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Casino Arizona, Talking Stick present Mercury playoffs

Glory Awaits for the Phoenix Mercury, who today announced Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting partner of the club’s 2014 playoff run. The WNBA Playoffs will begin on Thursday, August 21. The Mercury’s postseason schedule has not yet been determined.

As part of the agreement, one lucky Mercury fan at each home Playoffs game will receive a shot at the Casino Arizona Lucky 7’s Shootout. The promotion gives the fan a choice of shooting a free throw for $777, 3-point shot for $7,777 or a half-court shot for $77,777.

As the presenting partner, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort is included on the Mercury’s “Glory Awaits” 2014 playoff logo, which is painted on the glass windows outside of the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center. An image of the logo painting is attached.

“Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort is proud to be a part of the Phoenix Mercury’s bid to win the WNBA Finals,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “Playoffs are an exciting time, not only for the team, but also for the fans and we are pleased to offer our support.”

The presenting partnership for the Mercury’s WNBA Playoffs run is an extension of a regular season agreement which also featured Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort as the presenting partner of the team. The Mercury clinched the team’s ninth playoff berth in franchise history with an 89-71 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, July 22.

Single-game tickets for Game 1 of the Mercury’s opening round series are on sale now. Tickets for Round 1, Game 1 start at $17 and can be purchased at PhoenixMercury.com, at the US Airways Center ticket office or by phone at 602-252-WNBA.

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Mercury go for Western title tonight

If you want to see the best sports show in town, check out the Phoenix Mercury tonight.

The Phoenix Mercury will return home looking to close out the best-of-three WNBA Western Conference Finals in a decisive Game 3 on tonight at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center against the Minnesota Lynx. Tickets for today’s Game 3 are on sale now, starting at $25.

The Mercury—looking for their third WNBA Championship in franchise history—advanced to the Conference Finals for the second consecutive year and the sixth time in the last eight years. The Mercury clinched homecourt advantage throughout the WNBA Playoffs thanks to a WNBA-record 29 regular season wins. That homecourt advantage is thanks in part to the X-Factor who helped the Mercury to a franchise-best 16-1 (.941) record at US Airways Center this regular season and a current 17-game home winning streak.

Mercury welcome Brittney Griner

Mercury, APS team up for 'Green Night'

The Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Public Service (APS) will host their annual “Green Night” on Wednesday, August 14 when the team takes on the Indiana Fever at US Airways Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

US Airways Center will be powered by renewable energy from APS. The Mercury purchased 42,000 kilowatt-hours of green energy, which is enough to power the entire game.

Throughout the game, the Mercury and APS will communicate “green tips” featuring the APS Refrigerator Recycling Program in-arena and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free EcoSmart® shirt, courtesy of APS. The EcoSmart® shirts are made of five percent polyester created from recycled plastic bottles. An image of the t-shirt is below and attached.

In addition, the team will wear green shooting shirts during their pre-game warm-up in support of “Green Night.”

Limited tickets are still available for the Mercury matchup against the Indiana Fever on Wednesday, August 14 at US Airways Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can visit phoenixmercury.com to purchase tickets.

Mercury welcome Brittney Griner

Mercury, APS team up for ‘Green Night’

The Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Public Service (APS) will host their annual “Green Night” on Wednesday, August 14 when the team takes on the Indiana Fever at US Airways Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

US Airways Center will be powered by renewable energy from APS. The Mercury purchased 42,000 kilowatt-hours of green energy, which is enough to power the entire game.

Throughout the game, the Mercury and APS will communicate “green tips” featuring the APS Refrigerator Recycling Program in-arena and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free EcoSmart® shirt, courtesy of APS. The EcoSmart® shirts are made of five percent polyester created from recycled plastic bottles. An image of the t-shirt is below and attached.

In addition, the team will wear green shooting shirts during their pre-game warm-up in support of “Green Night.”

Limited tickets are still available for the Mercury matchup against the Indiana Fever on Wednesday, August 14 at US Airways Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can visit phoenixmercury.com to purchase tickets.

