Sunoco Debuts "Essence Of Racing" Campaign Executive Transactions Isiah Thomas Expected Backlash Over Hiring FanDuel Brings On Most Of Zynga Sports Team Georgia Approves Increased Athletic Budget Kentucky Adding Ribbon Boards At Rupp IndyCar Ponders How To Attract Fans Long Term Jeff Gordon Hired As Full-Time Analyst For Fox Danica's Sponsorship Status To Be Telling For NASCAR Classified Advertisements
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BOB IGER, President of ABC since 11/92, will be promoted to President/COO of CapCities/ABC "probably at the company's next board meeting later this month." DAVID WESTIN, president of production at ABC Television Network Group, will succeed Iger as head of the network group (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 9/12 issue)....TIM MAYOTTE and VIJAY ARMITRAJ were elected as player reps to the ATP Tour Board of Directors (DAILY sources, 9/13). ...SHARI LEVENTHAL was named director of Marketing and Creative Services at ESPN. She was formerly director of advertising. Also at ESPN, TREZ BAYER, an independent director/producer, joined as director of on-air promotions, and ALLAN BROCE, former advertising manager at Pepsi-Cola, was named director of advertising and consumer marketing (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 9/12)....Cubs CEO/president Andy MacPhail is said to be considering four candidates for Cubs GM: assistant S.F. Giants GM BRIAN SABEAN, Astros dir. of scouting DAN O'BRIEN, Braves "standout farm system" head CHUCK LAMAR and Rangers asst. GM WAYNE KRIVSKY (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/13).
Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, asked by ABC's Brent Musberger on his relationship with owner Jerry Jones: "I am sure we will have our ups and downs. I have no problem with Jerry in certain areas. If he wants to be involved with certain things in football, that is fine. But everything that happens on the field, between those two lines, that is me and the coaching staff and the players" ("Monday Night Football," ABC, 9/12). Meanwhile, this morning's PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER reports that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Jimmy Johnson dined together on Cape Cod last weekend (S.A. Paolontonio, PHILA. INQUIRER, 9/13). ANDRE ON TOUR: U.S. Open champ Andre Agassi today will begin his "U.S. Tour" today in Albany. The tour will stop in four U.S. cities and features Agassi playing exhibitions against John McEnroe, Michael Chang and Jim Courier. The Atlanta stop was canceled because of a dispute with a local promoter (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/13). Agassi appeared on "Late Show" with David Letterman and was introduced as the "hunkiest tennis player ever." Agassi ended the program hitting balls to Dave out on Broadway (CBS, 9/13).