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NFL free agent K JOSH LAMBO has filed a lawsuit against the Jaguars seeking his $3.5M salary for '21, "plus damages for emotional distress." The lawsuit says Lambo’s performance "suffered as a result of being kicked and verbally abused" by then-coach URBAN MEYER. The lawsuit, filed in the 4th Judicial Circuit Court in Duval County yesterday, claims Meyer and the Jaguars "created a hostile work environment." Since Lambo reported the incident to the Jaguars’ legal counsel, his subsequent release "violated Florida’s Private Sector Whistle Blower’s Act, the lawsuit claims" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 5/10).

Rutgers named former XFL President & CEO Jeffrey Pollack Executive-in-Residence in its Global Sports Business master's programJeffrey Pollack

NAMES: Saints and Pelicans Owner GAYLE BENSON yesterday received The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for '21, which has been "presented since 1901 to men and women who have performed exemplary service to the community without expecting material recognition." It is "given for service during the preceding year" (, 5/10)....Former White Sox head trainer and 20-year employee BRIAN BALL yesterday filed a lawsuit against the team and GM RICK HAHN, claiming he was "fired unlawfully on Oct. 31, 2020, because of his sexual orientation, age and disability." He also claims he was "defamed by the team and suffered emotional distress." The organization "categorically denies the baseless allegations" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/11)....Rutgers Univ. named former XFL President & CEO JEFFREY POLLACK Executive-in-Residence in its Global Sports Business master's program. As the first person to be appointed to the role, Pollack will serve as a guest instructor and coach and guide students as they begin to navigate their career paths in the sports industry (Rutgers).

IN MEMORY: Basketball HOFer BOB LANIER died yesterday "after a short illness." It was reported in '19 that he was "being treated for bladder cancer." Lanier was inducted into the HOF in '92, and he had worked for the NBA as a global ambassador. Lanier also served as NBPA President during the final years of his career, with NBA Commissioner ADAM SILVER saying that he played "a key role in the negotiation of a game-changing collective bargaining agreement" (AP, 5/11). Lanier has a "mention in pop culture," in the movie "Airplane," when a young fan recognizes KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR disguised as a co-pilot named ROGER MURDOCK -- and insists Abdul-Jabbar "doesn’t give enough effort." Lanier was also in the movie, "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/11).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: August 12, 2022

FIFA shifts opener of World Cup; MLB shows well in Iowa; Broncos tab a new president and Boehly retains sports venue design pioneer.  

SBJ Unpacks: MLS All Star Week

Ahead of the MLS All-Star Game, Alex Silverman was joined by CBS Sports' Grant Wahl and World Soccer Talk's Christopher Harris to discuss the current state of MLS. Among the topics discussed: MLS All-Star MLS Expansion MLS-Apple Deal Future of MLS

SBJ I Factor: Jed York

SBJ I Factor: Jed York, presented by Allied Sports SBJ I Factor presented by Allied Sports features an interview with San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York. York is in his 17th year with the organization and his 12th as CEO. He is a two-time SBJ Forty Under 40 honoree as a member of the classes of 2012 and 2013. York talks with SBJ’s Abe Madkour about what he learned from growing up in the sports business, working in multiple departments at the team, the challenges of building Levi’s Stadium, and how his leadership style has evolved through the years. SBJ I Factor is a monthly podcast offering interviews with sports executives who have been recipients of one of the magazine’s awards, such as Forty Under 40, Game Changers and others.

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