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DON BEAVER, who is leading a group to bring an MLB team to NC, named TIM NEWMAN VP for both North Carolina Major League Baseball, LLC and Beaver Sports Properties. Newman comes from NC-based Wachovia Bank where he served as a Public Finance Banker and where he helped develop the bank's sports facilities finance practice (Beaver Sports).
TBS named ALAN SMITH as Dir of Sports Marketing. Smith comes from Nucleus Sports Marketing Group where he was Managing Partner (TBS)....The NHL Nashville expansion team named SCOTT LOFT as Dir of Ticket Sales and HOLLY CONNER as Manager of Special Projects (NHL Nashville)....SHELLEY THOMAS has joined the SLOC as Senior VP/Olympic Public- Communications. Thomas has been VP/Public Affairs for Smith's Food & Drug Centers (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 10/28). ...JEFF BLAIR has joined the Toronto Globe & Mail's Quebec bureau as a national sports correspondent. Blair will work out of Montreal where he previously covered the Expos for the Montreal Gazette (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/29).
Bucs Owner MALCOLM GLAZER has donated $75,000 to the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. Glazer also pledged $7,500 to the Commission for each game the team wins over the next 30 years. The pledge includes regular-season games and the amount could increase to $100,000 a year. The total amount of the donation could reach $3M (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/28)... ...JEFF GORDON appeared on the "Tonight Show" last night. Gordon, who drove the limousine provided by the show on his way to the studio: "I just can't ride in the back seat. I get carsick if I'm in the back seat. I'm too used to driving all the time" ("Tonight Show," NBC, 10/28)....MIKE HAYNES was honored at halftime of the Broncos-Patriots game on Monday night. Haynes is now a Licensing Manager for Callaway Golf (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/28)....Lakers Exec VP JERRY WEST is interviewed in the L.A. TIMES. West: "It amazes me sometimes when I hear other people talking about our blase fans. We have good fans. But one thing that we've done, we've been competing against ourselves, and that's awfully hard to do sometimes" (L.A. TIMES, 10/29)....REGGIE JACKSON is suing Upper Deck Co. claiming the company failed to pay him for his work from '93-96 (USA TODAY, 10/29)....Houston Mayoral Candidate LEE BROWN refunded a $10,000 campaign contribution Tuesday from a PAC that Rockets Owner LES ALEXANDER "had used to exceed the $5,000 limit on individual donations" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/29).