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  • Livestrong Drops Lance Armstrong's Name From Foundation's Formal Title

    Livestrong was formally called the Lance Armstrong Foundation

    The organization formerly called the Lance Armstrong Foundation yesterday announced that it has formally dropped the name of "disgraced cyclist" LANCE ARMSTRONG from its title, marking "the latest move by the cancer charity to distance itself following the biggest doping scandal in the sport's history,” according to Corrie MacLaggan of REUTERS. Livestrong VP/Communications & External Affairs KATHERINE MCLANE said that the foundation, which for years had been informally known as Livestrong, "filed paperwork with the Texas Secretary of State for a name change that became effective on October 30.” It is now formally called the Livestrong Foundation. At the foundation's office, "seven yellow Armstrong Tour jerseys have been removed from the walls” (REUTERS, 11/14). In N.Y., Michael O’Keeffe writes the move “represents yet another step by the organization to separate itself from its founder” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/15).

    FIRST OFFER: ROOPSTIGO.com’s Selena Roberts reported Armstrong’s lawyers last Thursday met with Dallas-based insurance company SCA Promotions “in a step to stanch the doping scandal.” A source said that Armstrong “might be open to making SCA ‘whole.’” Sources said that the suggestion by Armstrong’s team of paying $1M “fell flat with SCA officials.” Roberts reported "their number is closer" to $11M. But it is a “notable shift by Armstrong to even hint at reparation.” This may be “a tryout at receptiveness with civil filings on the horizon from corporate partners and a whistleblower, all of whom want to claw back millions paid to Armstrong” (ROOPSTIGO.com, 11/12).

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  • Executive Transactions

    The Thunder named NHRA VP/Sales & Business Development TONY DRISCOLL VP/Business Development. Driscoll replaces JOHN CROLEY, who left the team several months ago. Driscoll worked for a decade for Int’l Speedway Corp. prior to his NHRA stint. He will report to Thunder Exec VP & Chief Administrative Officer DANNY BARTH (John Lombardo, SportsBusiness Journal).

    EXECS: Cal State Univ.-Northridge AD RICK MAZZUTO has resigned after six years (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 11/15)….Clippers Communications Dir ROB RAICHLEN left the team yesterday to "take a job with Mattel and spend more time with his family" (AP, 11/11)….The Golf Championships named KENT ATHERTON acting CEO (Armada Sports & Entertainment)….Pennsylvania-based Kennametal Inc. named Nike Golf President CINDY DAVIS to its BOD (Kennametal)….The NASL San Antonio Scorpions named HOWARD CORNFIELD President & GM. Cornfield succeeds MICHAEL HITCHCOCK, who has had to reduce his involvement with the team (Scorpions)….AFL COO, Senior Exec VP/Marketing & Sales and Acting CMO CREE CRAWFORD is now heading sports and entertainment tourism initiatives and luxury and leisure groups for Monterey County, Calif. (THE DAILY)….Mobile commerce company Branding Brand named GNC CMO & Exec VP/E-commerce JEFF HENNION President (THE DAILY).

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  • Names In The News

    Robinson (l) and his team will be treated to Thanksgiving at the White House

    The Oregon State Univ. men’s basketball team and coach CRAIG ROBINSON next Wednesday will visit PRESIDENT OBAMA and the First Family at the White House and will be treated to a Thanksgiving lunch. Robinson is the brother of First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA (Portland OREGONIAN, 11/15).

    AWARDS & HONORS: USOC Chief Commercial Officer PATRICK SANDUSKY, Fleishman-Hillard President & Senior Partner JJ CARTER, and NASCAR Senior Dir for Integrated Marketing Communications JON SCHWARTZ were recognized last night at PRWeek's Forty Under 40 awards in N.Y. (THE DAILY)....Copywriter JIM RISWOLD will be inducted into The One Club Creative HOF in January ’13. Riswold spent his career at Wieden + Kennedy, chiefly creating Nike campaigns, including the BO JACKSON “Bo Knows” and TIGER WOODS “Hello World” ads, as well as spots featuring MICHAEL JORDAN and SPIKE LEE as Mars Blackmon (The One Club).

    CHARITY STRIPE: The PGA Tour Players Championship yesterday announced that a record $6.5M "will be donated to charity," breaking the record of $5.9M set last year and pushing the total amount of charitable giving by The Players to $52.8M since '77 (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 11/15)….The PGA Tour Wells Fargo Championship yesterday announced donations of $1.3M to designated Charlotte-based charities (Wells Fargo Championship)….More than 40 members of the MLS Red Bulls on Monday spent the day in a Jersey City warehouse “helping to unload pallets of donations, pack bags of supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy and load them onto trucks” (Hudson County JERSEY JOURNAL, 11/15)….UConn men’s basketball coach KEVIN OLLIE yesterday announced that he and his wife, STEPHANIE, would donate $100,000 “toward construction of the UConn Basketball Development Center” (HARTFORD COURANT, 11/15)…. Bills LB SHAWNE MERRIMAN will hold his annual coat drive Saturday at noon before the Florida State-Maryland football game (BALTIMORESUN.com, 11/15)....Former NFLer DONOVIN DARIUS will hold his "Nothing's Out of Bounds" event Saturday at EverBank Field in Jacksonville (JACKSONVILLE.com, 11/13). 

    NAMES: Nets Owner MIKHAIL PROKHOROV yesterday agreed to buy Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital. Prokhorov’s Onexim Group will “buy the half of Renaissance that it does not already own” (NYTIMES.com, 11/14)….U.S. skier LINDSEY VONN was “released from a Vail, Colo., hospital after undergoing testing and treatment for intestinal pain.” Vonn is “resting comfortably” at home and is “feeling much better.” Vonn spokesperson LEWIS KAY added it is unclear when Vonn “will be able to return to the mountain” (L.A. TIMES, 11/15)….Former NFLer JERRAMY STEVENS and U.S. women’s national soccer team G HOPE SOLO “got married Tuesday, after an alleged assault and subsequent court appearance.” USWNT G JILLIAN LOYDEN tweeted, “Happy to witness such an amazing celebration of real love” (SEATTLE TIMES, 11/15).

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