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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ALAN COHEN has been promoted to the new post of Exec VP- Marketing at NBC (AD AGE, 9/26 issue)....AD AGE's Melanie Wells reports that JERRY CRONIN of Wieden & Kennedy "is said to have left for free-lancing opportunities in New York" (AD AGE, 9/26 issue)....DOUGLAS WARHSAW was named Exec Producer for all programming at Classic Sports Network. He was a broadcast producer at ESPN....From SportsChannel, New York: LESLIE HOWLETT to Manager of Programming Services and Operations; MARK CALLAHAN to Manager of Program Acquisition and Development; LORRAINE ROSSI to Program Scheduling Supervisor; and RUSSELL REISMAN to Program Scheduling Coordinator (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 9/26 issue).
DAL MAXVILL was fired as the Cardinals GM. WHITEY HERZOG, LEE THOMAS, TED SIMMONS, TONY LARUSSA, and BOB COSTAS have been named as possible successors (Mike Eisenbath, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 9/22)....DON CONVINGTON was promoted to VP/Engineering for Liberty Sports Communications. NELSON FLANAGAN was named Dir of Operations (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 9/19 issue).....Converse Chair GIB FORD announced the following: DONALD CAMACHO, promoted to Senior VP and CFO; RONALD RYAN, promoted to Senior VP/Operations; JAMES LAWLOR, named VP/Treasurer (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/21).
DON KING has been named in a lawsuit by Top Rank over the promotional rights to heavyweight Lionel Butler....At the Wheaties reunion, MICHAEL JORDAN said he will not cross the picket line if the strike continues into next season, "My main objective is to learn the game. By no means do I want to feel that I am conflicting with the players" (Terry Armour, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/22).
GE'S JACK WELCH is profiled in this week's NEWSWEEK under the headline, "Scratches in the Teflon: GE's Jack Welch is America's Most Venerated Executive. Has He Lost His Midas Touch?" (10/3 issue)....BARRY DILLER confirmed that he'll resign once QVC Inc. is acquired by Comcast Corp. and Liberty Media Corp. (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/27)..... NICK FALDO will return to the PGA Tour in 1995. He had voluntarily resigned from the Tour in 1989 (THE DAILY).... ROBERT HOUSTON, the accountant accused of filing false tax and financial statements to help L.A. Kings President BRUCE MCNALL, will plead guilty (Mult., 9/27)....Blackie Sherrod writes that Cowboys owner JERRY JONES' recent push for more merchandising revenue "may have cast him as a lose cannon on the order of Al Davis" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/25).