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Published January 25, 2011
ON THEIR OWN: In Phoenix, Craig Harris reports the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl "no longer is relying on paid consultants to lobby politicians." The bowl, "which spent $1.6 million on lobbyists during the past decade to help at the Arizona Legislature, ended its relationship with two high-profile firms, Husk Partners and HighGround, on Jan. 13." Records show "no other lobbyists have been hired" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/25).
HONOR ROLL: The National Motorsports Press Association presented several awards over the weekend. Longtime PR rep DENNY DARNELL won the Ken Patterson Helping Others Award, Ford Racing Media Relations Manager DAN ZACHARIAS won the Joe Littlejohn Award for outstanding service to the NMPA and late NASCAR VP/Corporate Communications JIM HUNTER was awarded the Speedway Motorsports Spirit Award (THATSRACIN.com, 1/24)....ESPN has received two nominations for the GLAAD Media Awards. "OUTSIDE THE LINES" was nominated in the category for Outstanding TV Journalism (Newsmagazine) for "Katie Miller: Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The feature told the story of KATIE MILLER, who "left West Point last August because of the military's policy on homosexuality." ESPN also was nominated for an ESPN.com article by LZ GRANDERSON about U.S. figure skater JOHNNY WEIR (ESPN).
NAMES: Former USC RB STAFON JOHNSON yesterday filed a personal-injury lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court alleging that a USC strength and conditioning coach "negligently caused a weightlifting bar carrying 275 pounds to fall" on Johnson's neck. Johnson is seeking "unspecified damages" from USC and then-USC coach JAMIE YANCHAR (L.A. TIMES, 1/25)....Burton Snowboards was "thrown out of a ski-resort property" in Park City, Utah, during the ongoing Sundance Film Festival. Burton "had rented a five-bedroom home ... to host a VIP lounge," but the owners "weren't happy that a party was planned for Saturday night" (N.Y. POST, 1/25)....Jets QB MARK SANCHEZ and WR BRAYLON EDWARDS after Sunday's loss to the Steelers in the AFC Championship game "partied until early Monday at a New York club where they spent more than $2,500" (N.Y. POST, 1/25).