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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Dan Lozano Leaves
Beverly Hills Sports Council
Prominent MLB player agent DAN LOZANO "has left the Beverly Hills Sports Council," according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. BHSC Partner JEFF BORRIS said, "Danny Lozano has left Beverly Hills Sports Council, and we wish him well in his future endeavors." Lozano, the agent for Cardinals 1B ALBERT PUJOLS and "several other prominent major leaguers," has been with the firm since '89, and his departure is "likely to have major ramifications within the industry." Pujols' contract with the Cardinals expires following the '10 MLB season, after which the Cardinals own a club option for the '11 season, and he is "expected to sign an enormous contract in the aftermath of big recent deals" for Twins C JOE MAUER and Phillies 1B RYAN HOWARD. Lozano's other clients include Phillies SS JIMMY ROLLINS and Rangers 3B MICHAEL YOUNG, and it is "uncertain what their plans are in the aftermath of his departure from Beverly Hills" (ESPN.com, 5/25). In St. Louis, Joe Strauss reports Pujols and the "majority of Lozano's clients are expected to follow him from Beverly Hills" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/26).
OCTAGON SIGNS WAGNER: Octagon has added European track agent and event organizer ROBERT WAGNER to its Olympics & Action Sports division. Wagner represents 32 clients, including American LOLO JONES, Great Britain's DAVID GREENE and Slovenia's MARIJA SESTAK. He also worked on several international events like the European championships. He will remain in Europe and work closely with Octagon Dir Of Track & Field RENALDO NEHEMIAH. Wagner will work in Octagon's Monaco office. Nehemiah said, "I didn't have a global partner to truly feel that we were a global entity. With USAIN BOLT mania, we think we can leverage the addition of Robert Wagner. Having someone who is well known throughout the world and has a lot of experience really shores up our abilities on all fronts" (Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal).
HORACIO MURATORE was confirmed as FIBA Americas President and USA Basketball Exec Dir & CEO JIM TOOLEY was elected FIBA Americas First VP, both for the '10-14 term. Former USA Basketball President VAL ACKERMAN will continue as a member of the Central Board of FIBA Americas (USA Basketball)….The Outdoor Channel promoted VP/Advertising Sales JASON BRIST to Senior VP/Advertising Sales for the Central Region (Outdoor Channel)….Comcast SportsNet Chicago named JOE MARINO Digital Sales Manager. He will be responsible for digital advertising sales for CSNChicago.com. For the past three-plus years, Marino was Account Manager at WKQX-FM in Chicago (Comcast SportsNet)….Shaffer Sports & Events named SHAWN SMITH to the newly created position of Clear Span Sales Manager (Shaffer).
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Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Taking Over
Pittsburgh Youth Football Camp
Steelers QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER "has been booted from a youth football camp in Pittsburgh, with coach MIKE TOMLIN taking over as his last-minute replacement." Formerly known as the Ben Roethlisberger Football Camp, it is now being called the Coach Tomlin Football Camp. The camp, run by ProCamps Worldwide, will be held June 21-23 at Mars Area High School outside of Pittsburgh. ProCamps Dir of Sales & Media JULIE ROBERTS said that the company "worked together with the other parties involved to make the change from Roethlisberger to Tomlin" (AP, 5/25).
STAND BY YOUR MAN: The MLB Cardinals yesterday launched "Stand for Stan," a campaign to get PRESIDENT OBAMA to award Baseball HOFer STAN MUSIAL the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Cardinals plan to use "social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to fuel a grassroots movement for Musial," and several Missouri politicians, including Gov. JAY NIXON, are "expected to get involved with letters of support." Baseball HOFers TED WILLIAMS, HANK AARON, ROBERTO CLEMENTE and JACKIE ROBINSON previously have been honored with the Medal of Freedom (STLTODAY.com, 5/25).
FIT AS A FIDDLE: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir profiles ESPN NBA analyst JACK RAMSAY, the lead NBA analyst for ESPN Radio. Ramsay, 85, is "lean and muscular -- his biceps bulge from a short-sleeve shirt -- the result of swimming a mile a day in the ocean near his home in Naples, Fla., and a regimen of crunches, push-ups, jogging and stretching that he takes from hotel to hotel." Ramsay, a "triathlete until he was 70" and a jump-roper, said of his routine, "Usually, 100 crunches and 100 push-ups" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/26).
NAMES: The Dodgers Monday sued comedian JON LOVITZ and filmmaker STEVE MARLTON for "allegedly failing to pay for season tickets." Lovitz owes the team $95,400 for three premium seats for this season. The Dodgers "canceled Lovitz's agreement for this year in April because of non-payment, but still want the money owed the team." Marlton owes $304,800 (DAILYNEWS.com, 5/25)....Colts QB PEYTON MANNING Friday hosted the third annual Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent Celebration of Caring gala at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. About 680 people attended the event, which was emceed by ESPN's MIKE TIRICO and featured a performance by VINCE GILL (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/26)....Rockies 1B JASON GIAMBI has filed suit after he "sank more than $1 million into Afingo.com, a combination social network and fashion retailer" that is "striking out." Giambi in the suit claims that Vancouver businessman MOE SOMANI "charged $184,000 for a substandard site that also launched months behind schedule in February." Giambi, his wife, KRISTIAN, and partner LIZA DEYRMENJIAN are suing Somani for $3M in damages (N.Y. POST, 5/23)....U.S. soccer MF FREDDY ADU, who "ditched his representatives at Wasserman Media Group for IMG a few years back," reportedly has "rejoined agent RICHARD MOTZKIN and WMG" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 5/25)....Boxer ZAB JUDAH has signed a promotional contract with Main Events, which will co-promote Judah with his own Super Judah Promotions. Judah is "slated to return to the ring on July 16 at Newark's Prudential Center" (FANHOUSE.com, 5/25)....A group of "illegal immigrants sneaked into Britain by hiding in" F1 Management Chair BERNIE ECCLESTONE's "convoy returning from the Monaco Grand Prix." The drivers were "oblivious to the stowaways hiding in one of their big TV trucks which carried them across the Channel until they arrived at their depot in England" (London TELEGRAPH, 5/25)....Pirates prospects RINKU SINGH and DINESH PATEL "attended a reception hosted by President Obama Monday, among 150 guests from Asia and the Pacific Islands invited as part of the White House's Heritage Month" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/26)....Titans rookie S MYRON ROLLE yesterday "presented a pair of $1,000 donations" to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund and the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund (AP, 5/25).