Faces and Places
Live from New York … it’s the NBA
|At the “NBA on TNT” Opening Night broadcast, Turner Sports’ Lenny Daniels and TBS President David Levy share the Flatiron Plaza set with the “Inside the NBA” studio team of Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith in New York City on Tuesday. Turner Sports celebrated the start of the 2013-14 NBA season with a daylong activation that included fan events, sponsor integrations from 2K Games and Samsung, and a special pregame telecast of “Inside the NBA.”
Celebrating season’s tipoff
|TBS President David Levy; NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver; Lenny Daniels, executive VP and COO at Turner Sports; and Ed Erhardt, president of ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales, attend the joint NBA Opening Night kickoff party Tuesday hosted by Turner Sports and ESPN at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan.
A Garden transformed
|At the Oct. 24 unveiling of Madison Square Garden following a three-year, $1 billion transformation, Knicks legend Willis Reed; MSG Co. President and CEO Hank Ratner, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, MSG Co. Executive Chairman Jim Dolan, and Rangers legend Mark Messier.
Skipper on stage in Ann Arbor
|ESPN President John Skipper was the keynote speaker at the second annual Michigan Sport Business Conference at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Pictured with Skipper is David Herman, co-president of the Michigan Sport Business Conference, and “Monday Night Football” broadcaster Mike Tirico.
A Revolution in giving
|Santander, the official bank of the New England Revolution, recently presented three local charities with $22,000 each from the bank’s “Goals for Charity” community giving campaign. Fifteen Boston-area youth were invited to participate in the on-field presentation at Gillette Stadium before the Revolution’s final regular-season game. Pictured are: Revolution player Lee Nguyen; Carla Cavallaro, Santander’s small business manager; Michael Bruno, Santander region president, Northeastern New England; and Revolution President Brian Bilello.
Global Games return to China
|Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry pose for a photo after the 2013 NBA Global Games at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers played two preseason games, one in Beijing and one in Shanghai, as part of the Global Games.
|More than 120 sponsors gathered Oct. 23 for the second annual Waste Management Phoenix Open Sponsorship Summit at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona. Attending the summit, sponsored by tournament hosts the Thunderbirds and Waste Management, were: Tom King, Thunderbirds/WMPO; Derrick Hall, president and CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks; Dave Aardsma, chief sales and marketing officer, Waste Management; Peter Kent, VP, PGA Tour; and Tom Altieri, Thunderbirds/WMPO. Altieri said the 2013 tournament raised more than $6.2 million for charity.
UMass sport management road trip
|MLB Players Association representatives Greg Bouris (center) and Danielle Lopez (far right) hosted graduate students of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst during a recent professional development trip to New York City. Bouris (1983) and Lopez (2012) are alumni of the UMass program.
|Gene Stefanyshyn (center), NASCAR VP of innovation and racing development, was honored with the Lifetime Engineering Achievement Award from his alma mater Kettering University in a recent ceremony in Dearborn, Mich. Robert McMahan, president of Kettering University (left) and Paul Cloutier, president of the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association presented the award.
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