Faces and Places: All-Star tip-off in Orlando
Magic tip off All-Star awareness
|The NBA, the Orlando Magic, the city of Orlando, and Sprint tipped off NBA All-Star 2012 on Jan. 4 at a special event at Amway Center. From left to right: Orlando Magic dance team members; Craig Sager, Turner Sports; Gail Hunter, NBA senior vice president of events and attractions; Magic CEO Alex Martins; Magic players Jameer Nelson, Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu; Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing; Tim Considine, Sprint director of sports marketing; and Orlando Magic dance team members.
A super Supercross bet
|Wasserman Media Group Principal Steve Astephen (left) dons an “I Love Bob Walker” T-shirt, making good on a bet with Bob Walker (at right, president of Connexions Sports) that the loser of a charity bout last fall between their respective clients Dave Mirra and Brian Deegan would wear such a shirt at the season-opening AMA Supercross race Jan. 7 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
Miami Heat partners with Tsingtao
|The Miami Heat entered into a multiyear partnership with Chinese beermaker Tsingtao. At a press conference last month at AmericanAirlines Arena, from left: Heat CEO Nick Arison: Eric Woolworth, Heat president of business operations; Micky Arison, Heat managing general partner; LeBron James; Ma Ning, Tsingtao vice president of business operations; Dwyane Wade; Tsingtao President Sun Mingbo; Chris Bosh; Heat President Pat Riley; Shane Battier; Wang Kai, Tsingtao vice president of brand management; and head coach Erik Spoelstra.
U.S. gold at Maccabi Games
|The U.S. men’s basketball team won a gold medal at the 12th Pan American Maccabi Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The U.S. beat Canada 87-70 in the finals. The coaching staff included Barry Neuberger, associate athletic director for sports marketing at Columbia University (front row, second from left); and Steve Rosner, associate head coach of the squad and co-founder and partner at 16W Marketing (fifth from right, holding U.S. flag).
PrimeSport party at Rose Bowl
|At PrimeSport’s hospitality party at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 is PrimeSport’s Sharyn Outtrim, executive vice president of events, and former NBA player John Salley. PrimeSport is the official hospitality provider and the official fan-to-fan ticket exchange for the Rose Bowl. PrimeSport is also the official hospitality provider for the BCS championship.
Lightning join Tampa Bay Pro-Am family
|The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the 2012 Tampa Bay Pro-Am, formerly known as the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. The 2012 event will celebrate the tournament’s 25th year, April 9-15, at TPC Tampa Bay. At the announcement, from left: Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke; Bob Basham, Outback Steakhouse co-founder and co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Pro-Am; Tampa Bay Pro-Am Tournament Director Amy Hawk; Lightning founder Phil Esposito; Chris Sullivan, co-founder of Outback Steakhouse and co-chairman of the pro-am.
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