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Faces and Places: Tennis at the Garden

Showdown at the Garden

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From left: Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras pose at the BNP Paribas Showdown on Feb. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lendl played McEnroe and Agassi took on Sampras in the annual event.

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Before the matches, the Garden of Dreams Foundation presented its Hero of the Year Award to Agassi. With him is MSG President and CEO Hank Ratner.

LA's top executive

LA Sports Awards
AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke, left, accepted the Sports Executive of the Year award at the sixth annual LA Sports Awards presented by Skechers at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 24. With him is Los Angeles Sports Council Chairman Alan Rothenberg.

ESPN hosts Milwaukee sports marketers

The Milwaukee Sports Marketing Professionals group had its quarterly gathering Feb. 24, hosted by ESPN Milwaukee radio at the Capital Grille in Milwaukee. Nearly 100 marketing professionals and representatives from all professional teams and major college sports programs in southeast Wisconsin attended the event, which included a panel discussion and Q&A session led by ESPN Milwaukee/Good Karma Broadcasting founder Craig Karmazin. From left: Steve Dupee of GMR Marketing, Shane Blackman and Trenni Kusnierek of ESPN Milwaukee, Jonathan Norman of GMR Marketing, Drew Olson of ESPN Milwaukee and Brian Lammi of Lammi Sports.

Education is the star at Sun Life Stadium summit

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Outstanding students joined professional athletes, nonprofit organizations serving at-risk youths, corporate leaders and nationally recognized educators at Sun Life Stadium recently to address education issues affecting high school students at the Sun Life Rising Star Awards National Summit. From left: Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington; from Sun Life, SVP and head of marketing Priscilla Brown, VP of brand management Bill Webster, director of advertising/brand Sally Bray, AVP of public relations and communications Julie DiCarlo and associate director of sponsorships Melissa Smith; and Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess.

Sponsors line up to meet Daytona’s champ

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne made a stop at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Chicago on Feb. 22 for a sponsor meet-and-greet and appearance on ESPN Radio’s midday show. From left: David Paro, president of Deep Alliance Marketing; Bayne; and Matt Forzley, Deep Alliance account manager.

Arizona’s Graves receives Tank Younger Award

Arizona Cardinals GM Rod Graves, right, accepted the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s Tank Younger Award at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 25. The annual award recognizes individuals for their extraordinary contributions toward diversity in the NFL. With him is Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, who presented the award.

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