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Hall of Fame scenes
Octagon executives joined client Emmitt Smith (second from left) at his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement party Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio: Octagon President of Athletes & Personalities Phil de Picciotto (left), director of communications Scott Horner and senior director of athlete and property marketing Jennifer Keene.
Chris Berman received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees Dinner on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio. The annual award recognizes contributions to radio and TV in professional football.
Zimmerman’s Night at the Park
Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (left) and Chuck Todd, NBC News chief White House correspondent and political director, attend A Night at the Park at Nationals Park. The annual event Aug. 9 benefited Zimmerman’s multiple sclerosis charity, the ziMS Foundation, and Todd served as the event’s emcee.
IOC, P&G shake on it
Marc Pritchard (left), Procter & Gamble global marketing and brand building officer, shakes hands with IOC President Jacques Rogge during the news conference announcing P&G’s TOP sponsorship with the IOC on July 28 in London.
A senator and a Cardinal
Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill sat with Arizona Sen. John McCain on Aug. 8, when McCain was one of 11,000-plus fans attending a practice at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Afterward, Bidwill, a licensed pilot, flew coach Ken Whisenhunt and several members of his staff from Flagstaff to Canton, Ohio, where Cardinals assistant and former Washington Redskins lineman Russ Grimm was being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Hot Stove VIPs
At the Hot Stove Cool Music VIP party that took place at Fenway Park before the Aerosmith and J. Geils Band concert Aug. 14, from left: baseball journalist Peter Gammons; Theo Epstein, Red Sox general manager and executive vice president; and Boston rocker Kay Hanley. The event raised more than $150,000 for Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.
Dale Jr. has juice
NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. (right) surprises office workers in downtown Nashville during a video shoot for sponsor Amp Energy Juice. Earnhardt signed autographs for fans as he gave out the drink Aug. 5, and he also gave a few lucky fans tickets to the Aug. 21 Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Helping Earnhardt was Alex Stamper of Hendrick Motorsports.
Cutting the ribbon on new store at New Meadowlands
At the ribbon cutting for the team store at New Meadowlands Stadium on Aug. 11, from left: Mike Stevens, senior VP and chief marketing officer, New York Giants; John Warren, chief operating officer, Sports Licensed Division, Reebok; Mark Lamping, New Meadowlands Stadium president and CEO; former New York Giant Ottis Anderson; former New York Jet Joe Klecko; Kenny Gamble, VP and GM, Sports Licensed Division, Reebok; and Thad Sheely, executive VP of stadium development and finance, New York Jets.
Andretti out front for Izod
Legendary driver and Izod brand ambassador Mario Andretti (left) appeared at the $1 Million Izod Haskell Invitational horse race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., on Aug. 1. Andretti’s 1969 Indy 500-winning car was on display along with the 2010 No. 37 Team Izod car. With Andretti are (center) Mike Kelly, executive VP of marketing for Phillips-Van Heusen, Izod’s parent company, and Dennis Robinson Jr., president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
Obama sports doubleheader
President Barack Obama received a jersey from the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints when they visited the White House on Aug. 9. With him, from left: Saints quarterback Drew Brees, owner and executive VP Rita Benson LeBlanc, Gayle Benson and team owner Tom Benson.
Washington Mystics owner Ted Leonsis and Obama took in a game between the WNBA’s Mystics and the Tulsa Shock at the Verizon Center on Aug. 1.
Milwaukee sports marketers
Milwaukee Sports Marketing Professionals gathered Aug. 9, hosted by MillerCoors at the Frederick Miller Pub on the brewery grounds in Milwaukee. From left: Tim Colligan, ESPN Milwaukee/Good Karma Broadcasting; Mike Antonczyk, MillerCoors; and Steve Dupee, GMR Marketing.
USABasketball welcomes world
At the World Basketball Festival Community Morning on Aug. 12 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, from left: Nike Brand President Charlie Denson, USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo, U.S. men’s team coach Mike Krzyzewski and New York City’s deputy mayor, Dennis Walcott.