Faces and Places: Brooklyn ribbon-cutting
Barclays Center breakthrough
|The new Barclays Center in Brooklyn held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 21. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (center) watches Bruce Ratner, Barclays Center developer and majority owner, cut the ribbon, while Mikhail Prokhorov, Brooklyn Nets principal owner (between Bloomberg and Ratner), looks on.
GNC gets Marked in Pittsburgh
|GNC and Mark Wahlberg hosted a benefit concert featuring 3 Doors Down in celebration of Marked, a new line of performance nutrition products that GNC and Wahlberg jointly developed. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to support the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Pressley Ridge Foundation. From left: Joe Fortunato, GNC chairman and CEO; Tom Dowd, GNC EVP and GM; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger; and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg. The concert took place at Stage AE in Pittsburgh on Sept. 20.
D1A Texas reception
|Learfield Sports held a cocktail and dessert reception Sept. 24 following the D1A dinner at Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine, Texas. Above, left to right: University of Cincinnati Athletic Director Whit Babcock, Learfield executive vice president Roger Gardner, and Mario Moccia, Southern Illinois University athletic director. Below: UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham and Greg Brown, Learfield president and CEO.
World Baseball Classic details announced
|At the World Baseball Classic press conference Sept. 25 in San Francisco, from left: Felipe Alou, former San Francisco Giants manager and former Team Dominican Republic manager; Riccardo Fraccari, International Baseball Federation president; San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee; Larry Baer, Giants president and CEO; Paul Archey, World Baseball Classic president; Tim Slavin, member of the WBCI board of directors; Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks catcher; and Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.
Community event in Queens
|ESPN Deportes, Team ESPN and Time Warner Cable held a community event Sept. 21 to rebuild the Jerome Hardman Day Care Center in Queens, N.Y., in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. From left: Hamed Nasseri, director of affiliate field sales and marketing for ESPN; John Fitzgerald, VP of multimedia sales of ESPN Deportes; Michelle Bella, VP of consumer and ad sales marketing of ESPN Deportes; Gail Nayowith, executive director of SCO Family of Services; Alessandra Otero-Reiss, VP of multicultural marketing for Time Warner Cable; and Alvaro Martin, ESPN Deportes’ NFL and NBA commentator.
Kastles win WTT title
|Venus Williams led the Washington Kastles to their second consecutive World TeamTennis title on Sept. 16, with a 20-19 victory over the Sacramento Capitals at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C. Front row, from left, coach Murphy Jensen, Anastasia Rodionova, Williams, Bobby Reynolds, Leander Paes and Arina Rodionova. Back row, from left: Bill Brower, Geico director of advertising; Mark Ein, Washington Kastles owner; WTT co-founder Billie Jean King; and Ilana Kloss, WTT commissioner and CEO.
ESPN, StubHub induct fans
|ESPN and StubHub’s Hall of Fans inaugural induction ceremony took place Sept. 19 at ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Conn. From left: Captain Dee-Fense; Sully, of The Green Men; Michael Lattig, StubHub head of brand and creative; Emily Pitek; John Skipper, ESPN president; and Force, the other half of The Green Men.
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