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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Former White House Communications Dir and Mavericks VP/Communications KEVIN SULLIVAN was profiled by the DALLAS MORNING NEWS' Barry Horn, who writes there has "not been a more respected sports public relations type in this market." Sullivan came to the Mavs in their inaugural '80 season as a "wet-behind-the-ears assistant from Purdue," and after 18 years with the team he "left a grizzled veteran." Sullivan then "unsuccessfully tried to woo the Summer Olympics to North Texas," and later moved to N.Y. as NBCUniversal Senior VP/Corporate Communications & Media Relations, before going on to become White House Communications Dir and Assistant Secretary of Education under former President GEORGE W. BUSH. Sullivan said of what he learned while working for Mavericks Founder DONALD CARTER, former NBC Sports Group Chair DICK EBERSOL and Bush, "Mr. C always said, 'If you have an opportunity to do something for someone they will remember for the rest of their life, don’t hesitate to do it.' Dick Ebersol taught me not to issue a standard press release but think like a television producer. He wanted me to tell stories same as he did. President Bush created a family-friendly workplace. Wives and children were welcome. Not a month goes by when The History Channel doesn't show its documentary about Air Force One and someone calls to tell me they’ve seen me in it. I’m in a staged scene handing the president some documents at his desk. I was trying to stay out of the shot, but he wanted me in it so my family could see it. He knew what it would mean to my wife and children in later years. He was right" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/27).
NFL Exec VP/Media STEVE BORNSTEIN has joined the strategic advisory board of N.Y.-based Cinchcast Inc., parent company of social broadcasting platform BlogTalkRadio and cloud-based conference call solution Cinchcast. Bornstein's involvement with the company will focus on BlogTalkRadio, a fast-growing online talk radio network. Joining the Cinchcast advisory board with Bornstein is former Thomson Reuters CEO TOM GLOCER (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).
EXECS: Columbia Sportswear named MEXX Senior VP/Global Retail SHAWN COX to the newly created position of Senior VP/Retail (Portland OREGONIAN, 4/30)....NYRA named SUSANNE STOVER, DAVID O'ROURKE and GLEN KOZAK to its interim management team until the organization's new CEO is installed (NYRA)....The Dodgers promoted SETH BLUMAN to VP/Ticket Development and DAVID SIEGEL to VP/Ticket Sales (THE DAILY)....The Braves named Synovus Financial Chief Technology Officer GREG GATTI Senior Dir of Information Technology (Braves)....The ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers named MIKE MADILL GM and head coach (LAS VEGAS SUN, 4/27)....Grace College named CHAD BRISCOE AD (Grace).
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A development group that includes former NFLer and MLBer BO JACKSON is "responsible for the cost" of constructing a 114,000-square-foot domed sports center in Hilliard, Ohio. Hilliard Economic Development Dir DAVID MEEKS said that Jackson's group is "wrapping up details on financing" for the $5.4M project. The complex will "house training programs for youth in football, baseball and softball." Bo Jackson's Elite Sports "operates a similar center in Lockport, Ill., near Chicago" (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST, 4/26 issue).
SEMINOLE MOMENT: Florida State football coach JIMBO FISHER "made his first public appearance" with former coach BOBBY BOWDEN since Bowden's "controversial ouster three year ago." The two "teamed up Sunday for a fundraiser in Birmingham, Ala." Fisher and his wife, CANDI, were joined by Alabama coach NICK SABAN and his wife TERRY, at an event that benefited Kidz1stFund. The non-profit, led by Terry Saban, "raises money and awareness about the rare disease Fanconi anemia." The event "raised nearly $100,000" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 4/29).
COURT REPORT: A Knoxville judge yesterday decided against blocking Browns Owner and Pilot Flying J CEO JIMMY HASLAM III from "reaching out to trucking companies that might have been victimized by a rebate fraud scheme" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 4/30)....Former MLBer MARK GRACE has "about six weeks left of his four-month sentence" for a DUI conviction. Maricopa (Ariz.) County Sheriff Dept. spokesperson JOAQUIN ENRIQUEZ said, "It is my understand Mark is a 'model' inmate and does a lot of volunteering with cleanup and other activities" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/30).
AWARDS & HONORS: BROADCASTING & CABLE's Top Cable Execs list includes ESPN President of Global Customer Marketing & Sales ED ERHARDT and Turner Broadcasting President of Sales, Distribution & Sports DAVID LEVY (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 4/29 issue)....AD AGE named Nike co-Founder & Chair PHIL KNIGHT to its Advertising HOF (AD AGE, 4/29 issue).
NAMES: Former MLBer MIKE PIAZZA will perform a one-night show with the Miami City Ballet on Friday at the Ziff Ballet Opera House/Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. He plays a hit man in "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/29)....Seven-year-old brain cancer patient JACK HOFFMAN, who recently ran for a touchdown during the Univ. of Nebraska spring football game, met with PRESIDENT OBAMA yesterday in the Oval Office (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 4/30)....Texans DE J.J. WATT's Charity Classic baseball game on Saturday raised about $300,000 for his foundation (CHRON.com, 4/27)....Hawks C JOHAN PETRO yesterday witnessed the birth of his first child, JACOB, and “after being assured that his child and wife were doing fine, the new father hopped on a private plane" to Atlanta sent by Hawks ownership in time for the team's first round playoff game against the Pacers (AP, 4/29)....Former MLBer CHIPPER JONES will serve as Grand Marshal for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway (Talladega)....Former UCLA basketball coach BEN HOWLAND has “listed his home in a gated Bel-Air neighborhood” of L.A. for $1.9M (LATIMES.com, 4/29)....WWE performer JOHN CENA yesterday celebrated World Wish Day with three kids that attended "Monday Night Raw" live in Columbus, Ohio (THE DAILY).