Mercury welcome Brittney Griner

Mercury’s Griner leads WNBA in jersey sales

Phoenix Mercury rookie center and 2013 All-Star starter Brittney Griner is the WNBA’s top-selling jersey, based on national merchandise sales including WNBAStore.com since the start of the 2013 regular season.  Griner and the “3 to See”—rookies Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky—claimed the top three spots. Maya Moore, who’s held the No. 1 spot for the past two seasons, placed fourth, while the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker ranked fifth.  Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, also a 2013 All-Star starter, ranked sixth on the list.

Diggins’ popularity helped the Shock claim the No. 1 position for the first time for team merchandise sales while the teams of first-time All-Stars Delle Donne (Sky) and Griner placed second and third, respectively. Rounding out the top five teams are the Washington Mystics (No. 4) and the 2012 top-selling Indiana Fever (No. 5).

In its 17th season, the WNBA remains the most successful women’s professional sports league. This year’s All-Star Team includes seven players from the most popular jerseys list: Griner (No. 1), Delle Donne (No. 3), Moore (No. 4), Parker (No. 5), Taurasi (No. 6), Seimone Augustus of the Lynx (No. 7), and Tamika Catchings (No. 8) of the Fever.

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYER JERSEYS:

1. Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury

2. Skylar Diggins – Tulsa Shock

3. Elena Delle Donne – Chicago Sky

4. Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx

5. Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks

6. Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury

7. Seimone Augustus – Minnesota Lynx

8. Tamika Catchings – Indiana Fever

9. Nneka Ogwumlke – Los Angeles Sparks

10. Becky Hammon – San Antonio Silver Stars

Mercury welcome Brittney Griner

Mercury's Griner leads WNBA in jersey sales

Phoenix Mercury rookie center and 2013 All-Star starter Brittney Griner is the WNBA’s top-selling jersey, based on national merchandise sales including WNBAStore.com since the start of the 2013 regular season.  Griner and the “3 to See”—rookies Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky—claimed the top three spots. Maya Moore, who’s held the No. 1 spot for the past two seasons, placed fourth, while the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker ranked fifth.  Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, also a 2013 All-Star starter, ranked sixth on the list.

Diggins’ popularity helped the Shock claim the No. 1 position for the first time for team merchandise sales while the teams of first-time All-Stars Delle Donne (Sky) and Griner placed second and third, respectively. Rounding out the top five teams are the Washington Mystics (No. 4) and the 2012 top-selling Indiana Fever (No. 5).

In its 17th season, the WNBA remains the most successful women’s professional sports league. This year’s All-Star Team includes seven players from the most popular jerseys list: Griner (No. 1), Delle Donne (No. 3), Moore (No. 4), Parker (No. 5), Taurasi (No. 6), Seimone Augustus of the Lynx (No. 7), and Tamika Catchings (No. 8) of the Fever.

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYER JERSEYS:

1. Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury

2. Skylar Diggins – Tulsa Shock

3. Elena Delle Donne – Chicago Sky

4. Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx

5. Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks

6. Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury

7. Seimone Augustus – Minnesota Lynx

8. Tamika Catchings – Indiana Fever

9. Nneka Ogwumlke – Los Angeles Sparks

10. Becky Hammon – San Antonio Silver Stars

Jay Parry Headshot

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Hires CEO

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee today announced the appointment of Jay L. Parry to head the organization as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Parry will oversee the Host Committee and will work closely with the NFL to deliver a successful Super Bowl XLIX to the State of Arizona, including driving marketing efforts, developing and implementing NFL and Host Committee programs, spearheading sponsorships, fundraising and community relations, and managing financials.

Super Bowl XLIX will be the third Super Bowl played in Arizona, and the second played at University of Phoenix Stadium. Super Bowl XLII in 2008 had an economic impact of $500 million, according to a study conducted by the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.

Parry brings a sports and business acumen uniquely suited to lead the Host Committee’s efforts for Super Bowl XLIX. Most recently, she was senior vice president of Brand and Business Development for the Phoenix Suns. Parry also spent seven seasons as president and chief operating officer of the Phoenix Mercury. During her tenure, the Mercury won two WNBA championships and generated double-digit business growth in corporate partnerships and attendance. Prior to her career in professional sports, Parry was an executive in a variety of roles with Bank of America, most recently as executive vice president in the Central Region. She served on the MVP Host Committee when Arizona hosted Super Bowl XXX in 1996. Currently, Parry serves as a director on the boards of several local organizations, including Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE,) BMO Harris Bank Arizona Advisory Board and Thunderbirds Charities. See www.AZSuperBowl.com for Parry’s full biography.

