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Faces and Places

2014 Business of Sports

The inaugural 2014 Business of Sports earlier this month brought together some of the brightest minds in Tampa Bay sports to discuss the local industry and its impact. At a panel titled “Competition From the Couch,” Brian Ford, COO, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and Steve Griggs, Tampa Bay Lightning COO.
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At a panel titled “Tampa Bay is increasingly gaining ROI on its investment in the business of sports,” are Alexis Muellner, editor, Tampa Bay Business Journal; Rob Higgins, executive director, Tampa Bay Sports Commission; Scott Blackburn, founder, Thuzi.com; Jerry Kulig, director of sales, Outback Bowl; and Tim Ramsberger, president, Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

















Jeff Price, Acorn Sport Ventures founder, sat down for a one-on-one interview with Matt Hayes (right), Sporting News college football senior writer.























National meetings for Ovations

Attending Ovations Food Services national meetings in Palm Harbor, Fla., are, from left: Ovations EVP Doug Drewes, Comcast-Spectacor SVP Mich Sauers, Ovations President Ken Young, Comcast-Spectacor President Dave Scott, Global Spectrum SVP Frank Russo and Global Spectrum COO John Page.
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NCAA honors captain Pyne

George Pyne, president of IMG Sports and Entertainment and former captain of Brown University’s football team, received the 2014 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award at the NCAA Convention in San Diego. The award recognizes individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletic careers. Pictured with Pyne (left) is Jack Hayes, Brown University director of athletics.
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Smithfield extends with Petty

ABC/ESPN announcer Allen Bestwick spoke during the Jan. 15 announcement in New York of a three-year extension and increased investment in Smithfield Foods’ NASCAR program with Richard Petty Motorsports on the No. 43 Ford Fusion driven by Aric Almirola. Seated, left to right: Smithfield Foods’ Larry Pope, Petty, Richard Petty Motorsports’ Brian Moffitt, Almirola and NASCAR’s Jim O’Connell.
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Leaders Breakfast in London

Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark (left); Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team principal Christian Horner; and Arsenal FC Chief Commercial Officer Tom Fox participated in The Leaders Sport Breakfast on Jan. 15 at Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in Finsbury Square, London.
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Diamondbacks honor MVPs

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ third annual Most Valuable Partner Awards were held Jan. 16 at Wild Horse Pass Casino in Phoenix. Sanderson Ford was the MVP Silver Winner. Left to right: First baseman Paul Goldschmidt; Sanderson President David Kimmerle; Jenny Kester, Sanderson marketing; Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall; and Max Sirstins, Sanderson director of advertising.
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Gila River Casinos was the MVP Gold Winner. Left to right: Goldschmidt; Gila River Indian Community Gov. Gregory Mendoza; Hall; and Gila River Casinos CEO John James.




















Dunkin’ sets up shop in Premier League

Liverpool FC and Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. announced a multiyear partnership, which sees the American brand break into the Barclays Premier League. Left to right: Liverpool FC legend Ian Rush, midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Dunkin’ Brands Chairman Nigel Travis, and Liverpool FC Managing Director Ian Ayre.
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Athletes join Clinton at conference

Former President Bill Clinton and Wasserman athletes joined forces at the Clinton Foundation’s annual Health Matters Conference in La Quinta, Calif., to announce a national out-of-school time initiative with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Clinton’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Left to right: Cyclist Ty Magner, snowboarder Eddie Wall, Clinton and boxer Danyelle Wolf.
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