Sports Philanthropy, Good Will On Tap For Pre-Thanksgiving Edition of "Sportfolio" on Bloomberg TV

"Christmas Story The Musical" Star Dan Lauria Discusses Transition from Athlete to Actor, Packers Greg Jennings Talks Charity, Harrie Bakst on Philanthropy and Sports Following Superstorm Sandy
By: Joe Favorito
Nov. 20, 2012 - PRLog -- The holiday season is a busy season for sports business, with families spending time and money watching and participating in sports events. It's also a busy season for theatrical family entertainment and for philanthropic giving. This week's Sportfolio examines the intersection of sports, theater, and philanthropy with a pair of prominent guests.

Actor Dan Lauria (“Lombardi,” “The Wonder Years”) returns to Broadway in “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” The former college football captain at Southern Connecticut State University tells Rick Horrow why this underdog story will especially resonate with sports fans, and how his athletic background has informed his acting career. Lauria, who portrayed Vince Lombardi in 2011 also shares what he learned about leadership from studying to play the legendary coach on stage.

With relief efforts still ongoing after Superstorm Sandy, the traditional season for charitable giving has started earlier than usual. Carnegie Sports and Entertainment founder Harrie Bakst gives an overview of players, teams, and leagues that have stepped up to help storm victims; he also discusses the grassroots charity efforts that developed after the cancellation of the New York City Marathon, and looks at some innovative models of using sports as a platform for philanthropy. The show will also spend some time with Packers rehabbing wide receiver Greg Jennings talking about his philanthropic and business work as well.

This week’s show debuts Wednesday night at  9:30 PM and 12:30 AM ET Thursday on Bloomberg TV (DirecTV 353, check your local cable systems for the channel near you).

Now in its second season, this week’s edition of “Sportfolio” will add to a guest list that has already included: NBA Commissioner David Stern, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, MLS Commissioner Don Garber,  Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie,  Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross,  Dodgers and Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, AEG CEO Tim Leiweke, Wasserman Media Group CEO Casey Wasserman, Cubs general manager Theo Epstein and owner Tom Ricketts, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, 49ers president Jed York, NASCAR’s Brian France and Jeff Gordon, Masters Champion Bubba Watson, the New York Mets R.A. Dickey, golf hall of famers Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, and many, many others. The show reaches more than 270 million households through first-run and syndicated airings.

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