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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Moves at Nike Golf: MIKE KELLY has accepted the newly created position of Dir of Communications for Nike Golf. Kelly was Dir of Communications for Taylor Made. STAN GRISSINGER was named Category Product Dir of Golf Equipment. He previously worked as Business Manager for the golf ball division of Maxfli. HECTOR HERNANDEZ has been named Senior Apparel Designer for Nike Golf's men's line (Nike Golf). ..The 49ers named KEITH LENHART as VP & CFO. He replaces BILL DUFFY, who resigned to become Exec VP/Administration for the Bills last week (N.Y. TIMES, 5/9)....KY sportscaster KENNY RICE is leaving WTVQ-ABC to become a full-time freelance reporter with ESPN (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 5/8).
In a speech at the U.N. on Friday, TED TURNER ended his feud with RUPERT MURDOCH. Turner: "I'm not gonna hate anybody. I won't even hate Rupert Murdoch. I'm not gonna hate him from this moment on. And that's a pretty difficult thing to do" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/8)....MLB player agent RON SHAPIRO was profiled by Richard Justice of the WASHINGTON POST. Justice: "Shapiro has been so successful that he now spends much of his professional time speaking to corporations on his philosophies of negotiations, which are outlined in a new book, 'The Power of Nice'" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/9)....No Limit Sports Managing Dir LELAND HARDY secured rights to the Web URL "Newyork.com" in '94. Hardy: "I've been offered millions for the name. ... [It will] be as big as Amazon.com. It's the kind of opportunity we can offer clients that no one else can" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/9)....PAUL LEVY, a Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter, is suing former Fox broadcaster JERRY GLANVILLE and Fox Sports Inc., claiming Glanville "failed to exercise care in driving the motorcycle" inside the Metrodome before a Vikings game last November 8th. Levy, suffered arm and shoulder injuries and has been in physical therapy since the incident (AP, 5/7)...On "The Tonight Show" with JAY LENO, actress KERI RUSSELL of "Felicity" said that she was an Avalanche fan and enjoyed the NHL because "it's like football with dancing, because they're so graceful. I think it's a great sport." Leno then presented Russell with a "hockey kit" that contained an Avalanche jersey, a bottle of fake blood and a Ziploc bag with "actual teeth knocked out" of a player's mouth (NBC, 5/7)....Predators captain TOM FITZGERALD read "The Top 10 Nashville Predator Pick-up Lines" during the "Late Show" with DAVID LETTERMAN. No. 3) "Our sport may not be as cool as baseball, basketball, football, boxing, golf or soccer, but I still make a ton of green" (CBS, 5/7).