Names In The News
In Chicago, Ed Sherman profiles White Sox Senior VP/Sales & Marketing BROOKS BOYER, who has "forged new sponsorship relationships and was instrumental in launching Silver Chalice, a team-owned company that specializes in media and digital ventures." Boyer said that the White Sox "need to be hands-on with the fan base and sponsors, the 'follow-up' element in his approach." He added that his staff is "constantly in contact with season ticket holders 'to make it really hard for them not to renew with us'" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/21).
TOUGH TICKETS: In Memphis, Biggs & Risher wrote the "hard part" for execs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Int'l Paper Co and Bank of Bartlett is "deciding who gets to sit in the floor seats, luxury suites and boxes" at FedExForum for Grizzlies playoff games. Bank of Bartlett Founder, Vice Chair & President HAROLD BYRD said, "Sometimes we think we’re a surrogate ticket office for the fan base for both the [Univ. of Memphis] Tigers and the Grizzlies" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 4/18).
NAMES: The Padres on Saturday named ALEX MINIAK Petco Park's next PA announcer. Miniak beat out other finalists SAM CHIN and TODD LEITZ after each had the opportunity to announce a full game at the ballpark last week (Padres)....The Dayton Daily News' TOM ARCHDEACON won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award as the top sports columnist in the nation. There were more than 1,800 entries in the '13 competition. Archdeacon "won in the largest newspaper category -- circulation over 100,000" (DAYTONDAILYNEWS.com, 4/21)....Ravens coach JOHN HARBAUGH on Saturday was added to Miami (Ohio) Univ.'s Cradle of Coaches. He “unveiled a sculpture of himself with right arm raised in triumph” on the sideline (AP, 4/19)….Patriots coach BILL BELICHICK on Saturday will run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon in Nashville (MMQB.SI.com, 4/21)….White Sox Special Assistant to the Chair DENNIS GILBERT sold his 11,189-square-foot, seven-bedroom home in Calabasas, Calif., for $4.5M. He bought the property in ’90 for $1.045M (LATIMES.com, 4/18).