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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GMR Marketing Exec VP/Global Sports & Entertainment Consulting GREG BUSCH is leaving to pursue other opportunities after 15 years with the company. He has been in his current position since ’10. Busch, who is based in Milwaukee, was largely credited with growing GMR’s corporate consulting division over the last five years. He will be transitioning his GMR duties throughout February before leaving the company. Busch was named to SBJ/SBD’s “Forty Under 40” in ’08 (THE DAILY).
CALL UPS: The Orioles named Ravens Senior Account Exec for Regional Partnerships & Sales RAY NAIMOLI Senior Manager of Corporate Partnership Sales, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Manager of Partnership Marketing CATHY JEROME Senior Manager of Partnership Marketing, and CBS Radio Dir of Sports Sales BILL MARRIOTT Manager of Corporate Partnership Sales (Orioles)....The Mets named HAEDA MIHALTSES to the newly created position of Exec Dir of External Affairs, “where she will serve as the organization’s main liaison with city, state and federal officials, as well as oversee relations with community stakeholders.” Mihaltses spent 12 years working for former N.Y. Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG as Dir of Intergovernmental Affairs. The Mets “worked closely with Bloomberg’s administration in recent years to bring the All-Star Game to Citi Field,” and are now “involved in a Willets Point redevelopment plan” (MLB.com, 2/5).
EXECS: Global Spectrum promoted COO JOHN PAGE to President. Page joined Spectrum in ’93 as an Event Coordinator (Global Spectrum)....AHL Springfield Falcons President & co-Owner BRUCE LANDON is stepping down from his position. He will remain Dir of Hockey Operations (COURANT.com, 2/5). Landon leaves his role “nearly 20 years after starting the Falcons as an expansion franchise” (MASSLIVE.com, 2/4)....The U.S. Bowling Congress named Int’l Bowling Campus Managing Dir of Youth Development CHAD MURPHY interim Exec Dir, replacing STU UPSON, who recently resigned (USBC).
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ESPN's CURT SCHILLING yesterday announced that he has cancer. Schilling in a statement said, "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer" (ESPN). In Boston, Steve Buckley writes Schilling's statement was "vague about the nature of the cancer, or when it was diagnosed." It also does not "make mention of what kind of treatment Schilling is undergoing, or if it has begun" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/6). Schilling's statement did not say "what his prognosis might be." He is "taking a leave of absence" from ESPN (AP, 2/6).
NAMES: Red Sox radio play-by-play announcer JOE CASTIGLIONE, who has been in the role since '83, has been chosen as the non-uniformed inductee in the '14 class of the Red Sox HOF. Former MLBers ROGER CLEMENS, PEDRO MARTINEZ and NOMAR GARCIAPARRA also will be inducted (Red Sox)....Broncos QB PEYTON MANNING yesterday played a practice round for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with Pebble Beach CEO BILL PEROCCHI and Patriots coach BILL BELICHICK. The event's field also includes Hockey HOFer WAYNE GRETZKY, surfer KELLY SLATER, MLB Giants P MATT CAIN, Patriots QB TOM BRADY, Packers QB AARON RODGERS and Chiefs QB ALEX SMITH (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/6)....Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President JOE HARPER's in Del Mar, Calif., home is "on the market" for $25M. Harper bought the 4,700 square-foot home for about $170,000 in ’70 (UTSANDIEGO.com, 2/5)....Braves 2B DAN UGGLA has put his 4,595 square-foot Atlanta condo on the market for $2.75M (BIZJOURNALS.com, 2/5)....WWE has "donated $25,000 to the East LA Boys & Girls Club as part of its Be a STAR anti-bullying initiative" (LATIMES.com, 2/5)
IN MEMORY: Int'l Tennis HOFer LOUISE BROUGH CLAPP died on Monday in Vista, Calif., at the age of 90. Her "powerful serve-and-volley game propelled her to 35 championships in Grand Slam tennis tournaments of the 1940s and '50s and made her one of the most brilliant doubles players in the women’s game" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/6).