Faces and Places
ACC and ESPN ready for basketball
|Coaches and commentators gathered at ESPNU headquarters in Charlotte on Oct. 16 for the ACC’s basketball media day: Steve Donahue of Boston College, Mark Turgeon of Maryland, commentator Jay Williams, Mike Brey of Notre Dame, Jeff Bzdelik of Wake Forest, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, commentator Sean Farnham, Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, Brad Brownell of Clemson, Jim Larranaga of Miami, reporter Andy Katz, ESPNU’s Dan Margulis, ACC Commissioner John Swofford, commentator Adrian Branch, Jamie Dixon of Pittsburgh, Mark Gottfried of North Carolina State, James Johnson of Virginia Tech, Leonard Hamilton of Florida State, Tony Bennett of Virginia, Brian Gregory of Georgia Tech, Roy Williams of North Carolina, commentator Dino Gaudio, and ESPN’s Paul Biancardi.
NBA China, phone brand ZTE make a deal
|NBA China CEO David Shoemaker and Ye Weimin of Chinese smartphone brand ZTE shake hands at an Oct. 15 news conference in Beijing announcing their sponsorship deal. In the background are the NBA’s Heidi Ueberroth and David Stern.
Octagon’s de Picciotto salutes event director
|Octagon President Phil de Picciotto honors Toshio Noji, Toray Pan Pacific Open tournament director, for 30 years of leadership at the Octagon-owned WTA event, along with the event’s executive staff. On hand Sept. 25 were Michiko Noji, Toshio Noji, Naoki Shimada, de Picciotto and Katsumi Saito.
|Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talk to Cowboys season-ticket holders in a fan forum before the Cowboys-Washington Redskins game Oct. 13 at AT&T Stadium.
They are Ironmen
|World Triathlon Corp. / Ironman CEO Andrew Messick is flanked by former Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, both of whom finished at the GoPro Ironman World Championship on Oct. 12 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Pegulas saluted at Penn State
|Penn State President Rodney Erickson presents benefactors Kim and Terry Pegula with a framed uniform at a dedication ceremony for the Pegula Ice Arena on Oct. 11.
|On hand at CenturyLink Field last month getting ready for a big weekend of Washington State football and Seattle Sounders soccer were Suzanne Lavender, Peter McLoughlin and Adam Link of the Seahawks and Sounders.
Toshiba to supply Charlotte boards
|The Class AAA International League’s Charlotte Knights announced Oct. 9 that Toshiba will supply the video boards and concourse displays at BB&T Ballpark, to open in April. From left: Toshiba’s Chris Applegate, the Knights’ Dan Rajkowski and TSE’s David Frost.
|Executives from NASCAR visited the Charlotte headquarters of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily on Oct. 15 to discuss their vision for the future of the sport. ABOVE: Eric Nyquist, VP of strategic development, and Brian France, CEO and chairman. BELOW: Steve Phelps, SVP and CMO.
Recognizing a Contribution
|ABOVE: Women’s Sports Foundation founder Billie Jean King presented WNBA President Laurel Richie with the Contribution Award named after her at the foundation’s 34th annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Oct. 16.
BELOW: King with foundation CEO Kathryn Olson and ESPN’s Hannah Storm.
New member of 49ers Hall of Fame
|Former San Francisco 49ers front-office executive John McVay was inducted in the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame on Oct. 12. With him is 49ers CEO Jed York.
The legacy of 1984
|IOC member and LA84 Foundation President Anita DeFrantz accepts the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy from Carlette Patterson on Oct. 16.
|HBO Sports President Ken Hershman and former boxer Micky Ward at the New York premiere of the HBO documentary “Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti-Ward” on Oct. 16
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