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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GIANT DEPARTURE: MLB Giants Enterprises President PAT GALLAGHER will leave the organization on June 30 to pursue other opportunities. Gallagher, who joined the team in '76, served as Senior VP/Business Operations for more than 20 years, where he oversaw various aspects of the non-baseball business for the club. Gallagher also played a lead role in the development of AT&T Park. Gallagher assumed his current role in ’00 (Giants). In S.F., Henry Schulman writes Gallagher was the “brains behind the Croix de Candlestick pins and Crazy Crab mascot” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/27).
SEDAN PARKING: Universal Sports, NBC and Intermedia Partner's Olympic and amateur sports channel, has hired Sedan Communications to handle its PR. GREG HUGHES and AMY SORRELLS will be the primary consultants for the upstart TV channel. Hughes spent more than 19 years with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Sorrells spent four years at Fox Cable Network before becoming an independent communications consultant (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal).
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS: The Penguins officially named DAVID PEART VP/Business Partnerships. Peart most recently served as 49ers VP/Sales & Marketing from '04-08, after previously serving as Texans VP/Business Development and MLB Rangers and Stars Assistant VP/Sponsorship Sales (Penguins). Meanwhile, the Penguins promoted Dir of Hockey Administration JASON BOTTERILL to Assistant GM following the Wild naming former Assistant GM CHUCK FLETCHER as GM (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/23).
EXECS: MSG named Schottenstein Luxury Group Senior VP/Licensing GAIL STERN Senior VP/Merchandising & Licensing. Stern will serve as strategic leader of product, licensing and retail programs, reporting to MSG Sports President SCOTT O'NEIL (MSG)....The Dodgers named Broncos Senior Dir of Special Projects and AFL Colorado Crush Exec VP MICHAEL YOUNG Chief Revenue Officer (Dodgers)....The AHL Springfield Falcons promoted VP/Business Operations BOB OLIVER to Senior VP & Assistant Governor, Dir of Sales & Service CHRIS THOMPSON to VP/Business Development and Ticket Sales Exec & broadcaster MIKE KELLY to Manager of Group Sales & broadcaster (Falcons).
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GREECE LIGHTNING: In Orlando, Chris Harry cited sources as saying that Univ. of Florida G NICK CALATHES last week signed a deal to play for Greek basketball club Panathinaikos. Sources said that the deal will pay Calathes, who has dual U.S. and Greece citizenship, around $1.1M annually, "in addition to providing him with a home, car and tax credits, making for a total package commensurate to what the NBA rookie salary scale provides a late-lottery selection." With his Greek heritage and citizenship, "there should be endorsement opportunities aplenty" for Calathes (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/24).
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Scenes for the upcoming movie "MONEYBALL" will be shot at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in July. A's officials "haven't received concrete details on what scenes will be shot" at the ballpark, but A's VP/Stadium Operations David Rinetti said that "footage of actual A's home games probably will be shot" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 5/27)....A camera crew Sunday filmed HER energy drink CEO BRETT JACOBSON at the Indianapolis 500, where his company sponsored Alex Lloyd's No. 99 entry, "for a television reality series." Details of the show are unknown, but Jacobson said that "an announcement is coming" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/26).
NAMES: Senators Owner EUGENE MELNYK yesterday agreed to "show up in person or by proxy" to Biovail's annual meeting tomorrow, ending the "ongoing feud with the pharmaceutical giant he used to run" (NATIONAL POST, 5/27)....VANOC earlier this month filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court against Winnipeg-based Roadtrips "in an effort to stop black-market ticket sales" for the '10 Vancouver Olympics. VANOC claims that Roadtrips is "offering tours that include tickets to the Games that they don't have a legal right to sell" (CP, 5/25)....Former SMI President & CEO Humpy Wheeler will be the featured storyteller at the Charlotte Folk Society's monthly meeting on June 12, where he will "share stories about growing up in the mill town" of Belmont, North Carolina, and the "early days of NASCAR" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/24)....Wild Owner CRAIG LEIPOLD has a 10-year lease on a suite at the St. Paul Hotel (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 5/23)....Beach volleyball player KERRI WALSH and her husband, beach volleyball player CASEY JENNINGS, Friday welcomed their first child, JOSEPH (PEOPLE.com, 5/23).