Faces and Places
Enhancing the experience at Chicagoland
|Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Phil Bedella, the Chicago Cubs’ Tom Ricketts, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s Scott Paddock, KemperLesnik’s Tom Valdiserri and Horrow Sports’ Rick Horrow gather for a panel at Chicagoland Speedway. The panel discussed enhancing the live event experience on June 17 as part of Rick Horrow’s Sports Business Insider Series.
Winning World Cup atmosphere
|Norris Sports Group’s Dior Santos and Bill Norris take a break from client programs in Brazil to enjoy the World Cup. They attended the opening match in São Paulo on June 12.
Vitale honored at Seton Hall
|ESPN’s Dick Vitale (left) receives the Humanitarian Award at Seton Hall University’s “Many Are One” annual alumni awards event in East Hanover, N.J. With him June 13 was Seton Hall University President A. Gabriel Esteban.
Smith and Sherr share USTA plans
|Lew Sherr (left), U.S. Tennis Association chief revenue officer, and Gordon Smith, USTA executive director and chief operating officer, discuss renovation plans at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with SBJ/SBD staff during a June 16 visit to Charlotte.
Clubbin’ with Derek Jeter
|The PGA of America leadership present New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter with a set of custom golf clubs and bag at Yankee Stadium. With Jeter on June 4 were President Ted Bishop, CEO Pete Bevacqua, COO Darrell Crall and Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh.
Final act at MSG
|“White Collar” co-stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attend Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, which was played June 11 at Madison Square Garden.
Hall of fame inducts 2014 class
|The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2014: Charlotte West, Jasmina Perazic, Yolanda Griffith, Mimi Griffin, Michelle Edwards and Lin Dunn. The ceremony took place June 14 in Knoxville, Tenn.
WISE celebrates 20th anniversary
|WISE (Women In Sports and Events) celebrated its 20th anniversary by honoring industry veterans with the WISE Women of Distinction Award. Honored at the annual luncheon in New York on June 17 by WISE and Kathleen Francis, WISE president (second from left), were Barbara Paddock, JPMorgan Chase senior vice president; Judy Sweet, Alliance of Women Coaches co-founder and board of directors president; and Christine Driessen, ESPN executive vice president and CFO. Also honored, but not pictured: Big East Conference Commissioner Val Ackerman.
NFF recognizes Duke’s Kevin White
|Steve Hatchell (left), National Football Foundation president and CEO, presents Kevin White, Duke University VP and athletic director, with a personalized football during the recent NACDA Convention in Orlando. White will be honored with the foundation’s John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration at the organization’s 57th annual awards dinner Dec. 9.
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