Faces and Places
University recognizes Buffalo’s Wilson
|Mary Wilson accepts the University at Buffalo’s highest honor, the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, on behalf of her late husband, longtime Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, during the university’s general commencement May 18. Presenting the medal are (left) Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins, chairman and CEO of Delaware North Cos., and chairman of the UB Council; and UB President Satish Tripathi.
Renovation underway at tennis HOF
|Attending the official groundbreaking for the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum’s $15.7 million expansion and renovation project on May 14 in Newport, R.I.: Newport City Council’s Naomi Neville, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, ITHF President Stan Smith, Rhode Island state Sen. Teresa Paiva Weed, ITHF CEO Mark Stenning, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, ITHF Chairman and capital campaign co-chair Christopher Clouser, junior tennis player Doug Madden and capital campaign co-chair Ed Woolard.
Look who’s ‘On the Menu’ at TBS TNT Upfront
|At the TBS TNT Upfront at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 14: Ty Pennington, star of TNT’s new series “On the Menu”; David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting System; chef Emeril Lagasse, star of “On the Menu”; Donna Speciale, president of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales; and Frank Sgrizzi, executive vice president of Turner Entertainment Ad Sales.
Conferences announce Gavitt Tipoff Games
|The Big East and Big Ten announced the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, honoring Big East Conference founder Dave Gavitt, at Madison Square Garden on May 5. From left: the Big East’s Tom Jernstedt and Val Ackerman; Julie Gavitt, wife of the late Dave Gavitt; the NCAA’s Dan Gavitt, son of Dave Gavitt; and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany.
A message from Sir Alex
|Former Front Row Marketing and Analytics President Chris Lencheski (left) greets former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who was lecturing at Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Leaders come out for Score for a Cure
|Attending Score for a Cure, presented by Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School in partnership with Major League Soccer, at The Metropolitan Museum on May 12 in New York City: Paul Tagliabue, Betsy Garber, Don Garber, Jay Sugarman, Philip Geier, Kenneth Jacobs, Suzanna Wright, Bob Wright, Henry Schacht and Matt Higgins.
A salute to Uncle Verne
|CBS Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist (center) received WFUV Radio’s Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting May 8 at Gotham Hall in New York City. Lundquist was joined by his CBS Sports colleagues, including Chairman Sean McManus and broadcast partners Bill Raftery and Gary Danielson.
Pop Warner winners gather
|Pop Warner Executive Director Jon Butler (left) with honorees at the Pop Warner Scholastic Banquet on May 24 at Walt Disney World: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, U.S. Olympic luge bronze medalist Erin Wilson, New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson and National Football Foundation CEO Steve Hatchell.
One tee hill: National Golf day hits D.C.
|At The First Tee Congressional Breakfast on May 21, the seventh annual National Golf Day: First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow, First Tee Scholar Bryan Yan, golf hall of famer Jack Nicklaus and PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.
Sports Lawyers honor Lucchino
|Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino (center) was presented the Award of Excellence at the Sports Lawyers Association’s conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago on May 16. Lucchino was introduced by Stan Kasten (right), Los Angeles Dodgers president and SLA board member. SLA President Glenn Wong of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst is shown with Lucchino and Kasten.
5 to Watch in Canada’s sports business
|George Brown College announced the recipients of its third annual 5 To Watch – Canada’s Sport Business Awards on May 2 in Toronto. From left: MLSE’s Dave Hopkinson and BMO’s Justine Fedak, honorary co-chairs of the selection committee; award recipients Matt Afinec of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Alison Gardiner of Canucks Sports & Entertainment, Danielle Bedasse of the Toronto Blue Jays, Jim Kozak of CBC Sports and Adrian Sciarra of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group; and George Brown College’s Maureen Loweth.
All business at TD Garden
|The TD Garden Business Network had a meet-up during the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens playoff game May 14. Among those in attendance were Boston Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Mayor Marty Walsh and TD Garden President Amy Latimer.
Lagardère is there for a love-love match
|Members of the Lagardère Tennis team at the May 17 wedding of client manager Stuart Duguid and Carly Phillips in Washington, D.C.: Tyler Stewart, John Tobias, Duguid, Donald Dell, Sam Duvall and Drew LeMesurier.
Learfield Sports Minority Academy dinner
|Candidates for the inaugural Learfield Sports Minority Academy in partnership with the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association attended a dinner at the Tower Club in Dallas on May 20 as part of the academy.
New inductees for College Football Hall of Fame
|At the College Fooball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 announcement May 22 in Irving, Texas: Atlanta Hall Management’s John Stephenson; inductee Shane Conlan; Campus Insiders’ Bonnie Bernstein, the event’s MC; inductee LaDainian Tomlinson; Greg Nortman and Angelo Mazzone of presenting sponsor PrimeSport; and the National Football Foundation’s Steve Hatchell.
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