Names In The NewsPublished May 31, 2012
ALWAYS A FIGHTER: UFC President DANA WHITE said that he is "feeling fine" following a recent diagnosis of Meniere's disease, though his doctor “refused to perform dangerous and complex surgery.” White “insists he will make the doctor perform the surgery, which requires a great deal of recuperation and rehab.” White: “They say it takes a month before you can do anything. So it will take me two weeks” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 5/29).
NAMES: Eagles QB MICHAEL VICK is being sued by J.O. Sports Company, which is “alleging that he failed to live up to an agreement that paid the quarterback $101,500.” Among the claims is that Vick “didn’t provide game-worn equipment and didn’t attend private signings, as laid out in the contract” (THEPHILLYPOST.com, 5/29)….NFL agent J.R. RICKERT has been “named as a defendant in three separate lawsuits, the most recent one filed by National Sports Management within the past week” (FORBES.com, 5/29)….About 80 people, including UFC co-Owner FRANK FERTITTA, “showed up at a private $50,000-per person fundraiser" that helped raise $2M for presumptive Republican presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 5/31)….The National Football Foundation and College Football HOF yesterday announced that Univ. of Alabama AD MAL MOORE has been named the ’12 recipient of the John L. Toner Award (NFF).
IN MEMORY: NBA Kings minority Owner JOE BENVENUTI passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Benvenuti was “a prominent developer and visionary entrepreneur who helped bring” the Kings to Sacramento and “built Arco Arena and downtown landmarks.” His son, GARY BENVENUTI, said that his father had “been in declining health since a stroke in October.” Benvenuti partnered with GREGG LUKENBILL to move the Kings to Sacramento in ’85 (SACRAMENTO BEE, 5/31)....CBSSports.com Deputy Sports Editor CRAIG STANKE passed away Monday night at age 56 (CBSSPORTS.com, 5/29).
Marketing and Sponsorship
CBS Already More Than Halfway Sold Out Of Super Bowl XLVII Ad Inventory
Griffin, Luck Jump Into Top Five Of NFL Jersey Sales Since April; Peyton Still Leads
Drew Brees Launching New Apparel Company Similar To Bono's Product Red
Names & Faces: Latest Hanes Ad Campaign Starring Michael Jordan Debuts
Stats LLC, Apollo MIS Sign Joint Partnership, Will Focus Initially On Basketball
NBC's Kings-Devils Game One Overnight Down 25% From Bruins-Canucks Opener
Time Warner Establishes Prices For L.A. Sports Networks Launching Later This Year
NFL Films Responds To Critics On Choice Of Dolphins For "Hard Knocks"
The Mtn. Leaves A Mixed Legacy As First Conference Channel Signs Off Tonight
Leagues and Governing Bodies
Bettman Expects NHL Labor Negotiations Will Begin "In The Next Few Weeks"
NBA Commissioner Stern To Consider Changes To Olympic Team After London
IndyCar Team Owners Deny Involvement In Calling For Randy Bernard's Ouster
F1 IPO To Have Shares Accompanied By Loan Note To Help Prevent Takeover
Commissioner Sees Improvement In LPGA As Tournament Contracts Come Up For Renewal
Hornets Win NBA Lottery's Top Spot, Number One Pick Could Help "Rebirth" Of Team
OKC's Thunder Alley To Operate In "Regular Season Form" For Spurs-Thunder Game Three
Larry Bird Wants Answers From Herb Simon Before Committing To Pacers For Next Season
Packers Instituting Higher Fees On New Season-Ticket Holders