Former NFLer STEVE GLEASON's nonprofit acknowledged a caregiver's dating profile that "says her most controversial opinion was the paralyzed New Orleans Saints legend faked amyotrophic lateral sclerosis." Team Gleason Associate Executive Dir CLARE DURRETT said that the organization "has spoken with the caregiver, and the employee indicated the remark was intended as humor." But Durrett said Team Gleason understood “ALS isn’t a joking matter” after the post upset survivors of the neuromuscular disease as well as Saints fans (NOLA.com, 1/11).
NAMES: WWE was sued yesterday by a smaller rival that "accused it of violating federal antitrust law by monopolizing the professional wrestling market." MLW Media LLC accused WWE and its CEO VINCE MCMAHON of "threatening content partners for doing business with MLW, to help protect its 85% share of the U.S. market for professional wrestling broadcasting rights." The plaintiff said WWE’s interference in '21 "caused Vice TV to end talks to air new MLW content, and led to a 40% drop in ticket sales after Fox Corp’s Tubi streaming service abandoned a licensing agreement the night before it was to be publicly announced" (REUTERS, 1/11)....GRANT HILL is releasing a new autobiography, "GAME," via Penguin Press later this summer (TWITTER.com, 1/12)....Big Ten Senior VP/TV, Media & Analytics and Emerging Platforms KERRY KENNY and his wife welcomed a daughter, HARPER, on Saturday (TWITTER.com, 1/11).