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 latest issue of the L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL ranks the top 50 "Wealthiest Angelenos" ranked by net worth. Included: Clippers Owner DONALD STERLING (16), the DISNEY family (23), Angels Chair GENE AUTRY (34), Disney President MICHAEL OVITZ (41), Lakers Owner JERRY BUSS (45) and Dodgers Owner PETER O'MALLEY (47) (L.A. BUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/25).... CE Sports President CRAIG ELLEDGE is profiled in the "On a Roll" column of the latest issue of AD AGE. Elledge, 35, has a 30-member agency that created the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League and represents 20 corporations through events (AD AGE, 10/2)...."ET" showed scenes from the opening of the FleetCenter. NANCY KERRIGAN, who performed: "We're going to miss the Garden, but at the same time, it's the same fans, the same people and they're the ones who make the building what it is" ("ET," 10/2)....Outgoing LPGA Tour Commissioner CHARLIE MECHEM will remain as a consultant to the Tour and new Commissioner JIM RITTS ... MICHAEL CULANG has been named President of Izod Club Golf & Tennis. Culang forsees "minimal organizational change" at Izod (GOLF WORLD, 9/29)....JERRY VAINISI has resigned from the World League to purse a career in sports law with a Chicago firm. Vainisi was WLAF VP/Football Ops (USA TODAY, 10/3)....Tigers Owner MIKE ILLITCH was "never more noticeable than in his absence" during manager SPARKY ANDERSON'S resignation press conference yesterday (DETROIT NEWS, 10/3)....STEVE YOUNG is in L.A. today to film his segment for Fox's "Beverly Hills 90210." Agent LEIGH STEINBERG will also be in the segment, both playing themselves. Steinberg: "Obviously it is not Shakespeare" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 10/3)....ESPN's Keith Olbermann on Expos GM KEVIN MALONE's comment baseball is run by Satan: "No truth to rumors that Satan has issued a statement saying he'd never get involved in anything as sleezy as the baseball business" ("SportsCenter," 10/2). For the record, Malone told Peter Gammons that his "Satan" quote was taken out of context. Malone: "I can't help if someone's out to get me" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/1).
The '96 National Sports Forum, being held January 22-24 in Colorado Springs, has announced that JERRY MCMORRIS, President of the Rockies, JEFFREY POLLACK, Publisher of The Sports Business Daily, ANDY DOLICH, former President of the Warriors, and JOHN CORDOVA, Senior Manager of Business Affairs with Coca-Cola, will all be Keynote speakers for the forum. The Sports Forum has also added two more members to its Steering Committee, ROB GOODMAN, GM of the Omaha Racers, and PETER PILLING, Associate AD External Relations and President of NACMA -- National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (National Sports Forum).