50 Most Influential: No. 34 Ditching ’burbs for Detroit NHL brings doughnuts, signs Dunkin’ deal 50 Most Influential: No. 16 ‘Suite’ gifts, and even a few ugly ones Group builds platform for hockey award 50 Most Influential: No. 38 Alabama scores some serious bling Sports Media: NFL steps into esports 50 Most Influential: No. 10
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Eyes on Europe
Joel Linzner (left), executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Electronic Arts, NBA Commissioner David Stern (center) and Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu announce NBA Europe Live presented by EA Sports before Game 3 of the NBA Finals last Tuesday in Detroit. NBA and Euroleague teams will play a series of exhibition games and tournaments in 2006 and ‘07.
Women of the Year
The 2005 Women in Sports and Events Women of the Year for 2005, honored June 7 in New York City (from left): Christine Driessen, executive vice president and CFO, ESPN; USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan; WISE President Sue Rodin; and Jo Ann Ross, president of network sales, CBS.
Ohio honors O’Brien
Cincinnati Reds GM Dan O’Brien received a distinguished alumnus award at the Ohio University Sports Administration and Facility Management Symposium last month. From left: Nike Retail’s Elliot Hill, O’Brien, Minor League Baseball’s Pat O’Conner and Tina Gust.
“Black Wheels,” a documentary on African-Americans in motorsports, debuted at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., recently. Waste Management helped underwrite the film and the screening, and also sponsors NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Bill Lester and NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series drivers Jesus Hernandez and Terri Williams. From left: Drivers Joe Henderson III and Hernandez; Waste Management’s Curt Knapp and Barry Caldwell; NASCAR Director of Diversity Tish Sheets; Waste Management’s Carlton Yearwood; and drivers Williams and Lester.
All the way to China
Executives from across sports gathered for the China Sports Roundtable at the Fortune Global Forum last month in Beijing. Fortune sister publication Sports Illustrated presented the sports roundtable. From left: NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, NBA Entertainment President Adam Silver, Anheuser-Busch vice president of global media and sports marketing Tony Ponturo, Sports Illustrated managing editor Terry McDonell, SI President John Squires, WPP CEO Martin Sorrell, NBA Entertainment executive vice president of global media properties and marketing partnerships Heidi Ueberroth, USOC Chairman Peter Ueberroth, and basketball hall of famer Clyde Drexler.
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