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Names In The News

Jaylen Brown decided not to sign an agent when he was drafted by the Celtics in '16
Photo: NBAE/GETTY IMAGES
Jaylen Brown decided not to sign an agent when he was drafted by the Celtics in '16
Photo: NBAE/GETTY IMAGES
Jaylen Brown decided not to sign an agent when he was drafted by the Celtics in '16
Photo: NBAE/GETTY IMAGES

Celtics F JAYLEN BROWN is "exploring the possibility of hiring an agent to represent him in negotiations" with the team on what he "hopes will be a long-term deal that'll keep him in Boston." The reason for "getting an agent now versus earlier in his career when he was on his rookie contract with salaries already slated, can be summed up in two words -- DANNY AINGE." Brown said that he has "been able to sit back and watch for the past three years" how the Celtics' president of basketball operations and the team "operate when it comes to negotiating contracts." Brown said, "You just want someone there to do their job and represent you well." He added that his process for choosing an agent "began last season" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/3).

PITCH PERFECT: The Bruins have officially named TODD ANGILLY their new official national anthem singer for this season after RENE RANCOURT's 40+ year run with the team "ended following his retirement" in '18 (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/3)....The Flyers will no longer play a video of the late KATE SMITH singing "God Bless America" before important games at Wells Fargo Center, but the song "will not vanish." Singer LAUREN HART will now perform the song "prior to a big game." The Flyers had been "occasionally using a duet, with Hart and Smith (on video) singing God Bless America" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/3).

NAMES: Simon Property Group is partnering with Fanatics Founder & Exec Chair MICHAEL RUBIN in a "digital value shopping" venture to boost the sales of newly launched website, ShopPremiumSales.com, "through online specials and discounts" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/3)....A new documentary about TONY ROMO is showing at the Dallas Video Festival until Sunday. "Now Or Never: A Tony Romo Story" is "still looking for a distributor" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/3)....Baseball HOFer WADE BOGGS tweeted a photo of himself with New Hampshire Gov. CHRIS SUNUNU on Thursday when the two had lunch together (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/3)....Proskauer Senior Partner BRAD RUSKIN will be honored by the Student Leadership Network at the 13th annual (Em)Power Breakfast on Oct. 10 at Cipriani in N.Y. (THE DAILY).