Faces and Places
Purple party in Orlando for MLS
|State and local officials, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott (right) and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (second from right, front) applauded MLS Commissioner Don Garber (center) during an announcement Nov. 19 that Orlando City SC would begin play in MLS in 2015.
Astros to play host to Civil Rights Game
|The Houston Astros and MLB announced Nov. 19 that the team will play host to the annual Civil Rights Game in 2014: Astros greats Jose Cruz and Jimmy Wynn, Astros owner Jim Crane, MLB EVP of baseball development Frank Robinson, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Astros manager Bo Porter, Texas State Rep. Sylvester Turner, investor and Astros Foundation board member Shawn Taylor, and Reid Ryan, president of business operations.
|The PlayMaker’s Club, a new premium hospitality service from IMG College, made its debut in Jacksonville the weekend of Nov. 2 for the Florida-Georgia game. On hand were David Campbell, CEO of Boxman Studios, which handles transportation and assembly of the units, and Kelli Hilliard, IMG College SVP of events, entertainment and development.
Broncos dig it
|Denver Broncos owner and CEO Pat Bowlen digs the first shovelful of earth for the team’s new fieldhouse construction with Chip Conway, VP of operations, at the Broncos’ Dove Valley facility in Englewood, Colo., on Nov. 19.
Pelicans, Sprint ready to rock All-Star vote
|The NBA, Sprint and the New Orleans Pelicans tipped off NBA All-Star balloting presented by Sprint on Nov. 15 in New Orleans: the Pelicans’ Dell Demps, Rita Benson LeBlanc, Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon and Monty Williams, and Sprint’s Tim Considine.
Tipping off basketball in Baltimore
|The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation hosted its third annual College Basketball Season Tip-Off fundraiser Nov. 1 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront: Siena men’s coach Jimmy Patsos, retired coach Bobby Cremins, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, retired coach Gary Williams, and foundation co-founder and baseball hall of famer Cal Ripken Jr.
Ripken Foundation completes park work
|The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation completed a multipurpose Youth Development Park in the Park Heights community of Baltimore on Nov. 12: Baltimore Ravens President Dick Cass, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, foundation co-founder and baseball hall of famer Cal Ripken Jr., foundation board member and former state senator Frank Kelly, foundation President Steve Salem and Frank Kelly III, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group CEO.
‘NHL Revealed’ luncheon
|At a media luncheon Nov. 18 in New York City to discuss the “NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other” program: Jon Miller of NBC Sports and NBCSN; “NHL Revealed’s” Steve Mayer, Julie Bristow and Ross Greenburg; and the NHL’s John Collins
Penn State salutes military
|More than 2,500 active and retired members of the U.S. military received free tickets to the Penn State football game Nov. 16 vs. Purdue through Seats for Soldiers, which relies on donations from ticket holders. U.S. Army Maj. Steve Widnick-Vazquez is shown with Anthony Di Fino, GM for IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions at Penn State.
|New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft took a ride with Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson before the Patriots-Panthers game at Bank of America Stadium on Nov. 18.
Ready to watch NBC’s Ironman screening
|Coach and former Ironman world champion Paula Newby-Fraser, Ironman participant and former NFLer Hines Ward, Ironman CEO Andrew Messick, 2013 world champion Mirinda Carfrae and top American competitor Tim O’Donnell arrive at the Nov. 12 New York City screening of NBC Sports’ 2013 GoPro Ironman World Championship broadcast special.
Sunrise shop talk in San Diego
|6 Degrees San Diego’s “Business of Sports” Breakfast Series panel Nov. 14 at the San Diego Hall of Champions: Farmers Insurance Open’s Peter Ripa, San Diego Padres owner Tom Seidler, Fox Sports San Diego’s Henry Ford, San Diego Chargers’ A.G. Spanos, San Diego AD Ky Snyder and San Diego State AD Jim Sterk.
NACWAA convention panel
|Panelists for “Leading the Digital Age: Race to Relevance” at the recent National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators Convention in San Diego included Crowley Sullivan, Campus Insiders; Jamie Zaninovich, West Coast Conference; moderator Amy Huchthausen, America East Conference; Diana Sabau, Ohio State University; and Chris Wagner, NeuLion.
G’day to the Diamondbacks
|Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall (right) was in Sydney, Australia, recently with New Zealand Baseball Chief Executive Ryan Flynn (far left) and the U.S. consul general in Auckland, Jim Donegan, promoting the Opening Series in Sydney, Australia, on March 22 and 23, when the Diamondbacks will play the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Davis Cup’s Petco Park date
|The U.S. Tennis Association announced Nov. 5 that Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, would play host to first-round U.S. Davis Cup matches vs. Great Britain Jan. 31-Feb. 2: Jack McGrory and Bill Kellogg of the local bid committee, the USTA’s Jeff Ryan and the Padres’ Mike Dee.
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