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Faces and Places: 4th annual Sports Business Society Awards

Sports Business Society Awards at NYU

NICOLE PIZARO
The 4th annual Sports Business Society Awards were held April 12 at New York University. Attending were (left to right): Shannon Shae Spalten; Boomer Esiason, winner of the Media Award; Tyler Tumminia, Executive of the Year award winner; Ashley Schwartz; Jared Merrell, Alumnus of the Year award winner; Bjorn Hanson; Steve Cohen; Wayne McDonnell; Theodora Berenson; Mark Sawicki; Ross Bratin; Kristin-Marie Pernicano; and Sean Galvis.

























LeBron dons Audemars Piguet at Miami bash


SETH BROWARNIK / WORLDREDEYE.COM
Watchmaker Audemars Piguet held an invitation-only event April 9 at the Soho Beach House in Miami to celebrate LeBron James as its new global ambassador. From left: Audemars Piguet CEO Philippe Merk, Miami Heat forward LeBron James, and AP North America President Francois-Henry Bennahmias.






















RBI World Series set for Target Field in 2011, ’12


BRUCE KLUCKHOHN / MINNESOTA TWINS
The Minnesota Twins, Target Field and the Twins Community Fund will host the baseball finale of the 19th and 20th RBI World Series. The previous two were played at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. RBI is Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, which aims to provide free year-round baseball and softball opportunities to kids growing up in rough environments. Attending the announcement last week at Target Field were (left to right): Paul Williams, Martin Sabo and Dan Kenney, all with Minnesota Ballpark Authority; Mike Hahm, St. Paul Parks Department; Cordell Wiseman, Minneapolis Parks; Tom Brasuell, MLB; Denard Span, Tony Oliva and Dave St. Peter, all with the Twins; David James, MLB; Kevin Merkle, Minnesota Twins Community Fund; Mike Opat, Hennepin County; and Anthony LaPanta, Fox Sports North.




























Amway Center earns LEED gold status


FERNANDO MEDINA
The Amway Center in Orlando was awarded LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Attending a recent garden planting at the arena to commemorate the honor were (left to right): Orlando Magic President Alex Martins; U.S. Green Building Council President, CEO and founding chairman Rick Fedrizzi; and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Martins and Dyer were presented with plaques to commemorate the LEED certification.
























Upfront spotlight shines on truTV and Maroon 5


MICHAEL LOCCISANO FOR WIREIMAGE
TruTV staged its 2011 upfront presentation on April 12 at the Best Buy Theater in New York, including a special performance by Maroon 5. Before the presentation, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 (left) joined Marc Juris, executive vice president and general manager, truTV; Linda Yaccarino, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Turner Entertainment Ad Sales/Marketing and Acquisitions; Steve Koonin, president, Turner Entertainment Networks; and David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports, Turner Broadcasting System.
























Leonsis honored with Wharton award


LEI HAO
At the inaugural Wharton Sports Business Innovation Conference held April 8 at The Wharton School in Philadelphia, Ted Leonsis received the inaugural Wharton Sports Business Innovation Award. From left: Zachary Leonsis, University of Pennsylvania student; Ted Leonsis; and Ken Shropshire and Derrick Heggans of Wharton.







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