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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Texas A&M Univ.-Corpus Christi named SCOTT LAZENBY AD, effective May 1. Lazenby has been Interim AD since September '11 (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi)....The D'Backs named JEFF CEDERBAUM Video Specialist of Multi-Media Productions and SAM BOCK Coordinator of Research & Digital Media (D'Backs)....Innovative Designs hired former NHLer RICK TOCCHET as a spokesperson/consultant for the company's Arctic Armor line and new Insultex House Wrap. Tocchet is currently a color analyst for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (Innovative Designs).
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In Milwaukee, Cary Spivak cited sources as saying that Elite Sports & PR President STACY JENSON is “under investigation ... by the FBI.” The probe of Jenson, who “built a successful career representing several well-known Green Bay Packers players, involves allegations that she improperly used a credit card belonging to IEWC Global Solutions after she stopped working for the New Berlin distributor of wire and cable products.” Sources said that authorities also are “looking into allegations involving other financial questions.” Jenson in ’07 was “building a name for herself in the world of sports promotions by landing some big-name clients such as onetime Packers receiver JAVON WALKER.” Other current and former Packers “who she has said were clients of her company include NICK COLLINS, GREG JENNINGS, RYAN GRANT and NICK BARNETT.” Jennings and Collins “have dropped her,” and it is “not known which Packers, if any, are currently represented by Elite, which promotes and markets athletes but does not negotiate their contracts” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/16).
FINDING HIS NICHE: In L.A., Ben Bolch noted sports agent and Iran native MAYAR ZOKAEI, who co-represents Grizzlies C HAMED HADDADI, travels to Memphis “every month and attends about a third of the Grizzlies' road games.” He also has “spearheaded Iranian Heritage Nights for Grizzlies games.” Zokaei “hopes to add more high-profile players -- Iranian and otherwise -- to a stable that also includes entertainment clients such as Persian singer ARASH.” Zokaei said, "The byproduct of me finding my niche is that I'm able to endorse Iranians playing in the U.S. but also Americans playing in Iran, which is an untapped and evolving basketball market" (L.A. TIMES, 4/15).
NAMES: CBS President & CEO LES MOONVES “received total compensation valued at $69.9 million in 2011, up from $57.7 million the year before.” The increase was “due to a significantly larger option award, valued at $27.3 million, compared to $14.89 million a year earlier.” CBS Chair SUMNER REDSTONE received a “total compensation package of $20.3 million, also largely unchanged from the year before” (WSJ.com, 4/13)....Bobcats G GERALD HENDERSON received the NBA Kia Community Assist Award prior to last night's game against the Celtics. The award, which “comes with a $10,000 gift to the charity of his choice, recognizes Henderson for reaching out to wounded Iraq war vets in the community.” He intends to give the money to Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/15)....Knicks G CARMELO ANTHONY met privately with the family of TRAYVON MARTIN in the team’s locker room and “posed for pictures” before the Wizards-Knicks game on Friday. The family did not stay for the game “fearing additional media attention” (ESPNNY.com, 4/15)....The Buccaneers Friday gave Player Benefits & Alumni Programs Manager JILL HOBBS a check for $35,000 and a "framed No. 35 Buccaneers jersey bearing her last name" to mark her 35th anniversary with the team. Hobbs "took a temporary job with the organization in the summer of 1976" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 4/14).... About 2,000 people turned out for an afternoon parade yesterday to celebrate Giants WR VICTOR CRUZ’s Super Bowl victory in his hometown of Paterson, N.J. (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 4/16)….Ohio State F JARED SULLINGER, who declared for the NBA Draft, has selected DAVID FALK as his agent (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 4/16)….Giants QB ELI MANNING will host “SNL,” on May 5, with musical guest RIHANNA. Manning’s brother PEYTON hosted the show in ’07 (N.Y. POST, 4/15).