Parry was named a Most Admired CEO by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2010 and in 2008, was selected one of the Arizona Woman magazine’s “20 Women Who Will Shape Arizona by 2020.”

Parry will report to David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman and president of Salt River Project.

“Jay’s appointment is an amazing coup for the Host Committee,” said Rousseau. “She is the ideal candidate for this role because of her deep experience in sports marketing, business and her strong ties to the community. Jay’s proven leadership skills make her well-suited to drive all facets of the organization from sponsorship and community activation and engagement, to the complex logistics involved in putting on the Super Bowl.”

“Arizona has so much to offer, and I’m honored and excited to be a part of demonstrating this to the world through the Super Bowl,” said Jay Parry, CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “Sports and business are not only my expertise, but my passion. Super Bowl is an exciting opportunity for Arizona that will leave a lasting legacy for our entire community.”

The successful 2015 game bid was prepared by the Host Committee, led by Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals, Mike Kennedy, former chairman of the Host Committee, and Winnie Stolper. Stolper has worked with the Host Committee since 2006 and will take on the role of Chief Administrative Officer reporting to Parry.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will bring together influential business leaders, senior government representatives, Convention and Visitors Bureau personnel, and thousands of volunteers to insure Super Bowl XLIX is a success, and results in positive economic impact under a global spotlight that enhances community pride.

Amber Cox, President and COO Phoenix Mercury

First Job: Amber Cox, President And COO Phoenix Mercury

Amber Cox, President and COO Phoenix Mercury, discusses her first job at a wholesale greenhouse and the things that helped her get to where she is today in the sports industry.


What was your first job?

My mom and stepdad owned a wholesale greenhouse that was practically connected to our house with thousands of plants of every shape and size. I helped with all phases of the business, including washing pots, planting, mixing dirt, loading trucks and taking orders. the best part was our “dirt room,” which was a giant space with concrete floors and high ceilings. It included a basketball hoop. I spent more than half of my childhood and teenage years in that place, working on my game and chasing my basketball down before it disappeared in the dirt wagon.

What did you learn from that first job?

Hard work. By the time I was in middle school, I was working 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day in the summer. And when your mom is the boss, there is no slacking.

What was your first job in your current industry and what were your duties?

I was the first sports information director at my alma mater (William Woods University) in Missouri. I compiled stats, wrote press releases and assisted in weekly nominations for player of the week in our various sports.

What were your salaries in your first job and first industry job?

Working for my parents, I made $5 or $6 an hour. And they let me back in the house every night! When I worked as a SID, I was a graduate assistant. I was able to complete my MBA and continue living and eating for free a bit longer. That was the life!

Who is your biggest mentor?

Jay Parry, the senior vice president of the Suns brand and business development. Jay hired me eight years ago when she was the president of the Mercury. Next to my mom and grandmother, Jay has had more influence on me than any other person. Jay works harder than anyone I’ve ever met and is a leader everyone wants to follow. She’s taught me to demand the best from myself and those around me without losing sight of the fact that we work in an incredible industry. Don’t compromise your work (“The devil is in the details”), but don’t lose sight that the real fun is in the journey.

How is being president of a sports team different from being president of a more traditional business?

Being a part of two championship runs is like nothing I could have dreamed as a kid. And a journey no other job can replicate. And as a basketball fan, watching Diana Taurasi play night in and night out for seven seasons — that’s a dream come true. But the WNBA means more than wins and losses to me. Growing our fan base and bringing in more sponsors means this league will be around for years to come and give girls an opportunity to play professional basketball for a living or even do my job. I’m very passionate about making sure that’s always a dream that’s available to boys and girls.

What advice would you give someone entering your industry today?

Do what you love and love what you do. And as my grandma always says, “Don’t let anyone outwork you.”

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing today, what would you be doing instead?

I’d be the lead singer in a southern rock band, touring the country doing covers of Lynard Skynard and the Steve Miller Band.

For more information on the Phoenix Mercury, visit www.wnba.com/mercury.

Arizona Business Magazine July/August 2012