Great Moments Happening Around the Southeast
Over the last month you may have noticed our new tagline “Great Moments Happen Here” -- and that is exactly what our team partners have consistently provided fans in recent weeks. With the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats making splashes in the NBA Playoffs to the Braves late-inning heroics, we have witnessed some incredible moments and look forward to many more to come. Jeff Genthner Senior Vice President, General Manager
With our first month of Atlanta Braves baseball behind us, we hope you have also noticed a few changes within our telecasts, underscoring one of our main themes for this season. We have made an effort at FOX Sports to make all MLB telecasts look the same, have the same feel and provide a consistent brand across the regional networks, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Broadcasting Network.
In April we also had the opportunity to bring the Phantom Cam to Turner Field, which provides incredible super slo-mo video. If you missed it, the Phantom Cam will be on our networks 13 times in May for Braves baseball games. In other production news, we have upgraded our production truck, which now includes 12 HD cameras. We have also added a wireless camera that gives us the ability to visit new areas around Turner Field and give fans a unique viewing experience. On the Braves LIVE set, we have added a second camera to enhance our production of the pre- and postgame shows.
Jeff Teague named NBA Player of the Week (April 7-13)
Wes Durham named NSSA Georgia Sportscaster of the Year
Shifting to college baseball, for the 10th straight year FOX Sports South will take part in the annual Kauffman Tire Spring Classic for Kids, pitting Georgia Tech against Georgia at Turner Field. The game will take place on Tuesday, May 13th at 7 p.m. ET and will air on FOX Sports South. We are excited to be involved with this fundraising event where proceeds benefit the pediatric research of the Children’s Neurosciences Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Moving beyond baseball, we want to take this chance to congratulate our ACC football and men’s basketball play-by-play analyst Wes Durham, who was named the National Sportscasters and Sportwriters Association (NSSA) Georgia Sportscaster of the Year for the ninth time in his illustrious career. Durham will be recognized in June during the NSSA Awards Weekend in Salisbury, N.C.
Manny Malhotra named finalist for Masterton Trophy
FOX Sports Regional Networks Partnership Highlights The FOX Sports South sales team continues to attract advertisers to Braves telecasts with the goal of reaching sports fans throughout the Southeast. Returning to FOX Sports South after several years, Indianapolis-based appliances and electronics retailer hhgregg will be seen in Braves telecasts throughout the season. Along with hhgregg, Hyundai will have a presence in all FOX Sports South Braves games along with execution of the “Hyundai Sunday” program, complete with in-game elements and an on-site vehicle display at Turner Field. It has been a big year for Hyundai, who earlier in the year sponsored both The Panel and The NEW College Football Show: Next Class 2014.
Pro Partner Highlights Ratings Bonanza for Hawks, Grizzlies The Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies both pushed their NBA Playoff series to seven games, which led to increased excitement for both markets. Game 6 of the Atlanta Hawks-Indiana Pacers series, which aired May 1 on FOX Sports South, finished with a rating of 4.84, the highest-rated Hawks game in the history of FOX Sports South and SportSouth. In Memphis, the Grizzlies thrilling Game 5 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 29 received a 10.0 rating on FOX Sports Tennessee. This was the second-highest rated Grizzlies game on FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth. Conley Named 2013-14 NBA Sportsmanship Award Winner Guard Mike Conley became the first Memphis Grizzlies recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2013-14 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner. The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship – ethical behavior, fair play and integrity – in amateur and professional basketball, a key focus of the league’s NBA Cares program efforts. The trophy is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award’s first recipient. The NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Conley to his charity of choice, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, specifically for research pertaining to sickle cell anemia.
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley
Jefferson Named Back-to-Back Eastern Conference Player of the Month Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson not only led his team to an NBA-best 7-1 record in April, he was also named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the second-straight month. The big man averaged 24.5 points and 14.3 rebounds during April and helped the Bobcats clinch the franchise’s second-ever NBA Playoffs berth.
Bobcats center Al Jefferson
Predators, DEX Images & Mailing Present $29,000 to Area Charities The Nashville Predators Foundation, in conjunction with DEX Images & Mailing, presented $29,000 to area charities as part of the annual DEX Score & Win program. The program, now in its ninth season, rewards every goal scored as well as every win recorded by a Predators’ goaltender through the regular season with a donation to a designated Nashville-area charity.
