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Volume 20 No. 41
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Faces and Places: Atlanta teams huddle at Business of Sports Summit

Atlanta teams’ execs gather for panel

Executives from Atlanta’s major league teams made up the “Franchise Factor” panel at the Business of Sports Summit in Atlanta on April 29. From left: the Braves’ Derek Schiller and John Schuerholz, the Dream’s Kathy Betty and Toby Wyman, Jim Smith and Rich McKay of the Atlanta Falcons, and Tracy White and Bob Williams from the Hawks and Thrashers.

NYC Marathon’s Opening Day off and running

Attending Opening Day for the ING New York City Marathon in New York City’s Columbus Circle on April 27 (from left): New York Road Runners President and CEO Mary Wittenberg, “Survivor: Africa” winner Ethan Zohn, three-time U.S. Olympian Jen Rhines, eight-time Olympic speed skating medalist Apolo Anton Ohno, television personality Al Roker and 2009 champion Meb Keflezighi. As part of the festivities, Keflezighi, Ohno and Rhines announced their plans to participate in this year’s race, to be run Nov. 6.

Television’s best honored at Sports Emmy Awards

NBC “Sunday Night Football” booth mates Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth both received awards at the 32nd annual Sports Emmy Awards on May 2 in New York City. Michaels was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Collinsworth received the award for Outstanding Sports Event Analyst. From left: NBC Sports & Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol and wife Susan Saint James, Michaels and wife Linda Michaels, and wife Holly Collinsworth and Collinsworth.

Moses Tau of South Africa (left) and Jed Drake of ABC accept the award for Outstanding Live Sports Special for ABC’s coverage of the 2010 World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands in Johannesburg.

Stadium starters

UNC Charlotte took another step toward establishing a football program when it broke ground on its football stadium April 28. The stadium will seat 15,000 and can be expanded to 40,000. From left: Kim Whitestone, senior associate AD for internal affairs and senior women’s administrator; Dan Van Dyke, senior associate, Jenkins Peer Architects; UNCC AD Judy Rose; and DLR Group principal Don Barnum.

Brady’s bunch

New England Patriots quarterback and Under Armour endorser Tom Brady (center) met contest winners at the Under Armour Tom Brady Draft Chat on April 29 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Broadcaster Boomer Esiason moderated the fans’ Q&A with Brady.


Bright night

Musician Huey Lewis (left) and Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash (right) joined Kathy Pidgeon, executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities, at the 2011 Suns and Stars gala. Huey Lewis and the News performed at the event March 11 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. It raised more than $1.1 million for Phoenix Suns Charities.