Names In The News
A number of agents and high-level execs at Endeavor are "looking to exit stage left after the company's initial public offering fizzled," as the failed IPO is "roiling the ranks" of Endeavor CEO ARI EMANUEL's talent agents. Anger inside the company "came to a boiling point" when Emanuel, Exec Chair PATRICK WHITESELL and President MARK SHAPIRO were "spotted sitting courtside" at the Lakers-Clippers NBA season opener. A source said, "They were smiling and yucking it up and it was only a few weeks after a botched IPO. They thought they would put on a happy face but it backfired" (N.Y. POST, 12/13).
PERKS OF OWNERSHIP: Both Pistons Owner TOM GORES and Mavericks Owner MARK CUBAN were in Mexico City for Thursday night's game. The two "talked a bit at halftime and spent some time with NBA commissioner ADAM SILVER" (DETROIT NEWS, 12/13)....Raiders Owner MARK DAVIS attended a "private VIP event Wednesday night" at Westgate's Sky Villas in Las Vegas (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 12/13).
NAMES: Former NFLer MICHAEL VICK moved out of a mansion in Hampton, Va., "years ago, but he still owes the city $70,800 in unpaid taxes on a fleet of luxury cars." The city so far has "filed warrants in debt for $51,900 in unpaid taxes, and plans to file for an additional one shortly" (Norfolk VIRGINIAN-PILOT, 12/13)....Jazz C RUDY GOBERT and the organization on Thursday "hosted a holiday party for 25 youths and their families at the team's practice facility," where Gobert partnered with Family Promise Salt Lake to "provide needed items, such as winter clothing" (DESERET NEWS, 12/13)....DJ duo THE CHAINSMOKERS will headline Maxim's Big Game Experience Super Bowl party, which also will include performances by RICK ROSS and LOST KINGS (South Florida SUN SENTINEL, 12/13).