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Citadel's Jensen Shifts to DC Footballers

Thu, Oct. 15, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Julie Andreeff JensenJulie Andreeff Jensen, who previously led corporate affairs and communications at financial services company Citadel, is joining the Washington Football Team as senior vice president of external engagement and communications.

NFL Apology Draws Challenges

Mon, Jun. 15, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianIn a PR about-face, the NFL has apologized for its former stance regarding athletes kneeling during the national anthem.

NASCAR Announces Comeback Date

Mon, May 4, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianNASCAR announced it will resume this season beginning in May, but how the auto racing giant will ensure the safety of its drivers remains to be seen. (1 reader comment)

NBA's Acunto Dribbles to Finn Partners

Wed, Apr. 29, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

John AcuntoJohn Acunto, a 20-year veteran of the National Basketball Association's communications team, has joined Finn Partners as senior partner.

With Sports on Pause, ESPN Finds a Winner

Mon, Apr. 27, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianWith the COVID-19 pandemic putting the sports world on hold, ESPN made the best of a bad situation by releasing a documentary series highlighting Michael Jordan's career with the Chicago Bulls. (3 reader comments)

Ex-Sen. Nickles Suits Up for LA Olympics

Tue, Feb. 11, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Don NicklesFormer Oklahoma Republican Senator Don Nickles represents LA 2028 as the organizing committee for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics/Paralympics Games seeks to generate US government support.

USA Gymnastics Taps Fabrizio for Image Rebound

Fri, Feb. 7, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Carol FabrizioUSA Gymnastics, which has been rocked by a sex abuse scandal and bankruptcy, has appointed Carol Fabrizio chief communications & marketing officer, effective Feb. 13, as the national governing body for the sport seeks to restore its image.

Gasthalter Bats for Cohen in NY Mets Mess

Fri, Feb. 7, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mr MetJonathan Gasthalter represents billionaire financier Steven Cohen as he works to finalize a deal to take over the New York Mets from the hands of the team's recalcitrant majority owners.

Go Seahawks!

Thu, Jan. 30, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Super BowlWhile the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will be facing off in Sunday’s Super Bowl LIV, the Seattle Seahawks take the prize for top net favorability rating among NFL fans, according to a new study from Morning Consult. (1 reader comment)

Astros’ GM Makes Bad Play With Exit Statement

Wed, Jan. 15, 2020

By Ken Scudder

Ken ScudderThe sign-stealing scandal that led to the season-long suspensions and subsequent firings of Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch provide more visible examples of crisis management than your standard corporate crisis does. (1 reader comment)

NBA Seeks PR Player for Africa League

Wed, Jan. 8, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

NBA AfricaThe National Basketball Association is looking to hire a PR executive to oversee communications strategy and execution for its Basketball Africa League set to tip-off in March with 12 teams from a dozen nations. (Updated)

Tiger Woods Axes PR Point Man

Fri, Jan. 3, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Glenn GreenspanTiger Woods booted long-time PR point man Glenn Greenspan following last month's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The golfer hosted that event. (1 reader comment)

LA Angels PR Exec Gave Oxycodone to Skaggs

Mon, Oct. 14, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Eric KayEric Kay, director of communications for the Los Angeles Angels, supplied oxycodone to pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died July 1, and used it with him for a number of years, according to a report on ESPN. (1 reader comment)

NBA Muzzles Players, Coaches on China Tour

Fri, Oct. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Daryl MoreyThe NBA has banned players, coaches from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers from talking to the media during the rest of their time in China.

Reebok's Mazei Joins Activison Blizzard's Esports Team

Thu, Sep. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Dan MazeiActivision Blizzard has named Dan Mazei head of global communications for its Esports unit, which includes the Overwatch League (20 city-based teams in Asia/Europe/North America) and Call of Duty offerings.

Mets PR Scores Win After Brutal Loss

Mon, Jun. 24, 2019

By Kevin Foley

Mickey CallawayThe New York Mets are turning in another disappointing season but their PR team hit one out of the park yesterday after mild-mannered manager Mickey Callaway struck out at the Newsday beat reporter after a crushing defeat.

Crasnick to Pitch MLBPA

Wed, Jan. 30, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Jerry CrasnickJerry Crasnick, who covered Major League Baseball for more than 30 years, has joined the Major League Baseball Players Assn. as senior advisor for player, agent and media relations.

FH Scores PR Touchdown with Pac-12

Mon, Jan. 7, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Pac 12FleishmanHillard is representing the Pac-12, athletic conference of a dozen western colleges, which once again is shut out from the College Football Playoff. (1 reader comment)

NFL Passes PR Duties to Schwartz

Fri, Jan. 4, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Jon SchwartzThe National Football League has hired NASCAR’s Jon Schwartz for the senior VP-communications & PA spot, effective Jan. 7. (1 reader comment)

Sports & Entertainment PR Takes Center Stage in Dec. Issue

Thu, Dec. 6, 2018

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's Dec. '18 Sports & Entertainment PR MagazineOur annual issue on sports and entertainment PR features articles from leading thought leaders, agency profiles and our exclusive rankings of the top firms.

Next up is our 2019 PR Buyer's Guide and special crisis communications issue in January. Contact editor Jon Gingerich, jon@odwyerpr.com, for more info on how to participate in O'Dwyer's magazine..

Super Bowl Presents Super Opportunity for Brands

Thu, Dec. 6, 2018

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleySuper Bowl LIII will kick off at Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3, offering one of the highest profile platforms for PR professionals, whether they represent sponsor or non-sponsor brands.