IndyCar CMO C.J. O'DONNELL announced that he is stepping down from the role, effective this offseason. A replacement was not immediately named. O'Donnell, who joined IndyCar in '13, said he wanted to move back to the East Coast to be closer to his family (Adam Stern, THE DAILY).
EXECS: Sources said that Fox News President of Advertising Sales MARIANNE GAMBELLI will "take on a bigger role" when the pending sale of 21st Century Fox assets to Disney is complete, "overseeing ad sales for most of its assets, including sports channels and the Fox broadcast network." She will "pick up duties" now handled by Fox President of Advertising Revenue JOE MARCHESE (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/2)....The Heat Group promoted AmericanAirlines Arena Exec VP & GM KIM STONE to Exec VP/Business Development for the team's sales and service division and Exec VP/Heat Group Enterprises JARRED DIAMOND to AmericaAirlines Arena GM (Heat)....Intrust Bank Arena promoted Marketing & Group Sales Coordinator LYNDSEY EDWARDS to Marketing Manager (Intrust Bank Arena).
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The RICKETTS family, which owns the Cubs, is "actively supporting" Supreme Court nominee BRETT KAVANAUGH through its 45Committee, a non profit "closely associated" with the family. The group has "spent $650,000 funding a one-minute TV ad that calls attention to Kavanaugh and his 'honor, integrity and strong moral character.'" Cubs co-Owner LAURA RICKETTS, a "top-tier Democratic fundraiser," is "not part of the 45Committee" (POLITICO.com, 10/1). Meanwhile, Fanatics Founder & Exec Chair MICHAEL RUBIN recently "hosted a private dinner" at his N.Y. home in support of Pennsylvania Gov. TOM WOLF. Guests included Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT, 76ers C JOEL EMBIID and former NFLer TIKI BARBER (PAGESIX.com, 10/1).
OFF-COURT VENTURE:Tennis player ANDY MURRAY owns a "five-star hotel named Cromlix not far from his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland." Murray said his brother, JAMIE, "got married there," and his grandparents, ROY and SHIRLEY ERSKINE, "had their 40th wedding anniversary there." Murray said of buying the hotel, "I thought it could be really cool and something that is really important to me. I’m really happy we did it at the end. It’s done really well, and I get to visit a few times a year and enjoy it" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/2).
NAMES: Eagles S MALCOLM JENKINS was “handed the key to the city” of Camden, N.J. for his Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s “outreach and his work with the city’s youth” (PHILLY.com, 10/1)....’16 Rio Paralympian SCOUT BASSETT has signed with Wasserman for representation. Bassett competes in the 100M dash and long jump. Bassett had been represented in ’16 by Ella Bee Media Group (Ben Fischer, THE DAILY)....The Patriots Women’s Association and Patriots Owner Robert Kraft yesterday stopped by the nonprofit Women’s Lunch Place in Boston to “prepare and serve a midday meal” to women in the community who are “currently experiencing homelessness” (BOSTON HERALD, 10/2)....Rapper B.O.B. will hold a postgame concert outside the Golden 1 Center after the NBA Kings’ home-opener against the Jazz on Oct. 17. Retro ‘80s rapper ROB BASE will perform that night at halftime of the game (Mike Sunnucks, THE DAILY)....Over 2,000 fans attended NBC Sports' Premier League Mornings Live fan event in DC on Saturday (THE DAILY)....Marlins CEO DEREK JETER and his wife HANNAH are “expecting their second child” (SI.com, 10/1).
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