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SBJ/October 24-30, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Faces and Places: New owners suit up
Published October 24, 2011, Page 30
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Members of the Philadelphia 76ers’ new owners group show off their Sixers jerseys at an Oct. 18 news conference announcing their acquisition of the club. From left: CEO Adam Aron, managing owner Josh Harris, David Blitzer, Art Wrubel, Jason Levien, Martin Geller and Travis Hennings.
Obama, Biden pitch in to honor military families
First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and representatives from MLB and the St. Louis Cardinals at the St. Louis VA Medical Center for a military family appreciation event on Oct. 19, the day the World Series began in St. Louis. From left: Cardinals legend Red Schoendienst; Sue Selig, the commissioner’s wife; Biden, Obama and Selig; and Tim Brosnan, MLB executive vice president of business.
Salute to Women in Sports
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The Women’s Sports Foundation had its annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Gala on Oct. 19 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, with broadcasters Donna de Varona (swimming, left) and Julie Foudy (soccer), accepts a special tribute to the Pac-12 Conference for 25 years of women’s athletics. De Varona graduated from UCLA and Foudy from Stanford.
|Foundation founder and tennis legend Billie Jean King (left) and foundation CEO Kathryn Olson
|Sportswoman of the Year Award-Team winner Abby Wambach of the U.S. women’s soccer team and presenter and tennis star Venus Williams|
ACC Basketball Media Day at ESPNU
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For the second straight year ESPNU hosted ACC Basketball Media Day at its Charlotte studios. All 12 ACC coaches, 24 players and ACC Commissioner John Swofford were in studio Oct.19 previewing the coming season. Swofford (second from left) here joins ESPN’s (from left) Nick Dawson, Dan Margulis and Allison Schmalberger.
Travelers Championship donates a cool million
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Nathan Grube (yellow tie), Travelers Championship tournament director, and Andy Bessette (red tie), Travelers Insurance EVP and chief administrative officer join representatives from New England charities at the Travelers Championship check presentation at the Hartford Club in Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 19. The PGA Tour event, held in June, donated more than $1 million to local charities.
Best foot forward
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The National Consortium for Academics and Sports hosted its 14th annual Giant Steps Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Oct. 11 at the Marriott World Center Orlando. Former University of Central Florida basketball player Angelica Mealing (second from left) was presented with a Courageous Student-Athlete Award for overcoming personal obstacles to excel in sport and influence others. Presenters were (from left) UCF assistant women’s basketball coach Greg Brown, UCF President John Hitt and his wife, Martha, and UCF Athletic Director Keith Tribble.
|Former football player and professional skier Jeremy Bloom (second from left) received a Civic Leader award for his Wish of a Lifetime Foundation that helps seniors fulfill their “bucket lists.” Presenters were (from left) the NFL’s Rory Verrett, Orlando Sentinel sports columnist Shannon Owens and NASCAR’s Dawn Harris.|
Panasonic keeps soccer in its sponsorship lineup
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Marking Panasonic’s renewal of its deal with Major League Soccer and addition of a partnership with U.S. Soccer at the U.S.-Ecuador match at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 11 (from left): CMO Betty Noonan and Chairman and CEO Joe Taylor of the Panasonic Corp. of North America, U.S. women’s national team player Alex Morgan, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter.
MiLB’s O’Conner speaks at Tisch Center
Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball’s president and CEO, spent the morning of Sept. 30 talking to 100 Tisch Center sports business students at New York University. From left: Professors Wayne McDonnell Jr., Joel Cormier and Mark Warner; academic chair and professor Robert Boland; O’Conner; Darryl Henderson, MiLB coordinator of affiliate programs; Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean; and Jennifer Bobrow Burns, associate director of career services.
Game time for IMG and Denali
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At the Washington vs. Colorado football game Oct. 15 in Seattle (from left): John Convery, EVP of vendor relations and marketing for Denali Advanced Integration; Roger VanDerSnick, IMG chief sales and marketing officer; Andre Riley, Washington GM for IMG College; Denali owner Mike Daher; and IMG College President Ben Sutton.
Derrick Rose greets fans
Derrick Rose met fans in Chicago on Oct. 15 to celebrate the launch of his new Adidas shoe, the adiZero Rose 2. Rose visited the Adidas store on Michigan Avenue and Foot Locker on State Street, then hit the court at the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club for the “Run with D Rose” event, where some Adidas Facebook fans were given the chance to play 3-on-3 with the MVP.
Time Warner, Speed2 team up with Johnson
At the Time Warner Cable/Speed2 Digital Pit at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 8 where both companies promoted Speed2 on TWC’s Sports Pass (from left): Nicole Schneiderjohn and Bonnie O’Donnell of Fox Networks Distribution; five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson; Kristin Malaspina of Time Warner Cable; and Amy Walsh of Hendrick Motorsports.
An impressive drive
Golf Channel President Mike McCarley (left) with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (center) and Golf Channel co-founder Joe Gibbs announce the renaming of the cable network’s street address to “Golf Channel Drive“ during an employee gathering Oct. 18 at Universal Studios Florida. The cable network is undergoing extensive building renovations to its Orlando headquarters and has incorporated new branding as part of the NBC Sports Group.
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