Faces and Places: Cavs and Glads
Cavaliers welcome Gladiators to family
|The Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization announced Jan. 17 that they had acquired the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. From left: Gladiators coach Steve Thonn; former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar, special adviser to the Gladiators; Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena President Len Komoroski; and former Gladiators owner Jim Ferraro.
Louganis addresses tennis gathering
|Jon Vegosen (left), U.S. Tennis Association chairman of the board and president, joins Olympic diving champion and closing speaker Greg Louganis at the USTA’s Community Tennis Development Workshop in New Orleans on Jan. 15. The workshop is the largest annual gathering of grassroots tennis leaders throughout the United States.
Hockey commisioner on duty
|Jim Scherr, former CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, was named the first commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, a new eight-school Division I conference that begins play in 2013. At a news conference at Penrose House in Colorado Springs are (from left) Ron Grahame, assistant vice chancellor and senior associate athletic director, University of Denver; Ken Ralph, athletic director, Colorado College; Scherr; and Brian Faison, athletic director, University of North Dakota. Other conference teams include Miami University (Ohio), University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Nebraska-Omaha, St. Cloud State University, and Western Michigan University.
Cardinals rule this room
|The Arizona Cardinals unveiled a team-themed apartment at the Phoenix Ronald McDonald House on Jan. 11. From left: Cardinals mascot Big Red, guard Rex Hadnot, tight end Jeff King, assistant coach Ryan Slowik, Alice Whisenhunt (wife of coach Ken Whisenhunt), Valerie Slowik, kicker Jay Feely and team President Michael Bidwill.
Hill honored with lifetime Emmy
|David Hill (left), Fox Sports Media Group chairman and CEO, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards held Jan. 12 in Las Vegas. With him are National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chairman Malachy Wienges (center) and Stan Honey, director of technology for the America’s Cup Event Authority, who presented the award to Hill.
Jaguars new owner ‘Ready to Rise’
|New Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan speaks at the Jaguars’ “Ready to Rise” event, which drew more than 6,000 fans to EverBank Field on Jan. 17. Sitting (from left) are former Jaguar Tony Boselli, general manager Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey.
Smith collects motorsports achievement award
|Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO Bruton Smith received the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award at the North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards on Jan. 16 in Concord, N.C. From left: Smith; Cory Newton, VP of Senn Dunn Insurance, presenting sponsor for the awards, and Andy Papathanassiou, North Carolina Motorsports Association executive director.
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