SBJ/June 24-30, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Faces and Places

ADs converge on Orlando

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics held its annual convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott during the week of June 10-15.  LEARFIELD SPORTS DIRECTORS’ CUP WINNERS (from left): Committee Chair Terri Howes, West Virginia; Ron Case, Gloucester County College; Robert Davenport, Oklahoma Baptist; Lisa Melendy, Williams; Keith Baker, Grand Canyon; Patrick Dunkley, Stanford; Greg Brown, Learfield Sports.
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‘VALUE OF A SCHOLARSHIP’: NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith addresses attendees.
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2013-14 OFFICERS (from left): 2nd VP Tim Selgo, Grand Valley State; President Mike Alden, Missouri; 3rd VP Chris Plonsky, Texas; 1st VP Jim Phillips, Northwestern; and Secretary Don Tencher, Rhode Island College.
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PRESS PANEL: Discussing “The State of Intercollegiate Athletics From the Media’s Perspective” on June 14 (from left): Moderator Abraham Madkour of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily; Duke AD Kevin White; Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, the 2012-13 NACDA president; ESPN’s Jay Bilas; Georgetown AD Lee Reed; Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports; and Dan Wolken of USA Today.
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FEATURED SPEAKER: John Foley spoke about “High-Performance Leadership.”
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LEARFIELD EVENT: Learfield’s Diane Penny with New Mexico senior associate AD Kurt Esser on June 13 at Siro in the World Center Marriott.
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Commissioner in San Antonio

NBA Commissioner David Stern (center) with (from left) Andrea Smith, Sheiludis Moyett, Enrique Gonzalez and John Wessman of BBVA Compass and BBVA before Game 5 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio.
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Brett O’Brien (left), Gatorade GM and SVP, and Stern stopped for a photo before Game 3 in San Antonio.
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President catches the Fever

President Barack Obama welcomed the 2012 WNBA Champion Indiana Fever to the White House on June 14 to honor the team for their victory in the WNBA Finals. The visit continued the tradition begun by Obama of also honoring teams for their efforts to give back to communities.
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Handing off an honor to Kraft

Honoree Robert Kraft (left), chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group, is congratulated by Sanford Weill, chairman of Carnegie Hall’s board of trustees, at the 2013 Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence Gala on June 13 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
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Aussie rules baseball

Graham Annesley, MP, New South Wales minister for sport and recreation; Jeff Bleich, U.S. ambassador to Australia; and Barry O’Farrell, MP, premier of New South Wales, joined MLB and the MLBPA to announce that the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers will play MLB’s Opening Series March 22-23 at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia.
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Astros co-host MLB summit

At the welcome reception for the MLB Diversity Business Summit at the Hyatt Regency Houston on June 18 (from left): Houston Astros President Reid Ryan; Houston Mayor Annise Parker; Shawn Taylor, a member of the Houston Astros ownership group; Wendy Lewis, MLB SVP for diversity and strategic alliances; and Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane. The Astros co-hosted the event June 18-19.
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Wharton checks into the golf business

Wharton held its “State of the Business of Golf” event June 12 in Philadelphia in connection with the U.S. Open at nearby Merion Golf Club. Left to right: Derrick Heggans, managing director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative; Dick Raskopf, publisher, Sports Illustrated Golf Group; Malcolm Turner, president, Wasserman Media Group’s golf division; Sarah Hirshland, senior managing director, USGA; Jon Last, president, Sports & Leisure Research Group; Mike McCarley, president, Golf Channel; and Ken Shropshire, director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative.
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Picnic in the Park in Houston

The Astros Foundation played host to its first Picnic in the Park, a fundraiser that drew more than 700 after Houston’s game against the Chicago White Sox on Father’s Day. From left: owner and chairman Jim Crane, Astros Foundation board members Jud Grady and Bill Herrington, and Astros President Reid Ryan.
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WISE Women of the Year Awards

Women in Sports & Events handed out its 2013 WISE Women of the Year Awards at their 19th annual awards luncheon June 18 at the Marriott Marquis in New York. From left to right: Kathleen Francis, WISE national president; presenter Christine Driessen; Carol Stiff, vice president of content program and integration, espnW; presenter Molly Solomon; Dick Ebersol, recipient of the 2013 WISE Champion Award; presenter Pam Harris; Danielle Maged, global head of business development and partnerships, StubHub; Sharon Byers, senior vice president of sports and entertainment marketing, Coca-Cola North America; presenter Lisa Baird; and Sue Rodin, WISE founder and chair emerita.
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  CAA Sports’ Levine honored

UJA-Federation of New York honored Michael Levine, co-head of CAA Sports, as the Sports for Youth Honoree of the Year at a luncheon on June 19 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

ABOVE: From left: Russell Wolff of ESPN International, Donna Orender of Orender Unlimited, John Skipper of ESPN, Levine, the NBA’s David Stern, David Berson of CBS Sports, fellow CAA Sports co-head Howie Nuchow, and Blackstone’s David Blitzer.

BELOW: Levine (right) with Richard Lovett, Creative Artists Agency president, who presented the award to Levine.
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