SBD/Issue 56/Sports Industrialists

Executive Transactions

TV MOVES: Former CNN/SI anchor FRED HICKMAN will become studio anchor for the YES Network. Longtime Yankees announcer SUZYN WALDMAN will do play-by-play for 35 Yankees games, and will do pre- and post-game reporting on 115 additional games (YES Network)....WNYW-Fox sportscaster CURT MENEFEE is leaving the station at the end of the year. Menefee will remain with Fox as an NFL play-by-play analyst and will concentrate on live-game work (N.Y. POST, 12/2).

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MORE EXECS: The NHL Panthers have dismissed President & GM BILL TORREY, who will be replaced as GM on an interim basis by Assistant GM CHUCK FLETCHER (THE DAILY)....In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, Terry Lefton reports Octagon Marketing named PAUL KAYAIAN as VP/Sales. Kayaian, an "ex-NBA, NFL, Starter and XFL marketer, will be based in a new Manhattan Octagon office and report to fellow recent hire," Senior VP/Sales PAUL SLAGLE. Meanwhile, AND 1 named ERRIN SMITH as Dir of PR. Smith left AND 1 several years ago as Dir of Marketing (SBJ, 12/3 issue)....The SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Andy Bernstein reports Classic Sports Network Founder STEVE GREENBERG is joining investment bank Allen & Co. as Managing Partner, beginning Jan. 2. Greenberg will remain Fusient Media Ventures Chair. Greenberg said his role at Allen & Co. will be to "put buyers and sellers together" (SBJ, 12/3 issue).

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