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2011 Sports Media & Technology conference

Rights fees, social networking and TV Everywhere were among hot topics in the spotlight at the 13th annual Sports Media & Technology conference Nov. 9-10 in New York City

Photos by Shana Wittenwyler

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Time Warner Cable’s Melinda Witmer and ESPN’s Sean Bratches were among the high-level executives on the panel for “TV Everywhere: An Inside Look.”

Bill Simmons said of his site,, “I don’t agree that it’s a long-form site. We’ve tried going the quality route vs. the quantity route.”

Dan Jacobs of Thought Equity Motion and Matthew Kramer and Dave Peters of CSE

SBJ’s John Ourand (standing) helped start the conversation at the SBJ/SBD Tweetup, with SI media columnist Richard Deitsch (right).

Rick Perko of Immersion Media, Jason Manasse of AccuScore, Sean Weinstock of NumberFire, Stacie Stern of Head2Head Sports and Brandon Moore of SportsDirect

Susan Lawler of the Washington Nationals and Lisa Delpy Neirotti of George Washington University

Paul Hodges and Chris Gargano of the San Francisco Giants

Tom Damico of the NFLPA, Rafe Anderson of TruMedia Networks and Greg Viverito of NFL Players

Little League gathers sponsors for D.C. summit

Little League International played host to its 14 national sponsors at its annual sponsor summit Nov. 2-3 in Washington, D.C. Highlights included discussions of best practices in activation, roundtables on sponsorship industry topics and an “Ask the CEO” session with President and CEO Stephen Keener.

Nicklauses host fundraiser

“An Evening with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus” on Oct. 25 at the Morton’s steakhouse in West Palm Beach, Fla., benefited the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. From left: Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Patty McDonald from their foundation and Tylor Field, VP of wine and spirits for Morton’s.

Rangers, Coke back hockey program

The New York Rangers, Coca-Cola, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Boys & Girls Clubs recently launched the second season of a free program to provide indoor hockey instruction for more than 1,500 youths this winter with a clinic at Chelsea Recreation Center in Manhattan. From left: MSG Sports’ Howard Jacobs, NYC Parks’ Annika Holder, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, former Ranger Nick Fotiu, Boys & Girls Clubs’ Mel Campos and Coca-Cola’s Brent Tollison.
Photo by: MSG PHOTOS

ADs talk college sports in Winston-Salem

IMG College President Ben Sutton (center) moderated a talk on college athletics with ADs Ron Wellman of Wake Forest (left) and Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame on Nov. 5 at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C., before the schools met on the football field that night.

17th annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit

Among those honored at the Greater New York Chapter of the ALS Association’s 17th annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit were (from left) former New York Ranger Mike Richter, MLB executive and former manager Joe Torre and New York Mets third baseman David Wright. The event was Nov. 8 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Photo by: JACK MCCOY

Clear the runway for Cavaliers and Monsters

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Lake Erie Monsters and Flashes of Hope played host for the Big Shots and Little Stars fundraiser Oct. 25 at Quicken Loans Arena. The benefit fashion show featured celebs and “little stars,” local children affected by pediatric cancer. From left: David Griffin, Cavaliers VP of basketball operations; Monte Ahuja, chairman and CEO of Mura Holdings; runway model; Little Star Jacob Sypert, tennis’ Mary Joe Fernandez and Little Star Andrew Miller.
Photo by: BEN HALL

WTT raises money in Cleveland

At the 19th annual World TeamTennis Smash Hits presented by Geico on Oct. 27 at Cleveland Public Hall, which raised more than $500,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland (from left): Andy Roddick, Amelie Mauresmo, Mark Knowles, Lauren Davis, Elton John, Billie Jean King, Coco Vandeweghe, Jan-Michael Gambill, John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova.

Maryland, their Maryland

At the launch of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland are professor George Solomon (left) and four Terrapins: ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, Comcast-Spectacor VP of public relations Ike Richman and ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt and Bonnie Bernstein.

Fueling up in Fort Worth

At NASCAR’s Fuel for Business Council Meeting presented by Freescale at the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center on Nov. 4 (from left): NASCAR’s Lou Garate, Jackson Jeyanayagam of Taylor, Steve Mitzel of Valassis, 3M’s Jeff Lavers and Freescale Corp.’s Steve Nelson, John Doherty and Keith Woody.
Photo by: NASCAR

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