Faces and Places
Fox goes upfront with new channel
|Fox Sports Media Group delivered the talent for its upfront March 5 in New York City. Front (from left): Mike Pereira, Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson, Regis Philbin, Curt Menefee, Bill Wanger, David Hill, Toby Byrne, Jay Glazer, Erin Andrews, Darrell Waltrip, Tim McCarver and Chris Meyers. Back (from left): Troy Aikman, Charles Davis, Eddie George, Randy Freer, Howie Long, Michael Waltrip, Eric Shanks, Joey Harrington and Michael Strahan. Below photo, from left: David Hill, Randy Freer and Eric Shanks speak to the audience.
World Baseball Classic rings the bell
|MLB celebrated the start of the World Baseball Classic with global sponsor MetLife and WBC MLB Fan Cave dwellers at the New York Stock Exchange’s Opening Bell on Feb. 28. From left: Fan Cavers Yuning (Vivian) Wang and Juan Sarmiento; Greg Bouris, MLBPA communications director; ESPN Deportes analyst Candy Maldonado; Paul Archey, MLB SVP of international business operations; Fan Cavers Kozo (Toshi) Sasa, Kelsey Shea and Julia Bol; MLB Network analyst Al Leiter; MetLife brand ambassador Snoopy; and Fan Caver Daryl Andrews.
NASCAR figures speak at Gannett upfront
|USA Today Sports Media Group President Tom Beusse, NASCAR CMO Steve Phelps, USA Today Sports auto racing columnist Nate Ryan and NASCAR driver Brian Vickers led the discussion on making powerful connections with sports fans during the Gannett Co.’s first upfront event March 5 at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City.
Winners at San Diego State
|A team of San Diego State graduate students won the SDSU International Sports MBA Case Competition this month, after working on a case centering on the Tijuana Xolos soccer team. They celebrated with SDSU College of Business Dean Michael Cunningham (second from left) and Xolos execs.
Home opener at Home Depot Center
|MLS and AEG executives gathered before the Los Angeles Galaxy-Chicago Fire game at Home Depot Center on March 3, the first game of the season for each club. From left: MLS CMO Howard Handler, MLS EVP Dan Courtemanche, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, AEG CEO and President Tim Leiweke and Galaxy President Chris Klein.
IMG signs golfer Shanshan Feng
|LPGA golfer Shanshan Feng (front right) signed for representation with IMG, the firm announced March 4. Signing with her is Guy Kinnings, global head of IMG Golf. Back (from left): Will Wei of IMG Golf; Seika Kunitsu, Feng’s personal assistant; and Grant Slack, Nic Hayllar, Jasmine Lim, Rob James and Ruby Chen, all of IMG Golf.
Bruin in the house
|Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton (left) dropped by Boston’s Westin Copley Place hotel during Sun Life Financial’s national sales meeting to talk with Sally Bray, head of sponsorships; Mike Shunney, SVP/GM; and regional sales representatives from all over the country.
Galaxy at TWC
|Time Warner Cable Sports Regional Networks GM and SVP Mark Shuken (left) and Time Warner Cable Sports, News and Local Programming President David Rone received personalized Los Angeles Galaxy jerseys for Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes during TWC Sports’ Galaxy Open House at their studios in El Segundo, Calif., Feb. 26.
DeVos speaker series
|At the University of Central Florida in Orlando on March 1 for the DeVos Distinguished Speaker Series (from left): Scott Bukstein, Richard Lapchick, SportsBusiness Journal/Daily/Global Executive Editor Abe Madkour and Keith Harrison. Lapchick is the Chair of the Sport Business Management Program, assisted by Harrison and Bukstein.
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