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Talk of the bay

Celebrities fill board of annual sports business event

Published February 7, 2005

The 24-member advisory board for the annual World Congress of Sports is filled with high-powered names and celebrities.

Tennis great Billie Jean King, Phoenix Suns CEO Jerry Colangelo and America Online vice chairman and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis are among the luminaries on the board overseeing the annual business/sports marketing get-together.

As it turns out, Tampa Bay area alums are well-represented, too. Bank of America marketing chief Cathy Bessant, who formerly ran the bank's Florida operation out of Tampa, and Octagon Worldwide CEO Rick Dudley, former general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, both have seats on the board.

The Congress will be held March 8-9 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. Lead sponsors for the event are the Octagon sports marketing company and Street & Smith, publisher of the SportsBusiness Journal.

Street & Smith touts the speaker lineup as "some of the brightest minds in the business speaking out on the industry's mission-critical issues of the day."

[Last modified February 4, 2005, 19:30:05]

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