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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The Mighty Ducks have promoted KEVIN GILMORE to VP of Hockey Operations from his current position as Dir of Hockey Operations....The Celtics announced that they have named JON JENNINGS as Director of Basketball Development....LARRY RILEY was named Dir of Scouting for the NBA expansion Grizzlies. Riley was formerly assistant coach and scout for the Bucks (THE DAILY).
FORBES released its annual list of the 400 richest Americans. Below are the sports industrialists featured in this year's list (FORBES, 10/17 issue)
OWNERS TEAM Richard DeVos Orlando Magic$4.5B Paul Allen Portland Trailblazers$3.9B Ted Turner Atlanta Hawks/Braves$1.6B Robert Tisch N.Y. Giants$1.135B William Davidson Detroit Pistons$900 William Clay Ford Detroit Lions$785 Leon Hess N.Y. Jets$745 Carl Pohlad Minnesota Twins$710 Wayne Huizenga Marlins/Panthers/Dolphins$700 Jack Kent Cooke Washington Redskins$700 Michael Ilitch Detroit Red Wings/Tigers$500 Walter Haas Jr. Oakland A's$490 Jeremy Jacobs Boston Bruins$450 Richard Jacobs Cleveland Indians$380 Herb Simon Indiana Pacers$345 Ken Behring Seattle Seahawks$340 Gene Autry California Angels$340 Drayton McLane Houston Astros$330 Alex Spanos San Diego Chargers$325 Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys$320OTHER KEY FIGURES IN THE SPORTS INDUSTRY Rupert Murdoch Fox Broadcasting$4B Sumner Redstone Viacom$3.8B Phil Knight Nike$1.7B Laurence Tisch CBS$1.135B Amos Barr Hostetter Continental Cablevision$800 Charles Dolan Cablevision/MSG$715 William Koch America's Cup sponsor$700 Paul Fireman Reebok$670 John Malone TCI$565 Karsten Solheim Golf clubs$400 Ralph Roberts Comcast$350 Michael Eisner Disney$340 Roy Speer Liberty Media$335
DAVID FALK is profiled in this morning's WASHINGTON TIMES under the headline: "Super Agent Falk slam-dunks NBA." Bart Hubbach writes, "Among basketball agents, the pecking order begins with Falk." Falk represents two of the top six '94 draft picks and at least three first rounders. But many around the league "wonder if Falk is becoming too influential, questioning whether an agent ... should be able to dictate a team's moves" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/4)....The Univ. of Michigan athletic department has announced its plan to build a $5M tennis facility that will be named after Lions owner WILLIAM FORD (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 10/3).... RANDALL "TEX" COBB appeared on CNBC's "Business Insiders," and defended allegations made last year in Sports Illustrated that he participated in "fixing" a fight. Cobb said the allegations have affected his boxing and acting careers: "I'm finished in the boxing field, I can't get another fight. .... I'm some poor boy, swinging to try to stay alive, and I can't get a job anywhere" (CNBC, 10/3).