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Faces and Places: Game on!

Playoff time for NHL, NBC

NBC and NHL officials gathered at the NHL’s offices April 9 for a media conference call to promote the Stanley Cup playoffs, which began April 11. From left: NBC’s Seth Winter, Jon Miller, Sam Flood and Mark Lazarus, the NHL’s Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and John Collins, and NBC’s John Miller.
Photo by: NHL

NASCAR in D.C. to kick off campaign

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 National Guard Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was prominently displayed on the Ellipse outside the White House for the 134th annual Easter Egg Roll on April 9, when NASCAR officially launched its patriotic campaign, NASCAR Unites – An American Salute. From left: Kim Brink, NASCAR managing director of brand, consumer and series marketing; Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR VP of public affairs and multicultural development; and The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Sandy Marshall.
Photo by: NASCAR

Fanographie’s London lineup

Coyle Media hosted the Fanographie Summit for digital executives in sports and entertainment in London on March 27. At Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal FC (from left): Front: Ticketmaster’s Graeme Stuart, UK Sports Network’s Dan McClaren, the NBA’s Dan Markham, Coyle Media’s Pat Coyle, Wildfire’s Ben Harknett, ESPN’s Andrew Wamugi and Sports Fusion’s Rachel Wardle. Back: Coyle Media’s Niall Doorley, HBO’s Jamyn Edis, Liverpool FC’s Matt Owen, Capcom’s Angelique Schierz-Crusius, Rugby New Zealand’s Clare Wolfensohn, Easel TV’s Bill Scott, the International Cricket Council’s Chris Hurst and DMob Media’s Dipesh Morjaria.

Lighting it up for MLB

MLB Network analysts Sean Casey (left) and Kevin Millar (second from left), MLB CMO Jacqueline Parkes and MLB Network analyst Al Leiter attend a lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building in New York City. The Empire State Building was lit red, white and blue April 4 to celebrate MLB’s Opening Day.

NBA marks Green Week with Sprint boss

At the tipoff event for NBA Green Week in New York City on April 3 (from left): NBA hall of famer Bob Lanier, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and four-time NBA all-star Bernard King.

WISE symposium at Syracuse

The Syracuse chapter of Women in Sports and Events held a symposium — “A Word to the WISE: Leveling the Playing Field” — on April 10, moderated by alumna Laurie Orlando, ESPN SVP of talent development and planning. From left: Gina Pauline, assistant professor and co-adviser of WISE at Syracuse; Sage Steele, ESPN “SportsCenter” co-host; Orlando; Jessica Gelman, Kraft Sports Group VP of customer marketing and strategy; John Walsh, ESPN EVP and executive editor; Michelle Berg, Team Epic EVP; Donna Lopiano, Sports Management Resources president and founder; Michael Veley, director and chair, department of sport management, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University; and Kate Veley, co-adviser of WISE at Syracuse and manager of Career Center and Event Planning.

Wharton group hosts discussion in New Orleans

The Wharton Sports Business Initiative was host for the “State of the Business of Intercollegiate Athletics” on March 31 at the Final Four in New Orleans. From left: Glenn Wong of UMass, Ken Shropshire of Wharton, Amy Perko of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, John Lombardi of LSU, Jon LeCrone of the Horizon League, Wally Renfro of the NCAA and Derrick Heggans of Wharton.

Big night at the Johnson house

Sheila Johnson, Monumental Sports & Entertainment vice chairman and Washington Mystics president and managing partner, and husband Judge William Newman hosted about 150 guests at their Middleburg, Va., home on March 31 to benefit Inova Health System’s “Children’s Health for Generations to Come.” The night featured a performance by John Legend. From left: Tony Burchard, Inova Health System Foundation president; Knox Singleton, Inova Health System COO; Johnson; Legend; and Greg Bibb, Washington Mystics COO.

Leiweke delivers for AEG

At Los Angeles City Hall, AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke delivers copies of the 10,000-page draft environmental impact report on the planned downtown stadium, Farmers Field, at a news conference April 5.

Food and fun at Infiniti Lounge

Infiniti and Sports Illustrated invited guests to the Infiniti Lounge at Champions Square in New Orleans during Final Four weekend to meet college basketball coaches such as John Beilein of Michigan and Fran Dunphy of Temple who participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer charity. From left: Kathy Roznowski, senior manager of Infiniti marketing; Beilein; New Orleans chef John Besh; Dunphy; and Jim DeTrude, Infiniti director of marketing.

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