Names In The News
Names In The NewsPublished March 9, 2015
COURT REPORT: Lawyers representing at least five fans who bought tickets on SBTickets.com for Super Bowl XLIX filed a lawsuit "against the website for failing to deliver tickets that it guaranteed to consumers." The lawsuit "accused the website of being in violation of Arizona's Consumer Fraud Act and in breach of contract, among other claims" (ESPN.com, 3/6)....DEEPAL WANNAKUWATTE, the former owner of the now-defunct World TeamTennis Sacramento Capitals, "has been ordered to repay" victims of his Ponzi scheme $108.2M. It is "unlikely" that he will be able to "repay anywhere near that much." He listed assets totaling around $16M when he filed for bankruptcy protection last spring (SACRAMENTO BEE, 3/7).
WHATCHA WATCHING? Film producer TEDDY SCHWARZMAN's Black Bear Pictures "has won a heated auction" to pick up "THE ROCKET," which "delves into the latter half of the career" of former MLBer ROGER CLEMENS (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 3/6)...."PARNEVIKS," a show featuring golfer JESPER PARNEVIK and his family, “will air on TV3 in Sweden beginning March 16 with eight hour-long episodes in the can” (GOLF WORLD MONDAY, 3/9)....Tennis player SAM QUERREY starred in the latest episode of Bravo’s “MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER” (TENNIS.com, 3/8).
NAMES: The motorsports industry, including NASCAR, "receives a credit on fuel tax" in North Carolina, where Gov. PAT MCCRORY's budget includes $1.2M to "keep the credit from expiring." Budget Dir LEE ROBERTS said, "North Carolina has a key competitive advantage [with NASCAR]. We'd like to keep it that way" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/7)....Liberty Media Chair JOHN MALONE, whose company owns the Braves, "approached VINCENT BOLLORE, the chairman and biggest shareholder of Vivendi, to gauge the French media and entertainment conglomerate’s interest in selling Universal Music Group." Sources said that Malone and Liberty Media President & CEO GREG MAFFEI "made the overture for the world’s biggest record company in the last few months" (N.Y. POST, 3/9)....Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT on Saturday "was honored at the second annual Boston Police Foundation Gala" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/8)....The Cubs "will pay for funeral costs" for late Baseball HOFer ERNIE BANKS "after a funeral home filed a claim against his estate for $35,000" (AP, 3/7)....The Mets invited "about a dozen loved ones" of slain NYPD officers WENJIAN LIU and RAFAEL RAMOS to Spring Training (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/8)....Univ. of Texas women’s AD CHRIS PLONSKY “had surgery on Feb. 24 to repair a knee she injured more than 40 years ago” (STATESMAN.com, 3/6)....Wizards G JOHN WALL last Monday dined at Chicago-based Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab with teammates PAUL PIERCE and DREW GOODEN. He also ate at Giordano’s prior to last Tuesday’s loss against the Bulls (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 3/6)....Apple Senior VP/Internet Software & Services EDUARDO CUE on Friday was seen wearing the new Apple Watch at Mavericks-Warriors. Apple today day unveiled the watch ("Squawk Alley," CNBC, 3/9).
Marketing and Sponsorship
BMO Expands Marketing Portfolio With Deal As Official Bank Of NBA Canada
Samsung Canada Signs On As An NHL Official Corporate Partner, Will Offer Exclusive Content
UPS To Get NCAA Tournament Coaches To Sign Court Pieces As Part Of New Campaign
Eli Lilly's Deal With Diabetic NASCAR Driver Could Help It Regain Market Share
Leagues and Governing Bodies
MLS Gets Back On The Field For 20th Season With Series Of Strong Crowds, Close Games
MLSPU's Foose Calls New CBA "Watershed Moment," But Is His Job In Jeopardy?
NFL To Hold Educational Session On Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault For Draft Prospects
NFLPA Faces Unique Exec Dir Elections With Eight Challengers To DeMaurice Smith
Orlando City Packs Citrus Bowl For MLS Debut Against Fellow Expansion Club NYC FC
Dolphins Again Make Offseason Splash, Will Make Suh One Of NFL's Highest Paid
Twins' Jim Pohlad Optimistic Team Will Reverse Sagging Attendance Numbers
Buccaneers Agree To Pay 94 Cheerleaders $825,000 In Unfair Labor Class-Action Lawsuit