Faces and Places: Lackawanna groundbreaking
Yanks, Mandalay put shovels in the ground
|Officials from Lackawanna County, Pa., the New York Yankees and Mandalay Baseball broke ground ceremonially for PNC Field in Moosic, which will be home to the Yankees’ Class AAA affiliate. From left: Gary Mayse, Mandalay Baseball EVP of facility operations; county commissioner Jim Wansacz; Yankees COO Lonn Trost; Mandalay Baseball President and CEO Art Matin; and county commissioner Corey O’Brien.
McCormack program honorees
|The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management in the Isenberg School of Management at UMass presented Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Awards to (from left) Burke Magnus, ESPN SVP of college sports programming; NBA VP of marketing Carolanne McAuliffe; Wade Martin, Alli president and CEO; and Neal Huntington, Pittsburgh Pirates SVP. The awards were given at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on April 28.
Honored as Alumni-on-the-Rise Award winners (below) were (from left): Pam Ganley, Boston Red Sox director of media relations; Steve Novak, Boston College associate AD for development; Christy Grady, Seattle Seahawks and Sounders director of partnership development. Not shown is Geoff Iacuessa, Portland Sea Dogs EVP and GM.
A sweeping success
|The staff of TD Garden, the Boston Bruins and Sportservice took part in the 10th annual Boston Shines citywide cleanup effort April 27, led by TD Garden SVP and GM Hugh Lombardi.
Louisville arena tour
|Jim Host, iHigh.com chairman and CEO (center), and Robbie Valentine (red shirt, back) provided a tour of Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center to (from left) Premiere Global Sports/College Division EVP Ken Bruce, VP Brian Cockerham and senior event planner Elizabeth Giordani; Becky Spetman and Florida State AD Randy Spetman; National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Executive Director Bob Vecchione; and UCLA AD and NACDA President Dan Guerrero.
Bullish on the Sun Dome
|At the grand reopening of the Sun Dome, the University of South Florida’s arena, on May 1 (from left): Global Spectrum’s Dan Krone, assistant director of operations; Tom Bradley, box office manager; Wayne Letson, facility engineer; Lavar Smith, event manager; Trent Merritt, GM; Sara Webster, director of marketing; Nicole Williams, director of finance; USF mascot Rocky; Brian Hixenbaugh, University of Central Florida Arena GM; Seth Benalt, assistant GM; Shannon Darby, operations manager; Ron Rideout, UCF Arena assistant GM; Doug Higgons, regional VP; and Comcast-Spectacor’s Mich Sauers, SVP of business development.|
In black and white
|At the Brooklyn Nets’ news conference April 30 to launch their new logos and colors (from left): GM Billy King, coach Avery Johnson, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, Modell’s Sporting Goods CEO Mitchell Modell, public address announcer David Diamante, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies and Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner, Onexim Sports and Entertainment President Irina Pavlova, player Brook Lopez, Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark and Maimonides Medical Center President and CEO Pamela Brier.
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