ALEX RODRIGUEZ paid $9.9M for a Central Park West co-op -- after "initially being denied by the building’s board." Sources said Rodriguez "made a big fuss about it” and “begged” for the three-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom unit until he got it. Another source said that the board "did not want someone with A-Rod’s 'reputation'" (N.Y. POST, 1/11).
NAMES: President of Schottenstein Real Estate Group BRIAN SCHOTTENSTEIN, whose family has been a "major contributor" to Ohio State athletics, and former OSU QB CARDALE JONES are "starting a 510c3 non-profit to bring NIL revenue to athletes through charitable endeavors." Jones’ 10 Talents firm, which "helps athletes manage their NIL opportunities," may "be the managing partner." They said that they "hope to have their non-profit operation by the OSU Spring Game in April." Schottenstein said that individual OSU fans will "be able to contribute to the NIL fund, in addition to businesses and other organizations" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/11).
IN MEMORY: Former longtime IOC Dir General FRANCOIS CARRARD, who "helped oversee" the IOC's "reforms after the Salt Lake City bidding scandal," has died at age 83. Carrard was "one of the most influential sports lawyers in Switzerland and worldwide for more than four decades" since he "first advised the IOC on legal issues" (AP, 1/10).