Seems Tom Hicks ain't the only member of the Fab Four -- which is to say, the buyout artists formerly known as Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst -- with a thing for the sports.
The latest issue of Forbes , which is available by subscription only, features a story about how private citizens are bankrolling Olympians, since it's easier than, ya know, owning a crappy Major League Baseball team that can't land a big-name free agent pitcher or a frustrating National Hockey League franchise that gets bounced early in the playoffs. And you can do it without giving money to the United States Olympic Committee. That's where Charles Tate comes in.
Forbes reports that Tate has been giving much money to USA Weightlifting, based out of Colorado Springs, which is trying to raise $200,000 to cover coaching and travel expenses for its sojourn to Beijing next year. In fact, the mag says, Tate has given so much dough to USA Weightlifting that its exec director, two-time Olympian Wesley Barnett, "has arranged to have his team -- including two-time Olympic star weightlifter Cheryl Haworth -- dine more than once with Tate and his family." In related news, I gave Quincy Carter $8.53 to have brunch with me in a few weeks. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.