Predators mascot Gnash along with Mark Blaze, Dex Imaging and Mailing General Manager, and local charity representatives at the April 10 program recognition.
Korver Awarded Jason Collier Memorial Trophy Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver was awarded the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy by the organization for his dedication to community service. A frequent participant in community and charitable endeavors over his two seasons with the Hawks, Korver is also involved in a number of philanthropic initiatives through his Kyle Korver Foundation. The Jason Collier Memorial Trophy, named after the late Hawks center who passed away October 15, 2005, is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the characteristics Collier displayed off the court as a community ambassador.
(From L to R): Hawks President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry, Jeff Collier, Joyce Collier, Harry the Hawk, Ella Collier, Katie Collier, Kyle Korver and Hawks Player Relations Manager Duane Ferrell
#GreatMoments Happen Here
Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague hit an improbable over-theshoulder three-point shot to lead his team to a Game 3 win over the Indiana Pacers on April 24.
Guard Kemba Walker takes a shot in Game 1 of Charlotte Bobcats series against the Miami Heat. This was only the second playoff appearance in franchise history.
Guard Mike Miller recognizes the home crowd after helping the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the first round series.
Zach Randolph scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies Game 5 100-99 overtime win over the Thunder.
Left fielder Justin Upton and his teammates celebrate a walk-off victory over the Nationals on April 11.
Catcher Evan Gattis is welcomed at home plate after hitting a two-run game-winning home run in the 10th inning to lead the Braves over the Marlins on April 21.
Second baseman Dan Uggla gets congratulated at home plate after hitting a go-ahead grand slam against the Phillies on April 14.
Teammates mob Freddie Freeman after the first basemanâ€™s 10th inning game-winning single against the Reds on April 28.
Around Town with the FOX Sports South Girls
Morgan and Canicka pose with Braves catcher Evan Gattis’ family prior to the Braves home opener on April 8. Gattis and his family were featured in a recent episode of DRIVEN, currently airing on FOX Sports South and SportSouth.
Morgan, Hawks LIVE’s Mike “Stinger” Glenn and Canicka get ready to “Pound the Pacer” before the April 26 Hawks playoff game versus the Pacers.
Morgan, Canicka and FOX Sports robot Cleatus meet with students from Primrose School of Midtown in Colony Square on April 8. Cleatus was in town from Los Angeles to attend the Braves home opener that evening.
Canicka takes a swing at the Pacer prior to the April 26 Hawks playoff game.
Atlanta Dream Return to FOX Sports South and SportSouth The reigning Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream will host the San Antonio Silver Stars in the first of 15 games on FOX Sports South and SportSouth during the 2014 season. The home opener on Friday, May 16 will tip at 7:30 p.m. ET on SportSouth and will be highlighted by the team raising its third Eastern Conference Championship banner in four years. Bob Rathbun and LaChina Robinson will return to the booth for their fifth consecutive season together on FOX Sports South and SportSouth for all Atlanta Dream games. Rathbun has been the FOX Sports South and SportSouth play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Hawks for the past 18 seasons. Robinson, who 2014 Atlanta Dream was a four-year starter at Wake Forest University, also serves as an analyst for FOX Sports South and SportSouth Television Schedule Southeastern Conference women’s basketball coverage on FOX Sports South DAY DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) NETWORK and SportSouth.
All-Star forward Angel McCoughtry returns for her sixth season with Atlanta Dream.
Atlanta Dream first-round draft pick Shoni Schimmel led the Louisville Cardinals to an Elite Eight appearance in 2013-14.
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Kelly Conner Joins FOX Sports Regional Networks Sales Team
Bojangles SVP of Marketing Enjoys Bobcats Playoff Run
Media sales, marketing and promotion specialist Kelly Conner joined FOX Sports Regional Networks in April as a senior account executive.
Senior Account Executive G. David Brown (right) hosted Bojangles Senior Vice President of Marketing Randy Poindexter and his son Carson at Game 3 of the Charlotte Bobcats Miami Heat series at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bojangles has been a FOX Sports South partner for five years and can be seen in Bobcats and Atlanta Braves telecasts throughout the year.
After a highly successful decade at television station WUPA in Atlanta, highlighted by significant growth in revenue and accounts, Conner will be responsible for expanding the FOX Sports South and SportSouth brands throughout the Southeast. In addition, the Atlanta native will be working with major corporate sponsors seeking innovative and results-driven opportunities.
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