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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ANDREW VEDLITZ was named Account Supervisor at ProServ Consulting. Vedlitz comes from Chicago-based WCJ Event Marketing (ProServ)....JOHN STILLSON has been promoted from Promotions Coordinator to Manager of Advertising & Promotions at SportsChannel FL (SCFL)....The USOC has four promotions in the Int'l Games Preparation Division: STEVE SAYE was named Associate Dir of Int'l Games Preparation; GARY MOY was named Manager, Games Operations; BRIAN DOUGHERTY was named Games Publications Coordinator; and Dir of Games Operations DOUG INGRAM will assume additional duties as part of the restructuring of the Division (USOC).
Cavs GM WAYNE EMBRY was named The Sporting News' NBA Executive of the Year. Embry won the award in '91-92 as well (The Sporting News)....A MD judge has barred Wizards F CHRIS WEBBER from driving in the state for 120 days, "punishing him for refusing to submit a blood sample" following a January incident in which he was pulled over and a police officer "concluded he was driving under the influence of marijuana." Webber faces a separate trial this year on criminal charges arising from the incident, including assault, resisting arrest and marijuana possession. Webber's attorneys said they will appeal the driving ban (WASHINGTON POST, 5/12)....HERBERT MIDDLETON, a member of the Phillies' partnership, died yesterday. No further details were announced (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/12)....ALAN EAGLESON "has been cleared of a misconduct charge in jail," according to his lawyer, Brian Greenspan (GLOBE & MAIL, 5/12)....NCAA Deputy Exec Dir TOM JERNSTEDT will speak this afternoon at the Univ. of OR's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center (THE DAILY). ...CBS's DAVID LETTERMAN: "Woolworth's has purchased The Sports Authority, so now whenever you need to pick up some Nikes, you can also get yourself a cheeseburger and a parakeet" ("Late Show," 5/11).
CA-based Seaver Marketing Group will bring together sports industry execs for two days of intensive training at HITTS '98, to be held July 25-26 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Resort in St. Louis, MO. HITTS, which stands for High Intensity Training in Team Sports, is sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and will feature presentations from Magic Exec VP PAT WILLIAMS, Guerilla Group President ORVILLE RAY WILSON, Game Face Marketing President ROB CORNILLES, K&A Sports Marketing Communications President DAVID KOROBKIN and Franklin-Covey Dir of Sports Marketing JAY ABRAHAM. Further information on HITTS '98, including registration instructions, can be found at its official Web site at http://www.sports-forum.com or by contacting Seaver Marketing Group's Kurtis Katz at 619-469-4101 (HITTS).