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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Olympic marketer KRISTINA SCHAEFER has left IMG and joined Teneo Strategy as a Managing Dir. Teneo is a N.Y.-based firm that assists companies, governments and NGOs with everything from corporate strategy and investor relations to communications and governmental affairs. Schaefer, who spent 15 years at IMG and most recently served as Senior VP/Consulting and Head of Olympic Clients, will join Teneo’s sports practice, which is advising clients on Olympic and int'l sports bids, marketing and other work. Former Helios President TERRENCE BURNS and former Breeders Cup President GREG AVIOLI also work at Teneo. Former Helios CEO CHRIS WELTON joined the firm in February, but has left to start his own business.
Nike promoted VP & GM of Young Athletes CRAIG CHEEK to VP/Men’s Training, overseeing the company’s training, baseball and football businesses, including Nike’s relationship with the NFL. The company also announced VP/Sports Apparel REENIE BENZIGER will assume the role of VP/Young Athletes. Both Cheek and Benziger will report to VP & GM of Global Categories JAYME MARTIN (Nike).
NEW-LOOK DEPARTMENT: The Chiefs have “restructured their player engagement department less than a year after one of their players was involved in a murder-suicide near Arrowhead Stadium.” Chiefs VP/Administration KIRSTEN KRUG “will oversee the department” and work alongside Player Development Assistant B.J. STABLER, “who has experience in crisis management” (AP, 7/22).
EXECS: Time Warner named former CFO JOE RIPP CEO for Time Inc., the magazine unit “that will be spun off as a separate company later this year” and includes SI. Ripp will begin in September (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 7/22)….The WTA named Singapore-based Phar Partnerships Head of Sponsorships/Asia RORY RENWICK Senior Dir of Business Development for EMEA. Renwick will be based out of the WTA’s London office and begin Aug. 8 (WTA)….Nutrition firm CytoSport named former Pepsi Bottling Group President of North America ROB KING CEO (CytoSport)….Premier Partnerships promoted Dir of Corporate Partnerships UZMA RAWN to Senior Dir of Corporate Partnerships (THE DAILY)….Alpine Canada named ROGER JACKSON interim President, replacing MAX GARTNER, who “resigned in June.” Jackson was the founding CEO of the Own the Podium program (CP, 7/22).
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The National Football Foundation yesterday announced that Florida State Univ. football broadcaster and Buccaneers radio play-by-play man GENE DECKERHOFF will be the recipient of the '13 NFF Chris Schenkel Award. Presented annually since '96, the award recognizes individuals who have had long, distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university (NFF). This fall will "mark Deckerhoff's 35th season calling FSU football games." Later this year he will "begin his 39th season calling FSU men's basketball games" (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 7/22).
STANDARD-BEARER: In San Diego, Matt Calkins notes ESPN last Tuesday debuted the "LET THEM WEAR TOWELS" documentary on women sports reporters in the locker room. The documentary included "interviews from several women who suffered during that discriminatory period, but left out" journalist JILL LIEBER STEEG. What her addition "would have provided is the voice of the journalist who spearheaded the investigation into PETE ROSE's gambling and became Sports Illustrated's first female NFL writer." It also would have "offered a viewpoint from sportswriting's EDWIN MOSES -- a standout who pulled away from her peers one hurdle at a time" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 7/21).
NO SOUP FOR YOU! Former MLBer WILLIE RANDOLPH is "one of about 60 people objecting" to a $1.3M settlement that would end the Original Soup Man’s "legal dispute with former investors." The 60 investors are "linked to an earlier and now-bankrupt version of the chain, called Soup Kitchen International." Sources said that Baseball HOFer REGGIE JACKSON also is "an SKI investor, but is siding with the Original Soup Man" (N.Y. POST, 7/23).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: USA Today's Gary Stoller profiles MLB Giants scout DOUG MAPSON and writes at 64, he "still loves to travel after scouting full-time" for MLB teams for 32 years. Mapson "estimates that he has lived in hotels 150 to 200 nights per year for the past 20 years." His "favorite hotel chain is Marriott, largely because of its frequent-guest program" (USA TODAY, 7/23).
NAMES: Heat G DWYANE WADE will pay his ex-wife, SIOHVAUGHN FUNCHES-WADE $5M "in a divorce settlement." The settlement "also includes a 'non-disparage' agreement in which each party must refrain from making disparaging remarks about the other." Wade attorney JAMES PRITIKIN said that protection from disparaging remarks "also would extend to Wade's family members, as well as his girlfriend, actress GABRIELLE UNION" (SUNTIMES.com, 7/22)....Maryland Jockey Club Racing Secretary & Dir of Racing GEORGANNE HALE and Under Armour VP/Events, Global Communications & Entertainment DIANE PELKEY appeared on the "50 Women To Watch In Baltimore" list in the July 16 issue of the Baltimore Sun magazine (THE DAILY)....Former MLBer CARLOS DELGADO on Sunday was inducted into the Blue Jays Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre (CP, 7/21)....Boxer RAFAEL MARQUEZ has "signed a four-year fight deal with Golden Boy Promotions" (ESPN.com, 7/22)....Former Patriots players MAX LANE and JON WILLIAMS on Sunday "passed out medals at the New England Kids triathlon at MIT." The event was sponsored by the NFL's Play 60 initiative (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/22)....TNT NBA analyst KENNY SMITH put his Encino, Calif., home on the market for $2.8M. He paid $1.85M for the house two years ago and "spent nearly a half-million dollars remodeling it" (LATIMES.com, 7/22)....NASCAR driver JOEY LOGANO made a cameo on Disney XD's "LAB RATS" last night (THE DAILY).