Names In The News
Supreme Court nominee BRETT KAVANAUGH yesterday described in detail how he regularly bought Nationals tickets and "split the cost with friends -- purchases the White House has said led Kavanaugh to accrue tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt." The issue "did not surface during his two days of public questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee." However, the issue "arose in written follow-up questions submitted by members of the committee." In explaining the debt, Kavanaugh noted he is a "huge sports fan." He added that he "bought four season tickets annually from the Nationals' arrival" in DC in '05 until '17. Kavanaugh said he split the tickets with a "group of old friends" through a "ticket draft" at his home (WASHINGTON POST, 9/13).
NOT-SO RETIREMENT PLANS: Sun Belt Commissioner KARL BENSON, whose contract is fulfilled in June, said that the end of his term "does not necessarily equal retirement." Benson said that he "plans to move to Denver, where his wife SARAH resides." He has "not ruled out future work." Benson: "I don't see myself not working. I don't know if I'm going to work 75 hours a week. I'm going to be selective and pick and choose something that is meaningful, whether it's in college sports or something else." Benson, the commissioner since '12, "does not expect to be involved in the naming of his successor." He said that he would "provide insight if requested" (ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE, 9/11).
NAMES: Bronze Medal-winning U.S. fencer IBTIHAJ MUHAMMAD on Monday "made her New York Fashion Week debut," showcasing her Louella line (ESPN.com, 9/12)....More than a dozen wives of Red Sox players and employees "walked the runway for a good cause on Tuesday afternoon during the 17th Annual From Fenway to Runway fundraiser at Hotel Commonwealth" (BOSTONGLOBE.com, 9/12)....ESPN's CHRIS BERMAN "will be inducted" into the Jewish Sports HOF of Northern California on Sept. 16. His induction class includes former Stanford tennis coach DICK GOULD, KNBR-AM broadcaster MARTY LURIE, NFL Network's MIKE SILVER and former Sharks exec MATT LEVINE (MERCURYNEWS.com, 9/12)....SERENA WILLIAMS yesterday showed up at Target HQ in Minneapolis during the company's "fall national meeting." She spoke to "about 3,000 employees." The meeting "wasn't open to the public" (STARTRIBUNE.com, 9/12)....LEBRON JAMES and DRAKE were spotted on Monday in DC after "filming an episode" of HBO's "THE SHOP" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 9/11). Meanwhile, James is one of the voiceovers in Warner Animation's "SMALLFOOT" film set for release on Sept. 28 (THE DAILY)....Free agent WR DEZ BRYANT "took in" the JAY-Z and BEYONCE concert at AT&T Stadium with Cowboys Owner JERRY JONES on Tuesday night (DALLASNEWS.com, 9/12).