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Names In The News

Coe's Visibility Helping LOCOG In
Marketing For '12 Olympics
In N.Y., Christopher Clarey profiled LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE, who was "once the world's greatest middle-distance runner," and who is the "most famous figure to lead an Olympic effort since" former France skier JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY was co-Chair of the organizing committee for the '92 Albertville Olympics. Clarey wrote "such visibility is a blessing in terms of marketing and a potential curse in terms of expectations." Meanwhile, Coe is "taking on an increasingly visible role" with the IAAF, "setting up a potential future tussle for the presidency of the IAAF" with former Ukraine pole-vaulter SERGEI BUBKA (N.Y. TIMES, 8/23).

ALL THAT JAZZ: In Salt Lake City, Steve Luhm profiled Jazz Exec VP/Basketball Operations & GM KEVIN O'CONNOR, who at 10 years in the position has "become the NBA's second-longest tenured general manager behind Sacramento's GEOFF PETRIE because of a tireless work ethic, an intense competitiveness and a franchise-first approach to his job." Nets President ROD THORN: "I have tremendous respect for him because he's worked his way up through the system and has become one of the best in the business. He doesn't get the notoriety that some bigger-name guys do, but I don't know anybody who does a better job" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/23).

LASTING TRIBUTE: Boston's Liberty Hotel this weekend unveiled the Ebersol Suite, which is named for NBC Sports & Olympics Chair DICK EBERSOL's late son Teddy, "who was a huge Red Sox fan." The suite, "which will run $6,000 a night, is decorated 'Fever Pitch'-style with Red Sox photos and trinkets." On hand for the unveiling were Ebersol, Ebersol's wife, SUSAN SAINT JAMES, Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY, Red Sox Chair TOM WERNER, Henry's wife, LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY, Red Sox President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO's wife STACEY LUCCHINO and SI writer PETER KING (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/24).

Daldry May Work On Opening,
Closing Ceremonies For '12 Olympics
NAMES: Former NFLer EMMITT SMITH Friday was introduced as Super Bowl XLV Emerging Business Program co-Chair, a role "designed to ensure that companies owned by minorities and women are able to compete for goods and services contracts when the Super Bowl comes to Arlington" in '11 (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 8/22)....Director STEPHEN DALDRY's name "has been put forward to mastermind the opening and closing ceremonies" for the '12 London Olympics (LONDON TIMES, 8/23)....Vanderbilt Univ. men's basketball coach KEVIN STALLINGS paid for the team's trip to Australia, which took place August 7-17, "by declining a $100,000 raise that was contractually due to him this summer" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/23)....MLS Dynamo investor Oscar De La Hoya during yesterday's game against the Sounders visited the Dynamo's "two most prominent supporters' groups." De La Hoya joined El Batallon "for a few minutes late in the first half, then made his way over to the Texian Army across Robertson Stadium late in the second" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/24)....AVP Tour teammates MICHELLE MORE and SUZANNE STONEBARGER have posed "nude together in an eight-page spread for the most recent Playboy issue" (ESPN.com, 8/21)....NBA Kings co-Owner GEORGE MALOOF and former SI swimsuit cover model VALERIA MAZZA were two of the judges for the '09 Miss Universe pageant that aired on NBC last night ("Miss Universe 2009," NBC, 8/23).

IN MEMORY: VANOC Design Dir LEO OBSTBAUM, the "creative spark behind the 2010 Olympics, including the mascots and medals," died Thursday at his Port Moody, Canada, home at the age of 40. Obstbaum "had a hand in designing the look of the Games and its torch as well as the medals and mascots, Quatchi, Sumi and Miga." VANOC CEO JOHN FURLONG called Obstbaum's contributions a "true enduring legacy of what went on here in Vancouver" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 8/23).

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