Names In The NewsPublished April 20, 2012
In Pittsburgh, Bill Schacker reports Penn State Univ. paid the estate and family of late football coach JOE PATERNO “about $6 million to fulfill contractual and other obligations, including a $3 million retirement bonus and family use of a Beaver Stadium suite for 25 years.” Penn State VP/University Relations BILL MAHON said that the payout “stems from a school trustees decision” made on the day the board fired Paterno. In a statement yesterday, Paterno family attorney WICK SOLLERS said that the payments “are not a settlement but rather ‘straightforward payment of monies indisputably owed’” to the Paterno estate (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 4/20).
PRESIDENTIAL GUARD: Bulls G DERRICK ROSE is profiled by GQ's Will Leitch, who notes that “famously Bulls-crazy” PRESIDENT OBAMA “has an open dialogue” with Rose. Rose said, “I know that if I really wanted him to come out and support an event I’m going to in Chicago, I know it could probably get done.” Leitch notes Obama asked Rose to introduce him at a fundraising event last year, and Rose “sweated it in a way he’s never sweated a game.” Rose: “That was my first time ever speaking to that type of crowd. I was so nervous and scared. Just a two- or three-minute thing, but, like thousands of people were there. I was nervous as hell ... but I got it done, and it helped me being more vocal, too, by doing that” (GQ, 5/ '12 issue).
CHARITY STRIPE: MLB and the Royals announced they will donate more than $3.5M to MLB All-Star projects in the greater K.C. area and national charitable initiatives (MLB.com, 4/19)....In October, the Capitals raised funds for the Washington Animal Rescue League by participating in a calendar photoshoot with dogs, some of which were the players’ and others were up for adoption. The team yesterday was “able to present a $31,320 check” to the organization (WASHINGTON POST, 4/20)....Falcons RB JASON SNELLING helped to raise $5,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. Snelling, who has epilepsy, was featured on a Comcast On Demand series called "Rise Up: Role Models," and “focused his episode on his work” with the foundation (AJC.com, 4/19)....Twelve billionaire families yesterday followed 81 other such families and “joined the ‘Giving Pledge,’” committing to giving away their wealth. Among the families to do so are Ducks co-Owners HENRY and SUSAN SAMUELI, Falcons Owner ARTHUR BLANK and former Vikings Owner RED MCCOMBS (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/20)....Patriots TE ROB GRONKOWSKI will be “one of many making the sacrifice” when he will have his hair removed for the One Mission Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium on June 3. The funds raised will support programs and services at Children’s Hospital Boston (BOSTON HERALD, 4/19).
REAL ESTATE CORNER: Marlins P MARK BUEHRLE “has been tagged with a loss on his four-bedroom house in a gated community” in southwest Lemont, Ill. Buehrle sold the house for $550,000 after he “paid $770,000 in February 2005 for the new construction” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/20)....Heat President PAT RILEY “sold his Coral Gables mansion for $16.75 million,” according to property records (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 4/20)....Former Jaguars co-Owners WAYNE and DELORES WEAVER will sell their Jacksonville riverfront estate at auction next month. The 14,000-square-foot home, which sits on 3.87 acres and was “originally listed at $10 million and can be purchased prior to the auction for $5.5 million” (BIZJOURNALS.COM, 4/19).
NAMES: Octagon Friday announced it will represent NASCAR driver JIMMIE JOHNSON for marketing opportunities. The agency will work with Johnson to spearhead his marketing and brand-building initiatives through endorsements and other commercial opportunities (Octagon)....Former Univ. of Tennessee women’s basketball coach PAT SUMMITT “will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor" (AP, 4/19)....Inside Lacrosse VP/Editor-In-Chief JOHN JILOTY and Runner’s World Associate Multimedia Editor MEGHAN LOFTUS were named to the '12 FOLIO:40, an annual list of the magazine industry’s “most innovative and distinguished professionals” (FOLIO MAGAZINE, 4/5 issue)....A “tentative agreement has been reached to settle a federal lawsuit” between former Saints RB DEUCE MCALLISTER and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. “over his failed car dealership” in Mississippi. U.S. Magistrate Judge LINDA ANDERSON said Tuesday in a filing in U.S. District Court in Jackson that the parties “have seven days to finalize the deal.” McAllister’s dealership in Jackson closed in '09 and “filed for Chapter 7 liquidation under federal bankruptcy laws” (THE AP, 4/18)....Comedian ROB RIGGLE will host the '12 ESPYS on Wednesday, July 11, at 9:00pm ET from the Nokia Theatre in L.A. (ESPN, 4/19)....Former MLB Cardinals manager TONY LA RUSSA Thursday was named a '12 Ellis Island Family Heritage Award recipient (THE DAILY).
Marketing and Sponsorship
DirecTV Cuts Price Of NFL Sunday Ticket In Effort To Increase Subscribers
NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Viewership Continues To Rise On NBC Sports Net, NBC
People & Personalities: McEnroe To Be ESPN's Lead Analyst For Wimbledon
MLB Media Notes
Final Ratings: Fox' NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Tops Last Weekend, But Audience Flat
Leagues and Governing Bodies
Sources: With Hunter's Urging, NBPA Seeking Resignation Of President Derek Fisher
NBA's Adam Silver Says League Will Stick With Regular 82-Game Schedule In '12-13
As More Pundits Call Out NHL For Violence, Fehr Is Taken To Task For His Priorities
NFLPA Sends Out Alert To Agents About Investigation Into Financial Advisor
Jose Cuervo Beach Volleyball Series Releases '12 Schedule With Seven Events
Goodell, Minnesota State Leaders Meet To Discuss Vikings Stadium Issue
49ers Put On Elaborate Festivities To Break Ground On $1.2B Santa Clara Stadium
AEG Revenue/Profit Projections Played Key Role In Maloofs Rejecting Arena Deal
Cal Official Says "Extremely Difficult" To Project Any Stadium Fundraising Shortfall
Fenway Park Marks Its Centennial, Remains Oldest U.S. Sports Facility Still In Use
Board Approves $1M For Improvements To Brewers' Arizona Spring Training Facility