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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MARY GRISWOLD has been named Manager of Corporate Communications for the NFL. Griswold was previously Director of Communications for People & Properties Inc. Griswold will coordinate public relations for NFL Enterprises, the NFL business unit in charge of ancillary television and media opportunities (NFL)....The Grizzlies have named JAY TRIANO as Dir of Community Relations (SportsTicker)....ROBERTA JACOBS was named Senior VP, Sales and Marketing for Viacom New Media (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/10)....NICHOLAS RHODES has joined Speedvision in Dallas as Senior VP, Business Development (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 5/8). ....Richmond Renegades President HARRY FEUERSTEIN has agreed to purchase the Ice Palace in Richmond from former Renegades owner ALLAN HARVIE JR. (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 5/9).
The Spurs' DENNIS RODMAN is profiled as "Madonna's Basketball Pal" in the May 15 issue of PEOPLE magazine. Teammate JACK HALEY on the Rodman-Madonna relationship: "It was pretty heavy. I heard her say several times she wanted to have babies with Dennis. She called him a 'perfect specimen.'" Rodman, on his marketability: "It's like I'm a MICHAEL JORDAN. But I'm a Michael Jordan on the flip side. That's the way it is. The NBA don't want it, but they don't have any choice" (PEOPLE, 5/15 issue)....Suns VP & COO RICH DOZER is quoted in a piece on franchise profitability in the current U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT. Dozer says that there are four factors to profitability: "smart owners, strong management, a large market and a modern facility." While any three will do, Dozer adds, "If you're weak in two or three, then you're in trouble" (U.S. NEWS, 5/15 issue).... MERRITT NORVELL appears to top the short list to become the AD at Michigan State (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 5/10)....DAVE TWARDZIK has been offered the job of GM for the Warriors. He was Dir of player Personnel for the Hornets (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/10)....Penguins Owner HOWARD BALDWIN has a box office "bonanza" on his hands with the upcoming release of "Sudden Death" (USA TODAY, 5/10)....LPGA Commissioner CHARLIE MECHEM is profiled in this morning's USA TODAY. Mechem, who is is unsure of his plans are after his 5-year term is up, was approached by a few LPGA players about starting a sports marketing firm. Mechem: "I didn't want to do that because I'd have to hire all those lawyers and accountants" (USA TODAY, 5/10)....ESPN's Chris Mortenson reports that AL DAVIS wants $20M from the NFL to "endure the pain and suffering of playing in the L.A. Coliseum while a new stadium is being built." Mortenson says the league will address its "L.A. problem" at its owners meetings later this month in Jacksonville ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 5/9).