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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In St. Louis, KSDK-TV sports anchor TREY WINGO will join ESPNEWS in November (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/14). ...MLS Wizards GM TIM LATTA announced his resignation. Hunt Sports Group President TIM CONNOLLY said the team hopes to have a new GM in four to six weeks (K.C. STAR, 10/14)....The SLOC named GORDON HALL Chair of the Board of Ethics. Hall replaces new SLOC Chair ROBERT GARFF. The SLOC also expanded the ethics board from three members to five, adding DAVID JORDAN, a former U.S. attorney, and MERRILL NORMAN, a CPA (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 10/11)....Raycom Sports named REGINALD JESTER Dir of Distribution Sales (Raycom Sports).
In a deal completed seven months ago, Twins Owner CARL POHLAD and Northwest Airlines bought MN-based Champion Air, the air service provider for the Twins, Timberwolves, Jazz, Bruins and other sports teams. Pohlad now owns 60% of Champion (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/13)....T-Wolves Owner GLEN TAYLOR will give a "record" $8M to his alma mater, MN- based Mankato State Univ. (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 10/14).
ESPN anchor GARY MILLER was arrested Saturday at a nightclub in Cleveland and charged with public indecency, aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest (Mult, 10/12)....N.Y.-based developer JERRY SPEYER has reportedly brokered a deal linking Radio City Productions with MSG to sign up shows for both sites. MSG President DAVE CHECKETTS would head up the new company that will book talent into both MSG and Radio City Music Hall (N.Y. POST, 10/13). ...ESPN's DICK SCHAAP, who hosts "The Sports Reporters," was profiled by Michael Hirsley of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Schaap, who is also a theater critic for ABC: "I think I'm the only person who votes for both the Heisman Trophy and the Tony awards" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/12)....In an examination of the personal finances of celebrities, it is reported that DENNIS RODMAN has a financial advisor who put him on a $1,000-per- week allowance. All the rest of Rodman's income is invested -- "some in individual stocks and most in mutual funds." Rodman also holds "big equity stakes" in Oakley sunglasses and supermarket chain Safeway (N.Y. POST, 10/12)....Former MLB Commissioner FAY VINCENT contributed a column in Sunday's N.Y. TIMES on the loss of the Browns, his favorite NFL team. Vincent: "When the Browns return to life in some future season, I wonder how I'll respond. My guess is that the flame will be dim. There is a big cost to these franchise shifts. Competition for my sports loyalty is now much greater" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/12).
WOODY HARRELSON will star in "Almost Perfect Game," which chronicles the life of former MLB P BILL LEE. The movie will start shooting in the spring ("Access Hollywood," 10/13). Lee, who now resides in VT, spent most of his career with the Red Sox and wrote "The Wrong Stuff." A NATURAL? BARRY LEVISON and producer MARK JOHNSON have optioned for an undisclosed sum the rights to "Magic Time," an unpublished baseball manuscript written by W.P. KINSELLA, the novelist "Field of Dreams" (VARIETY, 10/9).