Archive for November 14th, 2012

The Thunder welcomes a new member of its executive team this week with the hiring of Tony Driscoll as vice president of Business Development.

Driscoll most recently served as vice president of sales and business development for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), working out of Charlotte for the California-based organization.

Prior to that, he worked in several roles with the International Speedway Corporation (ISC), which owns and/or operates 13 NASCAR racetracks around the country. Over the course of 10 years with ISC, Driscoll rose to the position of senior director of partnership and integrated media sales, where he successfully developed and executed an expansive strategy to cultivate new partners, renew existing sponsorships and integrate sales for numerous media outlets into the organization’s corporate sales unit.

Driscoll is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich.

“Tony is an outstanding leader, and we are so proud to have him join our team,” said Danny Barth, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for the Thunder. “I’m confident that Tony will help take our Business Development team, which already has an excellent track record, to new levels of success in expanding our sponsorship opportunities and growing relationships with our existing partners.”

A cheerleader and stunt team member is in stable condition after falling on her head during a performance at an Orlando Magic game.

In a statement released by the Magic on Wednesday, the family of 31-year-old Jamie Woode says she suffered three vertebrae fractures and a broken rib. But there were no signs of neurological damage and she’s expected to make a full recovery.

Woode lost her footing and fell to the floor during a routine between the first and second quarter of the Magic’s 99-89 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

– Reported by the Associated Press

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have assigned forward Kris Joseph and center Fab Melo to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Melo, a 7’0 center, appeared in all eight preseason games for the Celtics and averaged 1.3 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per game. Melo was drafted by the Celtics with the 22nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Syracuse University where he averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and shot 56.6% from the field in his sophomore season before entering the draft.

Joseph, a 6’7 forward, made his NBA debut against the Milwaukee Bucks and recorded one rebound and one assist in three minutes of action on November 2. He had averaged 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.8 minutes during the eight preseason games earlier this year. Joseph was drafted by the Celtics with the 51st overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Syracuse University. During his senior season for Syracuse he averaged 13.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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