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Volume 20 No. 46
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Faces and Places: Citi marks one year out

Citi marks one year out with Olympians

Citi, a sponsor of the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and the U.S. Olympic Committee, marked the one-year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27 with a flag-raising event outside the Citibank Financial Center in New York City. From left: Two-time Paralympic gold medalist Jeremy Campbell (discus, pentathlon), Olympic gold medalist Susan Francia (rowing) and Olympic silver medalist Alicia Sacramone (gymnastics) join Citi CEO Vikram Pandit and employees.

Bryans bond with Esurance

On hand for the Bryan brothers’ announcement of a new partnership with Esurance, one of the sponsors of the USTA’s interactive SmashZone Mobile Tour, during the U.S. vs. Spain Davis Cup quarterfinal (from left): world No. 1 men’s tennis doubles team Mike and Bob Bryan, Esurance VP of marketing Darren Howard and USTA chief professional tournaments officer Jim Curley.

Dayton Dragons, Mandalay celebrate sellout record

The Dayton Dragons marked their breaking the record for most consecutive sellouts by a North American professional sports team with a celebration July 23 at Fifth Third Field.

Top: NBA hall of famer Magic Johnson (left), who owns a share of the team, with Peter Guber, chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group. Mandalay Baseball Properties owns and operates the Dragons.

Above: From left: Peter Schaeffer, vice chairman and COO of Mandalay Entertainment; Pat O’Conner, president of Minor League Baseball; and Guber.

Rally Team welcome

Todd Lawrence (left), sponsorship director for Subaru of America, and Dan Schorr, president of Start2Finish Marketing, welcomed thousands of consumers to the Subaru Rally Team interactive exhibit July 30-31 at the X Games in Los Angeles.

Fuel for Business

Tim Considine, director of sports marketing for NASCAR partner Sprint, speaks during the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council Meeting presented by Sprint on July 29 at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis.

Yankees + Red Sox, Part 1

At Saratoga Race Course’s first Rivalry Day Aug. 5 (from left): Peter Goulet, Saratoga facilities manager; former New York Yankees player Mickey Rivers, NYRA EVP and COO Hal Handel; and former Boston Red Sox player Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd.

Yankees + Red Sox, Part 2

Putting rivalries aside on Aug. 7 at the Runyon 5K Run at Yankee Stadium were (from left) former New York Yankees player Roy White; Lorraine Egan, executive director of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation; Alan Leventhal, Damon Runyon board chairman; and Tom Werner, chairman of the Boston Red Sox. Four thousand runners helped raise more than $600,000 for cancer research at the event.

NHRA sponsors gather at Sonoma

NHRA conducted its annual sponsor summit last month before the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Seated in the front row are (from left): Kelley O’Donnell, brand leader, Prestone; Gary Darcy, SVP of sales and marketing, NHRA; Tom Fredrickson, chief administrative officer and GM, Lucas Oil Products; Ben Reiling, director of motorsports, Coca-Cola North America; and Eric Helms, group marketing director for energy brands, Coca-Cola North America.

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