From, Grant" (NBCSPORTSBOSTON.com, 11/27)....CHRIS BERMAN is the '19 recipient of the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Distinguished American Award. Berman will be honored at the foundation's National Awards Dinner in New Haven, Conn. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 (WCFF).
IN MEMORY: Industrial Media Chair & CEO ROBERT SILLERMAN "has died at 71" due to a respiratory illness. Sillerman "made his name in the music business," consolidating a number of regional promoters under his SFX Entertainment banner before selling the company to Clear Channel Communications in '00. That "created what became known as Live Nation, which merged with Ticketmaster" in '10. Sillerman went on to found Industrial, which "originally sold golf equipment, but soon acquired a stake in the estates of MUHAMMAD ALI and ELVIS PRESLEY" (VARIETY.com, 11/26).