Clark Kellogg to be Honored for Contributions to Youth

INDIANA – Clark Kellogg, CBS Sports current basketball analyst and former Indiana Pacer star, will receive the Major Taylor Award on Oct. 1 2010 as part of the Circle City Classic. The award, presented in honor of Indianapolis cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, has been presented to African-American athletes, coaches, administrators and officials since 1987 for local and national contributions to youth.

Clark Kellogg with Jim Nantz is CBS Sports current basketball analyst

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John Elway Speaks About Bronco’s Quarterback Tim Tebow

In a recent interview with FanHouse on behalf of Topps’ Gridiron Giveaway, legendary Hall of Fame quarterback, John Elway, spoke about the Denver Broncos and new quarterback, Tim Tebow.

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One of the many questions asked John Elway by FanHouse was:

FH: There’s been a lot made about Tebow’s ability to make that adjustment to the NFL, and there’s the ongoing argument about whether his intangibles can make up for his mechanical flaws. As a former quarterback, can a guy with those intangibles overcome physical inconsistencies?

JE: There’s no style points in the NFL, it’s all about winning football games. He’s got the ability with his intangibles to make the plays at the right time. Again, I go back to his work ethic. It’s just a matter of him continuing to grow. His accuracy’s got to get better and his acclimation to the NFL game is going to take some time. I believe he’s got a good chance to be very successful, because he has those attributes.

He’s not going to be the Dan Marino type that’s going to sit in the pocket and beat you with his arm. He can beat you with his arm — he’s also got those other attributes to be able to run the football, make the big plays, but also his leadership abilities to rub off on the other guys in that huddle and make them a better football team.

Read Full Interview at FanHouse

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FoxSports Chooses St Jude as Charity for NFL 2010 Season

MEMPHIS, TN.- FoxSports has chosen St Jude, known for its cancer research, as the charity for the NFL 2010 Season and will promote the children’s hospital throughout the entire NFL season. FoxSports NFL broadcasters Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman and Jimmy Johnson felt privileged to recently visit St Jude Hospital to meet some of the patients.

From (L) Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long.

During the two day trip to St Jude, the FoxSports crew recorded commercials that will run before and after football games this season on FOX. The children were excited and thrilled, but the ex-football players said it was the children that made the biggest impression.

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Rusty Wallace Would Love to Be Inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

Rusty Wallace, retired NASCAR driver and current analyst for ESPN, said he would love to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame after a recent visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. His visit was part of a tour of upstate New York that takes him to Watkins Glen International for a Nationwide Series race Saturday, Aug. 14, and a Sprint Cup race Sunday.

Retired NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace is a popular speaker says PFP Sports Booking Agency

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Merlin Olsen, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Dies of Cancer at 69

Merlin Olsen dies of cancer at age 69

Merlin Olsen, NFL Hall of Famer tackle, died early Thursday at a hospital in Duarte, Calif. He was 69.

Olsen’s brother Orrin, announced his death and said he had been treated for mesothelioma, a deadly form of lung cancer. Olsen was also a longtime color commentator for NBC’s pro football and Rose Bowl telecasts, working along side Dick Enberg.

Olsen also acted on television in NBC’s “Little House on the Prairie” and in his own series, “Father Murphy.”

NFL star, Deacon Jones, told The Los Angeles Times in 1985:

“Merlin had superhuman strength. If I was beating my man inside, he’d hold him up and free me to make the tackle. If he had to make an adjustment to sacrifice his life and limb, he would make it. A lot of the plays I made were because he or the others would make the sacrifice.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement after the passing of Olsen on Thursday.

Goodell said:

“Merlin was a larger-than-life person, literally and figuratively, and leaves an enormously positive legacy.”

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Merlin’s family.


Has Tiger Woods Hurt The Athlete Endorsement Market?

I’ve read on more than one occasion since the Tiger Woods story broke last month that the endorsement market for all athletes will suffer as a result of his indiscretions. The thinking goes that if companies can’t trust someone like Tiger, who for years had the cleanest image among all athletes, who can they trust?

Tiger Woods continues to endorse Nike. The organiztion stands behind him.

Tiger Woods continues to endorse Nike. The organization stands behind him.

I don’t agree with this assessment. There’s an inherent risk whenever a company utilizes an athlete. He could get hurt, traded, arrested or, in the case of Tiger, caught with his pants down. Athletes have been endorsing products for close to 100 years and will continue to do so.

For every high-profile scandal such as Tiger or Kobe Bryant earlier this decade that resulted in companies either cancelling or not renewing their endorsement agreements, there are countless examples of endorsement deals that have been successful. Do you think Nike was disappointed with Michael Jordan or Gatorade with Derek Jeter?

Over the weekend, I was watching CNN and three commercials in a row featured athletes – Howie Long for Chevrolet, Dan Marino for NutriSystem and Chris Berman for Applebees. So will there be any fallout from “Tigergate”?

My guess is that companies will scrutinize potential endorsers even closer. Morality clauses, which give companies the ability to opt out of an endorsement agreement should an issue arise, will likely be tightened even more. And most importantly, companies likely won’t build their entire advertising campaign around just one athlete, which is what Accenture did with Tiger. Some people have estimated it will cost Accenture tens of millions of dollars just to remove all the advertising featuring Tiger. How many times have you been in an airport and seen an Accenture billboard with Tiger?

Speaking of Tiger, his fall from the mountaintop has been historic. Never has an athlete of Tiger’s stature fallen so far so fast. Just a month ago, ask someone to describe Tiger’s image and you would likely hear such words as squeaky-clean, trustworthy and integrity. To date, among his sponsors who have either cancelled or scaled down their involvement with him  include Tag Heuer, Accenture and Gillette. Gatorade is phasing out its Tiger product, although it made the announcement a few days prior to the start of Tiger’s problems.

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Sportscaster George Michael Dies Of Cancer At Age 70

WASHINGTON, DC – George Michael, Washington, D.C. legendary broadcaster who was famous for  sports television’s  “The George Michael Sports Machine” show, has died of cancer. He was 70 years old.

Legendary broadcaster George Micahel dies of cancer at age 70.

Legendary broadcaster George Micahel dies of cancer at age 70.

Michael, who always had a confident and boisterous style while on the air, worked in radio and television for more than 40 years. He worked on the sports desk at the NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C., from 1980 to 2007.

Michael’s daughter, Michelle Allen, said Michael was surrounded by family and friends when he died Thursday morning from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

“He waged his battle against cancer with the same drive and determination that made him a one-of-a-kind in the broadcasting industry,” the family said in a statement. “Whether it was covering a sports story, working on his horse farm, or spending time with family and friends, he approached everything in life with passion.”

“Sports Machine” began shortly after Michael’s arrival at WRC TV in Washington in 1980 as “George Michael’s Sports Final,” a late-night local feature. Then in 1984 it grew into the first nationally syndicated sports highlights show, eventually airing in 194 markets across the United States and in 10 foreign countries.

WRC TV called Michael a pioneer in sports broadcasting and a dynamic force in its newsroom.

“He was a gifted interviewer, a master storyteller, and one of the hardest working journalists out there,” the station said.

PFP Talent extends its deepest condolences to the family.