SBJ/April 21-27, 2014/People and Pop Culture

Faces and Places

The Class AAA Charlotte Knights opened their new stadium, BB&T Ballpark, to big crowds during the weekend of April 11-13.


Charlotte’s uptown skyline dominates the view from the stands.
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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Charlotte Knights owner Don Beaver
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A young fan gets a field-level view.
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Carolina Panthers President Danny Morrison (in tie) and Charlotte Bobcats President Fred Whitfield
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Taking in the game from an outfield berm
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Fans gather in the Diamonds Direct Luxury Lounge.
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The new ballpark holds 10,200.
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Honoring Richardson

Honoring former Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson (second from left) at Dallas’ African American Museum: Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, the NCAA’s Bernard Franklin, Harry Robinson of the museum and the NCAA’s Kimberly Ford.
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Taking in the title game

At the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game April 7 in Arlington, Texas: Ron Furman of Westwood One; John Tatum of Genesco Sports, former President George W. Bush and Al Carey of PepsiCo Beverages.
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Ready for duty in Arizona

Holding the “golden shovel” April 15 as part of the first tree planting event leading up to next year’s Super Bowl: Jay Parry of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, the NFL’s Jack Groh, and Christine Gonzales of the host committee.
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Frozen in time

2014 NCAA Frozen Four officials gathered at center ice of the Wells Fargo Center before the national championship game April 12 between Minnesota and Union College. From left: Steve Hagwell, Matt Homan, Kristin Fasbender, Jim Knowlton, Kevin McGinniss, John Page and Mike Sulkes.
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Bulls welcome sponsors to summit

The Chicago Bulls held their inaugural Sponsor Summit at the United Center on April 10 with nearly 100 representatives from the team’s corporate partners. From left: the Bulls’ Michael Reinsdorf, Ron Lofton of the Black McDonald’s Operators Association, the NBA’s Mark Tatum, BMO Financial Group’s Gillian Fraser and Athletico Physical Therapy’s Carol Czaplicki.
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Bowling for sponsors with the Nets

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (left) participated in a Q&A with ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell (center) at the Brooklyn Nets/Barclays Center Partner Summit at Brooklyn Bowl on April 9. Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark hosted the event.
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Masters pre-party

Izod and Golf Digest hosted a party at the Pinnacle Experience Hospitality Bistro in Augusta, Ga., April 9 on the eve of the Masters. From left: Mike Kelly, Ken Duane and Manny Chirico of Izod parent PVH Corp., football hall of famer and Van Heusen endorser Jerry Rice, Golf Digest’s Pete Hunsinger, PVH’s Marc Schneider and Gary Sheinbaum of Tommy Hilfiger. Van Heusen and Tommy Hilfiger are also PVH brands.
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Conversation with Scheer

Longtime sports executive Carl Scheer stopped by to discuss the industry with members of the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily staff April 8 in Charlotte.
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Magic’s first hall of famers

Magic CEO Alex Martins with inaugural members of the team’s hall of fame: Nick Anderson, the team’s original draft pick and now a community ambassador, and Pat Williams, co-founder and senior VP, at a ceremony April 9.
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Salute to Leonsis

Ted Leonsis, founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tech Council of Maryland on April 8 in Bethesda. With Leonsis is son Zach, manager of business development at Monumental, who introduced his father at the event.
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CSN Mid-Atlantic celebrates

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic celebrated its 30th anniversary April 3. CSN Mid-Atlantic President Rebecca O’Sullivan Schulte poses with original Home Team Sports GM Bill Aber.
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Ridge takes tournament role

Tom Ridge (left), honorary chairman of the Constellation Senior Players Championship this year, was in Pittsburgh for a luncheon April 9. With him is tournament Executive Director Joe Rotellini.
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