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Volume 22 No. 28
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Faces and Places


Puerto Rico and baseball

An expert panel convened for an interactive Hot Stove season discussion on the history of Puerto Rico and baseball at the Business of Baseball Lunch Feb. 1 in Boston. From left: MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, pitching coach Juan Nieves, Chicago Cubs Charities’ Alicia Gonzalez, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, baseball writer Peter Gammons, Red Sox assistant GM Eddie Romero and former Yankees standout Bernie Williams.
Photo: Brita Meng Outzen


Inclusive conversations

Broadcast journalist and producer Soledad O’Brien interviewed former NBA player Jason Collins during the Atlanta Hawks’ fourth annual MOSAIC Diversity & Inclusion Symposium on Feb. 6 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Photo: Kat Goduco Photography


On a cloud

The Golden State Warriors announced a partnership with Google Cloud as the team’s official public cloud provider and a founding partner of Chase Center on Feb. 5. From left: Google Cloud’s Robert Gibbs and Alison Wagonfeld; Warriors player Andre Iguodala; owner Joe Lacob; and Assistant GM and VP of GSW Sports Ventures Kirk Lacob; and Google Cloud’s Eric Schmidt.
Photo: Noah Graham / Golden State Warriors


Cochran award winner

Ed Goines, Seattle Seahawks SVP and general counsel, was recently awarded a Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Salute to Excellence Award by the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation at the Super Bowl in Atlanta. From left: Fritz Pollard Alliance’s Jeremi Duru, Goines and Seahawks President Chuck Arnold.
Photo: Thomas A. Wilson


Partnership for the course

JDA CEO Girish Rishi (right) and EVP/CMO Kevin Iaquinto (left), and world No. 6 golfer Jon Rahm posed at the software company’s global headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 1, following the announcement of their new multiyear partnership during the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The partnership makes Rahm an ambassador for the supply chain software and artificial intelligence company.
Photo: Kevin O’Donnell


Honor for Whitener Co.

The Whitener Co. received the inaugural Legends Access Trailblazer Award for mentoring emerging sports and entertainment businesses on Feb. 1 during the Gold Jacket Party for a Purpose at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. From left: Whitener COO Brett Thomason, Legends Access senior adviser LaRian Finney and Whitener CEO Gordon Whitener.
Photo: Brandon Wiggins


Miller farewell

Johnny Miller, NBC Sports’ lead golf analyst for 29 years; Miller’s successor Paul Azinger; and Miller’s longtime partner in the 18th tower, play-by-play host Dan Hicks, gathered for a photo before Miller’s final NBC broadcast on Feb. 2 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Photo: Jared Tilton / Getty Images


Pickleball demonstration

Acclaimed golf instructor Hank Haney (center) is joined by Selkirk Sport founders Mike and Rob Barnes (left) and Daryl Nap as they showcased pickleball at the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference in conjunction with the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 24, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Photo: pga

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