Mike Organ Nashville Tennessean Published 4:31 PM EST Jan 19, 2019 Sam Bartholomew Jr., an influential Nashville sports figure for several decades, died Friday. He was 74. Bartholomew was a founding member and director of the Nashville Sports Council and the Music City Bowl. He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Bartholomew served on several boards including the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame/Middle Tennessee Chapter, Tennessee NFL Committee, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, YMCA and Tennessee Police Athletic League. He also was chairman of the 1996 Tennessee U.S. Olympic Committee, a founder of the Golf Club of Tennessee and formed the Nashville Rugby Club. “He was a bigger than life character in the sense that he not only could command and lead, but he also had that loving and endearing factor that most A-type (personalities) maybe lack,” said Bartholomew’s son Will, who played football at … [Read more...] about Prominent Nashville sports figure Sam Bartholomew Jr. dies
Scott Gleeson USA TODAY Published 6:47 AM EST Nov 6, 2018 In honor of Election Day, here are 12 sports figures who could excel running political campaigns and governing the people. LeBron James The Los Angeles Lakers forward and part-time TV producer was politically active long before he came to Hollywood, where his voice can be heard even louder. James speaks up on issues of racial inequality. He's used his platform to press for change with the Trayvon Martin case, the Donald Sterling racism saga, the Michael Brown verdict and the death of Eric Garner. That's carried over into his television career where he's co-produced the sports and politics documentary "Shut Up and Dribble." The three-time champion has a unique ability to engage with the community, evidenced by the summer opening of his "I Promise School" for at-risk children in Akron, Ohio. James, who endorsed Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016, also hasn't been afraid to … [Read more...] about 2018 election: These pro sports figures would make great politicians
Paul Allen was a quiet sports owner, one who mostly stayed behind the scenes, but his impact on those around him was felt strongly, From coaches and players to an announcer and a fellow owner, praise was effusive for Allen, owner of the Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, who died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The first reaction, of course, was surprise. Paul Allen: 1953-2018 Paul Allen, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner dies at 65 ‘A pioneer. A visionary. A good man’: The world reacts to death of Seattle business and sports mogul Paul Allen Two weeks before death, Allen announced he was battling cancer again With Paul Allen's death, Seahawks' future ownership is unclear 'His legacy will live on forever': Seattle sports figures remember Paul Allen How Paul Allen saved the Seahawks from California's clutches Seattle billionaire Paul Allen bankrolls deep ocean climate-change project Paul Allen ended KEXP’s yearslong … [Read more...] about ‘His legacy will live on forever’: Seattle sports figures reflect on Paul Allen’s impact with Seahawks
Posted August 27, 2018 at 05:00 AM | Updated August 27, 2018 at 05:01 AM image001.jpg Pennsylvania sports fans, we need your help. Here at PennLive, we want to pinpoint a Mount Rushmore of sports figures from the state’s history. There’s no clear definition of a Pennsylvania sports star, of course. It could be someone who was born in the Keystone State, someone who grew up here or a player who enjoyed their professional success in places like Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. There’s not a clear criteria for greatness, either. We’re thinking love from fans and impact on respective sports matters more than mere statistics. So ask yourself: Does Pennsylvania claim this person as its own? And do memories of this person's accomplishments on the field or the court or the ice make fans smile? What’s clear is that the state has seen its share of sports giants, icons who’ll always be remembered. Read from our list of 25 candidates and … [Read more...] about Pa. Mount Rushmore candidates: Vote to decide the state’s 4 greatest sports figures
Cheryl Reeve has achieved so much with the Minnesota Lynx that she’s now one of the most accomplished coaches in Minnesota sports history. The journey to get there was not always easy — nor was the path always clear. A standout student and point guard at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Reeve went into coaching and moved her way up the college and professional basketball ranks. She endured tough early years, with franchises she worked for folding or relocating, but Reeve was able to parlay her role as a well-respected WNBA assistant with Detroit into the Lynx head coaching job starting with the 2010 season. With the right mixture of tenacity and good fortune — including the Lynx narrowly missing the postseason in 2010, leading to them winning the draft lottery and selecting franchise cornerstone Maya Moore — Reeve has built a dynasty in Minnesota. She’s known for her no-nonsense personality, which she credits in part to her father, Larry, who died in … [Read more...] about Is Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve the most powerful sports figure in Minnesota?