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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In L.A., Pringle & Lin report L.A. Memorial Coliseum Commission President DAVID ISRAEL "resigned abruptly Wednesday, saying he quit because his work on a deal to grant USC stewardship of the nearly bankrupt stadium was complete." Israel's departure "came as a key state official sharply criticized the commission for its handling of negotiations to turn over operation of the Coliseum to USC" (L.A. TIMES, 6/7).
EXECS: Fenway Sports Management and the Red Sox named Dolphins Senior VP/Public Affairs ADAM GROSSMAN Senior VP/Marketing & Brand Development. Grossman will be responsible for directing strategic marketing and branding for both organizations, as well as FSG's portfolio of properties including EPL club Liverpool, NESN and Roush Fenway Racing. Grossman will report to Red Sox Exec VP & COO SAM KENNEDY and FSM co-Managing Dirs BILLY HOGAN and MARK LEV (FSM)....NBC named ROBERT HAYES Exec VP/Digital Media. Meanwhile, NBCU Digital Entertainment President VIVI ZIGLER is leaving at the end of June (L.A. TIMES, 6/7)....Fox Networks Group promoted PHILLIP GHARABEGIAN to Senior VP/Sports (CABLEFAX DAILY, 6/7)....PlayersRep Sports Management has hired former Lagardere Unlimited agent KEN SARNOFF (SPORTSAGENTBLOG.com, 6/6).
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Jets QB TIM TEBOW announced that he is partnering with Braves 3B CHIPPER JONES "to open a D1 Sports training facility in Orlando." In N.Y., Kevin Armstrong notes the facility "plans to house an indoor turf field and a state-of-the-art weight room." There will also be a "sports medicine and therapy clinic run by Orlando Orthopaedic Center, which is also an owner." Jones said, "I haven't met Tim. I hope to in the very near future. ... I'm a long-time loyal Gator, and he can do no wrong in my eyes" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/7).
ON THE PAYROLL: NFL Giants coach TOM COUGHLIN's new three-year contract with the club, reportedly worth $20M, makes him the third highest-paid coach in the league, behind the Patriots' BILL BELICHICK and the Redskins' MIKE SHANAHAN. Coughlin had one year remaining on the four-year extension he signed after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII following the '07 season (N.Y. POST, 6/7)....Kansas State Univ. yesterday gave AD JOHN CURRIE a two-year contract extension through '17-18. The deal increases Currie's annual salary to $450,000 and could see him make as much as $750,000 in incremental bonuses over the life of the contract. Currie was one of the lowest-paid ADs in the Big 12 and his new deal "puts him in the middle of the pack" (K.C. STAR, 6/7).
HORSE POWER: I'll Have Another jockey MARIO GUTIERREZ will join trainer DOUG O'NEILL and Owner PAUL REDDAM in throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at Friday's Mets-Yankees game (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 6/7)....Texans Owner BOB MCNAIR owns a half-interest in Street Life, who will race in the Belmont Stakes Saturday (CHRON.com, 6/6).
NAMES: Patriots QB TOM BRADY Tuesday night helped open the UGG For Men store in N.Y. Brady has been the UGG for Men spokesperson since '10 (NYPOST.com, 6/6)....Bucks F DREW GOODEN will open a Wingstop within the next month in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The restaurant is the first of a multi-unit franchise deal that Gooden has signed (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 6/6)....The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced yesterday that late boxer JOE FRAZIER's gym in Philadelphia is on the '12 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places (ESPN.com, 6/6)....Chargers CB QUENTIN JAMMER has sold his 4,300-square-foot home east of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., for $1.2M (UTSANDIEGO.com, 6/6)....Highbridge Capital Management co-Founder, Chair & CEO and Stony Brook Univ. alum GLENN DUBIN donated $4.3M to build the 8,000-square-foot Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center at the school (NEWSDAY, 6/7).