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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Topps Co. President & COO JOHN LANGDON is leaving the company and company CEO ARTHUR SHORIN will assume the duties of President (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/17)....Score Board CEO KEN GOLDIN said he plans to resign on or before February 19. Goldin hopes to continue as Score Board Chair (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/17)....Fox Sports Net Senior VP/Business Development DAN WILHELM has resigned effective at the end of the year to pursue other interests (FSN)....RISA FELDMAN, former Dir of Events for ISI, has launched her own event and marketing company, NY-based New Leaf (New Leaf).
The first BOSTON YOUTH SPORTS CONGRESS, at Roxbury Community College on Saturday, brought together 450 political and corporate leaders, public safety and university officials, sports organizers, parents and children. The session was convened by Boston Mayor THOMAS MENINO. Boston city officials received $50,000 from REEBOK to pay for Saturday's conference (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/16). NO ILLUSIONS: DENNIS RODMAN opened his new nightclub Illusions on Saturday. The Las Vegas-style club features a 24-carat, gold portal that leads to the entry, where the centerpiece is the wedding dress Rodman wore last year when he announced his "wedding" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/17). In Chicago, Phil Rosenthal writes that Illusions has a private hideaway for athletes and other celebrities with "civilian members to be charged a reported $5,000" (SUN-TIMES, 11/17). NAMES: DON SHULA's Steak Houses, which includes six restaurants, plans to open a seventh at The Alexander Hotel in Miami Beach (MIAMI HERALD, 11/15)....JOHN ELWAY has co- written his first children's book, an autobiography titled "Comeback Kid," which is aimed at 7-12-year-olds (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 11/15)....DEAN SCHOENEWALD, who runs Mascot Mania, was profiled in the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Schoenewald has signed with the William Morris Agency, and "will soon begin work on a mascot-based sitcom" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/16).