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CHIP CAMPBELL NAMED NTRA SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT-TELEVISION AND SPONSORSHIP
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced the appointment of Chip Campbell to the newly created position of Senior Vice President-Television and Sponsorship, effective August 1. Campbell will be based at the NTRA's New York office.
Campbell will head up the television, sponsorship and media relations activities for the combined operations of the NTRA and Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. He also will oversee the work of NTRA Communications, the association's New York-based office for media relations and public information.
"Chip brings a wealth of sports marketing and television experience to this position," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "He is well known to the sports television and sponsorship marketplaces and will be an immediate help in the promotion of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships as well as in the management of NTRA Productions, our agency relationship with Host Communications for sponsorship sales and other important areas."
Campbell most recently served as president of KSE New York, a division of Kaleidoscope Sports and Entertainment, where he supervised the investment of Kaleidoscope's parent company, Interpublic, in a $150 million sports and entertainment equity fund. Prior to KSE New York, Campbell operated his own sports marketing firm, whose client list included IBM, Federal Express and the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee. The firm later merged into ISES, an Atlanta-based sports consulting firm co-founded by Tim Smith. ISES numbered among its clients the Atlanta Olympics Organizing Committee and nine Olympic sponsors. It also created the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf in partnership with ABC, ESPN and the world's five major golf tours.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Campbell ran television and media relations for the PGA TOUR for five years before leaving to become executive vice president of Ohlmeyer Communications, where he supervised the sports sponsorship activities of such corporations as IBM and Nabisco, in addition to marketing the "Skins Game" television golf property.
NTRA officials indicated that a second senior vice president, responsible for advertising, promotions and industry relations, would be named in the next few weeks and would be based in the organization's Lexington, Ky., headquarters.
"These organizational and personnel steps-along with others to be announced in coming months-are part of the ongoing effort to consolidate the NTRA and Breeders' Cup operations, while strengthening our sport's ability to compete," said NTRA Vice Chairman and Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief Jr.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing awareness of Thoroughbred racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA also conducts the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, both of which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup Championship, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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