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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MLS FC Dallas President & CEO DOUG QUINN has stepped down. Quinn, who has been on administrative leave following a November arrest, in a release said that the "decision to resign will allow him to spend more time with his family." FC Dallas Owner CLARK HUNT announced that Hunt Sports Group VP DAN HUNT will continue his leadership role with the club, which will immediately begin searching for a new president (FC Dallas). Quinn was “credited for finding" jersey sponsor AdvoCare and "increasing ticket sales at FC Dallas stadium.” Quinn was hired in ’10 to “turn the team around from a club that was having problems developing a fan base and attracting sponsors” (BIZJOURNALS.com, 2/20).
EXECS: EPL club Manchester United promoted Commercial Dir RICHARD ARNOLD to Group Managing Dir (BLOOMBERG, 2/20)....The Atlantic 10 named CHRIS KILCOYNE Associate Dir of Communications (A-10)....IMG College named Octagon Global Events Dir DAVID SHOEMAKER Razorback Sports Properties GM (Univ. of Arkansas)….Lagardère Unlimited named BEN TAVERNER Sales Dir at its Sportfive marketing agency (Sportfive).
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The AP's Mark Scolforo reported the NCAA "wasted no time in challenging a new Pennsylvania law" designed to keep the $60M Penn State fine over the JERRY SANDUSKY scandal in the state, "filing a federal challenge to the legislation hours after Gov. TOM CORBETT signed it" yesterday. State and congressional lawmakers have "objected to use of the NCAA fine to finance child abuse prevention efforts in other states." The complaint asks the court to find unconstitutional the Pennsylvania Institution of Higher Education Monetary Penalty Endowment Act, "saying it violates provisions of the U.S. Constitution." It also asks for "an injunction to prevent the law from being enforced." The NCAA lawyers wrote in the complaint, "By seizing the funds and restricting eligibility to benefit from the funds only to Pennsylvania programs benefiting only Pennsylvania residents, the act will defeat the consent decree's plain terms and frustrate the parties' intended purpose" (AP, 2/20).
TEST OF ENDURANCE: Cyclist REUBEN KLINE launched the Gran Fondo National Championship Series that will wind through six states starting next month. The endurance race will kick off in Dade City, Fla., on March 17. Other legs will be held in Clayton, Ga., Newfoundland, N.J., Golden, Colo., Boone, N.C., and Frederick, Md. The series has signed several endemics to sponsorships, including Specialized Bicycle Components, Bertucci Performance Field Watches, Hammer Nutrition, Descente Ltd. and Road ID (John Ourand, Staff Writer).
SILVER SCREEN: Director ROB ZOMBIE is "putting the finishing touches on the script" to his movie adaptation of the Flyers' famed Broad Street Bullies teams of the '70s, and he hopes to "begin filming in the fall." Zombie wants to film "most of the movie in Philadelphia and will try and find a suitable rink to recreate the old Spectrum" (AP, 2/20)....Basketball HOFer JERRY LUCAS wants to "make a feature film" about his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, "being a basketball mecca in the 1950s" (CINCINNATI.com, 2/17)....White Sox DH ADAM DUNN "did some acting as a bartender" for the upcoming MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY movie "Dallas Buyers Club," which is due out this summer (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 2/20).
Mike Tyson claims an adviser embezzled money, costing him "million in lost earnings"