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Published August 4, 2014, Page 53
|The first InStadium Experience Innovation Awards were presented July 21 at the Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology Conference in Miami. InStadium’s Pat Coyle (left) and Barrett Davie (right) are pictured with winners Kevin Cote, Golden State Warriors, digital media; Sean Flynn, Miami Marlins, game presentation; Zain Pasha, Sporting Innovations, information technology; Mary Pink, Iowa State University, marketing; and David Peart, Pittsburgh Penguins, sponsorship sales. Winners not pictured: The Warriors’ Kenny Lauer and the Marlins’ Larry Blocker.
Fight Network kickoff
|Undefeated WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, unbeaten world heavyweight contender Charles Murray, UFC star Frankie Edgar, boxing great Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Fight Network CEO Len Asper were part of FN’s kickoff event in New York City on July 26.
It’s still Rock ’n’ Roll to me
|Competitor Group executives Bill Pedigo and Dana Allen, Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan, and Competitor’s Josh Furlow and Mark Buntz kick off the first Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Festival at a VIP party during the Billy Joel concert on July 18 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The festival continued July 19 with a 5K and Sunday with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality.
Take a seat
|Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer sit in the first two seats installed in the new lower bowl of the Citrus Bowl on July 25. A new lower bowl with chair-back seats is part of stadium reconstruction underway.
Celebrating Sixers Night
|The Philadelphia Freedoms of Mylan World TeamTennis hosted Sixers Night at their match against the Boston Lobsters July 22 at the Pavilion at Villanova University. Sixers legend Darryl Dawkins, Dream Team member Davida and CEO Scott O’Neil presented Freedoms owner and WTT co-founder Billie Jean King with a personalized Sixers jersey.
Carrying the message to future messengers
|Speaking to aspiring young journalists at the Shirley Povich School of Sports Journalism Summer Camp on July 24 at the University of Maryland are: the Baltimore Ravens’ Kevin Byrne, Comcast-Spectacor’s Ike Richman (Class of 1988), Monumental Sports and Entertainment’s Kurt Kehl, and the University of Maryland’s Rose DiPaula.
Fenway hosts Run to Home Base
|Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner was one of 2,600 runners and walkers, including 500 actively serving military and family members, to participate in the fifth annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance, on July 19 at Fenway Park. The event benefits the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which treats veterans and families dealing with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
Hays partners with NYCFC
|At the announcement July 28 of Hays as the official recruitment partner of MLS franchise New York City FC are NYCFC’s Tim Pernetti, Hays’ Sholto Douglas-Home, newly signed player Frank Lampard and NYCFC’s Claudio Reyna.
Lunch is on us
|The Philadelphia Eagles recently held a lunch for the construction crew working on the Lincoln Financial Field revitalization. The workers were joined at the lunch (fully catered by partners Acme, Dietz & Watson, Dunkin’ Donuts, Snapple, Coca-Cola, Rita’s Water Ice and Frito-Lay) by Eagles GM Howie Roseman, President Don Smolenski and players Earl Wolff, Connor Barwin, Bennie Logan and Emmanuel Acho.
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