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 Marquee Group named DONNA COLEMAN CFO. She had served as CFO for Time Warner-Music Sound Exchange for the last three years (The Marquee Group)....The CISL named MICHAEL HARRISON Deputy Commissioner. He was VP/General Counsel of Contemporary Services Corp (CISL)....BET Holdings, the parent company of BET network, named BYRON MARCHANT Senior VP & General Counsel (WASHINGTON POST, 4/29)....Lyons, Inc. promoted MEG JAMISON to Dir of Sales/Presentations, DAN WHITE to Account Supervisor in the Advertising Department and JEANINE KOBER to Account Executive (Lyons)....Twentieth TV has signed GEOVANNI BREWER and JEFF FISCHGRUND to executive produce the upcoming late night talk show with MAGIC JOHNSON (VARIETY, 4/28 issue).
The crew of HBO's Arli$$ had a busy weekend, taping shots Saturday with JERRY WEST and SHAQUILLE O'NEAL at the Great Western Forum, and with HANK AARON and RONNIE LOTT at a card show in Pomona, CA. The new season of Arli$$ starts June 14 (THE DAILY)....A Norfolk, MA Superior Court Judge ruled that Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT can move forward in his effort to evict CHARLES SARKIS, the operator of a Foxboro Racetrack, from the site which Kraft purchased, along with 330 acres adjacent to Foxboro Stadium, for $16.2M last year. According to "several sources," Kraft is weighing plans to build a new stadium on the Foxborough site to replace the current one, located across the street from the track site (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/26)....The N.Y. POST reports that OPRAH WINFREY cancelled an appearance on her show by DENNIS RODMAN last week because his new book, "Walk on the Wild Side," is too "raunchy" (N.Y. POST, 4/29).
One week after he withdrew from a tournament after making racially insensitive remarks about Tiger Woods, Fuzzy Zoeller "kidded" with a black golfer Monday about eating fried chicken and watermelon, according to Thomas Bonk in the L.A. TIMES. While at a pro-am in South Carolina, the black golfer, Victor McBryde, called to Zoeller, "Hey Fuzzy," and Zoeller responded, "Go get you some fried chicken." McBryde answered "by telling Zoeller not to forget the cornbread." Zoeller replied: "How about some watermelon?" (L.A. TIMES, 4/29). CNN/SI's Nick Charles spoke with Zoeller via phone and Zoeller read a statement: "I've had a lot of time to think over the past several days. Race has been a serious issue in this country for years, but it still seems to me that we have to stop being so sensitive about things. ... If we don't all learn to laugh at each other, and ourselves, were not ever going to get along." Zoeller, asked by Charles what he thought was funny about the remarks: "Everybody's laughing, we're having a good time. No harm intended, no pun intended" (CNN/SI, 4/28).