Marketing veteran PETE THURESSON is going to work for Roush Fenway Racing as the team’s new Senior VP/Sales & Business Development. Thuresson will report to RFR President STEVE NEWMARK. He comes to the team from Fox Sports in Chicago, where he was chief of national partnerships. Prior to joining Fox, Thuresson founded the Professional Sports Network (PSN); an aggregator of leading Minor League Baseball properties, and established a national marketing platform for Triple-A and Double-A baseball (Michael Smith, SportsBusiness Journal).
EXECS: USC promoted Senior Associate AD STEVE LOPES to COO & CFO, TIM TESSALONE to Senior Associate AD/Media Relations, HATCHER PARNELL to Associate AD/Operations, MARILEE PISCHEL to Associate AD & Human Relations Dir, MONICA MORITA to Assistant AD/Student Services, JOHN MOSBACH to Assistant AD/Academic Advising and GREGORY MILLWARD to Development Dir (USC)….Columbia Univ. named Eastern Illinois Univ. associate professor BRENT WALKER Associate AD/Championship Performance (Columbia)….North Georgia College & State Univ. named MILLEDGE AUSTIN Assistant AD/Sports Communication (NGCSU)….The Univ. of Indianapolis promoted Assistant AD/Facilities & Operations SCOTT YOUNG to Associate AD/Compliance, BOB BRUBECK to Facilities & Operations Dir and Assistant Sports Information Dir JACKIE PAQUETTE to Senior Woman Administrator (UIndy)….Daily Racing Form named LOU MONACO Programming Manager (THE DAILY).
Knicks F AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE in a special to NEWSWEEK writes, "My favorite mistake was going to the NBA straight out of high school. It’s my favorite because I was able to accomplish my dream, but I very much wanted to go to college and pursue an education. ... Despite missing out on college, I’ve taken summer courses at Arizona State University and the University of Miami, and my favorite course was human geography." He continues, "I want to get my college degree; it will just have to happen down the road because I can only take summer courses or online classes" (NEWSWEEK, 8/6 issue).
GET IN THE RING: ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported boxer ZAB JUDAH's promoter will soon "probably be 50 CENT's newly formed TMT Promotions." Judah said, "I've been knowing 50 for a long time. His brain for business is phenomenal. ... I like what 50 brings to the table. It's a great game plan. I think it will be a very good situation that will play out in boxing. It'll be something new and fresh." He added that his contract with Main Events "had run out and that he was a free agent" (ESPN.com, 7/31). Rafael in a separate piece noted late trainer and Boxing HOFer JIM DUNDEE's son, ANGELO, is putting up for sale several collectible items through SCP Auctions. The items "include the fight-worn gloves" of Boxing HOFer MUHAMMAD ALI when he won the heavyweight championship for the first time, from Boxing HOFer SONNY LISTON in '64, and Ali's fight-worn gloves from his "first legendary bout" against Boxing HOFer JOE FRAZIER in '71 (ESPN.com, 7/31).
ON THE MARKET: In N.Y., Peter Lattiman notes Forstmann Little, the private equity firm that owns 24 Hour Fitness, has hired Goldman Sachs to run the auction process for the sale of the fitness chain. 24 Hour Fitness is "expected to fetch about” $2B in the sale. With about 425 locations, 24 Hour Fitness “is the nation’s largest privately owned chain of fitness centers” (N.Y. TIMES, 8/1).
NAMES: Actors WILL FERRELL and ZACH GALIFIANAKIS yesterday visited the Hockey HOF in Toronto as part of a promotional tour for the upcoming movie, "THE CAMPAIGN" (N.Y. POST, 8/1)....Yankees SS DEREK JETER on Monday "was seen out" with model HANNAH DAVIS. The two "have been seeing each other casually for several months" (N.Y. POST, 8/1).