Faces and Places
Cutting the ribbon in Boston
|The U.S. Business Group of Sun Life Financial and the Boston Celtics cut the ribbon on the rebranded Sun Life Courtside Club at the TD Garden before the Celtics’ home opener Nov. 2. From left: Sun Life Financial SVP/GM Mike Shunney, Sun Life Financial head of sponsorships Sally Bray, former Celtics player Walter McCarty and Celtics President Rich Gotham.
Wild times in Tempe
|Buffalo Wild Wings and Scout Sports and Entertainment scouted out Sun Devil Stadium during October’s Arizona State-Oregon game in preparation for Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, to be played Dec. 29 at the stadium. From left: Joy Seijas, Scout managing director; Dan Parise, Scout associate managing director; Doug Rea, Buffalo Wild Wings creative manager; Nick Hamilton, Scout account executive; Veronica Shore, Buffalo Wild Wings marketing brand manager; Michael Neuman, Scout managing partner; Bob Ruhland, Buffalo Wild Wings VP of marketing; and Jim Schmidt, Buffalo Wild Wings COO.
Honorary degree for Hall
|Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Phoenix. Hall was presented the doctorate Nov. 10 during the graduation ceremony at University of Phoenix, where Hall was the commencement speaker. With Hall (center) are Phoenix campus VP David Fitzgerald (left) and University of Phoenix President Bill Pepicello.
On the fencing in Columbus
|Announcing late last month that Columbus will host the 2013 USA Fencing National Championships next summer (from left): USA Fencing Board President Donald Anthony Jr., Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Logan, USA Fencing CEO Val Belmonte and Gene Smith, Ohio State University associate vice president and athletic director.
Sponsor summit convenes
|More than 100 Waste Management Phoenix Open sponsors gathered at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Nov. 1 for a half-day interactive forum. From left: Steve Neff, Waste Management VP of business development and sports marketing; Tom Altieri, tournament chairman; David Pillsbury, PGA Tour Golf Course Properties and Championship Management president and keynote speaker; and Dave Aardsma, Waste Management chief sales and marketing officer.
A Palace of renovations
|Palace Sports & Entertainment CEO Dennis Mannion conducts a tour of renovations at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Stops on the tour of the Detroit Pistons’ home, shown to the media Nov. 13, included the West Atrium Entrance, the new Club 300 and a new Courtside Club studio.
Beyond Sport talk
|NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France (left) joined NBA Commissioner David Stern on a panel at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 13 titled “Beyond Sport United: Sports Teams for Social Change.” The conversation centered on how teams and leagues can use their resources to engage with their communities in a more sustained and effective way.
Gymnasts bounce into Fieldhouse
|Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, including the gold-medal-winning women’s gymnastics team, were among the cast for the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions that performed at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Nov. 2. Welcoming Steve Penny (left), president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, were Pacers mascot Boomer along with Rick Fuson (right) and Jim Morris (far right) of Pacers Sports & Entertainment.
Ravens, PGA hit a three-bagger
|Showing off PGA of America President Ted Bishop’s Ravens jersey and some new golf bags at the 96th PGA Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on Nov. 10 are (from left) Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Bishop, Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Ravens quarterback coach Jim Caldwell.
Revs celebrate at Game On!
|The New England Revolution held its annual End of the Year Party Nov. 1 at Game On! outside Fenway Park. The entire team gathered with front-office staff members, partners and season-ticket holders, thanking them for their support this season. From left to right: New England Revolution President Brian Bilello; Craig Tornberg, vice president of business development; head coach Jay Heaps; midfielder Benny Feilhaber; goalie Matt Reis; midfielder Ryan Guy; Brad Feldman, supervising broadcast producer and play-by-play; and Cathal Conlon, director of marketing.
NBA All-Star voting begins
|The NBA held its tipoff event in Houston last week for NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint. Front row, from left: Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander; Rockets CEO Tad Brown; and Tim Considine, director of sports marketing for Sprint. Back row, from left: Rockets players James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons.
Foundation, Go Daddy donate
|Go Daddy and the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation on Nov. 8 announced a $2 million donation to the Semper Fi Fund. From left to right: Rick Romley, Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society president; Danica Patrick, Go Daddy spokeswoman and NASCAR driver; Bob Parsons, Go Daddy executive chairman and founder; Renee Parsons, co-founder of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation; and Tony Stewart, three-time Sprint Cup champion and NASCAR team owner.
UMass alums outfitted
|The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst hosted “Covering the Bases: An Evening with our GMs” on Nov. 13. After a Q&A session, student leaders presented alums and panelists with personalized UMass baseball jerseys. From left to right: Wes LaValley, student leader; Neal Huntington (SVP and GM, Pittsburgh Pirates, M.S., ’92), Ben Cherington (EVP & GM, Boston Red Sox, M.S. ’97), Chris Antonetti (EVP & GM, Cleveland Indians, M.S. ’97), moderator Mike Reiss from ESPNBoston.com (B.S. ’97 ); and Scott Savran, vice president of Jewish Leaders in Business.
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