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LPGA player MARIA FASSI started the Maria Fassi Foundation and Fassi’s Friends, "a series of inclusive and adaptable clinics that bring disabled and full-bodied kids together to learn the game of golf." Fassi on Wednesday evening held a kick-off event at Topgolf ahead of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and a junior clinic on Thursday afternoon at Pinnacle Country Club "in partnership with the local First Tee" (, 9/23).

NAMES: Lakers G WAYNE ELLINGTON returns to L.A. with "a deep interest in finance and investment, his primary area of focus being real estate." He is partnering with investment banker and CGI Merchant Group Founder & CEO RAOUL THOMAS on a program "to help athletes learn more about investments, particularly in real estate." Ellington’s role as a current athlete taking on this side project is "a little unusual." Ellington said, "This program is going to allow guys to learn about investing before actually putting in money" (L.A. TIMES, 9/23)....Former Mets manager BOBBY VALENTINE and some of his old squad came to CitiField for the 20th annual gala for Tuesday’s Children, a nonprofit that "helps 9/11 families and other groups affected by terrorism and military conflict" (N.Y. POST, 9/24).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: January 26, 2022

Ohio State zigs on NIL; the NFL strengthens its media hand and USFL gets rare media simulcast.

SBJ Spotlight: January 14, 2022

SBJ Spotlight: NFL strength, CFP confusion and the stealth Olympics In today’s Spotlight Roundtable, SBJ’s Abe Madkour and John Ourand are joined by LiveLike CEO Miheer Walavalkar and Syracuse sports management professor Rick Burton to talk about big news in sports business. Topics included the ratings strength of the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys; confusion in college sports and the CFP; tech advances and the metaverse; and how NBC is just trying to get through the Beijing Games on the way to Paris and L.A.

SBJ Unpacks: Ben Sutton and George Pyne

Two college football insiders, Teall Capital’s Ben Sutton and Bruin Capital’s George Pyne, discuss the College Football Playoff expansion, driving more value from the championship game and the future of bowl games in this game day edition of the SBJ Unpacks podcast.

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