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 CBSSports.com Senior VP & GM JASON KINT was pushed out after more than six years in a corporate restructuring that also saw the departure of VP/Product Management & Marketing PATRICK HERDE, according to several industry sources. CBSSports.com will now be led by co-VP & co-GMs JEFF GERTTULA and JON DUBE, and the pair will report to CBS Interactive Exec VP & GM for Entertainment, Sports & News MARC DEBEVOISE. Gerttula was first brought to CBSSports.com in '09 by Kint after the two previously worked together at Sporting News. Dube has been running CBSSports.com's fantasy business since last year. CBS Interactive Senior VP/Corporate Communications ROSABEL TAO said, "We're creating more efficiencies across the organization." Kint declined to comment.
NBC Sports Group named ESPN Account Exec/X Games Sales & Marketing IAN PARTILLA VP/Partnership Development for Alli Sports (NBC)….The NHL Kings named former NHLer SEAN O’DONNELL Manager of Fan Development & Alumni Relations (Kings)….Florida Gulf Coast Univ. named St. Bonaventure Univ. SID JASON MACBAIN Dir of Athletics Communications (FGCU)….Miami (Ohio) Univ. named Bowling Green State Univ. Assistant AD/Athletic Communications DAVE MEYER to the same position (MU)….Long Beach State Univ. promoted ROGER KIRK to Assistant AD/Media Relations (LBSU)….The Univ. of Texas-San Antonio named Clark Atlanta Univ. AD TAMICA SMITH-JONES Senior Associate AD and Senior Woman Administrator, replacing ELIZABETH DALTON, who left in February to become St. Mary’s Univ. AD (UTSA).
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In Boston, Beth Healy cites a source as saying that Red Sox Owner JOHN HENRY has "decided to offer to buy The Boston Globe on his own," after NESN "dropped out of the process more than a week ago." Henry "previously submitted a bid" through NESN. Others pursuing a purchase in addition to Henry "include local and West Coast investors" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/1).
FILM FINANCIALS: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Erich Schwartzel reported DreamWorks Animation's "TURBO" "grabbed analysts' attention" yesterday due to its "lackluster summer performance." The movie had a production budget of $135M, but has "grossed only" about $60M domestically to date. The company said that the movie "most likely won't recoup the studio's costs in the current quarter, but predicted that a long international release schedule and tie-in [to] consumer products would eventually make it pay off" (WSJ.com, 7/31).
CHARITY STRIPE: Heat G RAY ALLEN yesterday donated a SMART board, 29 desktop computers, new tables and chairs to the Fred D. Wish School through his Ray of Hope foundation (HARTFORD COURANT, 8/1)....Golfer SERGIO GARCIA on Tuesday met with a group of First Tee kids in Akron and "pledged his support to the program through the remainder of the FedExCup season." He will donate $1,000 for each birdie and $2,000 for every eagle he makes through the completion of the Tour Championship (CLEVELAND.com, 7/31)....The Suns yesterday announced that their Suns Charities 88 group raised $125,000 in its inaugural season. The funds will benefit local, non-profit organizations that focus on aiding Arizona children in need (Suns).
NAMES: The National Football Foundation & College HOF yesterday announced that NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and the league itself have been named the '13 recipients of the NFF Gold Medal (NFF)....Basketball HOFer and former ESPN Radio NBA analyst JACK RAMSAY has a "marrow syndrome, a condition in which his body is not producing enough blood cells." Ramsay said that he "seems to be doing well with a medication he hopes will extend his life for a year or maybe two" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/1)….N.Y. Post columnist GEORGE WILLIS' latest book, "THE BITE FIGHT," examines the night MIKE TYSON “chomped off a piece” of EVANDER HOLYFIELD’s ear. Willis said that he "spoke for hours and hours on the phone and in person with Tyson." He also had a "three-hour sit down with Holyfield in a Las Vegas hotel room" (NJ.com, 7/25)….Baltimore-based PressBox has released a new collectible magazine honoring former NFLer JONATHAN OGDEN’s election to the Pro Football HOF (PressBox).