Faces and Places: Sports business in pictures
Constellation plugs into power of Chicago sports
|The Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls and United Center on March 29 announced a five-year sponsorship partnership with Constellation Energy through the 2015-16 seasons. From left, front: Jay Blunk, Blackhawks EVP; Bill Wennington, Bulls radio announcer; Tony Esposito, Blackhawks ambassador; John McDonough, Blackhawks president and CEO; John Oroni, Constellation Energy VP Great Lakes – Ohio Valley Region; Steve Schanwald, Bulls EVP-business operations; Bobby Hull, Blackhawks ambassador; Al MacIsaac, Blackhawks VP/assistant to the president. Back: Tommy Hawk and Benny the Bull.
Pac-12 tourney heading to Vegas
|The Pac-12 Conference announced March 13 that it will hold its men’s basketball tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas starting in 2013. From left: Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events; Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott; and Scott Sibella, MGM Grand COO and president.
|Micky Lawler (right), head of Octagon Tennis, receives the 2012 Warsaw-Thurston Award from the 2011 recipient, WTA Chairman Stacey Allaster, at a dinner at the BNP Paribas Tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. The event, held March 17, raises funds for the Women in Sports Business Scholarship Fund at the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center.
Taking it (Big) Easy
|Learfield President and CEO Greg Brown (left) and IMG College President Ben Sutton were ready for the Final Four at the Men’s College Basketball Championship Tip-Off Party hosted by Learfield Sports and IMG College on March 30 at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans.
Water polo squad visits L.A. Athleta
|The U.S. women’s water polo team was on hand at an in-store event at the Athleta store at The Grove in Los Angeles to meet fans and celebrate its sponsorship with Athleta. From left: Athleta SVP and GM Scott Key, national team member Kami Craig and Tess Roering, Athleta VP of marketing.
Ready to refuel with chocolate milk
|At the launch of the “got chocolate milk?” campaign March 10 in Los Angeles (from left): Olympic gold medalist Ricky Berens; 2008 Olympian Chloe Sutton; Miranda Abney, senior marketing manager for Milk Processor Education Program; USA Swimming CMO Matt Farrell; Julia Kadison, VP of marketing for MilkPEP. Chocolate milk became the official refuel beverage of USA Swimming.
It’s on at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia
|Flipping the switch at the Xfinity Live! Philadelphia grand opening on March 30 (from left): Cordish Cos.’ David Cordish, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren (behind Cordish), Xfinity’s Dave Juliano, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Cordish Cos.’ Reed Cordish, Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider and Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. Comcast-Spectacor and the Cordish Cos. partnered on the new dining and entertainment district, built on the former site of the Spectrum.
Hemond honored at D-Backs’ spring home
|The Arizona Diamondbacks dedicated the Roland Hemond Executive Conference Room in the executive offices of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the club’s spring training home, on March 21. Hemond, 82, whose career in baseball front offices stretches to the 1950s, was selected as the second recipient of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award by baseball’s Hall of Fame last season, and he is the special assistant to Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall. From left: Hall, Hemond, managing general partner Ken Kendrick and general manager Kevin Towers.
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