Faces and Places: New series on NY baseball
New MSG series dishes on baseball deals
|MSG hosted a party at the Geico MSG Studios in New York on March 5 for the launch of its new series, “The Lineup: Hits & Errors — The Best and Worst Deals in New York Baseball,” which made its debut March 11. From left: Dan Ronayne, EVP and GM, MSG Networks; Hank Ratner, president and CEO, Madison Square Garden Co.; Dave Kaplan, author and baseball historian; Scott Boras, sports agent; former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa; and MSG broadcaster Fran Healy.
The bell of the ball at NYSE
|Ringing in March Madness by ringing the NYSE Closing Bell on March 5 were (from left) University of South Florida AD Doug Woolard; John McDonough, OppenheimerFunds Distributor president; IMG College President Ben Sutton; Big East Conference Commissioner John Marinatto; and Michael Rempell, EVP and COO of the New York Design Center at American Eagle Outfitters, the presenting sponsor of the Big East Championship.
UFC announces another date on Fox
|The UFC held a media event March 6 at Radio City Music Hall to formally announce its third event on Fox, scheduled for May 5 at Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. From left: Dylan Wanagiel, MSG Sports director of sports events; Nick Lembo, N.J. Athletic Control Board counsel; UFC President Dana White; and Richard Claffey, MSG SVP and GM of theater operations.
Padres suit up Little Leaguers
|Representatives from the San Diego Padres, including Vice Chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad, President and COO Tom Garfinkel and 1976 Cy Young Winner Randy Jones, attended Opening Day festivities for 16 local Little Leagues on the weekend of March 3-4. They were celebrating the inaugural year of the club’s Youth Baseball Initiative, which is outfitting more than 11,600 Little Leaguers in Padres jerseys and caps. Center (from left): Rancho Penasquitos Little League President Mike Lim (in brown shirt), Garfinkel (in suit) and Jones.
Cordova’s Speedweeks reception
|At the Cordova Marketing Group Sports Industry Reception at Speedweeks on Feb. 22 (from left): Tom Cordova, Cordova Marketing Group; Infineon Raceway GM Steve Page; Jake Sims, Cordova Marketing Group; and Jerry Briffa, Starpass Sports.
|Before the Portland Timbers’ home opener against the Philadelphia Union on a rainy evening March 12 at Jeld-Wen Stadium (from left): MLS Commissioner Don Garber; Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports Group; Timbers owners Hank Paulson and Merritt Paulson; and Patrik Nilsson, Adidas North America president. The game drew 20,438, a sellout.
Childress honored in Vegas
|Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis (left) presents longtime NASCAR team owner Richard Childress with the America’s Fuel Award at the Growth Energy Executive Leadership Conference on March 8 at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas. The award is the highest honor bestowed by Washington, D.C.-based Growth Energy, an ethanol advocacy group and a NASCAR partner.
Office Depot a winner
|Doreen Ingenito Smith, Office Depot director of local marketing and sponsorships for Office Depot, is presented the NASCAR Driving Business Award by NASCAR’s Lou Garate on March 9 at the Encore Las Vegas. The award is presented annually to the NASCAR partner that demonstrates extraordinary leadership and results through participation in the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council.
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