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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STEVEN SCHWARTZ was named President and CEO of Tennis Corp. of America (CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS, 2/27 issue). ....According to William Houston, former GLOBE & MAIL writer JEFFREY LABOA is a possibility for the Raptors' P.R. job vacated by Tom Mayenknecht, who moved to take the same post with the Grizzlies (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 3/1)....Fired Heat head coach KEVIN LOUGHERY agreed to become the team's Dir of Player Personnel (MIAMI HERALD, 3/1).
Dolphin QB DAN MARINO will kick off his third venture into the restaurant business with the opening of Dan Marino's Town Tavern in Coral Springs, FL. Nine investors joined Marino in pooling about $750,000. Marino is already a partner in Dan Marino's American Sports Bar & Grill in Coconut Grove (MIAMI HERALD, 3/1)....U.S. figure skating champion NICOLE BOBEK is profiled as she departs today for the World Figure Skating Championships in England. Bobek, charged with "home invasion" last fall, is being painted "as a small-potatoes version of Tonya Harding" in the London tabs (USA TODAY, 3/1)....ESPN's Linda Cohn reported on RAY KNIGHT's statements that former MLB Commissioner PETER UEBEROTH spoke to him about drug problems on the Mets in the mid-80's. Knight claims that Ueberoth "chose to keep the situation quiet." Ueberoth's office was contacted, with no response....ESPN profiled former 49ers Coach BILL WALSH, who is conducting a coaching clinic for future NFL players. TOM CONDON, agent for BYU QB John Walsh and UCLA receiver J.J. Stokes, "is paying the tab" ("SportsCenter," 2/28).