Faces and Places
On the scene at NBA All-Star Weekend
|NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum; Mike Sundet, Anheuser-Busch InBev VP of sports and entertainment marketing; and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during All-Star Weekend. Below: NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, Cisco Chief Marketing Officer Blair Christie and USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo.
Bensons play host for All-Star party
|New Orleans Pelicans owners Gayle and Tom Benson held a private All-Star Game dinner and party Feb. 14 at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. Rita Benson LeBlanc, Pelicans owner and vice chairman of the board, also took her shot on the red carpet (below). Others on hand included NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé.
All-Star support for Boys & Girls Club
|NBA All-Star LeBron James, with Brenda Simmons of Sam’s Club; Kimberly Paige of Sprite; Tony Ausderau and David Shaw of Sam’s Club; Sharon Byers of Coca-Cola; Ryan Cruz of Sam’s Club; and Jamiese Miller of Coca-Cola, during an appearance in Gretna, La., to unveil a legacy project at the Boys and Girls Club Southeast Louisiana-Westbank Unit.
|Panelists at the Hooptee Charities Hardwood Legends Dinner, at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse in New York City on Jan. 23: Moderator Greg Anthony of CBS and NBA TV, Fred Whitfield of the Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA’s Adam Silver, and the New York Knicks’ Steve Mills.
Richardson joins ‘Bombers’
|“Bronx Bombers” producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser flank former New York Yankees star Bobby Richardson at a special celebration with Steiner Sports at Circle in the Square Theatre marking the opening of the play. “Bronx Bombers” began its inaugural run Feb. 6.
Good Karma’s Boca Raton Bowl kickoff
|Good Karma Broadcasting’s ESPN West Palm hosted the kickoff luncheon for the first Boca Raton Bowl, featuring special guest Desmond Howard, on Feb. 13 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Good Karma founder and chief executive Craig Karmazin and Florida Atlantic AD Patrick Chun were among those at the event.
At the National Sports Forum
|The University of Nebraska team — Emma Dickinson, Brett Sapp, Oscar Del Castillo, Chris Aumueller and adviser Sam Nelson — won the National Sports Forum Case Cup competition earlier this month in Dallas. Also at the National Sports Forum (below): Ron Seaver, National Sports Forum; Danny Heinsohn of Access Pass & Design, the inaugural OM Foundation Award recipient; Bonner Paddock, Young’s Market Company; J.J. Gottsch, Ryan Sanders Baseball.
WISE mentoring in L.A.
|Members from WISE LA (Women in Sports and Events) participated in a WISE Within Signature Event focused on Speed Mentoring on Jan. 30 at UCLA: Eva Molina-Campbell, Los Angeles Lakers; Lindsay Nadler, Walt Disney Studios; and Ashley Armstrong, UCLA athletics, who all served as mentors during the roundtable discussions.
Partner summit for Mexican soccer
|At the Mexican Football Federation’s Partner Summit in San Antonio, ahead of the Jan. 29 Mexico-South Korea game: Justino Compeán of the federation, Kathy Carter of Soccer United Marketing, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, and MLS/SUM’s Don Garber. SUM represents the commercial interests of the Mexican national team when it plays on U.S. soil.
|The Denver Nuggets honored former team president and GM Carl Scheer (center) at their Jan. 25 game. The Nuggets’ president and governor, Josh Kroenke, and vice president of basketball administration, Lisa Johnson, were with Scheer at center court.
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