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Volume 24 No. 133

People and Pop Culture

The NFL Jets named TIM KEMP Senior Dir of Marketing, reporting directly to Senior VP/Marketing & Fan Engagement SETH RABINOWITZ. Kemp will oversee advertising, fan communications, research and creative services. Prior to the Jets, Kemp had stints with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Prudential Center, XL Center in Hartford and the Univ. of Memphis (Terry Lefton, Editor-at-Large).

EXECS: Esports organization Immortals named former Publicis Creative Dir BRIAN JUNG VP/Creative & Brand and NFL Network VP/Marketing STEVEN GRACIANO to the same position. Both execs will report to Immortals President & COO ARI SEGAL (Immortals)....Univ. of Hawaii Assistant AD, Chief of Staff and Senior Woman Administrator LOIS MANIN is "expected to be confirmed" as interim Associate AD and SWA "when the Board of Regents meets Thursday." Manin "fills the vacancy" left by MARILYN MONIZ-KAHO'OHANOHANO, "who retired in June." Her new role is "scheduled to run until Oct. 19, 2018, at a listed annual salary of $118,008, plus a $1,000 stipend." UH AD DAVID MATLIN said that there is "no timetable for making a permanent selection" (HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, 10/17)....A source said that WNBA N.Y. Liberty coach BILL LAIMBEER will become San Antonio Stars coach & GM "when the team is sold and relocated" to Las Vegas. Laimbeer also led the Detroit Shock as coach & GM from '02-09 (AP, 10/13).

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The Dodgers have invited VIN SCULLY and his wife, SANDI, to "watch this year's playoff games from a suite." The couple "leaves early to avoid having to navigate the traffic in the concourses and on the freeways, and to make sure to get home in time to see the end of the game." Scully said, "I'm looking at a game sideways. My entire life I would look at the game from behind home plate" (L.A. TIMES, 10/17).

FOOD RUNNER: Delaware North Chief Customer Officer RICK ABRAMSON ran a time of two hours, 22 minutes and 26 seconds in Sunday's Detroit Free Press Half-Marathon. The race takes runners through the streets of Detroit and into Windsor, Ontario, before re-entering U.S. soil. Abramson has taken up running again after bouncing back from Stage 4 tongue cancer, first detected in '13. Abramson after the event said, "I ran a half-marathon about 30 years ago, so my time was a little better back then. I’ve also run various other races through the years." For Sunday's race, Abramson wore a Tigers hat, Red Wings shirt and Pistons shorts, representing the three local clients served by his firm. The Tigers are Delaware North's oldest sports account, dating to '30 at Navin Field. Abramson’s oldest daughter, MARY, joined him in the half-marathon (Don Muret, Staff Writer).

NAMES: Hornets President & COO FRED WHITFIELD has been named the Economic Growth Champion of the Year by the Charlotte Chamber for his "work in brokering a deal" to repeal HB2, the city's controversial bathroom law. Whitfield was recognized last night "during a celebration at the Mint Museum Uptown" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/17)....The Louisville Athletic Association yesterday voted unanimously to "terminate" the contract of men's basketball coach RICK PITINO, which had $46M left on it. In an attempt to save Pitino's job, his attorney "turned over the results of a lie detector test taken by the coach" to the association, but it was "unmoved" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 10/17)....Six Ohio State football players yesterday “visited patients” at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 10/17)....Former F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE is “relocating to Switzerland.” Ecclestone “owns a hotel in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad, among other business interests, and has had residence for nearly 30 years.” Meanwhile, he said that F1 Owner Liberty Media was “not keen for him to attend races and he could understand that.” However, an F1 spokesperson said that was "not the case" (REUTERS, 10/16)....DALE EARNHARDT JR. and his wife, AMY, are “expecting their first child soon.” The couple announced it will be a girl (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/17).

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