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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KENNY ANDERSON has fired his agent, Atlanta-based RICHARD HOWELL. Anderson would not discuss reasons for the switch or who is new agent will be (N.Y. POST, 12/1).... Network Int'l has named ARNOLD WRIGHT to the position of Dir of Team and Corporate Services. He will direct development and implementation of ticketing and marketing programs for pro teams (Network International)....Fox Sports has named DAN BELL as a publicist in its media relations department. He was previously Manager/Marketing Commun. at The Baseball Network (Fox Sports)....The Blue Jays named TIM MCCLEARY as Assistant GM. He was with the Yankees (SportsTicker).
MSG Exec VP JOSEPH COHEN's return to the company after a stint owning the L.A. Kings is profiled in CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS. Ylonda Gault writes Cohen "must develop more programs in which advertisers not only buy television ads on the MSG Network and the rights to hand signs in the Garden but also participate in joint promotions for other Garden events and products" (CRAIN'S NEW YORK, 11/27-12/3)....Colts Owner ROBERT IRSAY had a stroke Wednesday night and is conscious and in stable condition in an Indianapolis hospital (INDIANAPOLIS STAR/NEWS, 12/1)....NASL Organizer JEROME COOPER died of pneumonia yesterday in his Washington home. He was 81 (WASHINGTON POST, 12/1)....CBS Sports figure skating analyst SCOTT HAMILTON commented on recent remarks by NANCY KERRIGAN in which she called competitions "boring." Hamilton: "If you're not in shape, if you don't want to be there, don't come" (CBS Sports)....Former Browns QB BRIAN SIPE intends to protest the team's move in several ways over the coming weeks. Sipe's efforts could include a documentary on the team "for the fans," a rally of former Browns players before the team's final home game, and a possible stint in the booth as an NBC analyst for Sunday's Browns-Chargers game (Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 12/1)....DIANA ROSS, at a press conference announcing she would be the Super Bowl XXX halftime entertainment: "I know the game will be exciting. [sarcastic laughter from crowd]. At least a little bit anyway" ("ET," 11/30)....JOE GARAGIOLA appeared on NBC's "Today" acknowledging his humanitarian award from the broadcasters association. ... MAGIC JOHNSON also appeared on "Today" updating his fight with HIV. Johnson said he hopes to play on the '96 "Dream Team": "I'm 253 [lbs.], but all muscle, not fat" (NBC, 11/30)....GREG LOUGANIS appeared on ABC's "GMA" with the mother of Ryan White. Louganis will be honored with the 5th annual Ryan White achievement award. Louganis, noting the positive response he has received since going public on his contraction of HIV: "Even if people don't understand sexual orientation, they understand honesty" ("GMA," ABC, 11/30).